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MoDOT project could block off side streets to improve Gravois traffic

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Concrete road blocks like those pictured could be used to limit access to Gravois Road in some parts of South St. Louis. Concrete road blocks like those pictured could be used to limit access to Gravois Road in some parts of South St. Louis.
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) - The Missouri Department of Transportation is planning a construction project which would change the access to Gravois Road in parts of South St. Louis.

MoDOT took plans to block off some streets' access to Gravois to the neighborhood associations of the areas which would be most directly affected, including Benton Park, Benton Park West, Tower Grove East, Fox Park and McKinley Heights. All of those neighborhoods are along Gravois Road and their residents would be immediately impacted.

The plan is to block off as many as 18 side streets and the first reaction of many residents was surprise.

MoDOT informed residents that blocking off some of the more complicated intersections of Gravois would help improve the flow of traffic.

Side streets like Oregon and Wyoming would be blocked off by large concrete barriers.

"Gravois is ridiculously wide in that area, it probably needs a road diet," said St. Louis Alderwoman Christine Ingrassia. "We need to think about bike lanes and crosswalks and those are things that my residents and business owners have given their opinion on."

Alderwoman Ingrassia said MoDOT has been upfront about their plans and is looking to gauge public reaction. In the end, Ingrassia said, Gravois is a state road and it is MoDOT's call on the best way to keep traffic moving.
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