MoDOT officials walk out of town hall meeting about Gravois proj -

MoDOT officials walk out of town hall meeting about Gravois project

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A town hall meeting put on by the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) to discuss a project on Gravois took a strange turn when MoDOT representatives walked out.

The meeting was scheduled so residents could discuss a plan to block off 18 side streets along Gravois in south St. Louis between Ann and Tennessee. Many residents believe it will impede emergency vehicles and are trying to stop the project.

Board of Aldermen President Lewis Reed said he was hosting a town hall meeting but an area engineer for MoDOT said that was not what was promised to them.

When residents started to ask questions, MoDOT officials left saying the forum took a turn in the wrong direction.

“We said we would come out to an open house so we can have those one on one conversations and work through any concerns, issues that we are having,” Deanna Venker, MoDOT engineer said. “We can't have a dialogue when we're doing a question, but not having an answer”

MoDOT officials said they hope to meet with more residents and address their concerns but the construction plan is moving forward.

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