3 overturned semi-trucks in one week on exit ramp grabs MoDOT's - KMOV.com

3 overturned semi-trucks in one week on exit ramp grabs MoDOT's attention

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A semi that overturned last week. (Credit: KMOV) A semi that overturned last week. (Credit: KMOV)
A semi overturned on Monday night. (Credit: KMOV) A semi overturned on Monday night. (Credit: KMOV)
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

Three semis overturning on a ramp going from the Poplar Street Bridge to I-55 southbound has officially gotten the attention of MoDOT. 

Officials tell News 4 they are extremely concerned. They also say – despite not having police reports yet - there could be a reason for this.

“If you remember that used to be a single lane ramp with a pretty sharp radius,” said MoDOT District Engineer Greg Horn. “Last year we got to the point where we finally got to replace it and we made it a dual lane ramp so it’s two lanes now.  It’s a bigger sweeping curve but there’s still a curve in there."

“There’s probably a false sense of security that people are going too fast.  We are concerned about the trucks that are overturned.  We are going to put up advisory signs within a week.  We’ve ordered them already to make people aware they do need to slow down on this ramp,” said Horn.

There will be two advisory signs.  One will be overhead with a picture of a truck overturning to warn drivers of the upcoming ramp.  The other will be on the ramp itself, indicating a reduced speed.  It had been 30 MPH. in the past but that number is now going down to 20 MPH.

The reason for making these curves wider in the first place was to reduce traffic.  MoDOT says at least that problem’s been taken care of so far.

“Oh, certainly.  You talk to anyone in Illinois.  We’ve reduced the congestion of people on the Poplar Street Bridge going south by quite a bit.  There used to be backups every morning.  That solved that problem,” said Horn.

One problem solved, but another temporarily introduced. 

MoDOT says it has a similar project planned for next year by taking a single lane ramp in that area and making it dual lanes.  That will be another example of drivers needing to slow down and not have that false sense of security.

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