Missouri Department of Transportation

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    April 10, 2014

    St. Louis Has the 8th Worst Potholes in the U.S.

    It's not your imagination. This winter's brutal cold and heavy snowfall have eroded the pavement beneath our cars, putting St. Louis at No. 8 on a top ten list of cities with the worst potholes.

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    April 9, 2014

    Bicycle Ban Amendment Defeated: Cyclists Celebrate "Victory of the Decade"

    In what cycling enthusiasts are calling "the most important victory for bicycling in Missouri in 10 years -- and perhaps 100," an amendment cutting bicycles from potential transportation funding was defeated in a vote in the Missouri House on Tuesday.

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    March 25, 2014

    MODOT Needs to Unload Two Historic Bridges; Do You Want One?

    If you're a little wary of the news that the Missouri Department of Transportation has two historic bridges up for sale, we understand. George Parker, one of America's most brazen con men, made his living selling New York landmarks, especially the Brooklyn Bridge, before earning a life sentence in ... More >>

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    October 30, 2013

    Missouri Supreme Court Denies Benefits To Same-Sex Partner Of Killed State Trooper

    A Missouri Supreme Court decision yesterday ended Kelly Glossip's battle to receive survivor benefits after his partner, Missouri Highway Patrol trooper Dennis Engelhard, died in the line of duty. Despite a 15-year relationship, the court rejected Glossip's appeal because he and Engelhard weren't ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 7, 2013

    Record Floods Hit Jerome, Major Roads Closed, Missouri National Guard Deployed (PHOTOS)

    There are reports of more record-breaking floods today in Missouri, one day after flooding in Pulaski county left a four-year-old boy dead and prompted Governor Jay Nixon to declare a state of emergency. Today, the U.S. National Weather Service is reporting record floods on the Gasconade River ne ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2013

    St. Louis Arch: Video Shows Planned 2015 Transformation, Park Over The Highway

    By 2015, a visit to the tallest national monument in the country will be a much improved experience. So say the folks behind the CityArchRiver 2015 project, a public-private partnership effort to redevelop the area around the St. Louis Gateway Arch -- with some of the road work beginning later th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2013

    Introducing the 2013 RFT Web Awards Finalists

    The past twelve months was an outstanding time for hot digital action in St. Louis. Our citizens launched apps, pushed pixels, encouraged consumerism and conducted full-on comedy shows in 140 characters or less. If we learned anything, it's that you can't get a job -- or even a date -- without being ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2012

    Should We Raise Local Taxes to Spruce Up the Arch Grounds? We Don't Own the Property!

    The city and surrounding counties don't own the Arch grounds. The federal government does. It's a national memorial and park run by the National Park Service. So why should WE raise our own local taxes to revitalize that property? That's the multi-million dollar question asked by critics of Board Bi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2012

    Debates Got You Bored? 7 Badass Feats of Strength from Politicians

    As the general election approaches, candidates try harder than ever to court voters (except not really in Missouri). If you're like Daily RFT, you've grown weary of the debates and heated verbal sparring. Back in ye olde days, when brains fell short, candidates seeking public office courted the publ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2011

    Gateway Bike Plan Calls for 1,000 Miles of Lanes and Trails In and Near St. Louis

    ​Great Rivers Greenway yesterday released an online copy of its Gateway Bike Plan that calls for 1,011 miles of bike lanes, shared use lanes and other bicycle facilities throughout St. Louis, St. Louis County and urbanized areas of St. Charles County.The plan is to be put into effect over the next ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2011

    One in Three Missouri Teens Don't Wear Seat Belts

    Maybe it's time to bring back the crash test dummies?​Missourians continue to lag the nation when it comes to using seat belts, according a new report.The study found that just 79 percent of the general population in Missouri wear seat belts. The national average is 85 percent. Missouri's ranking ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2011

    John Foster Courtney Death Leads to Increased Police Presence in the Grove

    Justin Kramarczyk faces a felony charge of leaving the scene of an accident.​John Foster Courtney, a popular rugby player and 29-year-old south-city resident, lost his life July 4 -- 23 hours after he was struck by a driver speeding through Manchester Road in the popular Grove district. Witnesses ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 3, 2011

    Missouri Legislators Deploy "Rosa Parks Highway" Tactic Against Neo-Nazis

    biography.comThe unveiling of the Rosa Parks Highway.​A couple of state reps from Springfield are trying to rename a stretch of highway in their district after a Jewish rabbi now that the roadway has been adopted by the neo-Nazi group National Socialist Movement.As the Springfield News-Leader repo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2011

    Red-Light Camera Firm ATS Pulls Out of Jefferson County

    ATS cancels contract prior to hearing next week before council.​American Traffic Solutions (ATS) abruptly severed its contract with Jefferson County this week stating that it could could no longer work with a new Jefferson County council that's become hostile to its red-light cameras.ATS broke the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2011

    Mmmmm ... Pickled Winter Roads

    It's been three years since beet juice made its way to the ice melt market. Missouri's a big fan; the Missouri Department of Transportation used over 258,250 gallons from July 1, 2008, to June 30 2009. It's cheap, uses a product that would otherwise go to waste - the junk that's left after beet suga ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2010

    Bill Stouffer: Ass Clown of the Week

    stoufferforcongress.comThis week's winner: Bill Stouffer​The votes are in and Missouri State Senator Bill Stouffer has defeated a conniving drug dealer, a disgruntled john and a discriminatory pension to become this week's Ass Clown. The Republican politician from Napton won 35 percent of the Ass ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2010

    Ass Clown of the Week: Meth Cooks, Unsatisfied Johns, Politicians and The System

    ​Sharpen your pencils! It's time to vote for this week's Ass Clown. You know the rules: Vote for the local yokel and/or organization who you believe brought the most shame to their name this week. And the candidates...1. Ryan McNames: The Columbia, Missouri, teen was arrested for soliciting prosti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2010

    5 Questions with B&W Sensors' John Baine -- The Guy Behind Those Danged Speed Cameras

    ​His company has been compared to acne and derided as nothing more than a money grab. Still, these are heady times for John Baine, co-founder of Sunset Hills-based B&W Sensors. Just last week yet another St. Louis suburb announced that it would use his company's controversial speed cameras to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 4, 2010

    St. Charles Bike Ban Debate Coasts On

    Image via​The St. Charles County council is really ganging up on bikers these days. In addition to Councilman Joe Brazil's statistic-bending joyride attempts to banning cyclists on country highways with no shoulder or bike lane, The Post-Dispatch reports that Councilman Jerry Daugherty has propose ... More >>

  • News

    April 14, 2010
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    April 7, 2010

    State Sues Paul McKee's NorthSide Regeneration

    Paul McKee​Ever since Paul McKee revealed his plans for a massive redevelopment project in north St. Louis, residents of the neighborhood have feared the developer might use eminent domain to seize their properties. That hasn't happened -- not yet anyway -- though eminent domain is now officially ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2010

    Cash-Strapped Government, Huh? Why Don't These Agencies Pick Up Their Money?

    ​Did you hear the guy who called in to Charlie Brennan's show on KMOX this morning? Said fella claimed that if you punch "St. Louis" or "Missouri" into the state treasurer's database of unclaimed property -- that's code for dinero, folks -- you'd find all kinds of local and state agencies with dol ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 8, 2009

    Traffic on the New I-64: Worse Than it Was Before?

    Image Via​Were you headed eastbound on Highway 40 last night during rush hour? If so, then you know it was a slow and painful slog, especially east of Kingshighway where the road narrows for the exit only lanes. It was even bumper-to-bumper at the Poplar Street Bridge.So what gives? Wasn't two yea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2009

    Bad News Teens: New State Law Prohibits Minors From Texting and Driving

    ​The good news? It's still legal to sext and drive. No. Seriously. Don't do that either. The new Missouri law prohibiting drivers under 21 years in age from texting while behind wheel goes into effect Friday. Missouri is the 23rd state to ban texting while driving, but is one of only nine to sing ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2009

    Hear the One About the Missouri Department of Transportation and the Nazis?

    The New York Times had an interesting story this weekend about the Missouri Department of Transportation (MODOT) and its ongoing battle with racist groups that want to adopt highways. Last year the National Socialist Movement (the neo-Nazi group that rallied in St. Louis this past April) signed on t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2009

    Ground-breaking News: We're No. 1 in Shovel Readiness

    In recent weeks a lot of states have gone to extraordinary lengths -- as if a free trip to Disneyland were at stake -- to make the case that they were first to break ground in those so-called "shovel-ready" projects financed by the federal stimulus bill.Nebraska transportation officials cl ... More >>

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    December 17, 2008
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    March 25, 2008

    St. Louis Gets a Grand Central Station (Sort Of)

    On Friday nights or Saturday mornings in the wee small hours, you can usually find me down at the Amshack on 16th Street waiting for the late train from Chicago. Or, rather, waiting for one particular passenger to alight from said train. It's not an especially pleasant place to pass the time: It's c ... More >>

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    February 6, 2008
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    January 7, 2008

    Bridge of Size

    A scant few months after the Interstate 35 bridge collapsed in Minneapolis, crews closed one of St. Louis’ own aged spans: Jefferson Avenue between Highway 40 and Chouteau Avenue. The bridge, built in 1911, crossed several rail lines, including MetroLink. It also made Jefferson Avenue an easy nor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2007

    Daily Web Crawl

    Your daily guide to what they're whispering about in the next cubicle. HERE When Billy Joel isn't crashing his car into various objects, he's setting the record straight on A to Z. St. Louis places fourth on the list of Forbes' Most Affordable Places To Live Well. (Via STL Rising) A big high-fiv ... More >>

  • News

    October 3, 2007

    Danger Lurks

    From the city's sidewalks to the NFL.

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    September 19, 2007

    This Week's Issue

    Malcolm Gay investigates Chinese exile mystery novelist -- and St. Louis County resident -- Qiu Xiaolong. Advocates for the disabled tell Kathleen McLaughlin why the Missouri Department of Transportation needs to be reprimanded. Unreal chats with Miss Nursing Home '07, two soapbox racers an ... More >>

  • News

    November 2, 2005

    Tunnel Vision

    A new casino takes its downtown development plans underground

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    April 6, 2005

    * Power

    Unreal wanders into an un-bear-ably raucous party, plans a Missouri escape and visits a local blogger who's worried about Sheryl Crow; plus, our fantastic suggestion for the Mark McGwire Highway

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    February 16, 2005

    Creation Science

    Unreal learns where dinos fit into the Bible, meets a plow-truck innovator and crunches numbers for St. Louis County. Plus: John Goodman makes an appearance in the Local Blog o' the Week!

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    December 29, 2004

    Go S.O.F.T. on Our Troops!

    Unreal is overcome with patriotic fervor! Plus, everyone's favorite drunken bear offers his take on sobriety standards, and we check out our Local Blog o' the Week.

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    December 10, 2003

    Shootout Freak-Out

    Ho ho hoops at Savvis

  • News

    February 5, 2003

    White-Trash Junction

    Amtrak's station was supposed to be temporary -- a quarter-century ago

  • News

    August 7, 2002

    Dressed for Deceit

    Women contractors are tired of being asked to front for firms owned by white males

  • News

    July 3, 2002

    Street Crime

    What the city's doing on Washington Avenue is killing merchants such as Steve Alper

  • News

    May 15, 2002

    One False Move

    Why did Susie Stephens, a pedestrian-traffic expert, get hit by a bus downtown?

  • News

    April 17, 2002

    Little Fix

    How a contractor on the hotel project screwed up but got paid extra

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    April 18, 2001

    The Fire Down Below

    For more than three decades, Eric Vickers has been lighting brushfires, crusading against the racism he sees around him. Now, the civil-rights lawyer and activist finds himself burned.

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    February 21, 2001
  • Best of St. Louis

    September 27, 2000

    Best Combination Highway Entrance/Exit

    Highway 40 at Forest Park Expressway and Jefferson Avenue

  • News

    December 15, 1999


    The earthquake hazard here may be greater than you think. And planning for it is less than you'd expect.

  • News

    October 13, 1999


    Decertified as a minority contractor and derided as a front by local activists, Sam Hutchinson's Interface Materials Inc. has been exonerated

  • News

    September 1, 1999

    The Merchant of Venice

    The McKinley Bridge is broke — structurally and financially — and everyone wants it fixed. Trouble is, Mayor Tyrone Echols of Venice isn't about to give away the city's bridge. But he could be talked into trading it.

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    July 14, 1999

    White Out

    A local contractor gets called a fake as the dispute over minority set-aside contracts heats up. The city and some local contractors say he is; the state says he's not.

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