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.
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.
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
stoufferforcongress.comThis week's winner: Bill StoufferThe 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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Image viaThe 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 >>
Paul McKeeEver 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 >>
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 >>
Image ViaWere 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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
From the city's sidewalks to the NFL.
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 >>
A new casino takes its downtown development plans underground
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
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!
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.
Ho ho hoops at Savvis
Amtrak's station was supposed to be temporary -- a quarter-century ago
Women contractors are tired of being asked to front for firms owned by white males
What the city's doing on Washington Avenue is killing merchants such as Steve Alper
Why did Susie Stephens, a pedestrian-traffic expert, get hit by a bus downtown?
How a contractor on the hotel project screwed up but got paid extra
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.
Week of February 21, 2001
Highway 40 at Forest Park Expressway and Jefferson Avenue
The earthquake hazard here may be greater than you think. And planning for it is less than you'd expect.
Decertified as a minority contractor and derided as a front by local activists, Sam Hutchinson's Interface Materials Inc. has been exonerated
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.
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.