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Coffee Shop Q&A is the one-stop shop for frequently asked questions about MoDOT.

The page will be updated on a regular basis as new questions come in. New questions will be placed at the top of the page and designated as "new."

Do you have a Coffee Shop question? Send it to Coffee Shop Q&A! We'll do our best to get it answered and out there.


What’s the Smooth Roads Initiative?

How can I tell where active Work Zones are located?

How can I get a state highway map?

Why does MoDOT spend money on sidewalks and flowers or bike trails when there are highways and bridges that need to be fixed?


Why does MoDOT put cameras on top of traffic lights?

How do guard cables make our roads safer?

How does MoDOT decide where to put signals and set speed limits?

Is there somewhere I can get a list of commuter lots?

What’s up with those new mile markers?

How does MoDOT decide which roads to plow first?

How does MoDOT get the land it needs?

 


What’s the Smooth Roads Initiative?

The Smooth Roads Initiative is part of MoDOT’s Smoother, Safer, Sooner program, an aggressive road-building effort financed by voter passage of Amendment 3 in November 2004. SRI will bring the state's most heavily traveled 2,200 miles of highways up to good condition by December 2006.

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How can I tell where active work zones are located?

MoDOT offers several printed maps to help you plan your trip. We also have an interactive online work zone map that shows active work zones across the state.



How can I get a state highway map?

MoDOT prints and distributes state maps every two years. You can order one for FREE on our Web site or by calling 1-888 Ask MoDOT (275-6636)
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Why does MoDOT spend money on sidewalks and flowers or bike trails when there are highways and bridges that need to be fixed?
When you see aesthetic improvements being done, quite often they are being paid for by Transportation Enhancement Funds from the federal government. By law, these special funds must be spent on creating or improving sidewalks and bike lanes, or converting abandoned railroad corridors into trails.


Why does MoDOT put cameras on top of traffic lights?

Despite rumor, MoDOT does not put red light running cameras on top of traffic signals.  The cameras you see at traffic lights sense traffic backups and change signals automatically. They do not record data and are not used for law enforcement.

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How do guard cables make our roads safer?

Guard cables reduce head on traffic crashes in crossover accidents. Wherever the median is 60-feet wide or less, MoDOT puts a barrier in place to reduce these collisions. When a vehicle hits the cable, it stretches to slow and "catch" it before it enters the opposite set of lanes.

A study completed this spring on Interstate 70 showed that guard cable succeeded in stopping cars from crossing into the opposing lanes of traffic 94 percent of the time.


How does MoDOT decide where to put signals and set speed limits?

Several factors set by the Federal Highway Administration justify traffic signal installation.  These factors include: number of vehicles, pedestrian activity, vehicle speeds, crash history, city population and number of traffic lanes. Traffic engineers conduct a study to determine if it is appropriate to install a signal.  MoDOT has installed approximately 2,300 traffic signals throughout the state.

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Is there somewhere I can get a list of commuter lots?

Yes. A list of Commuter Lots is available on this Web site. The page also describes the lot’s surface and number of available parking spaces.


What’s up with those new mile markers?

New roadside markers going up this year will help travelers instantly determine their exact location and direction of travel on Missouri’s interstate highways.  The markers are important emergency response devices, allowing stranded motorists to pinpoint their location for quicker assistance.

The markers will be in place along all of Missouri's 1,200 miles of interstate highways by the end of the year.  They’ll be placed every two-tenths of a mile along the right edge of the highways, going in both directions. 

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How does MoDOT decide which roads to plow first?

During inclement weather, roads with the highest traffic volumes are treated and cleared first to assist the greatest number of motorists. These include interstate highways and other major routes, which are continuously plowed and treated throughout a storm.

The most heavily traveled sections of other routes are the next priority, and although they are plowed until they’re open to traffic, they are not continuously treated with salt. MoDOT offers an online Road Conditions Map that shows the status of major Missouri routes.



How does MoDOT get the land it needs?

MoDOT acquires hundreds of pieces of property each year by working with landowners across the state. Sometimes only a small piece of property is needed. Other times the improvement might need large pieces of property to add lanes or change the road's path.

Most right of way is acquired through negotiation. Only eight percent of the time does MoDOT use eminent domain to purchase the land it needs to build projects.

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