There are several issues along Route 141 near I-44 in Valley Park. Primarily, the Route 141 corridor is exceptionally congested during morning and evening commutes, especially between I-44 and the Vance intersection. Several major side roads, including Vance, lead to Route 141 near I-44, add to that congestion. That congestion led to nearly 1,000 crashes (mostly rear-end) over the past five years. In addition, the roadway can flood for short periods of time during intense rainstorms. There are several other concerns (such as limited pedestrian and cycling accessibility, and Meramec River flooding) that the department is also aware of.
MoDOT is in the middle of the design-build process on the Route 141 project. With design-build, MoDOT sets the project goals and budget and the potential contractor team determine the design work and schedule based on those goals. The selected contractor team, Pace Construction, was chosen because their proposal provided the best value, while meeting the project budget. Using the design-build process helps MoDOT take advantage of innovation, while giving Missouri taxpayers much more project for the limited funds available. MoDOT commission has awarded the Route 141 design build project to Pace Construction in January.
What is the schedule for the project?
What are the goals for the project?
There are six goals for the project, in order of importance:
Deliver the project within the program budget of $25 million.
Maximize mobility on Route 141 and improve efficiency at the I-44 interchange and Vance Road intersection.
Deliver the project in a manner which demonstrates the importance of safety.
Provide a quality project resulting in a long-lasting transportation facility that minimizes future maintenance.
Deliver the project using a diverse workforce.
Complete the project by July 15, 2018.
What is design-build?
Design-build is a way to construct projects that includes hiring one contracting team to complete the design work and build the highway improvement under one contract. MoDOT provides the project goals, budget and schedule and the contractor team completes the work. This technique has been known to significantly save time and provide cost savings.
Will this fix the flooding problem on Route 141 under I-44?
One of the goals is to minimize future maintenance issues on the project – flooding is one of those maintenance issues. This project will reduce the impact and duration of flash flooding, but will not eliminate the impacts of major river flooding, like that in December 2015.
Will there be pedestrian crossings or improvements for cyclists?
We have limited funding for this project and are unable to make significant improvements for pedestrians or cyclists at this time. We continue to work with several partners to try to identify funding to make improvements in the future. None of the work currently planned will prohibit future cyclist or pedestrian improvements.