MoDOT project to close 16 side streets along Gravois Avenue

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR)- MoDOT is proposing significant changes to Gravois Avenue in south city that would include closing off access to the major thoroughfare from several side streets. The company says this is all about traffic flow and safety. One of the intersections to be impacted will be Pennsylvania Avenue at Gravois. Traffic would no longer be able to access Gravois from Pennsylvania both northbound and southbound. This is one of the intersections where there is traffic coming from six different directions at one stoplight.

The impacted runs along Gravois between Russell and South Grand. A total of 16 streets that intersect with Gravois could potentially lose access to the road.

MoDOT says because Gravois is a diagonal road that cuts through the street grid, often times roadways enter Gravois within 50 feet of each other. That leads to signalized intersections like the one where there are six legs of traffic instead of the normal four.

MoDOT officials say reducing the number of side streets with access to Gravois in the area will help keep the traffic flow steadier and reduce the areas where pedestrians have to cross active roads along Gravois. Other streets that could lose access to Gravois include Tennessee, Louisiana, Lynch, Shenandoah and Wyoming.

This could raise some controversy with some residents and motorists in this area.

MoDOT is hosting a Town Hall Meeting on Thursday, April 30th 5:30p.m. at the Five Star Senior Center on Arsenal.