MoDOT proposing to close off streets along Gravois in South St. Louis

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ST. LOUIS (KPLR) - The public will have a chance to weigh in on proposed changes to a south St. Louis stretch of Gravois.  MoDOT wants to limit the number of side streets accessing Gravois.  A town hall meeting will be held Thursday at 5:30 pm at the Five Star Senior Center, 2832 Arsenal, St. Louis, Mo 63118.

MoDOT believes the changes would steady traffic flow and create safer pedestrian crossings.  There are a number of places along Gravois where intersections are within 50 feet of each other.

Some residents would like to know more about the research MoDOT used in the creation of the plan.  One resident told us more should be done to create safer areas for pedestrians.  Another resident told us more needs to be done reduce speeding on Gravois.  Alderman Steve Conway, (D) 8th Ward, says he’s in the process of listening to citizen feedback.  His ward includes part of the affected area.

“If the community wants us to oppose it, you know my colleagues probably would join in that same position.  We’ll oppose it.  If the community wants to make some modifications, we’ll support them with that,” said Conway.

MoDOT says streets that could be cut off from Gravois include Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Louisiana, Lynch Shenandoah and Wyoming.  MoDOT also plans on reducing the number of lanes on Gravois from 3 to 2 between I-55 and Jefferson.  MoDOT is also looking at reducing lane widths to make room for bike lanes.​