Cars Losing Hubcaps Left And Right On I-44

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WEST ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO. (KPLR) - People who travel west bound Interstate 44 have been wondering why so many hubcaps are piling up on both sides of the highway at one location.  Del Wenzlick drives that stretch of road frequently, 'It did seem strange that there are a lot of hubcaps there.'

There are hubcaps along the median wall and in the grassy ditch.  It seems like there are hubcaps everywhere, some 40 of them.

Shauna Davenport drives down that highway almost every day. 'I seen a couple of them falling off of vehicle they just pop right off.'  It`s all happening on west bound Interstate 44 at the end of the Antire Road construction zone.  As the lanes merge together you can hear something that the cars are driving over. And some drivers think that noise is the reason for the lost hubcaps. Davenport said, 'The rumble strip, yeah, that`s what it is it has to be from that it`s just so deep and everything and it makes such a roughness on the vehicle.
Del Wenzlick added, 'I would imagine that somebody coming by there that goes by there regularly will see their hubcap and stop and get it the next time.'  But some of the end up smashed into pieces on the side of the highway.  And, it could be dangerous trying to retrieve one from the median. Davenport said, 'I look every morning to make sure mine are still intact.'

A MODOT spokesman tells me the department knows about the problem and officials are looking into it.  They think folks may be driving too fast through the construction zone

causing the hubcaps to fly off the vehicle.
A check of the internet shows the cost of replacing a hubcap can run anywhere from $25 to hundreds of dollars each.

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