Spotlight

IS THERE A LITTLE ORANGE FLAG IN YOUR YARD?  OR MAYBE SOME ORANGE PAINT MARKINGS?

If there are flags or markings in or on your yard or near your yard, it means somebody – a neighbor or someone planning to do construction work near your yard – has called Missouri One Call Systems to have all nearby utilities located.  When someone is going to dig up the ground for any reason, they are required to locate utilities first.  The company that locates the utilities will come out and mark with paint all the utility locations in the vicinity so that whoever is digging will not dig up a utility line.  Now you can find out what’s going on simply and easily.

Missouri One-Call Systems (MOCS) has added a helpful feature to their Website – the ability to research utility-locating work by area.  “Ticket Search” gives the general public the ability to obtain information about utility-locate work being done in their area, who’s digging in a specific area, and what they are doing.  Users can search by ticket number, if they have one, or they can define the search using other criteria such as date, address, excavator name, etc.  Click here to go directly to the "Ticket Search" page.

Kirkwood Road Traffic Signal Project

Kirkwood Road is about to become more efficient and pedestrian friendly. For nearly three years the City and its design consultant, CMT (Crawford, Murphy & Tilly), have been developing plans to replace traffic signals at 11 intersections and one mid-block crossing on Kirkwood Road from Big Bend Boulevard to Manchester Road. The new signals will feature a fiber optic cable interconnect allowing for a coordinated timing plan to improve traffic flow and reduce emissions, while allowing vehicle speeds appropriate for the Kirkwood Road corridor.  The intersections will become more pedestrian friendly with ADA-compliant curb ramps and pedestrian push buttons. The new signals will feature decorative mast arms with edge-lit street signs and luminaires to replicate the design of the street lights already present in the Downtown area. The mid-block crossing near Hollywood Lane will be upgraded to a Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon (PHB).

The project also includes the addition and reconstruction of sidewalks along the east side of Kirkwood Road from Chester Ave to Nipher Middle School.  This will provide a safe and ADA-compliant route to Nipher Middle School and Downtown Kirkwood for pedestrians south of the BNSF Railroad.

Project Schedule: Construction crews for Gerstner Electric will begin placing conduit for the fiber optic cable in early 2019.  This phase will take several months to complete and will involve intermittent lane and sidewalk closures along Kirkwood Road.

Major intersection work won’t take place until late Spring.  Kirkwood Road will remain open to traffic during this time, but temporary lane closures will be necessary.  We encourage motorists to check for Work Zone updates regularly and plan ahead for the expected delays.  Electronic message boards along the route will provide drivers with advance notice of lane closures and other project information.  For questions and concerns please contact Ted Dunkmann, City Engineer, at 314.822.5820.

Work Zone Updates:

January 15: Boring conduit under the BNSF railroad began south of Rose Hill Avenue. No lane closures are anticipated. Watch for equipment and workers adjacent to the roadway.

Infill Development Stormwater Regulations

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Other Active Projects

Verizon Upgrade Project: Verizon, through its wholly owned subsidiary MCIMETRO, is undertaking a network upgrade project in your community.  MCImetro is a competitive telecommunications company, authorized to provide telecommunications services throughout the State of Missouri.  The contractor is ADB Companies, 314-426-5200, if you have any questions or concerns.

AT&T Work in Kirkwood:  AT&T is undertaking a project to maintain and upgrade their network in the Kirkwood area. Some of the work requires excavation and boring in the right-of-way or easements.  AT&T contractors will be placing informational fliers on the doors of affected residences prior to beginning work.  Landscape repairs or damage caused by the work will be restored by AT&T in a timely manner.  If you have any questions or complaints please contact:  AT&T Construction Helpdesk, 314.544.7688, or email:  g43578@att.com. For emergencies: 1-800-246-8464.

MSD Project Clear in Kirkwood: 

Hawbrook Court: MSD's contractor Fred M Luth & Sons will be installing storm sewers on Hawbrook Court.

Longfellow Avenue:  MSD's contractor L. Keeley will be installing storm sewers on W. Washington Avenue and Knierim Place

For more information on either of these projects, contact MSD at: CustomerService@stlmsd.com.

Road Closing Notices

For day-to-day updates on all road projects and street closures, please visit the City's Facebook page, where regular updates are posted:  www.facebook.com/CityOfKirkwoodMo. (You do not need to have a Facebook account to see the City's page, but if you have an account, you will need to "like" the page for the updates to appear regularly in your news feed.)

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Pavement Condition Assessment: The City of Kirkwood has for several years faced the challenge of determining how we will provide for the long-term rehabilitation and maintenance of our streets. In 2015, the City commissioned a Street Study and selected the Lochmueller Group and Payken Consulting to conduct it. A final report was prepared and submitted to the City in July 2015. Click here to download and read that report: Pavement Condition Assessment.