If you have a question, Steve Pokin wants to hear it.
Answer Man: On Battlefield Road, west of Glenstone Avenue, there are several bumpy, red-orange strips on the road. What are they? — Austin Davis, of Springfield
They are temporary rumble strips, Austin.
Construction crews place them across a street in advance of — and during — roadway projects in which, typically, lanes merge.
I looked at the ones on Battlefield Road. Five strips are on westbound Battlefield (just west of Glenstone) at the traffic light where you can turn into Battlefield Mall, and five more are a short distance away at the traffic light at Delaware.
I was working on the answer when I happened to get in my car and turned onto Chestnut Expressway — which is near the News-Leader building. Sure enough, I drove over five temporary rumble strips.
“The strips are used to put some attention on the fact that the traffic conditions are changing,” says Eric Claussen, the city’s traffic signal engineer.
They were placed on eastbound Chestnut Expressway near Boonville Avenue because of a current MoDOT construction project on the elevated portion of the expressway near Drury University and Ozarks Technical Community College.
They were placed on westbound Battlefield because of a city construction project at Fremont Avenue.
“It gives drivers a tactile warning,” says Martin Gugel, the city’s assistant director of public works.
Gugel says that people might be noticing the strips more because MoDOT recently started using them.
Keep those questions coming. Send them to The Answer Man at 417-836-1253, email@example.com, on Twitter @stevepokinNL or by mail to 651 Boonville Ave., Springfield, MO 65806.
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