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Hazelwood Considering New 'No U-Turn' Signs on North Lindbergh

Hazelwood City Manager Edwin Carlstrom said since MoDOT created a new intersection at the off-ramp of eastbound I-270 and North Lindbergh, U-Turn instances have increased.

The City of Hazelwood will more likely than not soon have three additional intersections on North Lindbergh where making a U-turn is illegal.

Hazelwood City Council heard first reading of a bill that would add three additional "No U-turn" intersections on its strip of Lindbergh.

Hazelwood City Manager Edwin Carlstrom made the recommendation and said there is a need for the signs since the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) created a new intersection at the off-ramp of eastbound I-270 and North Lindbergh last year.

"It's created an opportunity for U-turns North and South of that intersection so we are recommending council approve signs for those two places (both sides of the light)," he said.

Carlstrom is also recommending "No U-turn" signs at two additional intersections on Lindbergh Boulevard.

"In reviewing information on that intersection we came up with two more places that need to be addressed and that are being recommended by the (" he said. "There is a need North and South Lindbergh at Elm Grove Lane and James S. McDonnell in all directions.

"I'm recommending council approved this to make those movements illegal," Carlstrom said.

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According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, less than one percent of fatal traffic crashes occur when a vehicle makes a U-turn. Still, U-turn accidents kill more than 100 people a year, which is a very small percentage.

Missouri statute 304.341, which governs turns at intersections in the state of Missouri states U-turns are only permissible if the U-turn can be made in safety and without interfering with other traffic. The statute also prohibits U-turns on any curve in the roadway, or where they may create a traffic hazard.

Drivers also cannot attempt a U-turn in any part of the roadway on which the vehicle cannot be seen other drivers for three hundred feet in any direction.

The measure would be up for a final vote at council's March 6 meeting.

DJT February 28, 2013 at 10:28 PM
Good idea HOWEVER.......the Council should be more concerned about speeding in front of schools. Why not double fine speeding in front of schools? Makes is seem like the City picks and chooses at ITS own whim and not the "overall" safety of the community!
Candace Jarrett February 28, 2013 at 10:42 PM
Dimitrios, if I'm not mistaken, there are school zones in front of the schools and Keeps Kids Alive 25mph Zones. This is 25 miles per hour speed enforced zones where fines are doubled if a driver is caught speeding in an area with the signs.
DJT March 01, 2013 at 09:37 PM
Candace: I have never seen a speed limit sign in front of Russell School that states "fines are doubled". Also, I believe the KDA 25 signs can only be put up when kids are present (I believe I read that somewhere in which if want to request sign you must remove it if children are not present.
Candace Jarrett March 01, 2013 at 10:00 PM
I can't recall if there is or isn't a fine warning sign. You know how it is when you see something everyday. As far as I know the Keep Kids Alive Signs are permanent fixtures and don't come down. MO statute as well as Hazelwood's says any violator shall pay a fine at least double that set for such violation near those signs. You can read about it here: "http://z2codes.sullivanpublications.com/sullivan/Z2Browser2.html?showset=hazelwoodset)

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