The Watchdog

MoDOT can indeed change its stripes

Updated: 2014-01-24T23:32:57Z

The problem

Just as you can tell a dalmatian by its spots, you can identify a street lane by its stripes. But as Lynn Nelson of Kansas City points out, things aren’t always quite so clear.

For several months, she has been worried about the lane stripes, or lack thereof, on Barry Road, specifically in the eastbound lanes under the Interstate 29 overpass between Prairie View Road and the Zona Rosa shopping district.

The lines have faded so much that they are barely visible, Nelson said, and when there is rain, they’re not seen at all.

It seems that Nelson is a bit of a Watchdog herself. She called the city and learned that Missouri is responsible for maintaining Barry Road.

When following up with the state, she said, she was told the striping would be done in a week, but that was more than six months ago. After two more calls, she turned to the Watchdog.

The answer

The Watchdog picked up on Nelson’s trail and was told that the work was finished Dec. 2. The MIssouri Department of Transportation describes Barry Road as a high-wear area where workers must return often for restriping.

Nelson was happy to get the striping done under Interstate 29 but says crews missed a crucial area where drivers leave Zona Rosa and head east. The Dog barked several more times at MoDOT but did not get a response.

The Watchdog wonders: Is it easier to get Barry Road restriped or to persuade your pup to clean up his room?

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