ST. CHARLES COUNTY, MO (KTVI)- MoDOT is trying to make a hazardous stretch of highway in St. Charles County safer. A travel safe zone is starting today along a stretch of I-70 in Wentzville.
It runs both east and westbound on i-70 between Route A and Wentzville Parkway in Wentzville. MoDOT says studies are showing that the number of serious and fatal crashes along that stretch of highway are greater than the average on similar highways. That is why the travel safe zone is being put into effect.
Among the crashes in that area, a wreck last September where two people were killed on 70 near Wentzville Parkway.
Three passenger cars and a tractor trailers were involved in the crash. Wentzville police tell us this morning the area where that crash happened is one of the dangerous spots along 70 in Wentzville because the highway does an 'S' curve along that stretch of the interstate.
Signs are up this morning marking the area where the travel safe zone is in effect. Fines for moving violations like speeding double in a travel safe zone.
MoDOT says other public information efforts will also take place to help reduce the number of crashes. The Missouri Highway Patrol and Wentzville Police Department are partnering with MoDOT in this project.
The zone will remain in place for one year and then it will be reviewed.