On Feb. 26, 2020, Mid Rivers Newsmagazine published a story covering “Deadly DD”, a name some residents have given to Route DD in St. Charles County. The route runs west and south from the Interstate 64 interchange at Winghaven Boulevard.
On March 11, Andy Tuerck, St. Charles County area engineer for the Missouri Department of Transportation [MoDOT], contacted Mid Rivers Newsmagazine and confirmed that “the number and location of speed limit signs along DD are in compliance with MoDOT’s engineering guidelines.”
However, Tureck also said, “ … because Sommers Road has become a more major intersection in the last decade, an additional speed limit sign will be placed in both the eastbound and westbound direction of Route DD flanking Sommers Road.”
On March 17, Tuerck followed-up again and said that the supplemental speed limit signs had been erected.
On March 11, Mid Rivers Newsmagazine received a Letter to the Editor stating that a fatal crash had occurred “in the last couple of weeks” on Route DD near Route 94, and “that must have been after the story was published” indicating “no fatalities” from 2002-2019. The letter’s writer said he had heard about the fatality from a New Melle firefighter.
Mid Rivers Newsmagazine has researched again all crashes listed in the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s [MSHP] “Crash Map” website for the period of Jan. 1, 2020, through March 17, 2020, and was not able to find any fatal crashes on Route DD for that time period. MHSP’s official website includes all crashes reported by all jurisdictions, including the Missouri State Highway Patrol and the St. Charles County Police and the O’Fallon Police departments.
During that period, there was one fatal crash in St. Charles County on Jan. 5 on Route 61, one fatality on Truman Parkway on Feb. 22, but none on Route DD or Route 94. In fact, there were no injury crashes on Route DD, although there were “property damage” crashes.
A contact at the New Melle Fire Department was not aware of any fatalities on Route DD or Route 94 in 2020. He also said that the MSHP Crash Map website is kept current by New Melle.