The O’Fallon City Council has given the green light to working with St. Charles County to fund two road improvements projects.
At the March 12 meeting, the council approved two ordinances that allow O’Fallon to enter into an agreement with the county to share the costs of two separate roadway projects. The first, for which work will begin by year’s end, is an extension of Lake Saint Louis Boulevard.
This project will be completed in three phases. The first phase is in the hands of the developers for a new subdivision, who will design, fund and build the portion of the extension stretching from Hwy. N to Haycastle Drive. The city will be connecting Haycastle Drive to Paul Renaud Boulevard in Phase 2 and will stretch the extension from Paul Renaud Boulevard to Hwy. DD in the third phase of the project. Phase 3 is currently a planned and future project.
Overall the three phases will cost a total of $4,800,000, with St. Charles County paying $2,160,000 of the project’s costs. Public Works Director Steve Bender said that since this project is extending Lake Saint Louis Boulevard, it will not cause many changes in traffic until it opens and gives drivers a new route to take. “This is more about planning for future traffic so that the road infrastructure is in place as things develop out in the area,” Bender said. The second piece of legislation pertains to the city’s I-70/Hwy. K interchange project. The focus of this project is to help relieve traffic congestion at that intersection, according to Bender. This project’s total cost is approximately $16 million; however, O’Fallon’s out-of-pocket cost is limited to $1,210,196.
The county will put $6,250,000 towards the project, and O’Fallon will pay the remaing cost through the Missouri Department of Transportation Cost Share program and Federal grants.