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Work continues on Civic Center Drive

Construction on Civic Center Drive in Lake Saint Louis is expected to continue until the middle of September.

The drive, which provides an access to city hall and a Schnucks Shopping Center, will remain closed to traffic while it’s being rebuilt. Construction began Aug. 4 and, at presstime, the installation of new curbs and cutters was expected to begin this week.

A first phase of the project is expected to be finished by Aug. 21 and, if the weather is good, a second phase may be finished by the second week of September, said Derek Koestel, the city’s director of public works. Until then, motorists should use Hwy. 40-61 to detour the construction area.

When complete the reconstructed road will enable all residents living on the west side of the city’s main lake to reach the Schnucks Shopping Center from Civic Center Drive.

The first phase of the $1 million project includes about 650 feet of roadway, and the second phase includes about 1,500 feet, Koestel said. The project is being funded by the city’s half-cent capital projects sales tax. Koestel said the rebuilt road will include bicycle lanes and enough space to restripe to add more turn lanes for more traffic and new development.

City officials considered building a bypass for the project to keep the drive open to traffic, but right-of-way constraints and utility issues killed that idea. To speed up contractors, the city added a $2,500 per day incentive and disincentive to encourage bidders to reduce construction time. The winning bidder proposed a 120-day project.

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