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Improvements coming to a sidewalk near you

Walking along some busy streets in Dardenne Prairie is expected to become a little easier.

The city’s Board of Aldermen has approved a major sidewalk, crosswalk and storm sewer inlet project along portions of Hanley, Feise and Bates roads and Hwy. N, and a storm sewer inlet along Bates Road.

The board, at its Oct. 7 meeting, approved a $258,000 bid from Amcon Municipal Concrete in O’Fallon for the work that city officials hope will get underway before cold weather arrives.

The project includes installing sidewalks and crosswalks on Hanley Road, north of Feise Road, and sidewalks along Feise Road from Dardenne Landing to a new pedestrian crosswalk on Feise near Prairie View Elementary.

Another portion of the project includes the installation of sidewalks on the north side of Hwy. N, east and west of Post Road between Kids Academy and the Wehrenberg Theatre; a walking path and sidewalk near the intersection of Bates, Henning and McCluer roads; and the installation of a storm sewer inlet at a lot in the Kings Mill Estates subdivision along Bates Road.

Mayor David Zucker said the new sidewalks will allow pedestrians to walk along areas where there was little room before.

Some residents had to walk along the road right-of-way and ditches presently, he said.

Amcon, the low bidder, was only about $8,000 above the city staff’s internal estimate for the project, Zucker said.

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