St. Charles County’s half-cent transportation sales tax is expected to provide all or a major portion of money needed to pay for 23 new transportation or road improvement projects and studies over the next several years.
The County Council approved a revised three-year transportation improvement plan on Nov. 28 that adds the new projects at a cost of $22.9 million for fiscal years 2017 through 2019. That total brings the amount of transportation sales tax revenue allocated in 2017 to $66.7 million. For now, the amount of sales tax revenue allocated for projects over the three year period stands at $134.3 million.
The council acted on recommendations from the County Road Board, an appointed citizen-member body that reviews projects submitted by municipalities and the county. County voters approved the transportation sales tax in 2007. The three priorities for the use of sales tax funding are arterial road improvements, congestion and safety improvements on non-arterial roads, and economic development.
Amanda Brauer, county roads and traffic manager, who worked with the Road Board to review applications and recommend projects to the council, outlined the projects to the council at its Nov. 14 meeting.
Transportation sales tax funds have paid the entire cost of projects or a portion based on a share of the cost provided from municipalities, the state of Missouri or the federal government. Brauer said since 2007, the transportation sales tax has provided $227 million out of $388 million in transportation projects in the county.
The new projects approved for inclusion in the plan include the funding provided by the county’s transportation sales tax and not necessarily the total project cost. Other funding may be provided from municipalities, the state or federal government. The projects include:
- Reconstruct a 2,300-foot portion of Hanley Road in Dardenne Prairie from Feise Road. The TIP includes $938,050 in transportation sales tax funding for the work over three years.
- The second phase of reconstruction of Lake Saint Louis Boulevard from Pleasant Meadows Drive to Blue Cover Terrace in Lake Saint Louis. In all, $259,322 in county transportation sales tax funding will be available in fiscal year 2019.
- Reconstruction of Orf Road in Lake Saint Louis from Hwy. N to Hawk Ridge Trail, including reconstruction of payment. The county transportation sales tax provides $30,000 for fiscal year 2017, $42,667 for fiscal year 2018 and $312,820 for fiscal year 2019.
- Reconstruction of Hoff Road in O’Fallon from the north side of the railroad to Progress Lane West. In all, $104,000 in transportation sales tax funding will be provided in fiscal year 2017, $280,000 in fiscal year 2018 and $852,800 in fiscal year 2019.
- Construction of an Interstate South Outer Road in O’Fallon on the south side of I-70, from west of Woodlawn to Hwy. K to Veterans Memorial Parkway. In all, $215,000 in county sales tax funding would be provided in fiscal year 2017 and $1.77 million in fiscal year 2015.
- Extend Paul Renaud Boulevard in O’Fallon from Sommers Road to the subdivision stub to the west. In fiscal year 2017, $76,000 in transportation sales tax funding would be provided; another $12,000 in fiscal year 2018 and $1.20 million in fiscal year 2019.
- Construction of a new West Elm Street extension in O’Fallon to connect with North Main Street to existing pavement built as part of the O’Fallon Station development. In fiscal year 2017, $76,000 in transportation sales tax would be provided, $12,000 in fiscal year 2018 and $496,000 in fiscal year 2019.
- Installation of a new traffic signal in St. Charles on Boschertown Road and Fox Hill-Charlestowne Village. There is now a stop sign along Fox Hill and Charlestowne Village Drive and no stop control on Boschertown Road. The transportation sales tax would provide $52,800 in fiscal year 2017, $12,000 in fiscal year 2018 and $275,200 in fiscal year 2019.
- Extend Convention Center Boulevard [Fairgrounds] in St. Charles from Sherbrooke Road to the convention center parking lot entrance. The project includes $280,000 in transportation sales tax funding for fiscal year 2017, $570,400 in fiscal year 2018 and $2,970,400 in fiscal year 2018. The project will provide direct access to Interstate 70 after state improvements to I-70 in the area are finished.
- The second phase of the flashing yellow arrow signalization project in St. Charles that includes 15 signalized intersections within city limits. In fiscal year 2017, $6,000 in transportation sales tax was allocated and $24,500 will be in 2018.
- Reconstruction of Harry Truman Boulevard from West Clay Street in St. Charles to the Norfolk Southern railroad bridge. Funds allocated include $1.68 million of transportation sales tax funding in fiscal year 2017 and $2.39 million in fiscal year 2019.
- Muegge Road interchange improvements in St. Charles from Hwy. 370 to Route 364. The project will modify the existing interchange to provide more access to Muegge Road from westbound Route 364 and from Muegge Road to eastbound Route 364. Transportation sales tax allocated includes $321,800 in fiscal year 2017, $505,800 in fiscal year 2018 and $3.17 million in fiscal year 2019.
- Salt River Road and Arrowhead Industrial Boulevard traffic signal in St. Peters. In 2017, $129,000 in sales tax will be provided, $48,885 in 2018 and $480,288 in 2019.
- Hwy. N and Perry Cate Boulevard traffic signal in Wentzville. The transportation sales tax will provide $40,500 in fiscal year 2017 and $190,000 in fiscal year 2018.
- The third phase of reconstructing West Meyer Road in Wentzville from North Point Prairie Road. The transportation sales tax will provide $428,200 in fiscal year 2017, $240,000 in fiscal year 2018 and $4.04 million in fiscal year 2019.
- The extension of Motherhead Road from Westwood Drive to Hwy. 94 in the county. The transportation sales tax will provide $80,000 in fiscal year 2017 and $810,000 in fiscal year 2019.
- Route 364 and Gutermuth Road interchange. There are 4.4 miles of Route 364 without an interchange. Transportation sales tax funding will provide $1 million in fiscal year 2017, $180,000 in fiscal year 2018 and $1.99 million in fiscal year 2019.
- Interchange improvements on Weiss Road and Hwy. N in the unincorporated area. Transportation sales tax funding will provide $125,000 in fiscal year 2017, $155,000 in fiscal year 2018 and $2.33 million in fiscal year 2019.
- Installation of a right turn lane at the intersection of Veterans Memorial Parkway and Regency Parkway in St. Charles. Transportation sales tax funding will provide $13,000 in fiscal year 2017 and $71,000 in fiscal year 2018.
- Funding for various traffic and corridor studies including $240,000 in fiscal year 2017 for a corridor study of Zumbehl Road in St. Charles from Hwy. 94 to Hwy. 370 excluding the I-70 interchange; $400,000 in fiscal year 2017 for a Wentzville downtown revitalization corridor study centered at the intersection of Pearce Boulevard and Linn Avenue; and $200,000 in fiscal year in fiscal year 2017 for an Interstate 64 South Outer Road study in O’Fallon, from Highway 364 south to Hwy. DD.