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Sales tax to fund as many as 80 road projects in St. Charles County

The list is long – 80 projects or more – and costly but it is designed to address major local transportation issues in St. Charles County.

The list is the 2019-2021 Transportation Improvement Plan, a three-year plan the outlines $137 million in local transportation projects. The funding comes from a half-cent transportation sales tax approved by county voters in 1985 and reauthorized by voters three times.

The county executive is required to submit the three-year plan to the county council for its approval, based on recommendations from a 12-member Road Board. The council gave a first reading to a bill at its Nov. 12 meeting that includes the transportation plan and commits county transportation sales tax funds to projects in the plan. Final approval will be before the end of this year.

The county must enter intergovernmental agreements with municipalities in which the projects are located. The council takes action after the Road Board has reviewed funding applications largely from county municipalities and county government for road board projects.

The 2019-2021 TIP includes projects in Dardenne Prairie, Lake Saint Louis, O’Fallon, St. Charles, St. Paul, St. Peters, Weldon Spring, Wentzville and St. Charles County. In a departure from the past, it includes fewer countywide projects normally funded by the Missouri Department of Transportation [MoDOT]. County transportation sales tax funding was used to assist MoDOT with the completion of the Daniel Boone Bridge and the final extension of Route 364 in St. Charles County. County Executive Steve Ehlmann said the use of county funds for those projects was necessary, but he now wants county transportation sales tax funding to go more toward county transportation projects.

Still, with voter rejection of a statewide gasoline tax increase – Proposition D – on Nov. 6, local transportation sales tax funding to supplement MoDOT projects remains up in the air.

The council approved a bill at its Nov. 12 meeting that uses some county transportation sales tax funding to reconfigure the intersection of Route Z at Route N to create a single intersection with a traffic signal and realign Route Z into the existing alignment at Buckner Road. The county would be reimbursed up to 80 percent of the cost not to exceed $1,534,000.

County officials said the council’s action means this project, needed to remedy a local traffic bottleneck, won’t be delayed despite MoDOT’s lack of funding.

Major Wentzville projects include $8.62 million during the 2019 fiscal year and $264,609 in the 2020 fiscal year to build the David Hoekel Parkway and interchange at Interstate 70.

Other Wentzville projects include:

• $4.275 million in fiscal year 2019 for construction of the third phase of West Meyer Road from North Point Prairie Road to about 200 feet west of the Rotary Park entrance.

• $108, 290 in fiscal year 2019, $43,500 in 2020 and $1,318,209 in 2021 for the first phase of the Wentzville Parkway South from Pearce Boulevard to Veterans Memorial Parkway

• $560,000 in fiscal year 2019, $562,288 in 2020 and $6,877,712 in 2021 for the second phase of Wentzville Parkway south from Veteran Memorial Parkway to Interstate Drive.

• $975,934 for a Wentzville Parkway turn lane

• $80,000 for a downtown revitalization study centered at the intersection of Pearce Boulevard and Linn Avenue covering a radius of three-quarters of a mile.

Dardenne Prairie’s projects on the list include:

• $876,050 for the reconstruction of 2,300 feet of Hanley Road from Feise Road

• $120,000 for studying an interchange along Route 264 from the I-64 interchange to 1,800 feet west of Hanley Road

In Lake Saint Louis, projects on the list include:

• roughly $2.62 million in transportation sale tax funds will be used for three phases of reconstructing Lake Saint Louis Boulevard

• $735,000 to build a roundabout at Lake Saint Louis Boulevard at I-70

• $140.643 in transportation funding to be allocated for rebuilding Orf Road from Hwy. N to Hawk Ridge Trail

In O’Fallon, projects on the list include:

• $824,886 in transportation funding is allocated for Hoff Road improvements

• $1,316 million for building an I-70 South Outer Road from Hwy. K to Veterans Memorial Parkway

• $1.197 million for a Paul Renaud Boulevard extension

In the city of St. Charles, projects on the list include:

• $1 million for rebuilding Boschertown Road

• $2.6 million for rebuilding Convention Center Boulevard

• $120,000 for studying overpass study for Sandfort overpass

• $3.678 million for reconstruction of Muegge Road from Hwy. 94 to Route 364

• $2,267 million to reconstruct and improve lane configuration on Droste Road to West Clay Street

In St. Peters, projects on the list include:

• $101,729 for improvements on Mid Rivers Mall Drive and Cottleville Parkway

• $2.24 million near Premier 370 Park near Spencer Road, Lakeside Park Drive and Harry S. Truman Boulevard

• $550,000 for road improvements associated with the new Amazon fulfillment center

• $1.336 million for Spencer Road reconstruction and safety improvement

Major county government projects receiving transportation sales tax funding include:

• $9.54 million for various construction phases of the David Hoekel Parkway in Wentzville

• $2.15 million for Interstate Drive

• $4.74 million for the intersection of Route 364 and Gutermuth Road

• $2.42 million to improve the Weiss Road and Route N intersection

• $100,000 for an I-70 corridor study

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