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Jungermann Road congestion may remain as culvert work continues

Work will continue into 2019 on Jungermann Road between Country Creek Drive and Margaret Brown Court. [Brian Flinchpaugh photo]

Sitting in traffic along Jungermann Road while new culverts are being built may be an experience that’s not going away for a while.

Work continues along Jungermann Road in St. Peters to replace two deficient culverts between Country Creek Drive and Margaret Brown Court – and it’s expected to be ongoing until late summer 2019. Replacing the culverts amounts to building new bridges on Jungermann Road; one crossing Spencer Creek.

Traffic has been closed down, to one lane in each direction on Jungermann between Barkwood Trails and Briarwick Drive since April resulting in traffic backups. City officials said the single-lane lineup would continue for about a year.

As far back as January, William H. Benesek, the city’s transportation and development services director, told the Board of Aldermen that the project was complicated and involved moving and working around sewer and other utility lines. The road carries about 30,000 vehicles a day.

The roughly $2.9 million cost will be paid from a combination of sources, including $1,442, 520 in federal funds, $1,487,242.82 provided by the city and $965,736 coming from the county’s one-half cent sales tax. The sales tax allocation was approved by the county’s Road Board, a citizen board appointed by the county executive to review applications for local road projects.

Benesek said last week that some of the work at both culverts has had to be redesigned. An unexpected conflict with an underground communications duct has resulted in a portion of a duct near Country Creek Drive needing to be relocated this month. Construction of the Margaret Brown Court culvert will resume this month, along with reconstruction of its intersection with Jungermann.

Work on Jungermann will include raising the existing road elevation to adjust low spots, mitigating flooding issues particularly from Spencer Creek and making it easier for stormwater sewers to drain away excess water.

Additional project elements include an 11-foot-wide trail along Jungermann that follows Spencer Creek under the new bridge built just north of Country Creek Drive and a trail crossing Jungermann at the Country Creek Drive traffic signal.

A portion of Jungermann Road also will be the site of special safety improvements. The city was awarded a $138,008 grant from the Road Board this year that will pay about 80 percent of the cost of laying a high friction roadway surface to help with vehicle tire traction and installing enhanced inlaid pavement markings and a lighted pedestrian crossing sign for a mid-block crossing at Garden Valley Drive. Those improvements will be made between Bartley Street and Willott Road. The city’s portion of the safety improvements is 20 percent or $34,502.23.

Funds for the work will not be available from the city or Road Board until Fiscal Year 2020 [late fall 2019].

 

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