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O’Fallon approves Main Street major renovation project

The city of O’Fallon has approved funding for the Main Street Phase 1 renovation project for up to $2,425,000. The work includes sidewalk improvements, street resurfacing and other improvements on Main Street between Pitman Avenue and the railroad tracks, located just south of the O’Fallon Municipal Centre.

On Sept. 26, Bill No. 7129, sponsored by council members Dave Hinman [Ward 1], Mike Pheney [Ward 5] and Debbie Cook [Ward 5], was passed by a Council vote of 9-0, with council member Jim Ottomeyer [Ward 4] excused. The bill authorizes an agreement between the city of O’Fallon and the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission [MHTC] to fund the Main Street Phase 1 project.

If the agreement with MHTC is executed by Jan. 31, 2020, public meetings and hearings could occur in August and September of 2020, followed by 18 months of final planning, rights-of-way acquisitions, utility coordination, RFPs, bid reviews and approvals by March 2022. Implementation and construction could begin in April 2022 and see completion by October 2022 if no significant delays occur.

The federal government will provide 80% of the costs up to $1,980,000 through their Surface Transportation Program [STP]. The MHTC administers the federal program, requiring the city to have an agreement with MHTC. City dollars, in the amount of $485,000, to be applied to this project have already been accounted for in O’Fallon’s proposed 2020 budget. The project is listed in the city’s five-year Capital Improvement Plan.

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