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O’Fallon looks to improve area roads, among other actions

At its Feb. 13 meeting, the O’Fallon City Council approved five items originally introduced in January.

A resolution authorizing the Guthrie Road Intersection & Sidewalks Improvement Project at a cost not to exceed $363,867.60 was approved by a 10-0 vote of the council. The project covers the installation of a new traffic signal and associated sidewalk and intersection improvements at the intersection of Guthrie and Mexico roads. Currently, the intersection does not have a signal. The project also includes sidewalk improvements on Guthrie Road between Mexico Road and Flint Brook Drive. O’Fallon received funding for this project from the St. Charles County Road Board
and will be reimbursed for 80% of the project’s cost.

Resolution 02-13-2020D was also approved by a vote of 10-0 on Feb. 13. It establishes a Buy American policy for the Wastewater Treatment Plant Expansion Project. Until this resolution, the city did not have a Buy American provision included as part of its purchasing policy. City staff plan to place such a provision in the purchasing policy with the next updates to that policy.

Those updates are not set to occur for some time, and it was desired to have a Buy American policy immediately for the city’s large $30 million Wastewater Treatment Plant Expansion project [Ammonia Project].

State and federal laws do pose some requirements already. On federal projects inclusive of the city’s road projects with federal funds, there is a requirement that all iron, steel and coatings of steel products be manufactured within the United States. State law provides that public works projects shall contain a provision that any manufactured goods or commodities used or supplied in the performance of the contract be manufactured or produced in the United States.

Also at its Feb. 13 meeting, the O’Fallon City Council gave a first reading to Bill No. 7176 authorizing the Winghaven Blvd. Road Improvement Project. Ward 3 council members Dale Kling and Nathan Bibb sponsored the bill. If passed, it would approve plans for various improvements to Winghaven Blvd. from Route N on the north to Hammack Drive on the south.

The project includes resurfacing of Winghaven Blvd. and required improvements to help the intersections meet requirements of the federal Americans with Disabilities Act [ADA]. The council previously approved a funding agreement with the Missouri Department of Transportation [MoDOT].

If the usual process is followed, the bill will receive a second reading and vote for final passage at the next council meeting on Feb. 27.

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