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O’Fallon applies for Great Rivers Greenway connectivity funding

At its meeting on Aug. 13, the O’Fallon City Council unanimously approved Resolution 08-13-2020A to apply for funding from the East-West Gateway Council of Governments’ Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP). The funds will be used to create a trailhead located adjacent to Technology Drive where it crosses Dardenne Creek along Interstate 64.   

Total project cost is estimated to be $1,169,849, of which $505,699 must be covered by O’Fallon. The city’s amount will be split 50/50 between Parks and Road Improvement Fund budgets.

The project will include, but is not limited to, a 10-foot-wide pedestrian bridge to span over Dardenne Creek, 10-foot-wide shared-use path sections that would provide connectivity to the existing trail systems of the high-density residential area northeast of Dardenne Creek, the Barathaven/Blue Bird Park trail systems east of I-64, and potential future trail systems located through the August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area west of I-64.  A new parking lot area will be constructed to accommodate a trailhead atmosphere and provide connectivity to the new trail sections and pedestrian bridge.

Current expectations are for design work to start in 2021, land acquisition in 2022, and construction to be completed in December 2023, weather permitting.

The city has been working with Great Rivers Greenway and its predecessor for many years to get connected to St. Louis metro area trail systems.  This has included working with other municipalities, Missouri Department of Conservation, homeowners associations and developers to promote interest, obtain funding, create cost-share opportunities and construct trail infrastructure.

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