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Funding request for I-70 outer road project heads to County Council

O’Fallon is applying to the St. Charles County Road Board for additional scope and funding for the new south outer road to be constructed along I-70 between Woodlawn Avenue and Hwy. K.

In 2017, the Road Board had approved funding of $3,982,580 for this project, to be paid out of St. Charles County Transportation Sales Tax funds. 

However, well after the original design was approved and funded, St. Charles County requested scope adjustments to ensure the project will accommodate additional lanes along the I-70 corridor in future years.

Additional design and construction costs would be incurred due to these scope changes. The new total project cost is estimated at $5 million, an increase of $1,017,420. St. Charles County, not O’Fallon, was expected to pay for the increased scope.

The scope adjustments are to extend the south outer road project to just west of Woodlawn Avenue. The extension will provide more efficient access to the outer road and I-70 for those properties west of Woodlawn.

At its Oct. 8 meeting, the O’Fallon City Council passed, by a vote of 7-3, Bill No. 7244 to approve entering into the amended agreement with St. Charles County for the expanded south outer road project. Voting against the bill were council member Dave Hinman (Ward 1) and Ward 5 council members Debbie Cook and Katie Gatewood.

The bill was sponsored by council members Hinman and Cook. Council members frequently sponsor bills that affect their wards, just to get the bills to the council for consideration. However, just because they sponsor a bill does not necessarily mean they support it.

Passage by the city is contingent on approval by the St. Charles County Council at its Oct. 13 meeting.

Mid Rivers Newsmagazine published a detailed story about Phase 2 on Sept. 30.

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