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O’Fallon road projects

At its Jan. 28 meeting, the O’Fallon City Council introduced three bills to fund road projects using state and county resources. If the usual process and timing are followed, all three bills will be given a second reading and vote for passage at the Feb. 11 council meeting.

Main Street Phase 2

Bill No. 7281 proposes entering into an agreement with the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission to fund the Main Street Phase 2 Project. This project consists of sidewalk improvements, street resurfacing and other improvements on Main Street between Pitman Avenue and the I-70/Hwy. K interchange.   

The federal government will provide 80% of the project costs, up to $1,423,393, through the Surface Transportation Program (STP), which is locally managed by the East-West Gateway Council of Governments and administered by the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission. The total project cost is estimated to be $1,779,242, with the city paying the 20% balance of $355,849.

The bill was sponsored by council members Dave Hinman (Ward 1), Deana Smith (Ward 1), Debbie Cook (Ward 5), and Katie Gatewood (Ward 5).

Guthrie Road Improvement

Bill No. 7282 proposes to repeal and replace Ordinance No. 6527, by entering into an agreement with St. Charles County for the use of SCC transportation sales tax funds for the Guthrie Road Improvement Project.

This project would provide for signalization of the Guthrie Road-Mexico Road intersection. Improvements also would be made to Guthrie Road between Mexico Road and north of Bluff Brook Drive. 

The proposed improvements would include a sidewalk along the east side of Guthrie Road, which would widen the road to allow for the installation of a left-turn lane and increase the radius and decrease the severity of the curve.

The total project cost is estimated at $5,726,668. The county would fund 80.68% or $4,620,495. The percentage is not the typical 80/20 split because some of the project construction will occur within the county’s jurisdiction and be funded at 100% for those costs. 

The bill was sponsored by council members Ward 5 council members Cook and Gatewood.

Lake St. Louis Boulevard Extension – Phase 3

Bill No. 7283, sponsored by Mayor Bill Hennessy, proposes entering into an agreement with the county for the use of transportation sales tax funds for the Lake St. Louis Boulevard Extension – Phase 3. This project would provide design services and right-of-way funding for the extension of Lake St. Louis Boulevard, south from the existing roundabout at the intersection with Paul Renaud Boulevard to the city limits of O’Fallon.

Simultaneous with the O’Fallon portion of this project, the county would be conducting a similar project for the portion of Lake St. Louis Boulevard that would be located in its jurisdiction. That project would extend the roadway down to Diehr Road and Hwy. DD.

The total design/right-of-way cost for the project is estimated at $300,000. The county would fund 80% or $240,000 through transportation sales tax revenue.

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