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Sammelman Road improvement project approved

Weldon Spring and St. Peters have agreed to partner and proceed on a project to improve a dangerous 90°curve on Sammelman Road.

Weldon Spring City Administrator Michael Padella said city staff had recommended awarding a contract for the Sammelman Road 90° Curve and Sidewalk Improvement project. The low bidder and recommended firm was Build Pro STL at a bid price of $132,833.98.

The Weldon Spring Board of Aldermen approved an intergovernmental agreement with St. Peters on Jan. 28 by a vote of 6-0.

The board voted 6-0 to approve Bill No. 1161 at its Feb. 9 meeting, authorizing the mayor to execute a contract with Build Pro STL, and to proceed with the project as bid, subject to St. Peters approving the intergovernmental agreement.

Sammelman Road curve – northbound (John Tremmel photo)

The St. Peters Board of Aldermen approved the intergovernmental agreement with Weldon Spring at its meeting on Feb. 11, by a vote of 7 yes with one absent. Alderman Rocky Reitmeyer (Ward 1) was excused/absent.

Padella said that once all signed agreements and contracts are received, Weldon Spring will send a “notice-to-proceed” to the contractor. The contractor will have a 90-day construction period once the notice-to-proceed is issued.

Padella explained that there is no St. Charles County Road Board funding or other funding sources. Weldon Spring will pay for 100% of the engineering design and construction. 

Per the intergovernmental agreement with St. Peters, that city will supply technical expertise by providing construction management staff for inspection and field project management, as well as the use of some electronic message boards/signs that St. Peters owns.  

Essentially, St. Peters will be providing in-kind support with staff time and signage for the project.

When the project originally was introduced, Padella had explained that “Sammelman Road carries over 2,000 vehicles per day, making it one of the heaviest traveled ‘internal’ sections of roadway in the city. With the opening of the County’s Veterans Tribute Park in Weldon Spring off Pitman Hill Road, more area residents have requested pedestrian connections to the new park.”

He further had said that “Sammelman Road, as it was originally laid out, is inadequate because it lacks a completed sidewalk system and shoulders, stormwater drainage, and has a dangerous 90° curve. Sammelman is a major access point for the Highland/Highland Estates subdivisions, which are split between the cities of Weldon Spring and St. Peters.  However, most of the roadway is in the city of Weldon Spring.”

“The city has heard from area residents who have expressed concerns about the 90° curve and the proximity of the sidewalk along this section of roadway,” Padella had said. “Fischer & Frichtel Homes has completed construction on the 10-home Ehlmann Farms subdivision and are wrapping up construction on two new homes across the street which are next to the curve.

“The developer has realized the need for these roadway improvements and have actively supported them, including the donation of the necessary right-of-way to the city. The designed improvements will shift the roadway away from the sidewalk and smooth out the curve.”

Sammelman Road curve – westbound (John Tremmel photo)

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