At their June 24 meeting, the O’Fallon City Council gave a first reading of a bill that would approve entering into an agreement with the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission (MHTC) to provide funding for the Dardenne Greenway Connection Project.
The city had previously submitted an application to East-West Gateway Council of Governments (East-West Gateway) in 2020 for potential funding of the project to extend the Dardenne Greenway. The application was successful and the city was awarded funding.
The project consists of the installation of shared use path improvements including but not limited to a path section, a pedestrian bridge that will span Dardenne Creek, and trailhead parking area improvements.
The project is a critical component to the St. Charles County Master Trail Plan, and future connectivity through the August Busch Wildlife Conservation Property adjacent to the project.
This will also make connections to the existing path systems of Barathaven and the high density residential developments along I-64 between Phoenix Parkway and Barathaven Boulevard.
The federal government will provide 65.2% of the project costs up to $657,798 through the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) from East-West Gateway.
The MHTC administers the federal program, on behalf of East-West Gateway, which is why the agreement is with MHTC.
The total project cost is estimated to be $1,163,952.
If approved, numerous preparatory items then must be completed, such as obtaining rights-of-way. The next step would be for bids would be obtained in March, April, and May 2024. Actual construction would be June 2024 to June 2025.
If typical process and timing are followed, the second reading and vote for passage of the bill would be at the next council meeting on July 8.