O'Fallon Chips in for Route 364 Extension
O'Fallon will cough up more than $2 million to help fund the final phase of the Route 364 extension project on the condition that officials build interchanges along the highway at Highway K and Bryan Road.
The City of O'Fallon has agreed to put up $2.25 million to help cover additional costs for extending Route 364, based on the state committing to build interchanges or bridges at Highway K and Bryan Road, the Suburban Journals reports.
Route 364—or the Page Avenue extension—now connects Maryland Heights to St. Charles County but will ultimately offer motorists an alternate route from Interstate 270 in Maryland Heights to Highway 40 near O'Fallon.
According to the report, Steve Bender, O'Fallon's public works director, said it is not certain enough money would be available for interchanges at Highway K and Bryan Road.
From the report:
The agreement approved by the council states “MoDOT must commit to providing a grade-separated intersection at both Route K and Bryan Road prior to the agreement being executed by the city.”
Wilson Horn said the state has limited funding available for the highway and is asking for help from local jurisdictions. "St. Charles County and O'Fallon have all stepped up and are working together in making the best improvements possible," Horn said.
The second phase of the highway project—a six-mile stretch from Harvester Road to Mid Rivers Mall Drive in St. Peters—opened in August. That portion was built with $2.25 million in funds from the City of St. Peters and $3.7 million from St. Charles County. Other funding from the $101 million project came from $49 million in federal economic stimulus money, $19 million in other federal funds, and about $26 million in state money.
The final phase will extend Page from Mid Rivers Mall Drive running parallel to Route N to the Route N and I-64 interchange. The new $100 million project includes federal and state transportation funds, St. Charles County road tax funds and local federal transportation funds for many of the county municipalities. A contractor is expected to awarded in spring of 2013 with the project finishing at the end of 2014.
The first phase connected Page from Interstate 270 in Maryland Heights to Highway 94 at Jungs Station Road via a new bridge over the Missouri River.