O'Fallon's Highway K, I-64 Intersection Sign, Landscaping Project Complete
The design incorporates an entrance sign and plants.
Construction is now complete on the entrance sign and landscaping project at the Highway K and Interstate 64 entrance in O'Fallon.
This is the first step in a long-term plan from the Community Landscape Improvement Program (CLIP) committee, for a city beautification project.
The City Council unanimously approved basic design concepts for the project at the council's April 26 workshop. They approved an ordinance establishing a licence agreement with the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) at the July 12 meeting.
The design incorporates the O’Fallon City Hall building and clock tower into the stone posts and steel structure of the sign. It also includes plans for native plants.
O’Fallon’s Director of Public Relations Tom Drabelle said the city has about $150,000 budgeted for the CLIP program in 2012. Formal bids were received from four companies, according to the city agenda notes. At the July 12 meeting, city council approved a contract with the low bidder - Ideal Landscape Group, bringing the project to a cost of $132,275, plus an additional $9,000 for permit fees, connection charges and surveying.
Project Cost Estimates:
- Landscaping: $44,800 for irrigation, landscape features, a retaining wall, turf re-establishment. In the future years, the annual maintenance would be handled by O’Fallon parks staff for an estimated cost of $13,000 per year
- Electricity: $12,500 to light the sign and run irrigation
- City Sign: $26,000 for 17x12 foot sign with the city’s logo
As O'Fallon Patch previously reported, this project is the first of a long-term plan for the City Landscape Improvement Program (CLIP) to help make the city more attractive and guide residents through the city limits of O'Fallon.
The CLIP committee is composed of six city staff members and five councilmembers.
“What we’re looking for is to make our city a little bit more attractive, “ Ward 2 Councilwoman Rose Mack, who chairs the committee, previously said.
Drabelle said the project at Highway K and I-64 is one stage of possibly 20, and CLIP members began by advising the entrance signs and landscaping should start where they are most visible.
Other possible locations for future entrance sign and landscaping projects include:
- Northwest entrance at Bryan Road/I-70
- Southwest entrance at Highway DD/I-64