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Road Improvements Could Draw Developers to Site Abandoned by Menards

Plans call for costs to be shared with the city of Lake Saint Louis, MoDOT and the County Road Board.

A project for improvements to the intersection of Route N and Hawk Ridge Trail may make the site more attractive for potential developers, say O'Fallon city staffers.

Plans for a new Menards store near that intersection fell through late last year.

READ MORE: Menards No Longer Plans to Build in O'Fallon

The defunct Menards development plan straddled the border of Lake Saint Louis and O'Fallon, with the actual store in O'Fallon and the outlots and access road in Lake Saint Louis.

Both cities are jointly applying for funding for the project, which will widen part of Hawk Ridge Trail and add turn lanes and through lanes to the current intersection.

Plans also call for a roundabout to Old Highway N and Hawk Ridge Trail and sidewalks.

City staff noted that the project is even more important with Phase 3 of the Page Avenue Extension bringing the new highway to a terminus at Highway N.

"This intersection will be the first traffic signal that vehicles coming from the new Page Avenue will have to go through after crossing Highway 40 (I-64)," city documents state.

The cities are looking at funding the $1.8 million project from MoDOT Cost Share funds, Federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) funds, and County Road Board funds:

  • MoDOT Cost Share: $630,000
  • Federal CMAQ: $600,000
  • County Road Board: $470,000
  • Lake Saint Louis: $50,000
  • O’Fallon: $50,000

If funding is approved, the cities would enter into an Intergovernmental Agreement after meetings finalize the details.

Once funding and the agreement are in place, plans call for right-of-way acquisition to start in the Fall of 2014 and construction in the Fall of 2015.

Jim Frain March 21, 2013 at 01:15 PM
The next four years will be a period of quality growth for O'Fallon....Cities working together instead of against each other on this project and on other roads and projects throughout the county will make for a bright future for O'Fallon.
Rich Pope March 21, 2013 at 07:39 PM
That's a good point Jim. Why don't you run for mayor? I'd vote for you!
These intersections, road improvements and Traffic Mitigation Enhancements are desperately needed by the building of the Wentzville School District of the New Liberty High School located in the middle of Sommers Road between Highway DD and Highway N. This is a large School (One grade will be added each year 9-12) and will produce tons of traffic in addition to the adjoining subdivisions that are building more new homes which are bringing in additional families on a weekly basis. Our population is increasing, demands of service are growing and traffic is greatly increasing. The New Residential Building Permits are on the rise which is great news for our O’ Fallon. AC Dienoff City Council Candidate and Public Advocate
Jim Frain March 21, 2013 at 09:59 PM
You gave me a great laugh Rich...I did run for Mayor of O'Fallon 4 years ago...I knew that it was a long shot, Bill Hennessy was on the council for 10 years and Pierce Conley had been on the council for 4 years...I gave it a good try...I think that Bill had a little over 4,200 votes, I had a little over 2,500 votes and Pierce had a little over 900 votes...Hey, at least I finished second. LOL

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