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UPDATE: One-Way I-70 Outer Roads Could Be in O'Fallon's Future

O'Fallon has yet to release any details about changes to I-70 outer roads.

This clarification comes from Tom Drabelle, O'Fallon's Director of Public Information: "This is actually a St. Charles County project, not an O’Fallon project. Although O’Fallon is involved and will be involved in the public education and planning process.  The County will be building the new roadways, managing construction, etc. They are the driving force through this project as it’s intended to improve traffic flow and increase access to businesses and residents throughout the entire County."

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported this week that one-way outer roads on I-70 could be coming to O'Fallon in the future.

St. Peters has made changes to its plan for one-way outer roads in order to allow better access to Route 370, and St. Peters residents will have the chance to comment at an open house this week.

O'Fallon has not yet released their own plans for one-way outer roads, but the Post quoted O'Fallon's Director of Public Relations, Tom Drabelle, who said that the city would have to build a new roadway in one spot where there is currently no south outer road, and also that the city would consider constructing "Texas U-turns" to allow access from one outer road to the other.

Once O'Fallon's plans are released—possibly by the end of the year—residents will be asked to give their input.

The St. Peters part of the one-way configuration could cost $12-15 million, and the O'Fallon part as much as $25 million.


Herb Mac October 03, 2013 at 10:46 AM
One Way Outer Roads? That will Suck. Why not use that money to fix existing road issues and years old problems that are not being addressed or repaired because of stated, "Lack Of Funding", instead of creating more unnecessary roads to fall into disrepair. Additionally I thought our city's and states were supposed to have our roadways set up for shortest & quickest routes to lower emissions and save fuel during this energy crises they said we are in. Having to drive two or three miles west just to go east is ludicrous and a waste of time, fuel and Will create higher vehicle emissions. I suppose they will be able to install more of their personal favorites, additional stoplights, that way we all can sit and waste more time and fuel while emitting high emissions sitting idling waiting for the light to change in more traffic created by having to go the wrong way just to get to were you can now go the right way! Well there goes the short trip to pick up something at the store. O, Crap, now I have to try to get back home, where is my GPS.
Gloria Falk October 03, 2013 at 03:13 PM
Herb Mac, I have to agree with you. I don't see how this will HELP businesses along those corridors. I can see how it would hurt. Somebody better do some deep studying on this one.
Anna Mason October 03, 2013 at 03:41 PM
This is simply ridiculous! I totally agree with Herb Mac....use the money to fix existing road problems. What's wrong with St. Charles County? Clearly they haven't let the citizens affected have any input in this. What a waste of money & resources!! How can this possibly increase access to businesses!! Hogwash!
Mary Mackey October 03, 2013 at 05:30 PM
Agree! O'Fallon doesn't need to be like St.Charles,with all of their confusing one way streets.
Ron Shaver October 08, 2013 at 10:47 PM
Tonight I sat through a presentation on 1 way outer roads, They should have done this years ago !!! I WAS WRONG !!!
Anna Mason October 09, 2013 at 03:53 PM
Maybe this idea will work in St. Peters, but I still feel it's not only ridiculous, but too expensive for O'Fallon. If St. Charles County was planning this, why weren't O'Fallon residents included in any discussions?
Ron Shaver October 09, 2013 at 04:07 PM
24 hrs. Ago, I felt the same way, it will be a viable option,

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