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 Route N and Hawk Ridge Trail intersection 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 Withdraws Plans to Build on Hwy. N

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 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 the Missouri Department of Transportation 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.

Jackie Marler March 22, 2013 at 02:18 PM
How can we get the county's attention, and MODOT's, to stop with all of this development around Hwy N? The road is a deathtrap from Hwy 40 to Hwy Z, and we just keep adding subdivisions and businesses. How many fatal and serious accidents does it take to realize we need the funding to go towards widening this road - NOT adding more traffic to it? With the Paige extension dumping even more traffic onto Hwy N, we will only see it get worse. And have I mentioned that the largest school campus in Wentzville School District also happens to reside right in the middle of this death trap? How many students have we lost in the last decade? I'm certainly not the only resident that feels this way. If the county doesn't do something soon, we'll have to start petitioning and calling our reps.


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