Since August of 2018, the Missouri Department of Transportation’s (MoDOT) St. Louis District, in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), has been conducting an Environmental Assessment (EA) for an approximately eight-mile stretch of Route N in St. Charles County, Missouri. The purpose of the study is to investigate and identify improvements intended to develop a safe and efficient network between the intersection of South Point Prairie Road/ Jackson Road and the I-64/Route 364 interchange.
Issues identified from public input so far include:
• Turning on and off Route N;
• Traffic congestion at certain intersections
• Concern that infrastructure has not kept up with growth;
• Concern that the design cannot handle current traffic;
• Concern about safety response times;
• A desire to keep the rural feel (not like Route K); and
• A desire for bike/pedestrian accommodations.
A meeting held last fall asked for public input on six conceptual design ideas. Since then, three “Reasonable Alternatives” were selected: “Improve Existing Route N”, a “Near South Alternative”, and a “Buckner Road Alternative”. A second public meeting, held Feb. 21st, focused on public comment on those three alternatives.
The study will eventually identify a “Preferred Alternative” based on impacts, cost, and other factors.
The public is encouraged to view the map and submit comments via a website dedicated to the project: RouteNStudy.com. Citizens can also sign up to receive email notices of updates as the project progresses. Questions can also be directed to Shaun Tooley, Project Manager, at 1-888-ASK-MODOT.
Andrew Tuerck, Area Engineer for MoDOT, emphasized that there is currently no funding to build this project, however, St. Charles County is paying the cost for the environmental study so that the project is ready to go in the event Federal funding becomes available.