At the January 28 meeting of the Wentzville Board of Aldermen, city staff were given approval to apply for federal funding for several city projects. The funds are administered by the East West Gateway Council of Governments.
The projects that will submitted are:
- Adding flashing yellow arrows to the traffic signals at 10 intersections in the city. The addition of the arrow signals is expected to help reduce traffic congestion and delays and also reduce emissions. The project is estimated to cost $270,000, and the city’s contribution if awarded EWG funding, will be $54,000.
- Adding a center turn lane on Wentzville Parkway from Schroeder Creek Boulevard to Meyer Road. The project would also include ADA compliant curb ramps, upgraded sidewalks and storm sewers. The total cost is estimated at $2,840,000, with the city’s responsibility $1,420,000.
- Reconstructing South Linn Avenue to be similar to the changes recently made to Church Street, with new pavement, curb and gutter, signage, and aggregate sidewalks. This project is estimated at $885,900, with the city’s portion $442,950.
- Widening and resurfacing May Road from West Meyer to THF Way. Project cost estimated at $791,600, with the city contributing $237,480.
Assistant Public Works Director Doug Lee told the board that the cost of applying for the funding would be $13,165, but that the application fee was refundable if the project funding was declined.
Lee said that the scope of many of the projects had been scaled back after being turned down for funding last year. One area of concern, Public Works Director Susan Mueller said, was limiting the scope of downtown construction projects. “We need to get in and get out faster,” she said, “so there’s not so much down time for our businesses.”
The city fielded a number of complaints from businesses during the lengthy Church Street reconstruction, Mueller said.
The board voted to approve the application.