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St. Peters Seeks Comment on New One-Way Outer Road Plan

Officials have revised plans to include additional on and off ramps to provide access to I-70 and Route 370.

St. Peters is seeking feedback on revised plans to move to a one-way outer road system along Interstate 70 between Cave Springs and Mid Rivers Mall Drive. 

The outer road would switch to westbound between Shady Springs Road and Mid Rivers Mall Drive and eastbound between Mid Rivers Mall Drive to where Mexico Road meets Veterans Memorial Parkway. 

Plans for the access changes to I-70 will be presented for public comment from 4 to 7 p.m. Oct. 2 at St. Peters City Hall. 

Russ Batzel, manager of the transportation and development services group for St. Peters, said the new plans incorporate changes suggested by businesses and the public at the last hearing, held a year ago.

"A year ago, what we heard was close to 90 percent of the people recognize there was a problem with congestion at 70 and at the interchanges at Mid Rivers and Cave Springs. A similar percentage felt the project was beneficial or somewhat beneficial to the traveling public," Batzel said. 

The challenge was to find a way to provide access to the various types of businesses that are located in the three-mile stretch along the corridor. Those businesses include big box stores like Costco, Mid Rivers Mall and hhgregg, car dealerships and smaller businesses. 

"The businesses were a little more skeptical," Batzel said. "We've done things to address that by reconfiguring ramps and access." 

The city added access from the outer road on both north and south to 70 and to 370. Previous plans did not have access to 370.

In the updated plan, drivers heading westbound on the north outer road would be able to get onto 370 and drivers coming off of 370 could get straight onto the outer road heading west. 

There are on-ramps to I-70 from northbound outer road planned at just past Executive Center Parkway, at 370 and at Mid Rivers Mall Drive.

Heading east on Veterans Memorial Parkway from Mid Rivers Mall Drive, drivers will be able to access 370 and also get on to I-70 at Executive Center Parkway and both right before and right after Cave Springs. 

The public is invited to give comments on the new plans, which would be incorporated into an access justification report for review by the Missouri Department of Transportation. The city hopes to receive approval and look to start construction at the end of 2014 into 2015. 

"We're generally trying to find a way to plan this for the betterment of hte community and access to the community, and again trying to consider every viewpoint," Batzel said. 

The estimated cost for the project has risen to between $12 and $15 million, Batzel said. Funding would come from a range of sources. 
L. J. Launer September 24, 2013 at 11:55 PM
If you want to see the result of this "one way" service roads, just look at Route 367, north of I-270. Look at all of the shuttered buildings and abandoned businesses along that route. That is EXACTLY what will happen to St. Peters if MoDOT forces us to do the same along I-70 in St. Charles County.
Bill September 25, 2013 at 09:35 AM
In my opinion, they will listen carefully to the citizen comments, and then do whatever they want.
J. B. September 25, 2013 at 12:34 PM
Dumb idea. We used to have a business on Watson. Once the 'wall' went in and people had to use U-turn ramps business crashed so that we closed the location.
Rita September 26, 2013 at 11:15 AM
Please don't make the service roads one way. What has been done because of the Page Extension being expanded is terrible. One has to go a couple miles out of their way just to get to a location right across the highway. Not only is it terribly inconvenient, and a waste of gas to the traveler, I'm sure it's had ill effects on a lot of the businesses. Sometimes it's just not worth it to have to drive from one exit, all the way up to the next exit, cross the highway, then come almost all the way back down to where you started, just to get to an establishment across the highway from where you started. Where it used to take you 2 or 3 minutes to get across 94 & to your destination across the highway, it now takes upwards of 10 minutes to get to the same place. And just getting across the highway at some locations is ridiculous. Where I use to have 2 lights to get across 94 I now have 4 lights to get across 364 and sometimes I get stopped at each light and it can take 4 minutes to just get across the road. In summation, NO, do not make the north & south service roads one way.
J. B. September 26, 2013 at 12:40 PM
The congestion problem isn't with the outer roads, it's with the exits and simply doing what was done at 94 and 70 would fix it, put the outer roads under Cave Springs and Zumbehl. Problem solved and no disruption to the businesses and drivers. But, MoDot is in love with the one-way service road idea and is becoming a two-trick pony, forcing the stupid idea everywhere it can. The other trick, the diverging diamond was jammed down everyone's throat for MidRivers when a SPUI, just like with 94 would have fixed it with only one signal, instead of two.
Cassandra September 26, 2013 at 05:42 PM
Please do not change the service roads! They're great the way they are!! The traffic isn't a problem on the service roads-it's on the highways. I don't want one-way service roads. I don't want to have to drive an extra two miles to go a quarter of a mile backwards. It's a waste of our gas, time, and tax money. I'm tired of MODOT fixing things that aren't broken and not fixing the things that are broken. I also agree that it will hurt a lot of businesses. If those service roads go one-way I'm staying far away from them. I'm great at avoiding streets I dislike. Even Mid Rivers.
Debbie October 01, 2013 at 06:14 PM
If you watched "Breaking Bad" you will understand, if not, well...anyway, they already made their "decision 10 minutes ago." It's a disgrace how officials listen to the people less and less and do what they want. When will this STOP??!!
Steven Willott October 01, 2013 at 09:49 PM
I think there needs to be some simple way to get from Jungermann to Muegge without getting on Mexico, McClay/Old 94, or large parts of Hackmann, Timber Ridge, and/or Barkwood Trails. Has the city studied how much traffic is pushed onto Mexico just to get from Muegge to Jungermann or vice-versa.
J. B. October 03, 2013 at 01:18 PM
Went to the meeting last evening. Large crowd and not one person seemed to be in favor of this plan. Even though the planners agree that the Cave Springs exit is the problem, they'd rather disrupt miles and miles of businesses than deal with it. Supposedly it would cost 30Million to rebuild Cave Springs like 94 was done and this 'master plan' would ONLY cost $15Million. Nothing like Gov't logic. Waste $15M for a half-ass solution, instead of securing $30M to do it right. With that logic, I'd rather they spent $0 and left things alone.
William Braudis October 04, 2013 at 01:04 AM
This is absolutely the most stupid idea that Saint Peters has ever contemplated. As years passed many Business moved into Saint Peters and particularly along the South Service and North Service Road's to gain excellent visibility from both the Service Road and the Interstate and, AND, from the Service Roads. A potential customer traveling East on the Interstate 70 and spots a car Dealer that he has interest in would have no idea how to double back to take a good look at a particular vehicle. Many of those Business' will suffer from this %?#&$ idea.
Bill October 04, 2013 at 02:06 PM
Watch and see...'big brother' knows what we want better than we do. Regardless of what we think we want, they will make sure we get what they want us to have. Why bother with the public meetings? They'll "Just Do It".
Mary October 05, 2013 at 01:51 PM
Cave Springs intersection should have been rebuilt 10 years ago. Instead they made the service road from lion' Choice to the intersection one way which hurt the businesses on that service road. I though that was a stupid move rather then fixing the problem the over pass . Here we go again and more bisinesses will suffer. With this economic climite we need to support and help the businesses in the area not add to their demise. Fix the problem correctly not do a sloppy job. If our kids decided to not make an effort to complete a task correctly we would be upset with them don't allow officials to get away with it !
Mary November 08, 2013 at 07:19 PM
First of all I would like to thank Judy and Jerry for getting the 4 way stop at Grand Teton and Belle Meade it was much safer for the kids on Halloween. Motorists seem to have gotten use to stopping there and it has slowed traffic on that street. I drove over the Mid River Mall overpass today. First, it is not finished. I was very confused and nervous especially when I returned driving south across the over pass. I was not sure where to look for stop lights. I was afraid I had accidently run a traffic light. I was not sure if I would accidently end up getting on the highway when I did not want to. I will continue to avoid this over pass. This confusing over pass will ADD to the traffic congestion of Cave Springs. Everyone I have talked to hates the intersection and plans to enter and leave the highway at Highway 79 or Cave Springs. This is an example of when saving money does not help the situation! The next thing I noticed and was very angry they took out the old service road by the mall. The North service road continues to be one way. It feels like the contractors are saying the service roads are going to be ONE WAY and we are going to make sure by the way we have constructed the intersection. The public is having the ONE Way service roads shoved down their throats by the contractors who have designed the roads and where they are built. The first time there is a large accident (East of the Mid Rivers Mall Overpass and before Cave Springs) and they can not get the traffic easily off the highway and back on they will see what a mess they have. 70 is an interstate highway you have all kinds of motorists who do not live in Missouri and will be easily confused by an indirect detour. Confused older people with one way service roads and a confusing over pass is a head on accident waiting to happen. Ward 4 keep saying no to the contractors and help the older citizens and the businesses in St. Peters who will be affected by this cheaper way to get it done. Some times cheaper is not better! Cave Springs will be more congested, Businesses will be angry, loose money, and the Mall will have customers go to Chesterfield instead; to avoid the whole Mess I will be one of them. I try to support St. Peter's businesses however I have been avoiding the Mall since the construction began. I think all of this will hurt the Christmas shopping there. I hope this gets better with time. They need to have St. Peters police at the over pass guiding the motorists through the diamond maze until folks get use to the intersection especially on the weekends with Christmas shoppers going to the Mall to shop.

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