Contact: Tom Drabelle, 636-379-5508

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

WHAT:            A public open house is being held to show proposed plans for improving Interstate 70 (I-70) between Mid Rivers Mall Drive on the east and Bryan Road on the west. Citizens are encouraged to attend, review the plans and give their feedback.

                       

The open house is part of the I-70 Traffic Flow Improvements Project. The goals of this project are to improve traffic flow, reduce congestion, improve safety, and enhance economic conditions along the I-70 corridor.

 

WHO:             The City of O’Fallon is managing the project, in cooperation with the Missouri Department of Transportation, St. Charles County, and the City of St. Peters.

WHEN:            Thursday, January 16, 2014, 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 pm. The public is invited to stop by anytime during the open house.

WHERE:           O’Fallon Municipal Centre (City Hall), 100 N. Main Street, O’Fallon, Missouri, 63366.

WHY:               Over the past decade, traffic along the I-70 corridor in O’Fallon has been increasing at a dramatic rate. Currently more than 116,000 vehicles travel between Mid Rivers Mall Drive and Bryan Road daily, causing severe traffic congestion. If this is not addressed, the traffic increase will have a significant impact on O’Fallon’s quality of life.

The changes being proposed are designed to reduce the number of traffic signals and significantly lessen wait times throughout the area. Businesses along the outer roads will have new opportunities as traffic will be exiting the highway onto roads that run right in front of their locations. The City is also preparing a “wayfinding” signage plan to help direct vehicles to their destinations. Alternatives are also being considered to improve the Highway 79 interchange and enhance outer road connectivity between TR Hughes and Mid Rivers Mall Drive. Finally, plans will look at corridor enhancements such as bicycle lanes and pedestrian facilities.

For more information, visit www.ofallon.mo.us/trafficflowproject