Augusta Bottom Road highlights county dispute

KSDK - A new twist on the road at the center of controversy between St. Charles and Warren Counties for years.

Someone put a sign up on Augusta Bottom Road that some call silly and others call derogatory.

The sign greets drivers near the St. Charles-Warren County line on Augusta Bottom Road: You are leaving a Class A county and entering a no class county. It is a rough road ahead.

"I think they're being derogatory because of the fact that they're not fixing the road," said St. Charles County Councilman Joe Brazil.

Brazil says whoever put this here knows their stuff.

"St. Charles County is a chartered county, and in Missouri that's considered a Class A county. So there's only four class A counties in the state of Missouri. So that's a play on words: a Class A county versus a no class county," he said.

After several fatal accidents, nobody claims responsibility for the road, so no one maintains it. The unpaved road has potholes galore. It's in Warren County.

"As far as I'm concerned, they should just as well close it and have no more problems with it," says Pat Baravik of Augusta.

The road was closed for part of 2013, but the signs that kept cars off are on the side of the road. Pat Baravik says she stopped driving it years ago. She says at the end of the day Warren County should step up.

"It seems to me it would be that county. But if more people use it from St. Charles County, I suppose money could be funneled, but I'd rather have the streets fixed in my county than in another county."

Joe Brazil says he's ready for some type of resolution, and if this sign is any indication, so are the people who drive it.


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