Debate over one-way outer roads along I-70

O'FALLON, Mo. – One-way roads got the green light in O'Fallon, Mo. Thursday night.

The O'Fallon City Council approved the I-70 Traffic Flow Improvements Project. The project will change the I-70 outer roads between TR Hughes and Bryan Road from two-way roads to one way roads.

City leaders say the project will reduce congestion especially at the K/Main St. intersection.

A new 2.5 mile stretch of outer road will also be built south of I-70 that city leaders argue will open up new area for development and therefore economic growth.

This is just the first step in a long process. Now that the City of O'Fallon has shown they support the plan, the St. Charles County Council will still have to approve it. County leaders will then work with MoDOT to secure federal funding for the $22 million project.

City leaders in O'Fallon are hoping the city will not have to contribute financially to the plan and the cost will be taken care of by state and federal funds. If federal funding is secured, it is estimated construction would begin in 2016.

Not everyone is convinced the plan is a good idea. O'Fallon resident Nick Atherton worries one-way roads will encourage O'Fallon residents to shop in different municipalities due to sheer convenience.

"They're going to push people that live west of Woodlawn, West of O'Fallon to shop. Now the tax money that was being spent here in O'Fallon is now being sent to Lake St. Louis, Wentzville," said Atherton.


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