(KMOV) – The Missouri Department of Transportation broke ground on the final phase of the 364/Page Avenue Extension on Wednesday.
The next phase of the project will connect Highway 270 to Interstates 70 and 64, creating a new central corridor right through St. Charles County.
The area has built up so quickly around Highway K in the O’Fallon and Cottleville area, so there’s hope the corridor will eliminate a lot of the stop-and-go traffic from St. Charles out to Highway 40.
City officials say they’ve been investing in the project for many years and the final phase will cost $118 million.
Aside from state and federal money, the county and some cities are pitching in. St. Charles County is putting up almost $30 million and the city of O’Fallon is contributing $2.5 million.
“It provides a relief route for people today who are using 70 or 64,” said St. Charles County Engineer Tom Evers. “There will be so many more different people being pulled away from those areas that are getting congested to be able to use this four-lane freeway.”
When the extension opens in November 2014, MoDOT estimates it will take away nearly 50,000 cars a day from Interstates 70 and 64.