St. Charles City corridor to get $8 million face-lift

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by KMOV.com Staff

KMOV.com

Posted on July 24, 2013 at 5:50 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 24 at 8:32 PM

 (KMOV) – Big Changes are coming for a major corridor in St. Charles.

St. Charles’ Fifth Street which leads into the downtown area will get a $8.5 million facelift in the next few years.

News 4 asked city officials how much it will cost tax payers and how will it affect residents and St. Charles patron.

The city plans to fix up 5th Street from Bass Pro Drive to Capitol Drive.

“The infrastructure is very dated, and the pavement is really run down,” Kevin Corwin a St. Charles City Engineer said.

With the $8.5 million secured, the city plans to revamp everything, burying electrical lines, and replace cracked concrete.

They also plan to add two stoplights one at McDonough and another at Pike.

“It’s investing in the public realm with the hopes that it will spur economic development in the private realm.” Corwin said.

Not everyone is on board, Councilman Tom Besselman has some concerns. “The fine print is the cost does not include the cost of the stop lights and the cost of extra land you got to buy for road right of way and that could be a lot of money.”

There was a public meeting being held Wednesday night at St. Johns United Church of Christ. The meeting was meant to promote public input on design features, such as street lights and aesthetics.

Opponents warn the city should also be prepared to answer some tough questions.

“To make it look nicer, to a corridor to a destination, is that what we need right now?” Besselman asked.

Constrution on this project is set to start next fall and should be completed by September 2015. 

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