(KMOV.com) -- A multi-million dollar road project aimed at reducing congestion in and around Interstate 70 in St. Peters has some area businesses concerned that they’ll lose customers.
With the changes, the north outer road would be one-way heading west, and the south outer road would be one-way heading east.
Both sides of the interstate are lined with shops, car dealerships and restaurants.
Ron Hicks’ family owns several restaurants around the St. Louis area. He says restaurant owners are worried that turning the roads into one-way streets will bite into their business.
“You got a half hour lunch or hour lunch and you just passed your restaurant are you going to turn around and go back to it or go to the next one,” he said. “That’s a concern.”
Russell Batzel with St. Peters Transportation and Development, said the city has worked to try and protect businesses along the road.
“We’ve been listening to businesses through business roundtables, public forums as well as one-on-one meetings with the businesses,” he said.
He also added the three mile stretch between Mid-Rivers Mall Drive and and Cave Springs will have two bridges for turn-around, seven fewer traffic signals and congestion will be eliminated. He says while drivers may have to drive farther it will actually take them less time.
Thousand of motorists will be affected.
Interstate 70 handles 160,000vehicles every day through that area, and Mexico Road just to its south gets 30,000. Interstate 370 gets 50,000.
If all goes according to plan, the design would be completed in the first half of 2014. Construction would start in latter half of 2014 and it would all be complete by the end of 2015.