Money issues may delay much-needed improvements to Hwy N

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Posted on May 15, 2012 at 4:33 PM

ST. CHARLES, Mo. (KMOV) -- Improvements to a dangerous stretch of Highway N in St. Charles County may not be fixed anytime soon due to money concerns, according MoDOT officials.

The number of accidents and injuries on a stretch of Highway N between Sommers Road and Highway Z has quadrupled, 481 percent to be exact, over the past 10 years since the population boomed in the Wentzville area.

"I probably drive back-and-forth here at least four or five times a week and I would say every other time that I do I see some type of issue or accident," Natalie Duenwald, Shoulders For Safety official, said.  "It is scary for me to drive the road myself so when you put a newly licensed driver on the road it definitely is alarming."

More than a quarter of the accidents in 2012 have been near a school at the intersection of Highway N and Perry Cate.

"There is a lot of bigger trucks, like dump trucks, that come down this road.  If somebody, whether it is a car or a dump truck, would go over the center line there is nowhere to go to prevent an accident.," Crissy Holmes, Shoulders For Safety official, said.

MoDOT officials agree the stretch of road needs improvements such as widening it to add shoulders and possibly adding a turning, but money issues may not allow the improvements to happen for years.

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