Improvements to be made on Highway 61 in St. Charles County

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by Dan Greenwald/KMOV.com

KMOV.com

Posted on March 26, 2013 at 1:43 PM

Updated Tuesday, Mar 26 at 5:21 PM

ST. CHARLES COUNTY (KMOV.com) - St. Charles, County, Wentzville, and MODOT are teaming up to fund improvements to Highway 61.

St. Charles County, Wentzville, and MODOT are entering a funding partnership for the project, which totals at $14 million. MODOT will be providing $8 million, St. Charles County will pitch in $3.5 million and Wentzville is chipping in $2.5 million.

In January, St. Charles County submitted an application to MODOT for the funding partnership after several accidents occurred on the highway. Officials determined the safety of Highway 61 could be improved if grade a separated interchange was constructed at the Missouri Route P intersection and at the Peine Road junction. Officials also believe improvements are needed on other stretches of Highway 61 as well.

“I am pleased with the cooperative spirit demonstrated by MODOT in approving the county’s application to improve this dangerous stretch of highway,” St. Charles County Executive Steve Ehlmann said in a release.

St. Charles County Councilman Joe Cronin, whose district contains stretches of the highway,  pushed for the project.

“Far too many accidents have occurred in this section of highway. I am pleased to see these improvements made for the public’s safety,” said Cronin.

Ehlmann says construction will begin in 2016.

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