(KMOV.com) -- A deadly stretch of highway in western St. Charles County could finally be getting an upgrade.
Highway N in Lake St. Louis is a narrow, two-lane road with no shoulders or turn lanes despite extensive development on each side.
Perhaps most concerning are the five schools along the stretch of work with another one on the way.
“I’ve always thought whenever you have schools you have the young drivers,” said Lake St. Louis resident Nancy Young. “It’s not just the school busses, it’s the high school kids and I’ve always felt concern for that.”
MoDOT also recognizes the danger, noting Highway N has been a problem for years.
“10, 11-foot lanes with absolutely no shoulder,” said MoDOT engineer Tom Evers. “So when a car leaves the roadway it’s very difficult for them to get back on the roadway.”
The most recent accident happened just weeks ago when a 23-year-old from Wentzville went off the road, overcorrected and hit a tree.
He died at the scene.
“There’s just a lot more cars out there than there were five to 10 years ago and we’ve recognized that and we need to take action,” Evers said.
It’s finally happening thanks in part to the group Shoulders for Safety.
The group has been pushing MoDOT to make changes and now plans are finally in the works.
If approved in July, MoDOT will add shoulders to parts of Highway N next summer.