ST. LOUIS (KMOV) – Commuters can expect a three year delay for improvements to be made to a busy road that carries traffic to Interstate 64 and many shopping destinations including the Galleria.
Funding problems are forcing St. Louis County to put on hold its project that was supposed to start this year to fix Hanley Road between Maplewood and Brentwood.
The project was supposed to be from I-64 south to Manchester, but will now begin at Litzsinger. It will also convert Hanley, which carries up to 45,000 vehicles each day, to three lanes in each direction.
The project also will reconfigure the Manchester and Hanley intersection and replace the Manchester Road Bridge at Black Creek.
St. Louis County officials say almost half of the $75 million dollars for the project would have to come from the federal government.
It is a frustration for them. It is a frustration for us,” David Wrone, St. Louis County Highways and Traffic official, said. “This is something that we were really looking at as a crown jewel type of project. The funding just is not there, but we are pursuing it. We are not giving up.”
The sales tax revenue is down and federal matching funds for county projects are smaller than in years past. A best-case scenario would be the project is completed in three to four years, according to county officials.