Good news for 15,000 St. Louis County commuters -

Good news for 15,000 St. Louis County commuters

It took nearly three years but the widening of a highly traveled mile-plus section of Jennings Station Road is finished.  It stretches from I-70 to West Florissant Road.

The $10-million project is one of the most expensive the county's ever undertaken, county highways and traffic spokesperson Dave Wrone tells me.

What used to be a two-lane road is now four lanes in some places... five lanes in others.  Traffic used to back up anytime anyone needed to turn left... now there are turn lanes and way more room to handle the approximately 15,000 cars a day on the road.

There are also new sidewalks and curb cuts that meant Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards.

The project finished just a couple of months behind schedule because of "a minor hiccup" for the contractor but it was still on budget says Wrone.

"I remember when it was just one lane in each direction," says Wrone.  "It was not pretty.  Now you've got turning lanes which will alleviate the stacking problem, multiple lanes for thru-traffic.  It's a really nice thing to see."

County Executive Charlie Dooley will host a celebratory ceremony Tuesday at 10am next to the police department in Jennings at Jennings Station Road and Florence.

Mark Schnyder is a reporter at KMOV-TV.  He will read your comments on this blog.

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