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Local gov't considers connector that would link south county to Clayton

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(KMOV) – If you’ve ever tried to get from Clayton from south St. Louis County, you know there’s no direct route.

That might change.

St. Louis County is studying the feasibility of a road connecting the central corridor and south St. Louis County.

The idea of a south St. Louis County connector isn’t new, and it’s been controversial in the past. To help defuse problems, Thursday evening, transportation leaders met with local residents to discuss this issue.

However, some say it’s too early to comment because too few specifics about the possible project are known.

 

What is known is that the connector would go somewhere through the corners of Shewsbury, Webster Groves and Maplewood.

The general path would be Laclede Station, south of Manchester and then east over to the River Des Peres Boulevard with a new interchange at Interstate 44.

Essentially, it would link Clayton with I-44, which links to I-55.

 

In the 1990s, a proposal to extend I-70 southward from I-64 was extremely unpopular with the cities in its path, including Webster Groves. Eventually, the plan was dropped. It’s not known if the connector will fare any better.

 

This joint county, state and federal project is years down the road, and there is currently no money for it.

The study alone won’t be finished for two years.

 

To read more about Thursday’s open house, click here.

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