(KMOV) -- Some long-awaited traffic relief is coming for drivers in St. Charles County, as MoDOT has revealed the plans for the final phase of the 364/Page Avenue Extension.
The next phase of the project creates a new central corridor right through St. Charles County. The area has built up so quickly around Highway K in the O’Fallon and Cottleville area, so there’s hope the corridor will eliminate a lot of the stop and go from St. Charles out to Highway 40.
City officials say they’ve been investing in the project for many years now. Officials said phase three will cost $118 million.
Aside from state and federal money, the county and some cities are pitching in. St. Charles County is putting up almost $30 million and the city of O’fallon is contributing $2.5 million.
“The project has been in the works for decades,” said O’Fallon Economic Development Director Michael Hurlbert. “It’s been known and needed and this will be a definite improvement.”
“Bringing 364 through the middle of the city will be a huge boon for residents. It will help with accessibility throughout St. Charles County, and then also accessing into St. Louis County and the rest of the metro area,” said Tom Drabelle of O’fallon.
Phase three will not be completely done until 2014, but work begins right away. Crews will start in April and finish some pieces of the project by November.