(KMOV) – A resident in O’Fallon, Illinois says he’s tired of a nuisance in his neighborhood, but St. Clair County claims the construction tie-up on O’Fallon-Troy road is necessary.
Matt Loduca says the project has been an inconvenience for months.
In June, workers started widening and paving the road. “Road closed” traffic signs are always up, but people who live nearby usually have access. But sometimes O’Fallon-Troy Road is closed completely, and neighbors don’t know until it’s too late.
Loduca says his kids have been stuck outside an extra 20 minutes in cold temperatures waiting for the school bus that was forced to take another route at the last minute.
The construction is not just a headache for neighbors - the O’Fallon fire chief says his crew travels the road daily to see where the workers are so they can change their response routes accordingly. But the St. Clair County engineer says his crew has been good about communicating.
“We try to provide service providers and emergency services people notice of what access is available at all times to provide safety to residents,” says Darrell Cates, St. Clair County engineer.
While O’Fallon leaders take it upon themselves to monitor road work and try to keep schools up to date, Loduca says homeowners want to hear from St. Clair County.
“It is mapped out to a point, but providing any type of notification on a daily basis is almost impossible,” says Cates.
Loduca’s guessing game will go on until June when road work is expected to wrap up