St. Charles County road closed after deadly crash could reopen - KMOV.com

St. Charles County road closed after deadly crash could reopen

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By Shawn Campbell By Shawn Campbell

ST. CHARLES COUNTY, Mo.(KMOV.com) -- A stretch of roadway in St. Charles County could reopen after being closed for a year and a half due to a deadly car crash. 

The town of Augusta closed the road after losing insurance coverage and there's a dispute on the upkeep of the roadway because it lies in both St. Charles County and Warren County. 

Despite being closed for several months, many people continue to use it and the barricades blocking off Augusta Bottom Road are laying on the ground. 

Augusta Bottom Road is just across the river from Washington and those heading to Augusta use it for a shortcut. 

"I take Augusta Bottom over," says Teresa Roescha, a worker at the Augusta Winery. "It's a straight shot from Washington."

St. Charles and Warren County officials are trying to come up with an agreement on working together to re-open the two-mile stretch of roadway. 

One resident of the area says floodwaters have stripped away the asphalt of the road over the years and that there are sections of the road that are best left to four wheel drive. 

"If they would fix the road and put those rails up, I believe it could be reopened," says Mary Blumenfelt, a nearby resident. 

The road situation has been a source of frustration for many people who live and work in the area. 

Right now, there's no timetable for any work on the roadway.

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