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Proposed controversial road project in O'Fallon, Mo. struck down at Thursday night meeting

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O’FALLON, Mo. (KMOV.com) – A proposed road project along Main Street in O’Fallon, Missouri was struck down at a City Council vote late Thursday night.

The road project was a controversial issue from the start. The proposed plan included reducing lanes on Main Street or Highway K, which is a busy five lane road off of Interstate 70.

Some residents were worried the proposed project would bring less traffic through the area, resulting in less business.

Voting against the issues means the city will not receive money from the county for other road projects.

“We can’t tell O’Fallon what to do with their street but were not going to go ahead and give them money to build one road so that they can close another one,” said St. Charles County Executive Steve Ehlmann.

Thursday night’s meeting started at 7:30 p.m., but the council did not vote on the issue until 12:30 a.m. After lengthy discussions, the aldermen were at a dead tie of five votes for each side of the issue, meaning the Mayor Bill Hennessy had to cast the deciding vote.

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