Problematic road scheduled to be fixed in Cottleville - KMOV.com

Problematic road scheduled to be fixed in Cottleville

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Highway N during historic flooding of 2015 Highway N during historic flooding of 2015

COTTLEVILLE (KMOV) – Authorities say a plan is underway to fix a problematic road in St. Charles County, but residents say they have been demanding changes for years.

According to authorities, nearly 20,000 people drive on Highway N every day. In December 2015, drivers had to a find a new route to work and home due to to the historic flooding.

“Flooding is definitely a problem, the last flood we were trapped in the neighborhood,” said Steven Blumenfeld, resident near Highway N.

During December’s historic flooding, the road was flooded for days and residents couldn’t get in or out. But it’s not just a rare event, authorities say rain regularly fills Dardenne Creek and floods the roadway.

Authorities say a $4 million project will hopefully correct the problem. The plan includes raising and widening Highway N from two lanes to three and will add a 10-foot wide walking and biking trail.

Yet residents say they have been asking about this for years.

“We were promised it two years ago but the original home owners in this neighborhood were promised it seven years ago,” said Blumenfeld.

Rich Francis, City Administrator for Cottleville, said it all came down to funding.

“It’s been on the radar for years and years, the first two phases have been completed. This is the third phase,” said Francis.

Authorities say the project is set to begin in August and is scheduled to take around a year to complete.

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