Federal funds to be used to repair stretch of road in Berkeley - KMOV.com

Federal funds to be used to repair stretch of road in Berkeley

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A stretch of Graham at North Hanley in Berkeley (Credit: KMOV) A stretch of Graham at North Hanley in Berkeley (Credit: KMOV)

ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) – Ongoing work on Forest Park Parkway had News 4 viewers wondering why extensive roadwork wasn’t being done in other areas.

Viewers voiced their concern over a stretch of road on North Hanley/Graham in Berkeley. When the concerns were brought up to officials in St. Louis County, they said there are currently plans to smooth the roadway.

St. Louis County Director of Public Works and Transportation Nichalos Gardner said the plans have been in the works for at least five years and finally went through the process within the county last Tuesday. He said the process took so long because the county had to apply for federal funds.

“A lot times we have a lot of projects that have federal funding on them and we have to plan to them out. A lot of times projects are in the works and are in the process of being designed, developed, and put together but you’re actually not seeing anybody on site,” Gardner said.

Officials within the county said when they use federal money on projects they end up saving about 80 cents on the dollar, which is good for the taxpayer.

“So we’re spending about 20 cents and we’re getting about a dollars’ worth of work so that is very useful to the taxpayers, obviously because we are getting a lot of work for very little money in the grand scheme of things,” said Gardner.

Contractors are expected to be bidding on the project in the next three months with construction starting in the spring of 2017.

For questions about other road projects in St. Louis County call 314-615-8501.

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