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Businesses affected by new interchange in St. Charles County

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Business owners in St. Charles County say the recent MoDot construction is having a negative impact on nearby business. (Credit: KMOV) Business owners in St. Charles County say the recent MoDot construction is having a negative impact on nearby business. (Credit: KMOV)

ST. CHARLES, Mo. (KMOV.com) - Construction at Interstate 70 and the Fifth Street interchange in St. Charles is causing problems for businesses in the area.  Business owners say accessibility to their stores is much more complicated because there are so many closures and detours.

“Once they shut down the Fifth Street interchange our walk-through traffic is down about 80 percent,” business owner Craig Hasten said.

The St. Charles Chamber of Commerce said an impact was expected on stores, despite the fact signs have been placed all over directing drivers to individual businesses.  Some of the traffic depends largely on how well they can find their way around those detours.  

Some businesses have been affected more than others.

“There are certainly some businesses that are new in that area that may be seeing some downfall in their business,” Scott Tate, President of the St. Charles Chamber of Commerce, said.

The construction is part of a $20 million joint project between St. Charles City and St. Charles County.  It normally would have been a two-year project but the county poured in some extra money to accelerate the timetable.

As a result the interchange is going to re-open by November 25.  For now it’s just a matter of weathering the storm.

“We understand it’s an impact.  I think what we need to remember is when we’re done the access is going to be so much better,” MoDot area engineer Jim Wright said.

Business owners agree.

“The final outcome will be great for business.  It’s just the immediate impact.  It’s just a struggle for businesses to see their way through it,” Hasten said.

You can get email updates on the status of the project and the construction directly from the Missouri Department of Transportation.  You can sign up at modot.org.

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