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Plan to turn outer roads in St. Charles into one-way streets is controversial

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The outer road along I-70 in St. Charles. Credit: KMOV The outer road along I-70 in St. Charles. Credit: KMOV
ST. CHARLES, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

St. Charles City leaders want to turn some outer roads along I-70 into a one way street, but many businesses are opposed to the idea.

The plan would affect an area just west of the Blanchette Bridge from I-70 and Fairgrounds to I-70 and Truman. It is part of a plan to redevelop a four-mile stretch of I-70.

Many businesses along the outer road along I-70 say making the streets one-way would hurt their bottom line and cause traffic problems.

“People feel like it will hurt small businesses like ours. Make it inconvenient for people to get around town, people just don’t like the change,” said Megan Crockett, with St. Andrews Mini Mart.

Crockett has been gathering signatures on a petition in opposition to the plan. She said she has gathered around 800 signatures since December.

St. Charles Director of Engineering Jerry Hurlbert says more than 30 properties are underutilized along I-70, saying the city is hoping to invigorate development.

“There’s actually been vacant properties for more than 15 years. We’re not seeing redevelopment occurring along the I-70 corridor with the current layout,” Hurlbert said.

Hurlbert added that more off-ramps will be added at 8-12 locations and Texas turnarounds will be added too. He also said it may take longer to get a business depending on where its located, if the outer roads become one way.

Hurlbert  says studies show turning a road into a one-way street doesn’t delay traffic, but it adds it is perceived that one-way roads  delay drivers.

Ultimately, MoDOT will make a decision on whether the plan will go forward.

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