Lake Saint Louis residents fight 'street creep' - KMOV.com

Lake Saint Louis residents fight street creep

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Lake Saint Louis residents are dealing with street creep, but it’s not someone lurking about. It’s a problem where the concrete in the street expands, pushing up driveways and causing cracks in foundations. Credit: KMOV Lake Saint Louis residents are dealing with street creep, but it’s not someone lurking about. It’s a problem where the concrete in the street expands, pushing up driveways and causing cracks in foundations. Credit: KMOV
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Lake Saint Louis residents are dealing with street creep, but it’s not someone lurking about. It’s a problem where the concrete in the street expands, pushing up driveways and causing cracks in foundations.

“When I saw that little crack, it’s just a hair line one right now, it definitely could have gotten a lot worse,” said Matt Nguyen.

Nguyen lives at the Townhomes at Prominence in Lake Saint Louis and he and other neighbors have noticed their driveways cracking and their foundations shifting.

Public Works director Derek Koestel says the problem is not new to the area. Street creep can be caused from a number of things, temperature changes, gravity, but also bad concrete used to make the streets before the subdivisions were built.

Titan Real Estate LLC built the streets but the city maintains them and pays for the problems.

The city will install expansion joints on streets experiencing shifting. They cut out a section of the concrete and install a piece that allows the street to expand. Koestel says since 2012, they have installed these fixes on 40 streets in the city. Each joint can cost between $400-1200.

The money comes from the street repair budget.

The city installed two on Nguyen’s street, but he also installed his own on his driveway.

Other cities will pay to install these expansion joints on residents’ driveways as a way to prevent it from pushing up into the homes. Right now Lake Saint Louis does not but they are looking into changing that policy.

Koestel says that will definitely increase the number they install.

If you notice similar shifting issues on your street, the streets department will come evaluate the problem and install a fix.

Lake Saint Louis has joined with other cities as a member of the East Missouri Pavement Consortium to ensure the best form of concrete is used on projects to prevent this problem in the future.

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