VII. Improving Transportation and Managing Congestion
The safe and efficient movement of traffic is a key factor in measuring the quality of
life in a modern, urban community. Thus, improving transportation infrastructure in
the Sixth District and managing traffic congestion on area roadways was one of the
principal issues identified through this Community Area Study process. Top specific
concerns include the need for sidewalks, traffic congestion problems that relate to
needed intersection and signalization improvements, the need for new roadways to
relieve traffic congestion, and public transportation related issues.
Assets and Characteristics of the Area
The most significant transportation related asset of South County is the two interstate
highways which bisect the area. Interstate 55 traverses the area in a generally
north/south direction providing connections to the City of St. Louis to the north and
Jefferson County to the south. Interstate 270/255 crosses the area in a generally
east/west direction allowing motorists to travel to other parts of St. Louis County to
the west and north and Illinois to the east. Both interstates are in generally good
physical shape, having undergone substantial upgrades and renovations including a
significantly improved Interstate 55 and 270/255 interchange in recent years. Their
condition allows safe and efficient access to adjoining jurisdictions as well other
intermediate points within the Sixth Council District.
A major transportation related weakness is the lack of an identifiable cross county
route. There is no direct uninhibited roadway that permits access from South County
to points in central St. Louis County such as employment centers in Clayton,
Brentwood, and Maplewood. The lack of connection to Interstate 170 also deters
more efficient access from South County to Lambert-St. Louis International Airport
and employers both around the airport and in other areas north of Clayton. The
absence of a more direct transportation connection to areas north of South County is
a deterrent to the development of desirable employment centers such as office
complexes in the study area. Such uses would produce important property tax
revenues for school and fire districts in the Sixth Council District.
A closely related problem is traffic congestion. Without a direct roadway connection
to mid-county destinations to the north there are obvious points of traffic congestion
on the limited routes that provide access to central St. Louis County. In addition,
there are corridors within the Sixth District area such as Lindbergh Boulevard and
Telegraph Road where significant traffic congestion occurs. This study also
identifies other key intersections where physical and/or signalization improvements
are necessary to improve the flow of traffic in the South County area.
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Hierarchy of Roads
Responsibility for the maintenance and improvement of the various roads in the Sixth
District fall under the jurisdiction of different entities. Certain roads are given
priority over others based upon traffic volumes and the function they serve. Road
improvements are determined by the funds available to the responsible jurisdictions.
Roads within the Sixth District are the responsibility of the agencies as described
below (see Map 8).
State Routes: The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) exercises
control over many of the major roads in the Sixth Council District. These are:
• Interstate 55
• Interstate 270/255
• Broadway-Kingston Drive-Telegraph Road (Route 231)
• Gravois Road (Route 30)
• Lemay Ferry Road (Routes 61, 67, 267)
• Lindbergh Boulevard (Routes 50, 61, 67)
• Tesson Ferry Road (Route 21)
With the exception of Interstate 270/255 and Lindbergh Boulevard, which are
east/west routes, all of the other State roadways are north/south routes that connect
St. Louis County to the City of St. Louis to the north and Jefferson County to the
south. Maintenance and improvements to the interstate highways are the top priority
of MoDOT. Thus, the needs of non-interstate State routes have difficulty competing
for already limited funds.
County Routes: St. Louis County through its Department of Highways and Traffic
is responsible for Arterial Road System (ARS) routes and County Road System
(CRS) streets. The ARS routes are major roads in unincorporated and municipal
areas which carry significant volumes of traffic and provide a link between State
routes and local streets. There are approximately twenty-four centerline miles of ARS
roads in the Sixth Council District. These roads include:
• Baumgartner/New Baumgartner Road
• Bayless Road
• Butler Hill Road
• Forder Road
• Kennerly Road
• Mattis Road
• Mackenzie Road
• Meramec Bottom Road
• Reavis Barracks Road
• Sappington Road
• Union Road
• Weber Road
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As shown on Map 8, not all portions of the above noted routes are on the Arterial
Most other roads in unincorporated parts of the Sixth Council District are on the
County Road System (CRS). Collector roads and public local subdivision streets
comprise most of the 413 centerline miles on the CRS.
Municipal Roads and other streets: Roads that are located within incorporated areas
that are not on the County Arterial Road System are under the jurisdiction of and
maintained by the municipality in which they are located. There are also a limited
number of private streets both in unincorporated and incorporated areas that are
maintained solely by the property owners along those routes. A small number of
paper streets are routes designated on some maps where the right-of-way is platted,
but the street has never been built.
Programmed Road Improvements
The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) and the St. Louis County
Department of Highways and Traffic each have a number of road improvements
planned or underway in the Sixth Council District. Major programmed road
improvements including a brief description, the responsible agency, and the
anticipated year of completion are listed in Table 1. The location of these
improvements are shown on Map 9.
TABLE 1 - Major Programmed Road Improvements*
Roadway Improvement Responsible Agency Year of Completion
Forder Road Widen to 3 lanes from County Dept. of 2003
Ringer to Telegraph Rd. Highways and Traffic
Kennerly Road Widen to 5 lanes from County Dept. of Completed
Sappington Rd. to Tesson Highways and Traffic
Lemay Ferry Construct new bridge over MoDOT 2004
Rd. bridge over Meramec River
Meramec Widen to 3 lanes from County Dept. of 2000
Bottom Road Lemay Ferry Rd. to I-55 Highways and Traffic
Sappington Widen to 3 lanes from Lind- County Dept. of 2007
Road bergh Blvd. to Kennerly Rd. Highways and Traffic
*Road improvements in the Oakville area generally south of Baumgartner Road are not included in
this document. They are described in detail in the 1998 Oakville Community Areas Study Update.
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Concerns Which Impact Area Transportation
The following transportation concerns were identified during the Community Area
The need for additional sidewalks to improve pedestrian access in the Sixth Council
District was identified as a major objective based on Advisory Committee and citizen
concerns. The installation and maintenance of sidewalks are subject to different
policies and programs depending whether the roads are under the jurisdiction of the
Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) or the St. Louis County
Department of Highways and Traffic.
• The previous MoDOT policy was to allow sidewalks to be built within State
rights-of-way in urban areas after a permit was obtained from that agency.
Another party, such as a developer, property owner, or St. Louis County, would
be made responsible for sidewalk construction and maintenance.
• Encouraged with the federal Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century
(TEA-21), MoDOT’s policy regarding sidewalks and bicycle facilities is in a
state of transition and has evolved since October, 1999. The agency now reports
that it will build and maintain sidewalks and bicycle facilities within State rights-
of-way but will try to partner with another entity for construction and
• MoDOT’s policy states that consideration should be given to the construction of
sidewalks and bicycle facilities along State roads in any of the following
1. If the local jurisdiction has adopted a pedestrian/bicycle policy or
facilities plan or otherwise requested such facilities.
2. When pedestrian/bicycle traffic generators are near MoDOT
transportation projects. (These generators include neighborhoods,
employment centers, shopping centers, schools, parks, etc.)
3. When there is evidence of pedestrian and/or bicycle traffic and the local
community supports the incorporation of facilities.
4. Where the route provides access across a natural or man-made barrier,
i.e., bridges over rivers, roadways or railroads or under access-controlled
facilities or roadways.
5. If there is public support through local planning organizations for these
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County Policy and Programs:
• The installation of sidewalks is included as part of any new capital improvement
project along arterial roads from 1996 forward.
• The County builds new sidewalks and installs infill segments on existing arterial
roadways in areas of heavy pedestrian traffic such as along roads adjacent to and
• Since 1969, the County Subdivision Ordinance has required the construction of
sidewalks on newly platted lots. Most older residential subdivisions constructed
before that time do not have sidewalks. Generally, the County does not build
sidewalks along local residential streets; it is the responsibility of individual
homeowners or subdivision homeowners associations to provide these
Certain roads where sidewalks would be desirable were identified during this study
process. These locations are:
• Broadway (add segments missing and upgrade parts in poor condition),
• Butler Hill Road (especially on the north side of the road),
• Lemay Ferry Road (Mt. Olive Road to St. Louis City Limits),
• Lemay Ferry Road (Will Avenue to Lindbergh Boulevard),
• Lindbergh Boulevard,
• Will Avenue.
Curbs and Gutters on Local Streets
A concern closely related to sidewalks, the need for curbs and gutters on local streets,
is discussed in Section VI, Conserving Our Housing and Revitalizing Our
Traffic Congestion Concerns, Intersection and Signalization Improvement
Needs, and Road Condition Concerns
Various concerns regarding traffic congestion, road reconstruction and repair, and
intersection and signalization improvement needs were identified during this study
process. The various road concerns, grouped by transportation corridor where
possible, are presented in Table 2. Information concerning possible solutions is
presented when available. The concerns listed are numbered and keyed to Map 9.
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TABLE 2 - Road Improvement Issues
Roadway/Concern Responsible Possible Solutions/Comments
1. Lindbergh Boulevard MoDOT A.- E. See discussion in
A. Traffic congestion from Section VIII, Revitalizing Our
Tesson Ferry Rd. to I-255 Regional Commercial
B. Traffic congestion at Lemay Corridor.
Ferry Road intersection
C. Traffic congestion at Union F. A major road repair and
Road intersection resurfacing project is planned for
D. Dangerous turns to/from Lindbergh from Tesson Ferry to
Crescent Drive Lemay Ferry and south on Lemay
E. Access from southbound I- Ferry to Mattis Road
55 to I-270/255 is confusing (to be completed in 2002).
F. Road reconstruction/major
repair needed from Baptist G. Intersection improvement
Church to St. Johns Church planned with dual left turn lanes
Rd. from Lindbergh Blvd. to Tesson
G. Traffic congestion at Ferry Rd. (to be completed in
Tesson Ferry intersection 2001).
H. Hazardous intersection
alignment at Concord
2. Telegraph Road MoDOT A. Closed loop signal system to be
A. Traffic congestion from activated by MoDOT in 2001 to
Christopher Dr. to I-255; synchronize lights between
school drop-offs at St. Sappington Barracks and Becker
Francis of Assisi contribute Roads. MoDOT has met with
to AM peak hour school to discuss solutions.
congestion B. MoDOT reports that traffic counts
B. Traffic signals requested at do not warrant signals; proximity to
Tanzberger Drive and signals at Baumgartner Road and at
England Town Roads Gebhardt Drive/Telegraph Plaza
Shopping Center would impede
traffic flow on Telegraph Road.
Note that while Tanzberger Drive
serves only 20 homes and is located
between the two noted signalized
intersections, there are over 530
homes served by England Town
Rd. on both sides of Telegraph Rd.
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3. Tesson Ferry Road, I-270 to MoDOT MoDOT reports that a dual left turn
Mattis Rd.- traffic congestion lane from Tesson Ferry Rd. to Mattis
Road could ease congestion.
Improvement cannot be made until
widening occurs on Mattis Road (a
County maintained road).
4. Gravois Road MoDOT B. MoDOT reports that Gravois and
A. Right turn lane needed for Mackenzie intersection requires
east-bound Gravois to upgrade; synchronizing lights at
south-bound Tesson Ferry Gravois and Weber Rd. under
Rd. present conditions would only
B. Mackenzie Road signals at increase congestion at Gravois and
Gravois and Weber Road Mackenzie Rd.
need timing adjustment
5. Reavis Barracks Road A. County Intersections are under control of two
A. Signal at Union Road needs Dept. of agencies; close proximity of inter-
timing adjustment Highways sections is biggest problem. Any future
B. Traffic congestion at & Traffic improvement should coordinate with
intersection with Interstate B. MoDOT park-and-ride lot improvements and
55; electric signal timing Southside MetroLink route right-of-
results in backups on west- way needs north of this interchange.
bound Reavis Barracks
6. Telegraph Road and Lemay MoDOT Limited Lemay Post Office parking and
Ferry Road - significant traffic stacking capacity as well as alignment
congestion at intersection of curb cuts creates problem. Solution
would require right-of-way acquisition
in closely developed area.
7. Butler Spur Road and Tesson County Dept. MoDOT has agreed to make
Ferry Road - left turn from of Highways improvement at this intersection
Butler Spur is difficult and & Traffic because it affects traffic movement on
longer right turn lane on Butler Tesson Ferry Road (to be completed in
Spur is needed 2001).
8. South Broadway at Hancock MoDOT MoDOT reports that a equal split cost
Elementary School - electric program between school district and
signal requested MoDOT is available; stone walls along
frontage of property cause sight
9. Lemay Ferry Road and Mehl MoDOT MoDOT has completed signalization
Road - poor traffic signal improvements, lane additions, and
timing contributes to frequent access adjustments to address this
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Need for New Roadways to Relieve Traffic Congestion
The need for new roadways to relieve traffic congestion was identified as a possible
solution to this problem during the course of this study. The options for new
roadway locations are limited for a variety of reasons. Existing development
patterns often preclude the establishment of a new route. Topography and flood plain
considerations also act as deterrents. The costs associated with a new right-of-way
are often prohibitive. The expansion of existing roadways to accommodate
additional traffic is often opposed by residents living along or in the vicinity of the
route. Despite these limitations some options do exist.
Roadway to Connect Tesson Ferry Road and Interstate 55:
As an alternative to previous proposals to widen Butler Hill Road, the construction
of a new roadway in the Meramec Bottom Road vicinity was suggested as a means
of providing an additional connection between Tesson Ferry Road and Interstate 55.
While some older substandard segments of Meramec Bottom Road already exist, this
right-of-way is mostly located in the flood plain. Any potential route north of the
current roadway would encounter other obstacles such as established residential
subdivisions and the Kennedy Recreation Complex.
If such an improvement could be made, it would serve as a natural extension to the
recent widening of Meramec Bottom Road to three lanes between Interstate 55 and
Lemay Ferry Road. This improvement also included a realignment with Baumgartner
Road at Lemay Ferry Road.
Improved East-West Access South of Baumgartner Road:
Prospects for providing any new major east-west access south of Baumgartner Road
are limited at best. While the ongoing widening of Telegraph Road from the
Meramec River Bridge to Christopher Drive to five lanes should have a positive
effect on traffic flow in the Oakville area, it does not address the east-west access
issue. A partial solution may come from the proposed widening of Baumgartner
Road from two to three lanes from Lemay Ferry Road to Fireleaf Drive. This
proposed improvement was identified in the Oakville Community Area Study
Another issue raised in the Oakville Community Area Study Update was the need for
additional east-west roads connecting Telegraph Road and Becker Road. Such
connections and extensions of local and collector streets have been considered when
plans for new development were submitted. However, these connections have not
been made due to strong citizen opposition to these proposals.
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Butler Hill Road Widening:
Proposals to widen Butler Hill Road have been strongly opposed by residents along
or in the vicinity of the roadway. This study recommends that the primarily
residential character of development along the roadway be respected and that Butler
Hill Road not be widened.
Major Transportation Investment Analysis:
The East-West Gateway Coordinating Council has recently completed a Major
Transportation Investment Analysis (MTIA) study for the Southside Study Area in
both St. Louis City and County to plan for future long-range roadway and public
transit improvements. The study has made recommendations for future transportation
projects, none of which are funded. Roadway widening or Transportation System
Management improvements which consist of signal, intersection, and access control
improvements such as medians were suggested on major arterial roadways as a
means of addressing traffic congestion. These improvements are proposed on all or
parts of the following roadway corridors: Broadway/Kingston Drive/Telegraph Road,
Gravois Road and Tesson Ferry Road, Lemay Ferry Road, and Baumgartner Road.
While some portions of the proposals have merit, other aspects such as raised
medians which could block access to businesses along the roadways will require
further scrutiny to determine the desirability of these improvements.
Based upon further consideration that took into account public comment and the
negative implications for adjoining residential areas, the MTIA study does not
recommend previously considered roadway widening improvements to Butler Hill
Road and Yaeger Road. Thus, the MTIA study recommendations are consistent with
the recommendations of this Community Area Study concerning Butler Hill Road.
While improvements to Yaeger Road were not discussed as part of this Community
Area Study, the MTIA improvement option that was considered and rejected would
have had detrimental impacts on residences along that roadway and would have
placed additional traffic pressures on Butler Hill Road with the connection between
the two roadways that was being considered.
Interstate 170 South Extension - Alternatives:
The construction of an expressway extension of Interstate 170 south of its terminus
at Interstate 64/U.S. Highway 40 has been strongly opposed by communities in the
path of the proposed roadway. Despite this opposition, the fact remains that
improved vehicular access from South County to Central County is both necessary
and desirable for economic and environmental reasons.
The St. Louis County Department of Highways and Traffic has commissioned a study
to evaluate the needs of the St. Louis County Arterial Road System in South St.
Louis County if Interstate 170 is not extended southward to Interstate 55. The
Community Area Study endorses this study as a means of identifying acceptable
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alternatives if an Interstate 170 South Extension cannot be built. Alternatives could
include the addition of lanes, grade separations, realignments and relocations,
extensions of existing arterial roadways, and the construction of new arterial
The proposed route for Segment 2 of the Cross County MetroLink extension from
Shrewsbury to Butler Hill Road is shown on Map 8. The possible route shown is
conceptual in nature. Additional studies as well as an extensive planning and public
participation process are required before a definite route can be selected. In addition,
funding for this route has not been secured. It is anticipated that the Segment 2 route
will be the next leg of MetroLink constructed after the system is extended to
Major Transportation Investment Analysis:
The Major Transportation Investment Analysis (MTIA) study sponsored by the East-
West Gateway Coordinating Council for the Southside Study Area has made a
recommendation for either a future long range light rail transit route or bus rapid
transit route from the City of St. Louis into St. Louis County. After entering St.
Louis County, the light rail route would travel along Interstate 55 before connecting
with the cross-county Segment 2 line in Green Park. The bus rapid transit route
would simply utilize the existing Interstate 55 highway in St. Louis County. It is
anticipated that the East-West Gateway Coordinating Council will select either the
light rail or the bus rapid transit alternative at a future meeting. Any use of the
Grant’s Trail right-of-way for a transit route should be discouraged, since there
would be negative impacts on the operation of the Grant’s Trail, an important
recreation asset of the area.
Bus Transfer Stations:
The Bi-State Development Agency has some funds available for the establishment
and operation of bus transfer stations. An improved bus transfer station will be
located on the South County Shopping Center property in conjunction with upgrades
planned for the shopping center.
Roadway beautification efforts along certain prominent roadways would have
positive image building benefits. Lemay Ferry Road from Will Avenue to Lindbergh
Boulevard and the Lindbergh Boulevard corridor, which serves as the “main street”
of South County, are two roads most often suggested for roadway beautification
efforts. The Broadway Corridor and the Lemay Ferry Road Corridor from Mt. Olive
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Road to the St. Louis City Limits are also candidates for such an upgrade. Any
programs for landscaping, lighting, sidewalk, and signage improvements should be
closely coordinated with commercial revitalization studies for those areas. These
improvements are discussed in more detail in Section VIII, Revitalizing Our Regional
Commercial Corridor, and Section IX, Revitalizing Our Neighborhood Commercial
Other roadway beautification efforts along the interstate highways could be pursued.
Methods of preserving scenic vistas along roadways could be explored.
Maintenance of Park and Ride Lots
The condition of the park-and-ride lot at Interstate 55 and Reavis Barracks Road has
been identified as a concern by this study. While the lot serves a functional purpose,
it is virtually unpaved, does not have any landscaping, and presents an unsightly
appearance. The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) reports that
funds are not available for the upgrade and maintenance of the facility beyond what
is presently provided. However, future funding through the East-West Gateway
Coordinating Council for upgrading this location should be pursued by MoDOT. The
agency has been successful in obtaining funds for improving park-and-ride lots at
other locations in the region.
Roadway Funding, Planning, and Development Policies
Many roads in the Sixth Council District are under the jurisdiction of the Missouri
Department of Transportation. Important improvements on non-interstate roads are
given lower priority because of limited funding sources. One solution might be
County assumption of jurisdiction of certain State routes. Appropriate funding
mechanisms would need to be established to facilitate such a transfer. The issue of
road proprietorship is discussed in greater detail in Section VIII, Revitalizing Our
Regional Commercial Corridor.
The St. Louis County’s Highway System Plan, completed in 1986, details long-range
road improvements for roadways under both State and County jurisdiction. While
many of the recommendations of the plan remain valid, changing conditions warrant
a restudy. Thus, the St. Louis County Department of Highways and Traffic is
currently updating the plan, which is expected to be available in 2000.
Large numbers of independent curb cuts impede traffic flow and reduce vehicular
safety. It has been suggested that a policy could be established through County
Council resolution to limit curb cuts and encourage cross access and consolidation
of development on designated roadways. These standards should apply to converted
uses as well as newly developed properties. Coordination with the Missouri
Department of Transportation is essential to assure the successful implementation of
this policy since many of the affected roadways would be State routes.
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Goals, Objectives, and Strategies
Finding ways to improve vehicular transportation and manage traffic congestion is
a key component of citizens’ vision for the Sixth District. Closely related is the need
to make non-vehicular transportation alternatives, such as public transportation and
sidewalks, more accessible to all who desire to use them.
Goal A: Promote the safe and efficient movement of vehicular traffic
between locations within and outside of the Study Area.
Objective 1: Reduce traffic congestion.
a. Address concerns regarding Lindbergh Boulevard traffic congestion from
Tesson Ferry Road to Interstate 255 by:
• Improving the Lindbergh Boulevard/Lemay Ferry Road intersection with
additional turn lanes.
• Upgrading the Lindbergh Boulevard/Union Road intersection with
additional turn lanes.
• Improving the Lindbergh Boulevard/Tesson Ferry Road intersection with
additional turn lanes.
• Initiating a electric traffic signal synchronization study after the above
intersection improvements are completed.
• Initiating a study to determine the impact of closing the median break on
Lindbergh Boulevard at Crescent Drive. Alternate access to affected
businesses would be a key consideration.
b. Address concerns regarding traffic congestion on Telegraph Road from
Christopher Drive to Interstate 255 through activation of the closed loop
electric traffic signal system being installed by the Missouri Department
Objective 2: Make major improvements and/or reconstruct roadways with
Complete the major road repair and resurfacing project planned by the
Missouri Department of Transportation for Lindbergh Boulevard from
Tesson Ferry Road to Lemay Ferry Road and south on Lemay Ferry Road
to Mattis Road.
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Objective 3: Explore alternative routes to improve traffic flow.
a. Support the study of possible alternatives for providing improved north-
south cross-county access from South County to Clayton and Lambert St.
Louis International Airport.
b. Explore alternative routes to relieve east-west traffic congestion between
Tesson Ferry Road and Interstate 55 south of Interstate 270.
Objective 4: Support planning for future roadway improvements in the study
a. Study the feasibility of transferring major non-interstate routes from State
to County control in order to facilitate improvement of routes which are
of secondary importance to the State but primary importance to traffic
circulation within the County. A key component of the study would be the
identification of necessary funding sources and implications. The issue of
divided roadway proprietorship impacts commercial revitalization efforts along
state-controlled roads. Specific concerns include road improvements and
maintenance, sidewalk requirements and policies, control of vehicular and
pedestrian traffic, and control of curb cuts.
b. Support the ongoing update of the St. Louis County Highway System Plan
which identifies long range road improvements.
Objective 5: Improve traffic flow by promoting sound development policies.
Establish a policy for designated State and County maintained roadways
through County Council Resolution to limit curb cuts and encourage cross
access and consolidation of development. These standards should apply to
converted uses as well as new development.
Goal B: Promote the use of non-automobile transportation alternatives.
Objective 1: Enhance the opportunities for use of public transportation.
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Encourage the construction of Segment 2 of the Cross County MetroLink
extension to South County from Shrewsbury on the best alignment. Efforts
should be made to ensure that any negative effects on adjoining residential
properties are properly mitigated.
Objective 2: Improve pedestrian access with sidewalks on arterial and collector
Undertake a comprehensive sidewalk study to identify locations where
sidewalks are needed on both State and County arterial and collector
roads. Give priority to approaches to schools, churches, parks, concentrations
of apartments and transit dependent persons, bus stops and future MetroLink
stops. The provision of sidewalks along significant commercial corridors
would also be an important part of an overall program to enhance the
appearance of these roadways and to make access to businesses more accessible
The study would include a prioritized list of roads where sidewalks should be
installed. As part of the prioritizing process, the plan would assess
impediments such as topography that would make the ready installation of
sidewalks difficult without an accompanying major road improvement. The
study should identify possible funding sources. It would be conducted by the
St. Louis County Department of Planning in conjunction with a citizens
Goal C: Enhance appearance of the study area through roadway
Objective 1: Encourage the planting of flowers along Interstate highways and
other major roadways. Coordinate with MoDOT, which would allow such a
program but not fund it.
a. Encourage voluntary efforts with donations from local businesses.
b. Use other local efforts such as “U. City in Bloom” and the City of St.
Louis’ “Operation Brightside” for models.
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Objective 2: Preserve scenic vistas along roadways.
Develop a mechanism to preserve the undeveloped status of difficult to
develop properties that have scenic merit. Explore the possibility of offering
property tax relief for a designated period of years or other incentives for scenic
preservation through the Zoning Ordinance or other mechanisms.
Objective 3: Improve the appearance of the park-and-ride lot at I-55 and
Reavis Barracks Road.
Explore options for possible funding through the East-West Gateway
Coordinating Council and Missouri Department of Transportation.
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