ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. (KMOX) – Up and running. That’s how MoDOT describes the new “outer belt” in west St. Louis County.
District engineer Ed Hassinger spoke about the Route 141 project, at a ribbon-cutting Saturday morning, “What you see out here is about 88 million dollars worth of right of way, utility work, and construction. It’s the last piece that creates a connector from I-55 all the way through 370.”
St. Louis County’s portion was $61 million.
County executive Charlie Dooley says the new roadwork will not only improve traffic flow, but it also had another benefit, “It gave jobs and opportunity to people in our area who wouldn’t have had the opportunity for jobs. Disadvantaged workers, minorities, we met all of our goals. That is simply outstanding.”
About $20 million in federal stimulus funding was spent on the project.
The outer belt opened to traffic around two, Saturday afternoon.