ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) — “Ludicrous and insane,” that’s what some opponents are saying about the proposal to build a so-called South County Connector.
Their campaign against the four-lane, divided roadway continued Tuesday morning at the Deer Creek Shopping Center, which would be impacted by the new road.
Among those who spoke was St. Louis County Councilman Pat Dolan, whose 5th District would be home to the Connector.
He told the group that as a resident and taxpayer of Maplewood he is concerned about how the proposed plan would impact his city. “I don’t want to see all this beautiful area that Maplewood took the time and money and effort to put together to just be taken away.”
In June, Maplewood’s City Council and Great Rivers Greenway officially came out against the proposal.
Besides the noise the roadway would bring, and the immediate threat of several businesses needing to be removed, Maplewood Councilman Barry Greenberg says the biggest problem with the Connector is that it simply isn’t needed.
“It will cause traffic to bypass our city,” he said. “We have a decreased population in the study area, and the addition of MetroLink, Trailway and Greenway system provide more sustainable alternatives to automobile commuting.”
His statement was echoed by Trailnet’s Jennifer Allen who told KMOX that this priority of the county doesn’t mesh with major initiatives in other municipalities. “There are other cities, other groups that have voiced that same exact concern. There are things that have not been explored to the extent necessary.”
Tuesday morning Trailnet CEO Ann Mack continued to be extremely critical of the proposal, adding that it would become the “Pruitt Igoe of roads.”
“Are they not paying attention in the County Executive’s office?” she asked. “To put a forty mile-an-hour road that cuts through all this. That’s not a connector, that is a disconnector and it will destroy!”
Four-hundred letters have already been delivered and hundreds more are to be dropped off with St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley today, in opposition to the proposed South County Connector roadway.
Opponents have until close-of-business this Friday to comment on the Draft Environmental Impact Study for the Connector.