CLAYTON, Mo. (KMOX) – A streets plan that many expected to sail through the legislative process in St. Louis County has been delayed for more than a month and it could be that much longer before it comes to a vote.
The “Complete Streets” policy would require builders to consider bike paths and sidewalks on all new roads in St. Louis County. It also promotes making room for other multimodal forms of transportation, such as buses.
The initiative has passed in St. Louis City and areas in the Metro East but there are some in St. Louis County who fear it could cost too much money or could be more harm than help to cyclists.
As a result, bill sponsor Pat Dolan, D-Richmond Heights, says he wants to hold off on the vote and talk to everyone who has concerns.
“We’re setting up meetings in the future to meet them so that’s why this has been held,” Dolan said Monday, adding that it’s been difficult to schedule meetings due to the holidays.
The St. Louis County Department of Highways and Traffic has estimated the plan could cost the county as much as $100 million, a figure that has raised some eyebrows.
“The numbers out there are totally false,” Dolan argues. “I mean, the millions and billions of dollars – that’s never been the intent, everyone knows that.”