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Complete Streets Plan Still on Hold in St. Louis County

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CLAYTON, Mo. (KMOX) - A measure that would require builders to consider bike paths and sidewalks on all new roads in St. Louis County is still on hold, but one side says they are willing to talk.

Highways Spokesman David Wrone said he is will to come to the table if the council does too.

“We spoke last Monday, [Pat Dolan] stated that our numbers are obviously wrong and everybody knows this,” said Wrone.

Adding that bill sponsor Pat Dolan, D-Richmond Heights hadn’t spoken to the high department about those concerns since before Thanksgiving.

Last week, Dolan said he wants to hold off on the vote and talk to everyone who has concerns.

The Complete Streets Initiative passed in St. Louis City and areas in the Metro East, but some in St. Louis County fear it would cost too much money or could be more harm than help to cyclists.

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.

But Dolan told KMOX those estimates are way off the mark.

“It will be on street-by-street, case-by-case basis. Where ever it makes sense to put a bike path or sidewalk in that’s what we’ll do,” he explained.

The bill likely won’t see a vote for another few weeks.

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