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ST. CHARLES, MO (KMOX)-Today’s a day many in St. Charles County have been waiting for, as another phase of the Page Avenue Extension is scheduled to open to traffic.

Local dignitaries will cut the ribbon on the Harvester Road to Mid Rivers Mall Drive stretch at 9:30 a.m.  MoDOT’s Linda Wilson says crews plan to have the roadway open to traffic sometime this afternoon,”You’ll be able to drive from Page and 270 all the way to Mid Rivers Mall Drive before you hit another traffic signal.”

Wilson says the $101 million dollar section was completed two months ahead of schedule and a million dollars under budget, “We have had a lot of good weather…also most of the work was done by one contractor, Fred Weber. We actually had four contracts and they had three of them so they were able to schedule their work and get things done more quickly than when you’re dealing with different contractors.”

Wilson says $75 million of the funding for phase two came from the stimulus, federal and state transportation funds, St. Charles County transportation sales tax funds and funding from the city of St. Peters.

Wilson says the extension has been in the region’s transportation plans since the early 1960’s. Phase one was completed in 2003. She says they hope to begin work on the extension’s third and final phase, which will end at I-64 at Highway N, by early next year, “We’re doing that project design-build and hiring that contractor in early 2013 and giving them a very fast completion date of December of 2014.”

She says the funding for that phase is in place, “We have $100 million for phase three. $50 million of that came from St. Charles County and the municipalities in St. Charles County. We are completing our property acquisition this fall and out of that $100 million the remainder will be used towards a design-build contractor to hopefully get us the best road we can get.”



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