Allison Blood, KMOX News

ST. CHARLES, Mo. (KMOX) — Crews are set to begin construction on the third and final piece of the Page Avenue Extension this Spring.

Missouri’s Transportation Department got the green light to begin the project on Wednesday morning. St. Charles County passed a half cent sales tax increase in August of 2012 to begin raising money for the project, which has amounted to about $29 million.  MoDOT District Engineer Ed Hassinger says that’s only about a fourth of the money needed for the project.

“The total price for everything is about $118 million, and that includes right of way, utility relocation and construction,” Hassinger said.

The project should start in late April or early May, and Hassinger says it should be done by the end of 2014.

St. Charles County Executive Steve Ehlmann says this will boost economic growth in the area. The new nine-mile span will connect Route 94 at Mid Rivers to I-64 in Lake St. Louis. He says that means more than 75 percent of the jobs in the area will be within a 45 minute drive of each other.

“This is really from the heart of the county into the heart of St. Louis County,” he said.

He commended the mayors of the different municipalities within the county that were able to raise millions to put toward the project.



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