ST. CHARLES, MO (KMOX) – A Facebook campaign to upgrade an eleven mile stretch of Highway N in St. Charles County may be paying off.
Calling it a death trap with accidents up by 480 percent in the past ten years, the group Shoulders for Safety, representing parents and concerned citizens, says the time has come for major repairs.
“It needs to be completely resurfaced,” group spokesperson Crissy Holmes said. “We want shoulders, we want it to be regular-sized, 12 feet, center line rumble strips, shoulder rumble strips, and maybe additional turn lanes in those high peak areas.”
Currently, Highway N between Sommers Road and Highway T has no shoulders, uneven pavement, is too narrow, and runs past five schools, Holmes says.
“It has increased traffic in the fastest-growing city and school district in the state of Missouri and there’s been no upgrade,” she added.
Recently, a 23-year-old Wentzville man who could not negotiate a curve and over-corrected was killed on the stretch.
Holmes believes the group’s Facebook page has made a difference. The Missouri Department of Transportation has already recommended the upgrade and is currently in the public comment phase before the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission considers it.