ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Manchester Road through Ballwin, Ellisville and Wildwood is getting an extreme makeover, and the Missouri Department of Transportation begins work Monday.

First off, Manchester will lose the center turn lane, affectionately dubbed the “suicide lane,” and it will be replaced with a landscaped median, which will “definitely cut down on accident rates.”

To turn, drivers will have to wait for a left-turn and U-turn cut-out.

“Some people were expressing some concern about, you know, how am I going to get into this business or that business,” says Ellisville councilwoman Cindy Pool. “MoDOT, in the traffic studies, shows that it takes approximately two weeks for the average citizen to get the hang of it.”

Pool says Manchester will be completely re-surfaced, and new sidewalks and bike trails will be carved out along the road. New signs will tell you what block you’re on, and as buildings get replaced, they’ll be built like the Town & Country Target and Whole Foods, with no massive parking lots fronting the street.

“It’ll be a much more attractive Manchester Road,” she says – attractive and safer.

“We don’t Manchester Road to be the road that you avoid at all costs, anymore.”

The makeover is part of the Great Streets Initiative.

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