City officials from St. Charles to O’fallon gathered at the intersection of Highway K and Highway 364 Halloween morning to officially open the final phase of the highway 364-Page avenue extension project. Even though the winds were strong and the temperatures cold, a crowd gathered to celebrate the long sought moment in St. Charles county history. MODOT district engineer Greg Horn says the project shows the great partnership between the cities in St. Charles county, “This phase of this project would not have happened without the partnerships of saint charles county and the local communities. Those partnerships are what drove this project, and will allow the traveling public to benefit from reducing traffic congestion, improving safety, and providing overall economic growth to the region.”
The final phase is just a small step in the entire project, which stretches from Interstate 270 in St. Louis county to Interstate 64 in St. Charles county. St. Peters Mayor Len Pagano says that no other county has ever worked together like this to achieve a project of this magnitude, “This is highly unusual for all governments to work together for the betterment of the people. I have to say, no other county has ever produced such a working relationship.”
After the ribbon was cut, officials and residents celebrated the opening of the highway and took the chance to stand on the new highway before anyone else. St. Peters alderwoman Terri Violet says it’s an honor to have been a part of this project, “It’s amazing to see how everyone in the county works together to make this happen. It’s an honor for us to be as a big team.”
The final phase of the project cost over $118-million to complete. If you would like to take a drive down the entire length of the highway you can access it from Interstate 270 in Creve Coeur or Interstate 64 in Lake Saint Louis.