February 6, 2013
Contact: Colene McEntee, Public Affairs Coordinator, 636.949.1864

St. Charles County, Missouri  – Construction on Phase 3 of the Route 364 Page Avenue Extension will start in early summer 2013, thanks to the cooperation of St. Charles County's voters, municipalities, county government and the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT).

At its meeting today, the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission selected the Page Constructors Joint Venture, which includes major participants Fred Weber, Inc., Millstone Bangert, Inc., Kolb Grading, and Parsons Transportation Group, as the design-build contractor team to build Phase 3. A press conference with Ed Hassinger, District Engineer for MoDOT, Mike Castro, MoDOT Route 364 Project Director, St. Charles County Executive Steve Ehlmann, and Page Constructors to announce the plans was also held today at the St. Charles County Council Chambers.

The $118.2 million roadway project includes construction of Route 364, a four-lane divided highway, from Mid Rivers Mall Drive to Interstate 64 in St. Charles County and is expected to be completed by Nov. 2014. The county and its municipalities teamed together to fund $57 million of the project, with MoDOT funding $61.2 million.

"The partnership of the county with our municipalities helped make this project a reality," said Steve Ehlmann, St. Charles County Executive.

St. Charles County's ½ cent Transportation Sales Tax, reauthorized by a 77% vote in Aug. 2012, provided $29,150,000 for the project. O'Fallon contributed $2.25 million to help with additional right-of-way costs, and Dardenne Prairie added $600,000 for improvements at Hanley Road. The County and all of its municipalities partnered with MoDOT to secure the federal grant funds necessary to complete the project. 

Phase 3 of the Route 364 Page Avenue Extension will include interchanges at:

• Mid Rivers Mall Drive and Highway 94
• Highway K
• Bryan Road
• Henke Road
• Interstate 64

"We are excited about the value that the design-build team has brought forth with their proposal," said Ehlmann. "The citizens of St. Charles County are going to be pleased with the results."

When completed, Phase 3 will provide congestion relief for the residents of the central part of St. Charles County, make it easier to travel between St. Charles and Lake Saint Louis, and provide another route into St. Louis County. Phase 3 is also anticipated to improve the operation of Interstates 64 and 70 by reducing traffic, and is designed to handle up to 50,000 cars per day.

The project website, www.modot.org/route364, will feature basic plans and the construction schedule. The site also enables citizens to sign up for regular e-updates regarding the construction schedule.