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I-70 Enhancement Project


About the I-70 Enhancement Project

The Goal:

MoDOT's goal is to design and construct visual enhancements to the Interstate 70 highway from Goodfellow Boulevard to St. Louis Avenue. Senator Jean Carnahan and Representative Clay secured $4.5 million dollars in federal transportation funds, with the assistance of Mayor Slay's office.

As part of fulfilling our goals, involving the public in the design process and enhancing the adjacent neighborhoods is key to the success of the project.

What's been happening with the I-70 Enhancement Project?

MoDOT has held a series of neighborhood workshops in early 2002 that allowed residents to express their concerns on the existing conditions and recent construction of the corridor. I-70 is the front door to the city of St. Louis and what enhancements are made are very important to the people living, driving and working nearby. There are 15 bridge structures in the project area. This project is within the right of way of Interstate 70, from St. Louis Avenue to Goodfellow Avenue.

Numerous issues were expressed regarding the lack of landscape, the chain link fencing, the concrete slope embankments and general appearance of the recent construction. Residents wanted the corridor to reflect the spirit of the people and architectural character of their neighborhoods. All options developed for the I-70 corridor had to meet certain guidelines.

The MoDOT design team developed a design concept reflecting what was heard at the neighborhood meetings. The design concept is comprised of the following design elements: Brick cladding around bridge end piers, ornamental railings/fencing on the bridges with sidewalks, sidewalks with brick paver enhancements, pedestrian lighting on bridges with sidewalks, and coloring of concrete bridge elements.

MoDOT has agreed to remove the concrete slope embankments at the Union Avenue interchange area. MoDOT will not use money from the federal transportation fund of $4.5 million to pay for the concrete slope removal. MoDOT will use other funds to pay for the concrete slope removal. The slopes will be replaced with a decorative landscaped wall with trees added to the slope region. The opportunity to enhance this wall further with shrubs and flowers will have to be agreed upon with the City of St. Louis for maintenance.
MoDOT has met with the City of St. Louis to discuss long-term maintenance of landscape in the corridor. However, there are opportunities for the public to participate in partnerships that share the costs of maintenance.

What other public meetings have been held so far?

On June 11, 2002 a meeting was held at the St. Louis Developing Corporation to preview the upcoming public meeting for the elected officials. The issues MoDOT addressed were landscaping the corridor and showing the public exactly what to expect.

On June 27, 2002, MoDOT and its design team held the final Interstate 70 Enhancement public meeting at Clay School. At this meeting, MoDOT and the public looked at the final designs and landscaping options for I-70.

What is happening next?

I-70 Enhancement Update: AS OF 9/23/04

Millstone Bangert
Bridges - Shreve, Kingshighway, O'Fallon Park, McKinley, Salisbury

Backside Column wraps: All the column panels are installed. Millstone will start working on correction (fixing a brick hear and there) Wednesday the 29.
Fence: Is all installed and is complete.

Bridges - Adelaide, Taylor, W. Florissant, Union, Angelica, Goodfellow, Riverview, Prairie, E. Grand

Backside Column wraps: All the column panels are installed.

Goodfellow all the fence panels are installed. KCI plans to install the kick plates tomorrow and open the sidewalks.
Union Set fence post and light post on the west side of Union today and the contractor will be in tomorrow to reinstall the fence lighting. The panels will be installed at the end of next week.
West Florissant Tomorrow KCI will close the sidewalk and remove the fence from the west side of the bridge. This fence will be sent to Payne in Texas.
Adelaide: The entire fence is up except one panel. KCI need to install the kick plates. The sidewalk on one side of the bridge should be open by early next week.
Taylor: One side of the bridge has been taken down and sent to Payne.
Landscaping: The 27, 28 and 29 we are going to do the fall inspection. You should see the sick and dying plants start to be replaced the first week in October. The next mowing will start October 4.

December 2002 - The project was awarded to a contractor
Spring 2003 - Construction began
December 2004 - Project complete

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Meeting Minutes from neighborhood workshops

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What will the I-70 enhancements look like?

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Construction Prep Center

In conjunction with construction efforts in Missouri a program has been developed, that provides 8 weeks of training in Basic Skills. The Construction Prep Center is a diverse coalition of private and public entities who have collaborated their efforts and resources to develop this non-traditional, comprehensive training center.

Their mission is to resolve issues of diversity and to prepare individuals for placement and retention in apprenticeship programs and employment in the construction trades.

The CPC is dedicated to preparing participants for entry into the Carpenters, Cement Masons, Craft Laborers, Ironworkers, Operating Engineers, and Teamsters apprenticeship programs.

All applicants are required to complete an application before they are admitted to the CPC. Applicants must be 24 years of age or older and a resident of the State of Missouri living within the CPC service areas.

Applications for admission to the CPC can be obtained from the office at 6347 Plymouth. Applications must be completed and returned to the CPC Admission Office. An incomplete application will delay processing and entry of the applicant into the program.

Students are graded on the following:

· Skill Level Achieved
· Safety Habits
· Handling of Tools and Equipment
· Test/Quiz Scores

Students are also evaluated on certain behavior standards for completion of the program:

· Attendance
· Attitude
· Initiative
· Health & Fitness
· Necessary Academic Standards

If you are interested in applying at the Construction Prep Center, please feel free to call at 314/863-7857, FAX: 314/863-7873.

Metropolitan Education and Training Center
6347 Plymouth, 2nd Floor
St. Louis, MO 63133

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Contact Information

Another way to keep the lines of communication open between the public and the project team will be to give MoDOT a call at 314-340-4300 or 1-888-ASK-MODOT (275-6636).

You can also contact MoDOT Area Engineer Deanna Miller at Deanna.Miller@modot.mo.gov.

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