Wentzville, in eastern Missouri, is expected to be one of the earlier sites for the Interstate 70 expansion project. MoDOT’s “Improve I-70 Program” is scheduled to meet Tuesday in Wentzville with industry representatives regarding the project budget and schedule, and other details.
Nick Guccione, Mayor of Wentzville, plans to be there as well.
“I’ve talked to several of the area engineers and they’re telling me that the average they do is about 50 miles to 60 miles a year,” he said. “So, this is gonna be a long-term project, probably six to seven years before it’s complete. It’ll make a huge difference to that corridor.”
State lawmakers added $2.8 billion to the state budget for the current fiscal year to expand I-70 to six lanes across the entire state of Missouri, from Wentzville in the St. Louis area to Blue Springs in the Kansas City area.
Guccione told Missourinet there’s also a separate pre-approved project to straighten out the so-called “S curve” along I-70 in Wentzville.
“I hope (the Improve I-70 Program) doesn’t delay that (S Curve) project because it was ready to go,” he said. “There’s been a lot of accidents there…it’s very dangerous, you know, it’s a dangerous part of the road.”
That particular stretch of I-70 is frequently used by drivers on their way to and from Lambert Airport in St. Louis.
Tuesday’s meeting is scheduled from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in Wentzville at Progress Park Banquet Hall.
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