Where Are We Now?
Alternatives have been developed to arrive at three reasonable alternatives that the City of St. Louis and MoDOT have agreed upon for which conceptual design has been completed. Also, land use scenarios have been developed associated with these three (3)four (4) concepts. Trip generation from the land use was input to the existing traffic counts, growth in traffic held constant, to analyze traffic conditions at build out for the area.
As of September 2, 2003, the project team has reviewed existing land use, reviewed development opportunities and existing market conditions, zoning in the area, analyzed traffic information to determine impacts on city streets associated with the project. Evaluation of alternatives have been completed and reviewed by the study team.
MoDOT has determined that this interchange project is a stand-alone project from the City's 22nd Street Parkway Improvement project that has been placed on hold indefinitely at this time. Currently, MoDOT has also placed this project on hold to determine if other needs within the city are greater at this time. This project is still a great economic development project that could be constructed sometime in the future.
Currently MoDOT Right of Way Staff is verifying right of way information in the study area prior to holding a public open house for the public to review and comment on work done to date.
General Intent of the Project
The I-64 at 22nd Street Interchange is the key entry into the St. Louis Central Business District (CDB). It will stimulate development of vacant land and reuse of older, underutilized buildings. The current interchange configuration consists of high-speed ramps, which take up a significant amount of state owned land that could be made available for higher density uses compatible with surrounding activities and supported by transportation infrastructure. The location of the interchange area is in the Locust Business District, a Special Taxing District and political subdivision of the State of Missouri, which is in the process of carrying out initiatives to revitalize the residential and business opportunities in the area and improve the economic well being of the area.
The current funding shortfall for transportation infrastructure in the State of Missouri calls for MoDOT to be even more fiscally responsible than in the past by providing cost-efficient infrastructure improvements, that benefit the community, the region and the state. In the case of the I-64 at 22nd Street Interchange, MoDOT has the opportunity to use its available assets, in this case unused right-of-way, to secure financing for improvements to the interchange. These improvements will enhance motor vehicle and personal safety, as well as improve access to the CBD and Locust Business District. Additionally, the project offers the opportunity to provide enhanced infrastructure to facilitate real estate development within the City of St. Louis. This financial strategy conserves the scarce funding available in the Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP) in the coming years by leveraging land assets.
In order to bring this project to fruition, MoDOT, in association with the City of St. Louis, will integrate land-use and an all transportation infrastructure in the area. Once developed, a land use plan and a transportation network will enhance circulation and foster new development in the area for years to come. In order to succeed, we are working hand-in-hand with the public to better understand the community within the project limits.
Olive Street on the north, 20th Street on the east, the Scott Avenue on the South, and Jefferson Avenue on the west encompass the study area. The area of influence will go well beyond these limits, but for the integration of the project into the existing infrastructure network, this is the designated study area.
I-64/22nd Street Interchange Map
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How can you be involved?
As an affected interest in the study area, your input is critical to the success for the study and ultimately the project. Your input, in writing, by telephone to the study team or at meetings throughout the planning and design process will be a key consideration in the project development process. We want to encourage your continued involvement in the project. Please call MoDOT Area Engineer, Deanna Venker at 1-888-ASK-MODOT or Community Relations Specialist Andrew Gates at 1-888-ASK-MODOT.