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Natural Bridge (Route 115)Great Streets Project



What is the project?

The Natural Bridge Great Streets project is intended to reduce the number of lanes on Natural Bridge Road in Normandy and near the University of Missouri St Louis in order to calm traffic and improve access to other transportation options (such as cycling, walking and mass transit). The overall project is intended to reduce Natural Bridge by one lane in each direction, yet improve the overall look and feel of the roadway.

The Missouri Department of Transportation has partnered with UMSL, the City of Normandy, Great Rivers Greenway, St. Louis County, East West Gateway Council of Governments and North County Inc. on this project. MoDOT is overseeing the remaining project design, project management and impending construction for the project.

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What will it look like when completed? Typical view across Natural Bridge

 

In general, conceptual plans show two 11-foot driving lanes separated by a median. Next to the driving lane will be a six-foot bike lane, and then up to 12 feet of space for landscaping.  A 10-foot to 13-foot wide sidewalk/shared use path on each side completes the roadway.

What is the project?

The Natural Bridge Great Streets project is intended to reduce the number of lanes on Natural Bridge Road in Normandy and near the University of Missouri St Louis in order to calm traffic and improve access to other transportation options (such as cycling, walking and mass transit). The overall project is intended to reduce Natural Bridge by one lane in each direction, yet improve the overall look and feel of the roadway. The project will run between Lucas and Hunt (Route U) and North Hanley Road.

The Missouri Department of Transportation has partnered with UMSL, the City of Normandy, Great Rivers Greenway, St. Louis County, East West Gateway Council of Governments and North County Inc. on this project. MoDOT is overseeing the remaining project design, project management and impending construction for the project.

Project layout

 

What's going on now?

Utility construction is underway. Lanes have been reduced from five to three lanes from Hanley Road to just east of Florissant Road. The traffic switch converted from two through lanes in each direction to one through lane in each direction and a center turn lane.

Florissant Road has been reduced to one lane in each direction at Natural Bridge Road. A temporary traffic signal is place for traffic flow as the construction begins on the roundabout at the intersection.

Why is a roundabout planned for the project?

Current plans for this project include a roundabout at Natural Bridge and Florissant Road. This roundabout will create a smoother and safer flow of traffic between the two roadways and allow for access from businesses to the south. In addition, it will create a focal point for the community.

What parking will be available?

MoDOT will construct parking spots, where available, for on-street parking along portion s of Natural Bridge.  There will be some areas, such as the roundabout, where parking will be prohibited. In some other areas, the type of parking will change – for instance, from angled to parallel parking.

Will trucks be able to get through?

Absolutely.  The roadway will be wide enough for truck traffic, with significant shoulders and turn lanes to give those vehicles with a wider turning radius space to turn.

 

Timeline

Final right of way plans

Spring 2013

Property acquisition starts

Summer 2013

Final plans submitted

December 2013

Project out for bids

March 2014

Project awarded

April 2014

Construction begins

June 2014

Construction ends

Fall 2015

 

Cost

MoDOT has nearly $13 million for design, right of way acquisition, utility relocation and construction.

Early planning and outreach

Much of the early planning and outreach was coordinated by East-West Gateway Council of Governments. Here is their planning information.

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