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Route 61 Safety Improvement Project

Project Updates & Alerts

Upcoming Lane Closures (updated 10/27) - Here are the latest upcoming lane closures:

  • For the next month, crews have closed the acceleration lane between Peine Road and southbound Route 61.  For safety, eastbound Peine Road is closed just west of Route 61, so drivers will need to use the outer road and use one of the crossovers or use Wentzville Parkway to get onto northbound or southbound Route 61.

Speed Limit Lowered/Lanes Narrowed in Work Zone (updated 9/27) - The lanes in the work zone have been narrowed to allow crews to work behind barriers.  Due to the narrowed lanes, the speed limit in the work zone has been lowered to 45 mph.  This remains in effect whether crews are on scene or not.

Project Email Alerts Available (updated November 2015) - If you wish to receive email alerts on this project, click here.

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What is the problem on Route 61?
There are five intersections on Route 61 (Peine Road, Route P, Grothe Road and the two crossings at Granville Road) that have high crash rates due to the high rate of speed and volume of traffic.  That makes it difficult for cars to merge in and out of traffic.

What are the proposed improvements?

There are several proposed safety improvements along the two-and-a-half mile stretch, including:

• Removing the Route P and Peine Road crossovers and replacing with one interchange to serve both roads.  Click here for a map of the proposed intersection changes.  

• Converting the Grothe Road crossover to a right-in/right-out intersection and extending the merge lanes on Route 61.  Click here for a map of the proposed crossover changes.
• Converting both Granville Drive crossings to a right-in/right out intersection and extending the southbound Route 61 right turn lane at the eastern Granville Drive crossing.  Click here for a map of the proposed changes.

Document Library

The information posted below was presented at a MoDOT public hearing on November 12, 2015. 

Project Details

Project Fact Sheet Please note some information on the fact sheet, including the project completion date, has changed since the public meeting.  

Project Map #1

Project Map #2

Project Map #3

Typical Section of David Hoekel Parkway

To see project photos, click here.


What kind of traffic impacts can motorists expect?
There will be off-peak lane restrictions throughout the project. In addition, lanes may be narrowed and shifted and temporary by-passes may be necessary to maintain access during construction.  More details will be available once the project is ready to begin.

When will the project start and when will it be completed?
The project is expected to begin in the late August 2017 and will be completed in the summer of 2019.

What is the cost of the project?
The project was awarded to KCI Construction for $10.9 million.

What about the (unfunded) improvements suggested at the June 2016 public meeting?
MoDOT held a public meeting in June 2016 to outline other safety improvements for Route 61 from Interstate 70 in St. Charles County to South Lincoln Drive in Lincoln County.  At the time none of the improvements were funded.  Below is a list of the suggested improvements and where they stand now for funding. 

1) Make safety improvements to Route W by eliminating left turns from Route W to northbound Route 61 and adding offset left turns from Route 61 to Route W, as well as extending turn and merge lanes and allowing J-turns.  That would allow the elimination of traffic crossings at:

• McHugh/Granville Drive
• North Point Prairie/Farris
• Dietrich
• John Creech - FUNDED
• Crossroads - FUNDED
• Raceway/Himmel - FUNDED
• Auto Sales - FUNDED

2) Extend turn and merge lanes at the following locations:

• Granville Drive South
• Granville Drive North
• Timber Trace/Grothe Road
• McHugh/Granville Drive
• North Point Prairie/Farris
• Dietrich
• John Creech - DECELERATION LANES FUNDED

• Raceway/Himmel - DECLERATION LANES FUNDED


3) Add median cable devices along or some type of barrier along Rte. 61 in locations from I-70 to Troy where it is most beneficial. - FUNDED FROM I-70 TO THE ST. CHARLES COUNTY LINE AS PART OF THE ST. LOUIS DISTRCT SAFETY DESIGN-BUILD PROJECT/ALSO FUNDED FROM THE ST. CHARLES COUNTY LINE TO SOUTH OF MOSCOW MILLS.

Click here to see the maps presented at the June 2016 public meeting (8MB)

Where can I get more information?

For further questions please email St. Charles County Area Engineer Andy Tuerck at Andrew.Tuerck@modot.mo.gov or by calling 1-888-ASK-MODOT.

 
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