Roadwork to affect south entrance

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Phil Brahm | Reporter
Nov. 14, 2016; 7 p.m.

A road construction project will temporarily limit access to Lindenwood’s campus near the J. Scheidegger Center for the Arts, according to St. Charles officials.

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Plans for the reconstruction of West Clay Street from South Duchesne Road through the campus entrance were unveiled at a public meeting on Nov. 2. Pavement replacement, lane realignment, water main upgrades and several other improvements are all part of the project. Construction is scheduled to begin in the fall of 2017.

The work on West Clay is part of the city’s ongoing plans to improve several heavily traveled areas throughout St. Charles. A similar project on Droste Road located along a section of campus housing is currently underway, with lane closures expected to begin in March 2017.

City Project Manager Nick Galla says the project on West Clay will be beneficial to local residents and visitors as well.

“It’s a very exciting project in a high-profile area that is much needed,” Galla said. “Most people along this road recognize it is in poor shape and are supportive of the project.”

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Rendering of the proposed improvements by Oates Associates

 The section of West Clay outside the campus’s entrance is part of the pavement being replaced. While the entryway will not be changed, staff at the J. Scheidegger Center expect the roadwork to cause some temporary delays for its patrons.

“Our plan is to get out in front of [the project] and inform our patrons when the entrance becomes affected by the construction,” said Peter Colombatto, director of marketing & communications for Lindenwood’s School of Arts, Media and Communications. “We will urge them to take extra time to get to their show. If the roadwork is causing delays on the night of a show, we may even push the start time back 10 or 15 minutes.

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The duplex located at 1012 Chargene St. will be removed to make way for next access into the surrounding neighborhood.
Screenshot take from Google Street View

“Any construction is never pleasant, especially when it’s right outside your building. While it may cause some temporary discomfort, the end result is better for not only our customers, but faculty and students as well.”

A university-owned duplex at 1012 Chargene St. also will be razed by the city as part of the project. The open lot will be used to create a new entrance to a neighborhood, which includes six houses, along West Clay. The new access is designed to create safer conditions for drivers turning in and out of the subdivision.

Construction on the project is scheduled to begin in the spring of 2018, but city officials said they have already met with the university to discuss the project.

“We really wanted to communicate with Lindenwood so basically they wouldn’t rent that out again when we are planning to purchase it mid-year,” Galla said. “We just don’t want to displace any students that live there.”

Galla added that discussions about purchasing the Lindenwood-owned properties will not take place for at least another year.

The estimated cost for the entire project is more than $7 million, according to the city. The project will be funded by federal, state and county funds.