Public Works Capital Projects
Clayton Road Resurfacing and Pedestrian Enhancements
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The City of Town & Country has developed three separate projects to improve Clayton Road and provide a multi-use pedestrian facility. The end goal is to repave Clayton Road in its current lane configuration from HWY 141 on the west to our City Limits near Bopp Road on the east. As a part of these projects, an 8’ wide asphalt trail will be installed on the north side of Clayton Road from Longview Farm Park heading east to I-270 where it switches to the south side and continues on to Bopp Road. An additional phase of the project involves the installation of pedestrian facilities across the existing bridge over HWY 141 connecting the sidewalk on the north side of Clayton Road at Old Woods Mill Road to the signalized intersection at Woods Mill and Clayton Roads.
As a part of the project development, the City has secured three separate grants through the East-West Gateway Council of Governments and the Federal Highway Administration. 80% of the project funding is derived from these grants. Additionally, a $250,000 settlement provided to the City by St. Louis County as a part of the agreement put in place for their temporary take-over of Clayton Road during the I-64 closure in 2008 has been applied to the project. The remaining funds are to come from the City’s Road Fund.
The Phases are summarized as follows:
Phase I – HWY 141 to Oak Springs Lane
Resurfacing – 2.85 Miles
Multi-Use Pedestrian Trail – 1.39 Miles
Design Engineer – CDG Engineers
Construction Contractor – L. Krupp Construction
Total Phase Budget – $2,400,000
Construction Schedule – Completed Spring and Summer 2012
Phase II – Oak Springs Lane to Eastern City Limits
Resurfacing – 1.53 Miles
Multi-Use Pedestrian Trail – 1.46 Miles
Design Engineer – CDG Engineers
Construction Contractor – Gershenson Construction
Total Phase Budget – $2,500,000
Construction Schedule – Spring and Summer 2013
Phase III – Old Woods Mill to Woods Mill
Resurfacing – 0.0 Miles
Sidewalk – 0.25 Miles
Design Engineer – Crawford, Bunte, Brammeier
Construction Contractor – JM Marschuetz Construction
Total Phase Budget - $425,000.00
Anticipated Construction Schedule – Spring and Summer 2013
Project Funding Summary
Total Project Budget - $5,325,000.00
Maximum Federal Funding - $3,763,562.40 (71%)
St. Louis County Settlement - $250,000.00 (5%)
Maximum City of Town & Country Funding - $1,311,437.60 (24%)
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Frequently Asked Project Questions:
Q: "Does the project address the deterioration seen on the portion of the current drive lanes which was previously the shoulder of the road?
A: Yes, the project plan includes two components which will address the strength of these locations. The first invloves the repair of any deteriorated or weakened sections. The second includes the installation of a structural paving fabric which will be placed prior to the final surface material.
Q: “With regard to the asphalt trail along Clayton Rd (east of Hwy 141); what is the width of the setback from Clayton Rd and what is the width of the construction envelope?”
A: The project includes the installation of an 8’ wide asphalt multi-use pedestrian trail from Longview Farm Park to Bopp Road over two independent phases. Based upon information gathered in our property survey work as well as input received from adjacent property owners, the trail has been designed to meander at varying distances from the edge of the existing roadway pavement. In some locations, it is planned to be as close as 5’ from the edge of the pavement and in others it is as far as 30’. The construction envelope also varies greatly based upon the location of the trail and the grades of the surrounding terrain. The standard section which we are attempting to implement as a primary approach is to utilize a 7’ wide open ditch directly adjacent to the pavement, then the 8’ wide trail and then the necessary grading room as required by the topography to catch grade and establish a safe and maintainable slope off of the back side of the trail.
Q: “Has a study been done to assess the potential impact on the property values of the homes along Clayton Rd that will lose the mature trees and other vegetation that have been planted in order to screen the properties from the road?”
A: Each homeowner from whom we are requesting property rights is entitled to compensation for damages or devaluation of their property. As a part of the easement acquisition process, we are required to develop an appraisal of the value for these property rights. This appraisal accounts for the removal of existing vegetation as well as that which is planned to replace it as a part of the project. These appraisals are required to be completed by a certified right-of-way appraiser as well as independently reviewed by another appraiser to insure their integrity. The project also has sufficient funding to replace or relocate plant material in an effort to maintain or increase the screening desired by the property owner.
Q: “Why can’t a four foot wide sidewalk with a curb (similar to what is being done on Ballas Rd) be constructed in Lieu of the eight foot wide asphalt trail?”
A: Generally a sidewalk is a minimum of 5’ wide in residential applications. In the situation that is presented by an arterial roadway such as Ballas Road, which has the same functional classification as Clayton Road, the minimum sidewalk width when placed directly adjacent to the curb is 6’. The guidelines for width are established as a part of the Green Book (engineering policy guide) and Guide for the Development of Bicycle Facilities, both by the American Association of Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO). These documents outline the guidelines that we are required to meet in order to maintain our federal funding. Because the grant is contingent upon the pedestrian facility to be installed having a multi-use capacity, the minimum width allowed by the AASHTO guidelines is 8’ regardless of its proximity to the adjacent roadway.
Q: Has a study been completed to assess the water drainage impact of the asphalt trail?
A: The project is required to meet all of the water volume and water quality requirements of the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District as well as the City of Town & Country. There are numerous measures being implemented to mitigate the impact of the additional impervious surface. The planned use of modified dry wells, rain gardens and open drainage swales are intended to reduce runoff volumes as well as the amount of sediment and other roadway debris that is generated not only by the trail, but also by the existing Clayton Road. It is also the intention of the project to improve other previously identified storm water issues that are related to Clayton Road and its current drainage patterns.
Q: “Has a study been completed to determine whether or not the use of these trails by the residents of Town & Country justifies the cost of this project?”
A: Although a pure cost / benefit analysis has not been completed on the project, the main impetus for its development is the resurfacing of the Clayton Road roadway pavement. This is the controlling cost for the project. It was set as a priority as a part of the pavement rating system used by the City as a means of rating and ranking all portions of our roadway network. The trail which had previously been identified as a part of the Parks and Trails Master Plan was included in this project as a means of meeting the necessary pedestrian access requirements for the federal grant which is responsible for 80% of the project funding.
Q: “What was the process for gauging taxpayer support for the trails project and were affected property owners along Clayton Rd specifically surveyed?”
A: Although we did not specifically target property owners along Clayton Road, three separate mailings were sent to each residential property in the City which provided information or solicited feedback relative to the Parks and Trails Master Plan as well as the Clayton Road improvement project. As a part of the development of the Parks and Trails Master Plan, all residents of the City were solicited for input regarding all facets of the City’s recreational infrastructure. During this process, two public forums were held to draw information on the wants and needs of the community as well as the manner in which they were to be prioritized. The installation of a multi-use pedestrian facility on Clayton Road was indicated to be a high priority. The notification process for the most recent Master Plan development included direct mail postcards to each residential property in the City in April and again in September 2009. In December 2009 another mailing was made that included project information as well as a survey card regarding the lane and signal configuration of Clayton Road.
Q: “How does Town & Country propose to restore homeowners’ privacy along Clayton Rd?”
A: As a part of the project development, the City has included the necessary resources to implement both physical and intuitive barriers between the trail and the impacted homeowners. During this process, we have attempted to reach out to the individual property owners in an effort to discuss the individual needs for that residence. In numerous cases items such as walls, fences, berms and other landscape features including significant amounts of plant material are planned to accomplish these goals.
Q: “What is the approval process and flexibility of Phase II of the project?”
A: The project was initially conceived at the request of the City’s Public Works & Storm Water and Parks & Trails Commissions. In 2008, the Board of Aldermen approved a professional services contract to evaluate the cost and assist in the grant application development of the resurfacing and trail project(s). In and effort to make the project(s) more manageable, the application for the grant funding was split into two separate phases prior to approval by the Board of Aldermen and submittal to the grant authorities (East-West Gateway Council of Governments and the Federal Highway Administration). Once accepted by the grant authorities, the project has limited flexibility to change unless the applicant is willing to forfeit all funds for the entire phase of the project. No major changes in scope, use or project limits can occur without this occurring.