The project includes a masonry wall and trees and shrubs surrounding it.
Bids for the work were opened last summer, with the project awarded to Gershenson Construction for $502,242, plus an allowance for contingencies to handle unforeseen conditions or additional work, for a total amount not to exceed $552,466. Project costs are paid by the Chesterfield Valley Transportation Development District (TDD) from revenues obtained from an additional 3/8-cent sales tax charged by businesses in the valley’s levee-protected area. The sales tax was approved by voters in a 2005 election.
In addition to the wall and landscape effort, other projects specifically identified in the 2005 referendum included the Long Road interchange with Interstate 64, the levee trail and bus shelters that are part of mass transit expansion in the valley. Costs associated with those projects will be or have been paid by the TDD.
Mike Geisel, Chesterfield city administrator, said funds to pay for the wall and landscape work already are in hand for a cash transaction.
Chesterfield’s mayor and city administrator serve on the TDD board, along with St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger and a representative from the county transportation department.
Due to its cost, Councilmember Guy Tilman [Ward 2] and former Councilmember Bruce DeGroot [Ward 4] opposed the bid award at a meeting early in September; however, the project was approved on a 6-2 vote.