St. Louis County would spend about $1.1 million to build approximately 650 linear feet of sidewalk along Conway Road between S. Mason Road and Broadview Farm Road in Town & Country, according to county officials.
The sidewalk most likely would be constructed on the north side of Conway to tie into 1.5 miles of new sidewalk recently installed on the street’s north side by the city of Creve Coeur, David G. Wrone, the county’s public information manager for the transportation and public works departments,said.
“Numerous schools and houses of worship are located in the immediate vicinity of our project,” Wrone said. “Their students and members will benefit greatly from the walkway.”
Those institutions include St. Louis Priory church and school, Kirk Christian Day School, the Saul Mirowitz Jewish Community School and the B’nai Amoona synagogue, Wrone said. Conway carries an average of 9,000 vehicles each weekday through the area, he added.
St. Louis County Councilmember Colleen Wasinger (District 3) said she is backing the project for now, pending development of final plans.
Construction of the 5-foot-wide sidewalk would begin in the fall of 2016 and be completed a year later if there are no hitches in right-of-way negotiations, which are to begin later this year, Wrone said. The county would need to acquire property from no more than three contiguous property owners, he added.
“Although we’re proceeding under the assumption that the sidewalk will be constructed on the north side of Conway, there remains a very small chance that it would be built on the south side of the road,” Wrone said.
Of the nearly $1.1 million cost, $738,000 would come from federal Transportation Alternative Program funds, and $335,000 would be financed by the county, according to Wrone.