“If you build it they will come” – unless visibility and traffic flow is an issue.
That’s the lesson city planners learned in Wildwood after opening Community Park at 2153 Hwy. 109, near that highway’s intersection with State Route [Hwy.] 100.
“It became clear to us after the first phase of the park was completed that there was the need for a turn lane there,” City Engineer Rick Brown said, referring to the north side of State Route 100 where a right-turn lane will be added.
An ordinance authorizing the mayor to execute a contract with Krupp Construction, L.L.C. for the right-turn lane was approved by a 15-0 City Council vote on Feb. 12, with Councilmember Greg Alexander [Ward 6] absent.
According to Brown, the lane will measure about 600 feet in length and begin just west of the current Hwy. 109 entrance onto State Route 100. The addition of a right-turn lane means vehicles coming from Hwy. 109 no longer will have to immediately merge onto State Route 100 to enter the park.
The addition of the new lane also means a new shoulder area, measuring about 700 feet long, will be constructed.
Directions to the park, on the city’s website, indicate two entry points: the main entrance accessed by taking Hwy. 109 to Pond Grover Loop Road [just north of State Route 100] and a secondary entrance located off westbound State Route 100, west of Hwy. 109. To use the main entrance, visitors are advised to go west at the roundabout on Pond Grover Loop Road and straight into the park.Would-be visitors are advised that the secondary entrance is the first right-hand driveway after the Hwy. 100/Hwy. 109 intersection.
City planners hope the new lane will help to increase visibility to the park access area.
Bids for the project were solicited in December 2017 with six bids received. The lowest bid submitted was from Krupp Construction, L.L.C., based in Ellisville.
“They’re a local contractor, and they’ve worked with the city a great deal,” Brown said. He specifically noted the contractor’s involvement with the replacement of the Fox Creek Road bridge and its assistance with other rights-of-way contracting efforts.
The council’s Administrative and Public Works Committee reviewed the bids and recommended awarding a contract to Krupp Construction, L.L.C in the amount of $171,816.40 with a $28,183.60 contingency for additional work as identified by the department.
According to Brown, construction on the turn lane is slated to begin around March 1 and be completed by June 1.