Three St. Louis area counties would focus on road and highway construction if a 0.75 percent transportation sales tax increase passes later this summer.
This week, four area counties plus St. Louis turned in their preliminary lists of projects that could be funded over a 10-year period with the transportation tax. They're working with East-West Gateway to formulate a list of projects to send to the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission.
For the third year in a row an effort to create a smoking ban in St. Charles County is underway.
The St. Charles County Council began considering a bill Monday night that would restrict indoor smoking, but exempt any establishment that requires customers be at least 21-years-old. That provision would mean people could continue to light up in many bars and gambling areas.
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Councilman Joe Cronin is the bill’s sponsor and said a ban is critical to protecting public health.
Ground was broken Thursday on the new Daniel Boone Bridge just west of Chesterfield.
The $111 million project will replace a 75-year-old span over the Missouri River and link St. Louis and St. Charles Counties.
MoDOT District Engineer Ed Hassinger says the bridge is the final project to make I-64 a true, interstate-quality, highway.
“We’re thrilled today to start on the project,” Hassinger says. “The design is about 90 percent complete and you’re going to see people starting work on the ground this month. The plan is that we’ll have the new bridge open in 2014.”
Updated at 3:30 p.m. MoDOT has opened the westbound lanes of 364 between Harvester and Mid Rivers Mall Dr.
Updated at 2:35 p.m. The eastbound lanes of 364 between Harvester and Mid Rivers Mall Dr. are now open. A piece of equipment used to paint stripes is malfunctioning, which will delay the opening of the westbound lanes until after rush hour tonight.
Our earlier story:
Drivers in the St. Louis region can now take Route 364 all the way to Mid Rivers Mall Dr.
The St. Louis school district could be a year away from regaining partial accreditation. Missouri's Annual Performance Reports, or MAP scores, have been released today. They show that St. Louis city schools have met seven standards, including one academic standard.
Education Commissioner Chris Nicastro says they're looking for sustained improvement over time.