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Manchester Road Streetscape Enters Phase 2 in Wildwood

Wildwood city officials encourage drivers and walkers to use caution while traveling through the designated construction areas during a series of million-dollar improvement projects.

A contractor to Wildwood city representatives, J.M. Marschuetz Construction, begun Phase 2 of the Manchester Road Streetscape project, which includes new curbs, sidewalks, street lights, trees and pavement on "Old" Manchester Road from Missouri Route 109 to Eatherton Road. 

Wildwood director public works and city engineer Ryan Thomas said most of the work over the next two months will involve relocating various utilities that are in conflict with underground drainage structures. "Laclede will be relocating gas lines at various locations, as will Missouri American Water Company," he said. 

Much of the relocation work will be at the intersection with Center Avenue and also at the rock culvert crossing near the Metro West Fire Protection District station in Wildwood, said Thomas. 

According to city records, the construction company was authorized to spend $1.28 million on these improvements. Wildwood city officials secured $999,000 in federal funding for this project. 

Wildwood's "Manchester Road Streetscape Project" is different and apart from the multicity "Manchester Road Great Streets Project."

The Manchester Road Great Street Project involves the Missouri Route 100 Manchester Road between Route 141 and Route 109. Currently, only the cities of Wildwood, Ellisville and Ballwin are participating in that plan. City representatives, along with West St. Louis County Chamber of Commerce and Missouri Department of Transportation managers began putting ideas into motion for Manchester Road corridor last summer, and have been discussing desired plans since 2009.

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A $5 million project was been approved by East-West Gateway to make streetscape enhancements, in conjunction with a planned Missouri Department of Transportation resurfacing project in 2014, Thomas said. The various improvements include sidewalks, trails, wayfinding signage, bus shelters, raised center medians, landscaping and lighting.

In Wildwood for the East-West Gateway initiative, Thomas said signal modifications will be made at Route 100 and Westglen Farms Drive, adding lighting along a portion of the trail, and adding a bus shelter with sidewalk improvements near the Westglen Farms Drive intersection.

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