St. Charles residents upset about road project’s rising cost

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ST. CHARLES, MO (KTVI)-- St. Charles residents voiced their concerns about a road project proposal during a meeting Wednesday.

The project would transform 5th Street. It would place utility lines underground, widen sidewalks and revamp the road.

The initial proposal was expected to cost $8 Million, but after the St. Charles City Council approved it the price increased.

"They come out with one thing and then they add to it and it does not stop," Elbert Heansseler said.

The St. Charles County Road Board and the East West Gateway Planning Commission recommended that a fourth lane be added to the project.

The addition will cost tax payers another $500,000.

"Whether it is city, county or federal money it is our money," Heansseler said.

Residents are also worried that the project will drive out businesses and homeowners.

"You add fourth lane and you are going to have the property," St. Charles Resident Ken Wright said.

At this point city leaders are asking for the public's input. A final vote on the new proposal could come in Oct.

Construction could begin in Sept. 2014.

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