ST. LOUIS – It’s being called critical for the north county area. 

A multi-million dollar road improvement project is coming for a stretch of Airport Road used by thousands of drivers every day. The project aims to improve a 1.7-mile stretch of Airport Road that runs through Berkeley and Ferguson. It’s basically between 170 and North Florissant Road. 

This is about a $5.4 million dollar project. St. Louis County Executive Sam Page said $2.1 million is coming from federal funds and St. Louis County is paying for the rest. We’re told more than 22,000 vehicles travel Airport Road daily. Page said the St. Lous County Department of Transportation rates the roadway a three on a scale of one to ten with ten being the best. 

Right now, there are multiple driving lanes along the stretch of Airport Road being targeted for improvements, but Page explained that this project will actually reduce the total lanes to three. One driving lane in each direction and a shared center turn lane. 

There will also be new traffic signals, dedicated bicycle lanes, 60 wheelchair-accessible ramps, and aging sidewalks and curbs will be replaced. 

“It’s a terrible road,” said Page when describing Airport Road at the pending project. “It’s one of the worst roads in the county and it needs to be fixed. And it’s dangerous to drive on by design and by the crumbling road. Second, it’s going to be much more pedestrian friendly, much more friendly to bicycle traffic.”

Page does not believe that reducing lanes will lead to traffic jams because of how the road will be improved with this project. 

Construction is expected to begin in the spring and should be done by the end of 2023.