Work to make State Street a cul-de-sac is expiated to begin within a week.
The Union Board of Aldermen last week approved a construction contract with Banze Construction, Inc., Foristell.
Last October, officials agreed to seek bids to install a cul-de-sac on the western end of State Street where the street had intersected with Independence Drive.
Banze Construction will install the concrete cul-de-sac for $40,000. Work will likely begin late this week, or early next week, according to City Engineer Jonathan Zimmermann.
More than two years ago, city officials agreed to close the State Street and Independence Drive intersection.
That intersection was closed during the construction of the roundabout at Main Street and Independence Drive.
In August 2010, Zimmermann reported to city officials that the Union Ambulance District Board and Union Fire Protection District were not against the city’s plans to close the State Street and Independence Drive intersection.
However, emergency officials did express some concerns due to the increased response time during emergencies.
A city committee began revisiting in 2010 the possible closure of the road after a request by a resident, who was representing nearly 20 residents who agreed that speeding was an issue along the narrow street, specifically between Clark Street and Independence Drive.
Another resident made the complaint that the western portion of State Street, from Clark Street to Independence Drive, is too narrow and dangerous for through traffic.
The State Street and Independence Drive intersection was closed during the roundabout construction so the narrow roadway was not used as an alternate to Main Street.
Zimmermann had said that Autumn Hill Road, which is much wider than State Street, could be used as an alternative route during the Main Street work.
Mayor Mike Livengood, who lives on West State Street, said prior to 2010, the closure of the intersection was last discussed in 2007. At that time, “no parking” zones were added at Clark and State streets because it is difficult for drivers to see pedestrians at the intersection.
It was suggested that State Street be made one-way, or end in a cul-de-sac. Officials agreed that a cul-de-sac could make the street safer.
At the 2007 meeting, Livengood said there was an independent study performed several years ago on city streets. He said the “No. 1 recommendation” from the study was to install a cul-de-sac.