The purpose of the West Florissant Avenue Great Streets Project is to create a safe and accessible area for all vehicles, pedestrians, bicyclists and transit riders. By doing that, we hope to create a roadway that connects communities, strengthens West Florissant Avenue’s positive identity, enhances mobility for all users, and builds momentum to transform the area’s future.
The West Florissant Great Streets Program is a transformative project for the region and the Cities of Dellwood and Ferguson. This stretch of road represents the front doors of both Dellwood and Ferguson. It is what people know and see when they visit the area. The Project seeks to help create a new identity and story for West Florissant Avenue that reflects the strong, diverse, resilient and positive community that it is and has been for decades. Recommended Project improvements will have a significant impact and will be immediately noticeable by residents, commuters and visitors. It will improve the aesthetics of the corridor’s overall appearance; create a healthier environment by improving air quality; increase green space; improve safety for both cars and pedestrians; improve economic opportunities for existing and new businesses (which can also increase tax revenues for the region); and create more job opportunities.Project improvements may also help attract future residents, improve the tax base and increase residential and commercial investments.
The Project is sponsored by St. Louis County Department of Transportation (who is responsible for maintaining the road) and East-West Gateway Council of Governments, St. Louis’ planning organization responsible for regional planning, coordination and is the clearinghouse for federal transportation funding. The Cities of Dellwood and Ferguson are Project partners.
The West Florissant Avenue Great Streets Project is currently in its Preliminary Design phase and is funded by St. Louis County Department of Transportation and East-West Gateway Council of Governments.
As described in the Master Plan, Project construction would cost upwards of $33 million. Right now, $2.5 million has been dedicated to creating the necessary design plans for Segments 3, 4 and 5 (from Stein Road south to Norfolk Southern Railroad) so we can apply for federal transportation funding to start making the improvements.
Actually, right now, we are starting to see the Master Plan vision become a reality. West Florissant Avenue has a Master Plan and by the end of 2017, there will be specific plans on how it will look and can be done. Some changes will be gradual, others will be big and impactful. Sign up for updates to stay informed.
Lighting along West Florissant Avenue is currently included in the West Florissant Avenue Great Streets Project.
If the Project does not win a federal transportation grant, the Project will immediately begin looking for alternative funding sources, different phases, and reapplying for federal grants. St. Louis County is committed to making the Project a reality.
Funds are needed in order to construction the Project. The amount of funding will help determine how much or how many of the sections can be constructed at one time. Once the amount of funding is determined, a construction phasing study will be conducted to determine how much can be constructed and in what manner.
One of the key goals of the Project is to make recommendations that are cost-effective and sustainable over long periods of time. The Project team will work with St. Louis County, Dellwood, Ferguson and other stakeholders to make sure the Project has workable solutions and improvements.St. Louis County will handle maintenance such as snow plowing and pavement maintenance. As part of the Project, we are looking for entities who can maintain any facilities recommended in the design plans. Low-cost materials and easy-to-maintain facilities (like lighting, benches, etc.) will be considered.
St. Louis County Department of Transportation’s design team is working to coordinate projects along the corridor with the West Florissant Avenue Great Streets Project. If you know of a study or project along the corridor, please contact our team.
St. Louis County and the East-West Gateway Council of Governments received federal funding for this part of the project. MoDOT ensures that the project follows the requirements for receiving federal funds.
It is unknown at this time if there will be property acquisition. However, the public right of way and adjacent property lines are being determined as part of the Project. More information will be available as the Preliminary Design phase continues.