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St. Clair County looks to transfer portion of Green Mount Road to O’Fallon

St. Clair County has plans to transfer jurisdiction of a portion of North Green Mount Road to the city of O’Fallon.

About three-quarters of a mile of Green Mount Road from U.S. Highway 50 to Regency Parkway is proposed to be handed over to O’Fallon, according to Jim Fields, St. Clair County engineer.

The city had requested future medians of the road include green space, Fields said.

However, the county opposed it, because it doesn’t have the resources to maintain the green space in medians, Fields said.

Transferring responsibility of maintaining the road to O’Fallon allows it to make the improvements it would like.

The county’s transportation committee approved the proposal on Monday. The county board is now scheduled to consider the proposal at its meeting scheduled for Nov. 30.

Pamela Funk, the assistant city administrator for O’Fallon, said taking over the road is part of the improvements planned for when St. Elizabeth’s opens its new hospital in town.

Funk also said O’Fallon crews can get to the road quicker than county crews when plowing snow.

Transportation Committee members also gave the OK to paying Rooters American Maintenance of Beckemeyer $56,000 more for resurfacing work along New Athens-Darmstadt Road.

Fields said when workers removed the previous pavement, they ran into a sub-grade surface that was in poor condition and had some additional work that was unexpected.

“We had some extra work before we put the surface back on,” Fields said.

Rooters was initially awarded the contract for $592,000.

The full county Board also has to approve the increased payment.

Joseph Bustos: 618-239-2451, @JoeBReporter