O'Fallon Progress

Construction of MedExpress, Academy Sports continues in O’Fallon

The Red Barn 5-acre property located at 2400 Country Ln. in Shiloh, off Hartman Lane has been in a dilapidated status since the village purchased the property Oct. 8, 2009. Recently, the property went from being eight to five acres after village officials added three acres to Sierra Park, which abuts the property.
The Red Barn 5-acre property located at 2400 Country Ln. in Shiloh, off Hartman Lane has been in a dilapidated status since the village purchased the property Oct. 8, 2009. Recently, the property went from being eight to five acres after village officials added three acres to Sierra Park, which abuts the property. rkirsch@bnd.com

O’Fallon

MedExpress

The latest MedExpress urgent care location for the metro-east is making headway fast after the former 17th Street Bar & Grill located at 1711 W. U.S. 50 in O’Fallon was torn down on Aug. 25. The demolished building housed Super Smokers BBQ previously as well.

Academy Sports + Outdoors

In the 1500 block of West U.S. Highway 50 at the Lincoln Crossing shopping center, construction is nearing completion for the new Texas-based sporting goods retailer Academy Sports + Outdoors. It will offer products like apparel, footwear and equipment for sports and outdoors enthusiasts. This will be the company’s first Illinois and St. Louis regional store. IMPACT Strategies Inc., based in Fairview Heights, is the general contractor for the project.

Green Mount Road

In the next few months, Jeff Taylor, O’Fallon director of public works, said the public should expect lane improvements to begin on Green Mount Road between Regency Park and U.S. Hwy 50. Plans include a four-lane expansion with a planted median and intermediate turn lanes. A new signalized intersection at Cambridge Boulevard is being implemented, and will serve as the main entrance to the new St. Elizabeth’s medical campus. A 10-foot wide bicycle and walking path will be installed on the west side of Green Mount in an effort to offer continuous pedestrian access from Regency Park to the Family Sports Park and the Illini Bike Trail. Bid opening for this project begins Tuesday, Nov. 1, with an anticipated completion date of November 2017.

“So hopefully that will all be complete in conjunction with the new St. Elizabeth’s Hospital opening,” Taylor said.

U.S. Highway 50

Construction work continues on the West U.S. Hwy 50 turn lane between Castle Acres and Long drives. It’s expected to be completed by Nov. 2.

Work consisted of intersection and signal improvements on U.S. Hwy 50 at the intersections with Castle Acres Drive, Dean Drive and Long Drive, along with the addition of a right turn lane for westbound traffic from the Sam’s Club entrance at Dean Drive to the eastern Walmart entrance.

“It’s just about done. There are no more lane restrictions. Some signal work remains for the U.S. Hwy 50 and Long Drive intersection, but all the pavement improvements are finished,” Taylor said.

I-64, exit 14 drainage improvements

High quality retaining walls and storm water drainage improvements are completed in the area of Interstate 64 exit 14. Taylor said the project will officially be done once the finishing touches have been implemented.

“All that remains is planting some trees,” Taylor said.

West 2nd Street

Road reconstruction continues on West 2nd Street, from Lincoln Avenue to Cherry Street. On Tuesday, Oct. 25, the north lane of Second Street concrete was poured.

Taylor advised, “typically a 28-day waiting period must pass before allowing any heavy traffic on the roadway. So we hope it’ll be open (before the end of the year).”

Reider Road and I-64 interchange

At mile marker 21 along I-64 in O’Fallon, a new interchange has been under construction since 2014, and continues to make headway. The project includes widening three miles of the interstate to a six-lane roadway and replacing the existing two-lane Reider Road bridge that crosses above I-64. The bridge is estimated to be about 80-feet wide to accommodate future traffic volume increases. This is a $36 million project with an expected completion of summer 2017.

Presidential Street drainage project

Phase I of the Presidential Street drainage project is nearing completion. “All that is left is pavement patching at this point,” he said.

Lincoln Farm lift station upgrade

For those folks driving along Lincoln Avenue lately wondering what’s going on with all the dirt movement and pipe work, Taylor said, residents need not worry because it’s “just a standard upgrade.”

Upgrades to the Lincoln Farm sanitary lift station continue with piping being installed on North Lincoln.

“We are installing a new 12-inch force main along Lincoln Avenue basically,” Taylor said.

Illini Bike Trail and sidewalk improvements

On the south end of Lincoln Avenue and the west side of U.S. Hwy 50, installation of a new stretch of sidewalk is underway.

“Essentially residents will have continuous sidewalk from U.S. Hwy 50 all the way to Pierce Boulevard,” Taylor said.

City request for proposals

The City of O’Fallon has issued a request for proposals from qualified developers and/or organizations willing to invest funds to purchase a vacant lot at 131 East First Street and construct a building that at add commercial space to downtown O’Fallon. For more information, visit www.ofallon.org/city-clerk/files/request-for-proposals-131-e-1st-street. The deadline to submit proposals is 5 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 21.

Shiloh

BJC Healthcare Medical Office Building

Site preparation has been underway for several weeks now at the Memorial Hospital East medical campus for the new BJC Healthcare Medical Office Building facility. John Marquart, village administrator said, dirt movement with bulldozers and preliminary infrastructure planning is the primary focus right now.

Road improvements

Innsbruck Lane, Acorn Lake and Sir Lawrence drives have been repaved recently by Gleeson Asphalt Inc. for $204,000, and now is back for more work. Marquart said Gleeson is working on Tamarack Lane road reconstruction work this week, and then will begin repaving the parking lot of the Shiloh Dog Park off Lebanon Avenue.

“They will also be repaving the current gravel roadway that runs past the dog park fences and reaches to the Village Public Works building,” he said.

The “Red” Barn

Architectural design work and engineering is moving forward for the rehabilitation of The “Red” Barn located at 2400 Country Ln. off Hartman Lane.

Local architect Gary Karasek, of U Studios Inc., based in Swansea, is working on design plans to transform the 8.3 acre vacant property with a unique barn-like multi-level dilapidated structure into a Cultural Arts Center to host artists in residence, an art studio, artist incubator space, space for art exhibits and workshops, an area for dance, music and, perhaps, a gift shop and theater venue.

Marquart said future ideas for the project that sits within 500 feet of Sierra Park include (additional) park space, gardening, an outdoor stage and other positive family oriented activities.

Scott Air Force Base Metro-Link sidewalk

The village has set the ball in motion for the design process and the acquisition of easements for the installation of a new sidewalk to reach from the south edge of village property to Johnson Road.

“I’m hoping to bring it before the board again by the end of November or the beginning of December once all easements have (hopefully) been secured,” Marquart said.

Robyn L. Kirsch: 618-239-2690, @BND_RobynKirsch

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