The recent rain has slowed down the Clayton Road Project a bit, but clearing should be complete this week. Crews have spent several weeks removing trees and obstacles for the new path. Demolition of the existing trail will continue over the next week and culverts will begin being installed, Department of Public Works Director Craig Wilde wrote in an email.
Wilde released the following email update on the Clayton Road Trail Project.
Wow, this rain is really slowing us down. Omni only has about one more day of clearing operations and they will be complete. We removed the east side of the entrance at the firehouse and had it replaced with a small complication. The wiring for the warning signal was actually embedded in the concrete slab and was damaged as a part of the removal.
Over the next week, we will continue with the demolition of the existing trail as well as begin the installation of some culverts. We are currently working with L. Krupp Construction and the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District on a change which will allow us to fill the deep ravine just east of the Principia football field. Hopefully all of the details can be worked out and this area can be dressed in a manner more consistent with the surrounding area.
We are still receiving a number of questions about the clearing and landscaping. Most of the mature vegetation removal has been accomplished. There are a few trees on the far eastern end near Oak Springs which still need to come out along with some underbrush, shrubs and other landscape material. We have made a concerted effort along with the adjacent property owners to identify all of this prior to the project. With their assistance, a landscape plan was developed for each property to replace/enhance the screening. The plans call for the installation of a significant amount of plant material in the form of deciduous, evergreen and understory trees as well as numerous other ornamental grasses, shrubs, perennials.
The City of Town and Country has also created a Facebook page to update residents regularly on Clayton Road and trail construction.
The first phase includes resurfacing on Clayton Road beginning at Highway 141 and going to Oak Springs Lane. It also includes the construction of the Clayton Road Trail, a pedestrian walkway, from Longview Farm Park to Oak Springs Lane.
The contractor also has the option to do some night paving. Wilde said more specific information, including overnight work, will be released shortly so residents are aware of any disruptions that may occur.
In addition to daily Facebook updates, Wilde is sending out updates in weekly email blasts that Town and Country-Manchester Patch is posting for readers.
For more information, go to the city's website page dedicated to the project.
Residents can also email Public Works Director Craig Wilde if they would like to receive email updates or have questions. Wilde can also be contacted by phone at 314-587-2824.
The first phase is expected to be complete with the installation of landscaping in the spring.
Check back to Town and Country-Manchester Patch for updates during construction.
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