Fairoyal Drive Reconstruction

Project Summary
Many of our older concrete streets consist of 5" of concrete on top of compacted soil. Due to the extensive failures of the existing pavement, the concrete street and underlying soil will be removed, and a new cross-section will be constructed, consisting of 4" of rock and 8" of concrete.  Slabs will be tied together using epoxy-coated steel rebars. 

Please note that neither the existing nor new concrete is "colored" concrete.  While there is some limestone-based concrete around the city, most of the concrete contains Meramec sand and gravel, which provides the orange/brown look.  While the new concrete initially appears to be a bright white, over time, the color mellows and the top layer of cement wears off, revealing the brown sand and gravel underneath.


Project Update and Schedule
This project was originally scheduled for 2020 construction, but will instead take place in 2021. Design was finished in early April 2020, but the project was then put on-hold due to the anticipated budget shortfalls associated with COVID-19. Capital Improvements are funded by sales tax, so with West County Center and many other businesses closed (or conducting limited business), revenues have dropped dramatically. 

The project will replace the remaining portion of Fairoyal Drive, from near East Royal down to Barrett Station. The entire street will be replaced, just as the north-south portion was replaced in 2018. While the street is being replaced, we are also planning drainage improvements along the north side of Fairoyal where groundwater consistently seeps across the sidewalk and into the street. An engineering consultant, HR Green, performed conceptual design and held an open house with effected residents, then completed final design. This is not a stormwater project, but a groundwater solution. Traffic calming neckdowns will also be installed at three locations as indicated in the presentation below.

A project meeting took place Thursday 2/27/20 at 7pm in the Oak Room at the Lodge. A notification letter was sent to adjacent residents on 2/12/20.

The presentation is available for download, as is the animation showing the order in which work is planned.

A shortened, but similar presentation was made at the 1/25/21 meeting of the Board of Aldermen. Following the presentation, the Board voted to proceed with advertising for bids. The project was advertised the next day, with bids due 2/16/21.

Work is not expected to start until May. Bidding early enables us to get more competitive bids from contractors whose schedules have not filled up for the year. The full bid documents can be downloaded from the bidding page.

Updated 1/28/21