Manchester Road Improvements
MoDOT's contractor is in the process of constructing improvements to Manchester Road from approximately Lindbergh Blvd to I-270. This is not to be confused with their previous project segment, from Big Bend to Lindbergh. MoDOT’s scope includes the replacement of sidewalks and driveway aprons, and resurfacing of the street. The cities of Kirkwood and Des Peres are partnering with MoDOT to include additional features. Des Peres applied for a grant in May 2018 through the East-West Gateway Council of Governments to incorporate concepts from the Manchester Corridor Study (see more below). The grant was approved, providing 80% reimbursement for all phases of the project.
A few aspects to be included in Des Peres include backlit street signs, continental crosswalks, delineation of sidewalks through aprons, bus stop improvements, and reduction of driveways.
MoDOT had already selected EFK-Moen to complete design of the overall project, so both Kirkwood and Des Peres also selected EFK-Moen to design their scopes. Preliminary plans were developed and were submitted to MoDOT in late January 2020. Design continued upon approval.
Since this is a small add-on to MoDOT’s overall project, we are fully reliant upon their schedule and project management. The project was bid out in May 2022, with NB West Contracting as the only bidder. The Board approved our portion of the contract on 6/13. MoDOT issued Notice to Proceed to NB West on August 1st, 2022, with completion scheduled for October 2024
Project Update and Schedule
The work began in fall 2022 on the south side of Manchester Road, approximately at Bopp Road and heading east. The contractor has worked primarily in Kirkwood for most of 2023. Work in Des Peres resumed in August 2023 at intersection of Manchester Road with Ballas. The contractor is focused on completing this work prior to Thanksgiving so as to avoid impacting holiday shopping at West County Center.
Last updated 9/12/23
Manchester Corridor Study (East of Ballas)
This study started in 2016 and was completed in 2017. Presentations were given to the Board of Aldermen during a work session and to the Planning & Zoning Commission during a regular meeting. Having this study in place put the City in an excellent position to compete for federal project funding in the future, and provides a template to both MoDOT and developers. In 2018, the City was awarded a grant to complete pedestrian upgrades in conjunction with MoDOT’s planned reconstruction of Manchester Road.