The development of a new Walmart in Ellisville will move forward despite the developer's failure to win a permit extension from the city council.
Walmart’s director of public affairs Chris Neeley told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that the extension was sought to give the builders breathing room, but that the company will continue to work to see the project through.
The Ellisville City Council voted 3-3 Wednesday night to deny Sansone Group's request for a 180 day extension of a conditional use permit for construction of the project.
The Post reports that Mayor Adam Paul, whose campaign for office was based on his opposition the tax-supported project, and Aldermen Linda Reel and Mick Cahill rejected the request.
Aldermen Matt Pirrello, Cindy Pool and Roz Acup backed the extension.
Alderman Gary Voss was absent.
Missouri Transportation officials say they will apply another temporary surface to Poplar Street Bridge.
Deanna Venker, MoDOT's area engineer for the city told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Tuesday that the paving work is expected to take two weekends and will begin after Labor Day.
Even with the lane restrictions that come along with paving projects, the announcement should be good news for drivers, who've suffered all summer with pavement that's so bad, the metal surface of the bridge deck is exposed in several spots. Venker says the exposed metal is a driving hazard because it becomes slippery in rain and snow.
Venker says the bridge surface is in such bad condition because crews have had trouble getting surface materials to stick to the metal box structure. Officials hope the new pavement will last two to four years.
After the Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge opens, they expect to make more permanent repairs as part of a bridge widening project.
Illinois remains the state with the fourth highest number of high school students participating in sports.
The latest figures compiled by the National Federation of State High School Associations show more than 7.7 million students nationally, and more than 330,000 in Illinois, participated in sports during the 2012-2013 school year. That's more than ever before.
Only Texas, California and New York ranked higher on the survey than the Land of Lincoln.