Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster updated the case against the operators of the Bridgeton Landfill. Koster says his office has reached a preliminary agreement with the owners of the landfill. Koster says that Republic Services has agreed to extinguish the smoldering event that's been burning underground for nearly 2 and a half years, and they agreed to eliminate the odor that's causing so many problems. Koster also gave a few specifics about the relocation process for households within a 1-mile radius of the landfill. Folks will be notified by phone calls, 3 rounds of door-to-door canvassing, and by the media. When asked about a potential worst-case scenario, Koster said no evacuation plan was needed, but the state will closely monitor the situation. Starting May 20th, Republic Services will start repairing some obsolete underground pipes, but Koster says that during the repair process, the odor may increase.
Old Slave Road in Wildwood will keep its controversial name, at least for now.
After hearing comments from more than a dozen residents and other interested parties Monday night, the Wildwood City Council failed to draft a resolution to change the road's name. Several residents who live along the road had pushed to rename it Elijah Madison Lane, after an escaped slave and Civil War veteran.
Aside from a handful of homes, Old Slave Road also leads to the Old Slave Cemetery, where more than 60 slaves are buried.
MoDOT starts work Tuesday that will close a lane on 370 and 70 for up to a month.
Crews will close left lane of westbound Route 370 between the Salt River Road exit and westbound I-70 on May 14. Then on Wednesday crews will close the left lane of eastbound Route 370 from eastbound I-70 to just east of the north outer road flyover.
The lane closures are expected to last for about a month as part of the Mid Rivers Mall Drive project.