Steel plates will be removed from Roelker Road in Wright City

By Jason Koch, Editor
Posted 5/19/23

The plates will be removed on May 22 and May 23, and require a detour through the nearby subdivision.

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Steel plates will be removed from Roelker Road in Wright City


Drivers using Roelker Road in Wright City will not have to deal with steel plates much longer.

Wright Construction, the general contractor for the new Wright City High School project, has informed the city that the steel plates are needed elsewhere on the job site.

The city is prepared with temporary repairs to keep the road driveable once the plates have been removed.

One section of the deteriorating road has already been replaced with gravel, and the public works department is monitoring it daily.

“As it stands right now, that patch is holding up to traffic,” Director of City Services Kyle Roettger told the board of aldermen during the May 11 meeting.

Mayor Michelle Heiliger asked how long the patch would hold.

“Hard to tell,” Roettger responded. 

“It’s the best we can do with the resources we have and I appreciate you going down that road for sure,” Alderman Ramiz Hakim said.

During the April 27 board of aldermen meeting, Roettger told aldermen the better fix would be to replace the deteriorating sections of the road with concrete at a cost of $100,000. Aldermen balked at that number, instead asking for the situation to be monitored and for Roettger to report back.

During his report, Roettger also told the mayor and aldermen that the city would be meeting with Wright Construction on May 15 to find out when the plates will be removed and to create a schedule to allow the public works department enough time to replace the deteriorating asphalt with gravel.

He said because some of the plates are in the middle of the roadway that this would require a detour through the nearby subdivision and “will impact the construction traffic as well.”

The steel plates will be removed on Monday, May 22, and Tuesday, May 23, according to information Roettger sent by email Wednesday morning. 

The detour will require drivers to use Appaloosa Way, Thoroughbred Drive, and Horseshoe Court.

About the author: Jason Koch is the editor of The Warren County Record, and covers local news and government for the newspaper. He has won multiple awards from  both the Indiana and Illinois APME and from the Illinois Press Association. He can be reached at 636-456-6397 or at

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