Veterans Memorial Parkway near the American Food Groups construction site will be closed for road construction until November 2023.
Drivers who use Veterans Memorial Parkway near Foristell will need to find an alternate route until at least Thanksgiving.
Work began on the project to widen the roadway and install a new railroad crossing near the site of the new American Food Groups plant on Sept. 25.
Veterans Memorial Parkway will be closed from just east of South Stringtown Road to just east of Archer Road for at least two months, according to a Missouri Department of Transportation news release.
The project is designed to make it easier for truck traffic to turn into the construction site and to add a new railroad crossing with safety features.
Currently, the construction site is only accessible after crossing at Archer Road or a private crossing immediately to the east. Neither of these crossings have safety gates or warning lights, and have been the site of three serious accidents since December.
One of those accidents saw an 80-year-old man killed when his truck was hit by a train.
Warren County commissioners approved the project on Aug. 29. The project also required MoDOT approval, which it received Sept. 7.
The total cost of the project is $1.1 million and will be completed by Karrenbrock Construction. Money for the project is coming from grants the county received as part of the AFG project, according to Steve Etcher, the economic development consultant for the Greater Warren County Economic Development Council.
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