Then St. Louis County Councilman Pat Dolan (5th District) said in April 2016, posted in 40 South News, that the St. Louis County Council had approved the right-turn only lane on northbound Big Bend at Manchester, that it was an in-house county job. The city of Maplewood hadn’t been told at the time.
He said the county highway department had been waiting on federal money, which came through, and that road projects take time and work goes on before a municipality might be notified.
Dolan said in spite of adding the extra lane — going from five to six — the intersection will be safer for pedestrians because the lights will be timed for it. Also curb cuts and audible signals will make it safe.
In the same conversation, Dolan also said he was responsible for killing the so-called ‘South County Connector,’ proposed by the St. Louis County Highway Department in 2013. He said he stopped it by not approving funds for a study needed to take it to the federal level.