Topping Road Improvements

Update - August 2021

The City has received authorization to advertise for construction on Topping Road Phase I, and anticipates a start to construction in September 2021. Work will include signal upgrades at Topping & Clayton, storm sewer work, a 5 foot concrete sidewalk installation from Clayton to Topping Estates, and repaving of Topping from Clayton to Fiddle Creek Lane. Staff anticipates the project will take roughly 90 days to complete and during construction there will be delays and periodically lane closures. Questions or concerns throughout the project can be directed to the Planning & Public Works Department at (314) 587-2820.

The Topping Road Corridor is a well-traveled north/south roadway in Town and Country, carrying traffic from several residential subdivisions between Clayton Road and Manchester Road. In its present configuration the roadway is two 11 foot lanes. While utilizing the existing pavement platform for replacement we look to add a 5 foot sidewalk for pedestrian access. The pavement is in poor shape and failing in many areas due to poor subsurface conditions and the effects of wear and tear over time.

Upon completion of Phase I of Topping Road in 2021, the City has contracted to complete design work for Topping Road Phase II. Topping Road Phase II will consist of sidewalk and associated improvements on the west side of Topping from Topping Estates to Pingry Place. As this design work progresses the City will engage those impacted property owners and subdivisions. Topping Road Phase II is solely funded locally and will be completed as budget allows. The City looks forward to completing these infrastructure improvements which will enhance the community by providing amenities and access to its residents.
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September 2012, Ordinance 3695 authorizes Topping Road Programming study
February 2013, Board approved Resolution R03-2013 authorizing first grant application
January 2015, Board approved Resolution R03-2015 authorizing second grant application for Phase 1
February 2016, Board approved Resolution R03-2016 authorizing third grant application for Phase 1
February 2017, Board approved Resolution R02-2017 authorizing grant application for Phase 1
September 2017, the grant was approved by East-West Gateway Council of Governments
March 2018, Board adopts Ordinance 4176 approving program grant agreement with Missouri Highway and Transportation Commission
May 2018, Topping Road Task Force appointed by Mayor Dalton with approval of the Board
September 2018, Task Force interviewed engineering companies
May 29, 2019, Topping Road Task Force presented with trail design options east/west configuration or mid-block crossings. The Task Force determines design recommendation on the west side configuration due to utilities and right-of way.
Open House for residents held on June 18, 2019
Resident input was to reduce width of sidewalk from a 8 foot asphalt to a 5 foot concrete
June 2019, City requests amendment to Agreement with East-West Gateway Council of Governments
August 2019, Board approved Resolution R15-2019 to withdraw Phase 2 grant funding and proceed with a 5 foot sidewalk Phase 1
June 2020, City received authority from MoDOT for easement acquistion
January 2021, City requests Right-of-Way Clearance Certification from MoDOT
April 2021, Preliminary design plans submitted to MoDOT
May 2021, Water main relocation work completed
July 2021, MoDOT approved right-of-way clearance and authorization to bid 
November 2018, Board adopted Ordinance 4242 to contract with H.R. Green for $225,887 to provide engineering design following proposal review by Task Force
October 2019, Board approved Supplemental Agreement #1 with H.R. Green for design change of scope for pavement Phase 2 and trail change to Phase 1
November 2020, Board authorizes easement acquisition and landscaping plans for total cost $54,280 ($120,000 was budgeted) at 50/50 match
December 2020, proposed budget for fiscal year 2021 includes $1,589,500 to be reimbursed at 50%. $845,00 Road Fund, $544,500 Parks and Trails Fund, $200,000 Stormwater Fund,
December 2020, Board adopted Ordinance 4407 with Horner and Shifrin to provide construction engineering and materials testing at 50/50 match

Topping Road Task Force Members (final recommendation presented in May 2019)

  • Alderman Tiffany Frautschi, Chairman
  • Adam Baer
  • Holly Ball
  • Carla Borgard
  • Janine Fabick
  • Keith Goding
  • Mark Harter
  • Gordon Reel
  • Andrew Selkirk
  • Lesley Wagner

Staff Liaison

Phase I

Phase I Map

Phase II

Phase II Map