Unusual Reason One Town Closes A Main Road
Insurance carrier drops coverage of Augusta Bottom Road in suburban St. Louis
A small town in suburban St. Louis closed one of its main roads this weekend over insurance concerns.
Township officials in Augusta, Mo., placed barricades at the entrance to Augusta Bottom Road on Sunday because the town's new insurance carrier refused to provide coverage for the road. The road connects Augusta with the nearby town of Washington.
"I don't think anybody is happy about having to close the road, but when you don't have any liability insurance, if you get sued again, you have no coverage," St. Charles County attorney Mark Piontek told the St. Louis Post Dispatch.
The closure stems from a settlement in a lawsuit filed over the death of 16-year-old girl who was killed in an accident on the road, also known as the Augusta Parkway, on Oct. 23, 2010. Ella Neier was killed when her car ran off the road and overturned in a lake.
Neier had just crossed a paved portion of the road in St. Charles County and onto a gravel portion in Warren County when the accident occurred, according to the Missouri Highway Patrol. Terms of the settlement were not disclosed.
The closure is indefinite, and complicated by the fact St. Charles County has placed barricades at both ends of the road – one side being in another jurisdiction. It's not the first time Augusta Bottom Road has created problems.
About 700 vehicles use the road daily, according to the newspaper.