The City of Lake Saint Louis, Missouri and Oates Associates, a civil and structural engineering firm, received the Public Works Project of the Year Award from the American Public Works Association (APWA) Missouri Chapter for their work on the Lake Saint Louis Boulevard Roundabout.

This award, which is for projects between $1 million to $3 million in construction costs, recognizes those who show excellence in the management and administration of public works projects and the alliance among organizations that work together as a team to complete public works projects.

A successful roundabout study completed in 2016 by Oates Associates and MTJ Engineering led to the continuation of designing a modern roundabout in the City of Lake Saint Louis. Converting two closely spaced traffic signals into a single 6-legged roundabout fulfilled the City’s goal of significantly reducing traffic and congestion while avoiding impacts on local businesses and enhancing the overall aesthetic in the area.

The Lake Saint Louis Boulevard Roundabout is a 6-legged roundabout at the intersections of Veterans Memorial Parkway, I-­70 westbound ramps and Lake Saint Louis Boulevard. The new roundabout provides safer driving conditions, reduces traffic congestion, and promotes future redevelopment in the City.

The Oates Associates project manager for the assignment, Mike Busch, accepted the award at the APWA Missouri Chapter’s Fall Conference in St. Louis.

“We are honored to see the APWA Missouri Chapter recognize Oates and the City. Our team is pleased to have delivered the City and public’s vision to this major improvement and be acknowledged by our peers in the industry,” said Mike Busch, Principal at Oates Associates.

“Having a close relationship with the City and collaborating with experts set the foundation for designing a functional and visually appealing roundabout. Collectively, we ensured the project would be completed efficiently from the roundabout study to the construction phase,” Mike continued.

The roundabout was complete and operational as of the Fall of 2021, and the City has received much positive feedback since that time, from both elected officials and the traveling public.


Pictured left to right: Alex Sammet, Terry Rigdon, Derek Koestel and Mike Busch.