Winter Brothers Material Company plans new sand and gravel plant

Winter Brothers Material Company is planing a new sand and gravel extraction and processing plant near Eureka City, MO.

City administrator Craig Sabo said the proposal is for 247 acres at Williams and Augustine roads, near the Meramec River.

Ryan Winter, vice president of Winter Brothers Material Company, said, “The site we’re proposing to use has a large deposit of sand and gravel that we can mine. If we receive permits from Eureka, initial site work can begin in the next couple months to bring in utilities and an access road and to grade the site, with all work to take 12 to 18 months.”

Of the 247 acres, 20 acres would be used for the operating area and maintenance building. Winters added that his company has contracted with a consultant to do a traffic study and “their conclusion is that there would be no better site within 4/10 of a mile from a major interstate system to distribute products to markets.”

Winter Brothers has owned most of the site in question since 1979.  “We had asked Eureka for a conditional use permit for this site about 10 years ago,” Winter said. “Shortly after we presented our plan to the city, the project was tabled due to a lot of concerns about traffic.

“At that time, trucks entering and leaving the site would have traveled by a handful of homes, and there had been quite a bit of opposition. But the current plan calls for no truck traffic to go past any homes.”

Some area residents have concerns about the project citing traffic issues and its environmental impact.

Ultimately, the city’s Board of Aldermen will have to give final approval to the rezoning and special use permit at an October 21 meeting.


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