Gateway Arch Grounds project breaks ground in St. Louis
December 12, 2013 by James
St. Louis is no different to some of the most iconic cities in the United States in that it has its own landmark – the Gateway Arch. The graceful structure is world-famous, and the city is now working to restore and improve the area around it.
Some areas of St. Louis have already started closing so that work was able to begin on improving the area last week. The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) has got things started by closing the Walnut Street Bridge between 6:00 pm and 6:00 am on weekdays. The bridge spans Interstate 70, and plans call for it to be transformed into a greenway that connects the park around the Arch to the downtown area.
As the work continues, MoDOT will also close several Memorial Drive lanes as well. Eventually, Memorial Drive will be closed completely. The goal of the project is to create a pedestrian walkway with no steps or other barriers between the courthouse and the Arch. The new park over the highway will also be open to bicyclists. The massive project has several components and will be complete in 2015.
St. Louis and MoDOT officials could work with brochure printers on an ongoing basis, creating a series of mailers that detail each phase of the project. The renovation enjoys widespread support, but as disruptions continue, people will no doubt want to know at what stage things are operating, hence the need for disseminating information.