St. Louis to I-70, Put A Lid On It

Midwest, Newsletter
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
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St. Louis will soon build a "lid" over I-70 to better connect the Arch with downtown.

The grounds surrounding the St. Louis Arch have long been cut off from downtown and the surrounding neighborhoods. One of the chief goals of the City+River+Arch competition was to improve connectivity. St. Louis recently received $20 million in federal TIGER III grants to build a lid over 1-70, one of the most important pieces of the Michael Van Valkenburgh-led redesign of the Arch grounds. The overall cost of the redesign is estimated at $578 million, so the grant is just a fraction of the overall funding needed. Still, it’s an important, early sign that this ambitious project is moving ahead.

 

One Response to “St. Louis to I-70, Put A Lid On It”

  1. Jeremy Clagett says:

    The lid, while pretty, does not truly address issues of connectiveity. It is merely a one-blcok band-aid over the 1.5 mile long problem of I-70 fragmenting the City from the Mississippi River.

    To truly address the issues, the interstate, or at least the elevated portion of it simply must be removed.

    See http://www.citytoriver.org for more info on the gathering momentum.

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