ST. LOUIS — The massive project to upgrade the area around the Gateway Arch in St. Louis has reached a significant milestone: The bridge work is complete for the park-over-the-highway work.
Organizers of the $380 million project gave an update Thursday, saying the next phase is putting trees, grass and dirt over the 97-foot-wide bridge that will ease pedestrian traffic from downtown to the Arch. Previously, pedestrians had to cross a narrow bridge that also included vehicle traffic.
Missouri Department of Transportation engineer Deanna Venker told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/1IFUCIL ) that landscaping should start in the next couple of weeks.
The park land will eventually stretch from the Old Courthouse downtown to the Arch.
Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, http://www.stltoday.com