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St. Louis Arch: Video Shows Planned 2015 Transformation, Park Over The Highway

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By 2015, a visit to the tallest national monument in the country will be a much improved experience.

So say the folks behind the CityArchRiver 2015 project, a public-private partnership effort to redevelop the area around the St. Louis Gateway Arch -- with some of the road work beginning later this summer. And the organization has just released a video showing viewers up close what the Arch grounds will actually look like in two years when the massive redesign is complete.

For starters, pedestrians will, for the first time ever, be able to walk from the Old Courthouse to the Arch grounds and to the riverfront on one continuous "greenway" path.

See also:
- Gateway Arch 2015: New Details in Massive Redesign, Riverfront Plans (PHOTOS)
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Here's the informational "fly-through" video, which includes some interviews with (real!) tourists who love the Arch...but do agree that it'd be nice if visitors didn't have to dart across a highway to get to it. The latter half of the footage gives a close-up view of what the final product will look like with side-by-side comparisons of its current state.

"The Arch grounds is separated from the city that surrounds it by 180 feet of noise, concrete and highway signage," Ryan McClure, communications director for the foundation, tells Daily RFT. "I watch everyday that fear in people's eyes as they cross that tangle of infrastructure."

He explains, "It's a real issue...and the solution is there. We've got the funding."

The entire transformation -- of which the park over the highway is just one part -- is slated for completion by October 2015, in time for the 50th anniversary of the Gateway Arch's completion.

The Missouri Department of Transportation will begin roadway improvements in August, he says.

The redevelopment will still allow vehicles to get in and out of downtown, McClure says, but will greatly enhance the pedestrian experience.

"We hear it all the time. It's very difficult, it's intimidating, it's dangerous," he says. "People have been saying that for decades.... This region has been talking about ways to find a solution to that problem for decades and we finally have the solution and it's going to happen."

He adds, "For the first time, the structure that defines our region will finally be connected to it."

Below are some renderings of the project from our previous coverage, all courtesy of CityArchRiver 2015.

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Continue for more renderings.



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23 comments
Michael Mahler
Michael Mahler

I think the more greenspace the better. Safer for pedestrians too.

Julie Davis Chow
Julie Davis Chow

It's pretty, but lets donate some of the money wasted on this and donate it to The St. Louis Crisis Nursery. We have enough awesome parks in the metro are.

Jeff Willett
Jeff Willett

They've been trying to do this for decades.

Ronda Evansco-Brooks
Ronda Evansco-Brooks

My son and I parked at the garage on Washington and walked on the Riverfront to go to the Arch. It wasn't a long walk. I love St. Louis and I hope it becomes a great city like it used to be without any crime. I hope to move back soon.

Kelly McBeath
Kelly McBeath

Instead of building new environments, why not clean up the current and clear out the trash?

Margie Wilson
Margie Wilson

I agree Rachel. We used to go to the river front all the time....too much crime.

Rachel Duncan
Rachel Duncan

I wonder how often these people complaining of crime venture into our city. I think all of these things are great steps to making St. Louis not only a more friendly tourist destination, but a safer city and who knows maybe it will even bring some of those scared county folks back into the city they ran from. I can't wait for this improvement, ballpark village to be finished, and hopefully a new Rams stadium to be built in the bottle district. All good things happening for our city and I'm so excited and proud of it!

Matthew Ingmire
Matthew Ingmire

Can't polish a turd and expect us to suddenly think it's a diamond.

John Amsler
John Amsler

I think it will be much safer. And bring much more positive attention to our city.

Jeff Tiberend
Jeff Tiberend

I like the idea a whole lot. But, crime will definitely have to be dealt with.

Corwin Gibson
Corwin Gibson

The crime is the problem. Not the missing bridge

Sara Ivie-Trankler
Sara Ivie-Trankler

I can't stand going up. Every friend or family member wants to go. I'm too claustrophobic for it.

egolterman
egolterman topcommenter

At $700 million before its over, they missed the City's 250th birth-year, next year, and it sure looks like a lot of walking. Another re-do of Kiener Plaza? And the walkover was proposed a decade ago. The pols had nothing to do with this. It was dictated from above.

Rita Kiry Ryan
Rita Kiry Ryan

My God, it's hard to believe the local yokel politicians of STL actually got a plan of this magnitude approved.

Galin Rizov
Galin Rizov

Looks amazing ! Can't wait to see it completed

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