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St. Louis Arch Grounds Redesign Begins: Park Over Highway to Transform Site (PHOTOS)

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Construction on the redesign of the St. Louis Arch grounds has officially begun.

Federal and state officials dug shovels into the ground this morning to mark the start of construction on a massive $380 million renovation of the area around the Gateway Arch, slated for a 2015 completion. Notably, the private-public partnership will involve a park built over the highway, which will for the first time directly connect the city to its landmark monument and make the experience of visiting the Arch a lot more pedestrian-friendly.

"We're excited about this project everyday and the impact that it will have on our region," Ryan McClure, communications director for CityArchRiver 2015, tells Daily RFT. "To reach this milestone is something that is important to everyone. This is the start of construction and we're moving forward. It's real."

See also:
- Gateway Arch 2015: New Details in Massive Redesign, Riverfront Plans (PHOTOS)
- Photos: 50 Years After Arch Construction Began, A Look Back At Its Creation
- Pres. Obama Gives Shout-Out to St. Louis Arch: "Projects Vital to Our National Pride"

At the press conference this morning (which we unfortunately were unable to attend), a wide range of officials came out, including Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, Senator Claire McCaskill, Mayor Francis Slay, Missouri Department of Transportation Chief Engineer Ed Hassinger and others.

Officials say the project will add 4,400 jobs to the St. Louis region.

The so-called "Park over the Highway" component is the first step in the multifaceted revitalization of the area, which includes transportation improvements, new bike trails, a museum redesign and a lot more.

This first project component, McCaskill's office says, is being funded through a $20 million federal grant matched by $25 million from the state and $10 million from the CityArchRiver 2015 Foundation. The first step involves the transportation department's work around the Interstate-70 corridor.

President Obama gave a shout-out to the project in a jobs speech earlier this week.

"It shows the national significance of the project," McClure says of the president's comments.

The foundation has a neat slider gallery on its website that shows how this park over the highway transformation will look.

Here is what it looks like now:

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via cityarchriver.org

And a rendering of the redesign scheduled for 2015 completion:

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via cityarchriver.org

Below are some tweets from the presser today, followed by more photos and video of the planned transformation, courtesy of the foundation and featured in some of our previous coverage.

Here's a fly-through video that shows up-close what the site should look like in two years, followed by some more renderings:

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Continue for more renderings.



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Mary Novack
Mary Novack

Is this gonna happen AFTER they feed all the hungry and house the homeless in the metro area ??????????????????????

Brent Johnstone
Brent Johnstone

We could put a mirror pool ,yeah ! And like put some soap in it ,yeah ,yeah ! And ,and ? :D

Chad Hanebrink
Chad Hanebrink

Just imagine what that $380 million could've done to some of St. Louis' more pressing problems, like crime and abandoned eyesore buildings cluttering up the city. Nope, we got to make our claim to fame look prettier for the tourists.

Todd Metzger
Todd Metzger

Bout time. What does the city propose about the east side and the "gooey butter cakes?"

Troy Hines
Troy Hines

I walked down to the casino boat.....once!

Realist
Realist

Great! All I see is a bigger area and more wooded places for criminals to hide before they ambush their victims!

Meagon Bradley
Meagon Bradley

Where's the highway in 2015? Maybe I'll have my flying car by then...fingers crossed.

Shashi Hemchand
Shashi Hemchand

I like the winter pic for today and the very green pic for 2015

Donna Foley
Donna Foley

I want 2 know who doing the construction work????

Couch Pig
Couch Pig

the new grass seed will look awesome how many billion will that cost?

egolterman
egolterman topcommenter

The 'walk-over' was proposed a decade ago by the then owner of the Adams Markm not quiet so elaborate and not quite so costly. With the high level of private financing it will be controlled by the powers who put up the money, as are the Zoo and Museums in Forest Park.

Somehow, and it is not shown, there will be another re-do of Kiener Plaza for several million. Another is the operative word. How Kiener Plaza became part of the Jefferson Naional Expansion Memorial was never explained.  Perhaps those millions could go to repairing infrastructure downtown, and to hire more police officers? And yes, for sure a good weather attraction is expanded westward, pimarily for walkers and bikers.

Then there is winter and all this becomes very, very quiet.

Mindy Timmerberg
Mindy Timmerberg

I think getting out of downtown after a Cards game is going to suck even more because of this and Lacledes Landing and Lumier better get there act together along with Mayor Slay in cleaning up our city at night. Still WAY too many thugs on the streets. Good luck and SHOW ME u want real change. Why do great things like the revival of Union Station approx 15/20 yrs ago, and the downtown mall, all fail and turn into embarrassments!?!?!? I love our city, but i know it needs a lot of work. I would like to see an ARMED and SMILING, and approachable, police officer, greeting people and laughing with filks, on every corner. Just hanging out until he/she is needed. And yes, i would gratefully pay more in taxes for it. Thanks for trying!!! Keep it up!!!

Brent Johnstone
Brent Johnstone

Everything about this is good ,but the cost of a project like this . I believe the park would be the missing half to our monument . And that has to be the most treacherous highway bottlenecks in the whole town . No shoulder so it jams up the City . Crossing the traffic from above is like leepfrog right now . Looks like a billion dollar project to me .

Thee Lovingcup
Thee Lovingcup

I never understood why 2015 was so important to get "something" done. Especially in the face of a better and more comprehensive plan that would have actual economic benefit. Namely: http://citytoriver.org/

Lauren M Brace
Lauren M Brace

They should have done it years ago. The highway going through downtown is such an eyesore. Hopefully this will make Downtown a more walkable neighborhood.

Rot Job
Rot Job

St Louis really does parks right.

Jeff Powell
Jeff Powell

Cant believe RFT failed to have a presence there. Disappointing.

jaco1175
jaco1175 topcommenter

@Realist That's because you an ignorant cunt. Do us all a favor and stay the fuck in St. Charles county with the rest of the racist white trash you ignorant piece of shit.

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