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Downtown I-70 “Lid” Has Some Worried About Getting Around Downtown

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) –  It’s planned and paid for…a grassy park which would connect the Old Courthouse to the grounds of the Gateway Arch.

In the process it would wipe out a block of Memorial Drive but make it vastly easier for pedestrians to access the Arch Grounds.

A public hearing held Wednesday saw many expressing concerns about traffic disruptions as a result of that “lid” over I-70 downtown.

“We’ll still be able to exit on Memorial Drive and enter downtown by the Walnut Street bridge,” said Ryan McClure with the City-Arch-River Foundation, “which will be replaced and rebuilt and made two-way.”

He added that other new road additions and highway ramps are being planned on either side of the pedestrian walkway.

But that means no relief if you’re trying to cross over I-70 on foot at Washington Avenue and Laclede’s Landing.

The park-over-the-highway is part of the greater effort to revitalize the Archgrounds and better connect them with downtown St. Louis.

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