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.