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Are More Guardrails Needed Along the River Des Peres?

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River Des Peres file photo

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) – Is it time for more guardrails along the River des Peres in south St. Louis? Last week a car crash into the river — with a mother and three children escaping alive — but others have not been so fortunate.

The most recent fatal crash in the spring of 2010 took the life of a young father and his infant son.

St. Louis Streets Director Todd Walterman says it seems like once every six months or so, somebody drives their car into the River des Peres, but he is quick to point out that he doesn’t know if the lack of guardrails are to blame.

“Most of these area where people are going into the River of Des Peres there’s been quite a distance and I can even speak to the most recent incident … that was completely reconstructed within the last decade to today’s standards,” Walterman said.

He continues by asking if additional rails would even stop cars, “several people have gone off the road at very serious speeds, and I’ve seen people go through the guardrail.”

Walterman says the city has twice applied for federal grants for road improvements along the River Des Peres that could include more guardrails, but has so far been unsuccessful.

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