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St. Louis City Board of Aldermen Pass I-70, Archgrounds ‘Lid’ Plan

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – The St. Louis City Board of Aldermen Wednesday passed the final language on a bill to put a grassy lid over the downtown depressed lanes of I-70 and reroute Memorial Drive, so pedestrians can walk from the Old Court House to the Arch.

“Anybody in a wheelchair, anybody with a baby stroller can just easily cross from one side, or what is now one side, there won’t be sides, you’ll be able to just make that transition from the Court House grounds over the Arch,” says downtown Alderwoman Phyllis Young, who sponsored the plan.

The bill has overwhelming support, but Alderman Scott Ogilvie voted “present” in protest for the way Memorial Drive would be rerouted through downtown to create the grassy walkway.

“If you take a close look at MoDOT’s plan, it looks like an ungodly mess for the street network downtown,” Ogilvie says.

Young says it will be fine.

“All the transportation experts have looked at this and they say this is going to work,” Young says.

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