Talks Continue to Reopen Arch, Despite Federal Shutdown

Kevin Killeen

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) – Its the Gateway to the West, a tourist destination in a town that may be hosting the World Series — and its closed.

Talks continue to find some way to reopen the Gateway Arch.

“The Missouri Governor’s office is in contact with the Secretary of the Interior’s office in Washington, D.C.,” said Chief Park Ranger Jim Jackson, “and they’re trying to come to an agreement to re-open the Arch.”

At last word, Governor Nixon was trying to identify state funding to reopen the Arch on a short-term basis. The Arch closed on October 1st, as part of the partial federal government shut down.

Jackson says the Arch hosts from two-to-six thousand visitors on a typical weekday, and potentially many more during playoff baseball or the World Series.

“It is busy downtown and the National Park Service is frustrated having to turn people away,” Jackson said.

Currently visitors can stroll the Arch grounds, but the Arch itself and the Old Court House remain closed pending a resolution of the budget standoff in Washington.

Copyright KMOX

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