I-70 Listed as a “Freeway Without A Future”

Brett Blume

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Just as St. Louisans are feeling good about the opening of the Stan Musial Bridge, along comes another list of something wrong with the city and it involves the very highway that the bridge carries over the Mississippi, Interstate 70.

A group called the Congress for New Urbanism lists I-70 as one of the “Top 10 Freeways Without a Future”.

But this only involves the part of the highway in front of the Arch — which, actually, isn’t called I-70 anymore because of the bridge.

C-N-U president John Norquist says it’s less about the highway than the hard-to-access riverfront, and he laments a decades-old decision by city leaders to rip out a historic French village to make room for the Arch.

“You’d have the French Quarter and actually a very similar thing almost happened in New Orleans. They were going to build a freeway through the French Quarter,” says Norquist.

He knows about the current effort to place a lid over the highway to link the riverfront to downtown, but says the cut-off section of I-70 should be turned into a visitor-friendly boulevard or avenue.

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