On the St. Louis Arch grounds this morning, men with bulldozers and chainsaws began tearing down hundreds of ash trees that line the walkways.
The removal of more than 1,000 trees on the grounds of the Gateway Arch is about to begin.
After waiting three days due to rain, an engineering team rappels down the north leg of the Arch to collect samples of stains.
Monument restoration expert Steve Kelley and his crew are in town this week, and he says the Arch has a lot of blemishes that can’t be seen from the ground.
That hasn’t changed despite the fact new research shows stains on the Arch’s surface are just discoloration and not destructive rust.
There’s been talk lately of rust and discoloration on the Gateway Arch as signs that five decades of St. Louis weather are taking their toll. Results out this week are offering new assurances that the Arch is doing just fine.
Another ground-breaking ceremony took place today for the St. Louis Gateway Arch Grounds Project as a third phase of construction begins.
Partner organizations coordinating the CityArchRiver project released an updated construction schedule outlining tentative dates for the start and completion of remaining project components.
C-SPAN producer Debby Lamb says they’ll shoot stories about the Arch and the old Courthouse, but also the history of immigration in St. Louis.
Funds are now in place for major improvements to the Arch grounds.