Baseball fans arriving in St. Louis for the start of the playoffs this week can scratch off one potential side visit — the Gateway Arch. The lingering dispute over President Barack Obama’s health care law prompted a partial federal government shutdown Tuesday. Nationwide, some 800,000 federal workers are off the job, though services deemed critical, such as law enforcement and disaster assistance, continued. The shutdown idled many offices and facilities in Missouri, including Army Corps of Engineers-operated campgrounds, boat ramps and visitors centers.
The new 3/16 of a cent sales tax was approved by voters back in April. It is designed to raise money for parks and renovation of the Gateway Arch.
Federal lawmakers were trying Monday to reach a spending agreement to avert a shutdown after midnight. In St. Louis, the most immediate effects would include the closure of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial and the Gateway Arch.
A $380 million renovation of the Arch area will be in full swing next July, forcing the popular Fourth of July event to move elsewhere.
Spokeswoman Meghan Spork said Polli will reach speeds of 140 mph as he does stunts such as flips during the three-minute flight over downtown.
Superintendent Tom Bradley says that while there isn’t an owner’s manual for something like the Arch, it is in “excellent shape” and should last “another hundred years.”
During the month of August KMOX is saluting all that is great about the St Louis region, and we’re doing that by going A to Z. On August 8th, we visited the Gateway Arch for the letter G.
The bill would put a grassy lid over the downtown depressed lanes of I-70 and reroute Memorial Drive.
“It really does give our city a lot of identity internationally,” said St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay at the dedication.
“One big request from Mayor Slay and others in St. Louis is if you could put someone in charge of this, one person that really tries to be sure that all of this stays on focus, on time”