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.
The 12:30 ceremony on the Arch Grounds is open to the public.
Thursday’s ceremony will come with just over a year left before the 50th anniversary of the completion of the Gateway Arch.
The plot of land will be the focus of a meeting downtown that will open the bidding process to transform Smith Square as part of the Park over the Highway project.
A $13 million contract has been awarded to McCarthy Castle of St. Louis to start work in mid or late September.
This phase of the project will focus largely on landscaping and the installation of new lighting and infrastructure, as well as a reflecting pond.