Amending the Arch

Gateway Arch
10:18 am
Wed July 10, 2013

MoDOT Selects St. Louis Company To Build 'Lid' Park Project Near Arch

The rendering of the "Park Over The Highway" portion of the CityArchRiver plan. MoDOT says a St. Louis contractor has been selected for the park poriton of the project.
(Courtesy CityArchRiver)

The "Park Over The Highway" project, commonly known around town as "the lid" portion of the CityArchRiver plan, has a contractor.

The Missouri Department of Transportation announced Wednesday that St. Louis contractor KCI Construction had the winning bid for the project.

At $26.4 million, MoDOT said KCI's bid was also the lowest submitted.

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St. Louis on the Air
5:34 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

The Gateway Arch: Architectural Wonder & ‘Example Of Failed Urban Planning’

Eero Saarinen under a model of the Gateway Arch in 1957.
Used with permission from Yale University Press. From Eero Saarinen Papers Manuscripts and Archives, Yale University Library, Photograph by Richard Knight

Author and historian Tracy Campbell views the Gateway Arch as an architectural wonder which draws millions of tourists to St. Louis, though he also argues the landmark is “an example of failed urban planning.”

To make way for the monument, nearly forty square blocks of riverfront property were demolished.  The demolition began during a public ceremony on October 9, 1939.

City leaders only gained traction for the project once it was framed as a monument to President Thomas Jefferson.

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Arts & Culture
4:55 pm
Wed December 21, 2011

Arch grounds renovation project gets grant; could be scaled back

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood and Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar await their turn to talk about the federal grant for the CityArchRiver intitiative at the Old Courthouse in St. Louis on Wendesday.
(Bill Raack/St. Louis Public Radio)

The renovation of the Gateway Arch grounds is being called a “magnificent project” by two presidential cabinet members. 

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood were in St. Louis Wednesday to celebrate a new $20 million federal grant for the project. The grant will help pay for a new “pedestrian lid” over Interstate 70 so people can move more easily between the Arch and downtown St. Louis.

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Gateway Arch
5:57 pm
Fri August 12, 2011

Federal grant awarded to begin Gateway Arch pedestrian bridge work

The Gateway Arch in downtown St. Louis.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Late Friday afternoon, William Lacy Clay, D-St. Louis, announced that the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, also known as the Gateway Arch and its grounds, has received a federal transportation grant. The grant will help fund engineering and planning for a pedestrian connector linking the Arch and downtown St. Louis.

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Amending the Arch
10:34 am
Mon July 4, 2011

Kiener Plaza could be first part of Arch redevelopment project

Kiener Plaza in St. Louis.
(via Flickr/Digital Sextant)

Kiener Plaza is likely to be the first portion of the Gateway Arch project to be completed.

Those familiar with the project say it's slated for completion in the fall of 2013.

The plan for the Plaza includes a performance pavilion, an eating venue, seating, and water features.

Walter Metcalfe with the CityArchRiver 2015 Foundation, the group that sponsored the design competition, said work on Kiener Plaza can move forward more quickly because it's not part of the National Park.

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