With the possibility of a federal government shutdown looming comes a less-obvious consequence.
The St. Louis Business Journal reports that if the shutdown occurs, a signature landmark of St. Louis, the Gateway Arch, would also close.
Updated 4:48 p.m. Feb. 9, 2011:
KSDK-TV reports that the injuries sustained were broken ribs and that Arch officials say the man was pinned between the tram and the structure of the Arch.
The Arch was closed for about an hour before it reopened.
The $578 million plan to overhaul the grounds of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial (better known as the Arch) now has oversight in place.
The updated plans for the Gateway Arch were revealed at a public meeting last night as well as the possible cost of the project.
The preliminary figure is $578.5 million.
Walter Metcalfe, Jr., who has headed up the CityArchRiver foundation that sponsored the design competition, says completing a vision is worth the price:
The U.S. Secretary of the Interior and the Transportation Secretary were in East St. Louis today to talk about improvements to the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, a.k.a. the grounds of the Gateway Arch.
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