Gateway Arch

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.

Read more
Amending the Arch
3:55 pm
Mon December 12, 2011

$20 million awarded for Arch grounds upgrade

Daffodils in full bloom near the Gateway Arch in Luther Ely Smith Park in St. Louis as temperatures neared 70 degrees on a clear spring day in St. Louis on April 12, 2011.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

The effort to upgrade the grounds of the Gateway Arch is getting a boost from the federal government - a $20 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation.

The agency planning the project, CityArchRiver 2015 Foundation, announced Monday that the grant will pay for roadway improvements along Interstate 70 near the site of the Arch, including a pedestrian land bridge over I-70 connecting the Old Courthouse, Luther Ely Smith Square and the Arch grounds.

Read more
Sept 11 remembrances
3:00 pm
Sun September 11, 2011

Muslims remember 9/11 with prayer, community service

Members of the St. Louis Muslim community gather on the grounds of the Gateway Arch to offer afternoon prayer.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

Members of many faiths gathered at the grounds of the Gateway Arch on Sunday to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the September 11th attacks.

The St. Louis office of the Council of American-Islamic Relations organized the event, which included a recitation of the Muslim afternoon prayer.

After 9/11, members of the Muslim community were blamed for the attacks simply because of their religion, said Faizan Syed, CAIR's executive director here in St. Louis.

Read more
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.

Read more
Gateway Arch - Emerald Ash Borer
3:12 pm
Mon August 1, 2011

Public asked to comment on proposal to replace hundreds of trees near Gateway Arch

An adult emerald ash borer.
(David Cappaert, Michigan State University)

The National Park Service is bracing for the possible loss of more than 900 trees near the Gateway Arch. That’s what could happen if the emerald ash borer makes it to the St. Louis area.

The emerald ash borer has killed millions of ash trees since it was accidentally introduced to the U.S. in the early 1990s.

Read more
Susie Stephens Ceremony
5:41 pm
Fri April 15, 2011

Ceremony at Gateway Arch to honor woman struck, killed by bus in St. Louis

The late Susie Stephens.
(Martin Pion, Conservion)

A ceremony will be held on the Gateway Arch grounds tomorrow to honor a woman who was struck and killed by a charter bus while walking in downtown St. Louis nine years ago.

Susie Stephens was a strong advocate for bicycle and pedestrian safety, and was attending a conference on the issue in 2002 when she lost her life near the Adam's Mark Hotel. Her mother, Nancy MacKerrow, has been planting trees around the country in Susie's honor for years, but this is the first in St. Louis.

Read more
Federal Government Shutdown
2:03 pm
Wed April 6, 2011

A federal government shutdown means the Arch shuts down, too.

The Gateway Arch in downtown St. Louis.
St. Louis Public Radio

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.

Read more
Injured Worker at Gateway Arch
1:01 pm
Wed February 9, 2011

Worker injured inside Arch, taken to hospital

The Gateway Arch in downtown St. Louis. (St. Louis Public Radio)

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.

Earlier Story:

Read more
Arch grounds oversight
4:11 pm
Fri January 28, 2011

Oversight in place for Arch grounds overhaul

Planned upgrades for the ponds at the foot of the Arch. The authority that will oversee the reconstruction was approved on Jan. 28.
(CityArchRiver 2015)

The $578 million plan to overhaul the grounds of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial (better known as the Arch) now has oversight in place.

Read more
Amending the Arch
9:49 am
Thu January 27, 2011

Updated Arch plans, possible cost revealed

A preliminary visual depiction of Ely Smith Square - a part of the plans for the renovated Gateway Arch grounds by Michael Van Valkenburgh and Associates. (CityArchRiver website)

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:

Read more

Pages