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Biden To Visit CityArchRiver Project

The Arch from below
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The Gateway Arch in downtown St. Louis.

Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell will be in town Tuesday afternoon to visit the grounds of the Gateway Arch and check out the CityArchRiver project.

The project includes the long-awaited “lid” over the interstate highway section that now cuts off the Arch from the rest of downtown, including the historic Old Courthouse. The aim is to create a picturesque greenway.

The project is being funded through a regional and state partnership involving several agencies, as well as money collected from the new Arch/park sales tax approved by voters last year.

Biden’s stop appears to be part of a Midwest tour that focuses on construction projects and the importance of improving the nation’s infrastructure. On Wednesday, for example, he is to be in Cleveland to highlight work on the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority Rail Complex.

Jo Mannies has been covering Missouri politics and government for almost four decades, much of that time as a reporter and columnist at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. She was the first woman to cover St. Louis City Hall, was the newspaper’s second woman sportswriter in its history, and spent four years in the Post-Dispatch Washington Bureau. She joined the St. Louis Beacon in 2009. She has won several local, regional and national awards, and has covered every president since Jimmy Carter. She scared fellow first-graders in the late 1950s when she showed them how close Alaska was to Russia and met Richard M. Nixon when she was in high school. She graduated from Valparaiso University in northwest Indiana, and was the daughter of a high school basketball coach. She is married and has two grown children, both lawyers. She’s a history and movie buff, cultivates a massive flower garden, and bakes banana bread regularly for her colleagues.

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