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Permanent replacement for 'Amshack' will run $3 million over in costs

By Matt Sepic, KWMU

St. Louis, MO –

Planners say construction of a new multimodal transportation facility downtown is going well. However there have been some delays, and the project will probably wind up being a bit more expensive than first thought.

The new terminal will replace the downtown Amtrak and Greyhound stations, and also provide MetroLink access.

Project consultant John Roach says the facility will probably be open in the spring. But he says it will cost $3 million more than the $22 million first planned.

"They suffered some delays having to do with subsurface conditions," Roach said, in an interview. "They found a lot of concrete [and] some very wet areas. That's not an unusual situation in St. Louis, particularly in an area like down in the old Mill Creek Valley.

"At one point that was a lake."

The state is providing most of the money. Amtrak and Greyhound are also chipping in.

The multimodal station is going in alongside the Civic Center MetroLink stop near the ScottTrade center.

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