MoDOT will close Washington Avenue between Memorial Drive and Second Street after rush hour Monday morning. Transportation officials say the road will be closed for a month.
It's part of the "Park Over the Highway" project that will put a lid over the I-70 depressed section and connect the Arch grounds with downtown St. Louis.
Crews will continue to work around the King Bridge, interstate ramps and surface streets in the area for the rest of the year as the CityArchRiver 2015 project progresses.
They're charming, and rough on feet and car suspensions. But thanks to block grants and federal stimulus dollars, the cobbled streets of Laclede's Landing are getting a facelift.
John Clark, president of the Laclede Landing Community Improvement District spoke with Fox 2 News about the project that he says is long overdue. "Everybody that's ever been down here knows it's a mess," Clark said. He called the uneven pavers "a tripping hazard and hard on the shocks on your car."
The cobblestones aren't going away. They'll be dug up and relayed on top of a new base, making for a smoother road, with better drainage. Clark says that new base will be a big improvement over what engineers say is currently under the streets. "They found everything from railroad ties, to broken bottles, to cinders, to coal, and so, with that, that's the reason the cobblestones have become so uneven," he said.
Additional sidewalk and curb improvements will bring the Landing into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
"It's going to be a straight shot from doorstep on one side of the street to doorstep on the other side of the street." Clark said, "It will have much more the feel of a promenade, than a street and sidewalk."
The Landing District will pay 20 percent of the project's $1.4 million cost. Clark calls that an investment in the Landing's future.
St. Louis Police were called to the landing about 3 a.m. Saturday after man was shot in the arm following a fight in the 600 block of North Second Street.
Then, just before 2 a.m. on Sunday, a metro-east man was stabbed to death in the 100 block of Laclede's Landing Boulevard. Police identified the victim as 28 year old Kyle Roberts of the 1200 block of Old Ripley Road near Sorento, Illinois.
Investigators say Roberts was killed after a heated exchange with another man. They're still looking for that man, but a suspect is in custody in the Saturday shooting.