It looks like some of the projects planned as part of the $380 million renovation of the Arch grounds won't be finished in time for the Arch's 50th anniversary. A construction timeline released Tuesday estimates that some of the work won't be done until six months later.
Project leaders tell the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that the delays stem from the complexity of the renovations and the number of projects involved.
The good news is that most of the work is projected to be done by the October 28, 2015 anniversary, including the park over the interstate. But the northern trails to the riverfront won't be finished until December 2015, and the museum won't reopen until May, 2016.
Almost before any work has begun, the renovation of the Gateway Arch grounds may have run into a four-month delay.
The $380 million plan was presented Wednesday to a National Park Service board that must approve the project. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the federal Development Advisory Board, refused to sign off on the plan because of what is essentially, a paperwork issue.
CityArchRiver 2015, the non-profit that's spearheading the renovation efforts refused to provide a series of agreements between it and the park service. CityArchRiver leaders say that's because the park hasn't signed a new deal with Metro to run the Arch trams, and thus guarantee that tram fees will be used to pay for much needed repairs to the tram systems.
Those contracts are reportedly in the pipeline and could be signed as soon as Thursday. But the Development Advisory Board doesn't meet again until March.
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.
Federal, state, and city officials will be on hand this week for the groundbreaking ceremony for the first project of the CityArchRiver 2015 plan.
The 'Park over the Highway' project will feature a landscaped structure over I-70 that will improve the accessibility to the park for walkers. The park project is being funded through a combination of Federal and State dollars, as well as $10 million from the CityArchRiver 2015 Foundation.
CityArchRiver expects implementing the plan will create over 4,000 jobs.