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Bridge work complete for park-over-highway project near the Gateway Arch


ST. LOUIS — The massive project to upgrade the area around the Gateway Arch in St. Louis has reached a significant milestone: The bridge work is complete for the park-over-the-highway work.

Organizers of the $380 million project gave an update Thursday, saying the next phase is putting trees, grass and dirt over the 97-foot-wide bridge that will ease pedestrian traffic from downtown to the Arch. Previously, pedestrians had to cross a narrow bridge that also included vehicle traffic.

Missouri Department of Transportation engineer Deanna Venker told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch ( ) that landscaping should start in the next couple of weeks.

The park land will eventually stretch from the Old Courthouse downtown to the Arch.

Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

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