The master plan for Chouteau Greenway calls for a 5 mile paved greenway through the heart of St. Louis—from the Gateway Arch all the way to Forest Park. The greenway will not only link together two of our region’s greatest treasures, it will also create new spaces for walking and riding bikes between Washington University Medical Center, Barnes Jewish Hospital, Cortex Innovation Community, St. Louis College of Pharmacy, Saint Louis University, Ikea, the proposed City Foundry STL, Grand Center and more! It will also conveniently link walkers and bicyclists to seven MetroLink stations.
Branching off the primary corridor, the plan also includes an eight-mile greenway known as the “Midtown Loop.” The route of the Midtown Loop travels through Forest Park on existing paved trails, extends north from the Missouri History Museum along the St. Vincent Greenway on DeBaliviere, heads east along the former Hodiamont Streetcar corridor towards Grand Center, and south on Spring Avenue where it will complete the loop and connect to the Chouteau Greenway. In the future, additional greenway connections will extend to Fairgrounds Park on the north and Tower Grove Park and Missouri Botanical Garden to the south.
Boyle Avenue to Sarah Avenue
The St. Louis region was awarded a $10.3 million US Department of Transportation TIGER grant (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) to construct a new MetroLink light rail station along with the first segment of Chouteau Greenway so employees and visitors can walk or ride bikes to connect with the Cortex Innovation Community.
As a primary partner on the TIGER grant application, Great Rivers Greenway is responsible for developing the first segment of the Chouteau Greenway between Boyle and Sarah Avenues. The project at Cortex Innovation Community formally kicked-off in June 2016, with HNTB as the lead consultant. Design and engineering work is underway and will continue through early 2017. Both the greenway and the new MetroLink station are slated to open in spring 2018. Standby for more details on a groundbreaking celebration soon!
Forest Park (Kingshighway) to Boyle Avenue
Progress continues on the next phase of the Chouteau Greenway from Boyle Avenue to Forest Park. Members of the Urban Planning Roundtable (Great Rivers Greenway, Washington University Medical Center (WUMC), BarnesJewish Hospital (BJC), St. Louis College of Pharmacy, and Cortex Innovation Community) are collaborating on transportation-related issues in this area, including the route for the Chouteau Greenway. The preferred alignment will extend from the soon-to-be-constructed Boyle MetroLink station to the Clayton Avenue underpass below Kingshighway and into Forest Park.
Sarah Avenue to Saint Louis University
Our project managers continue to work with Lawrence Group, Cortex Innovation Community, Saint Louis University and GreenStreet Properties as development proposals in the area surrounding the planned Chouteau Greenway gain momentum. We are also in conversation with Norfolk Southern Railroad on the Vandeventer trestle overpass near Ikea to make direct connections to proposed developments such as City Foundry STL, Saint Louis University and the Armory.
Midtown Loop (the Hodiamont corridor)
Development of the Hodiamont corridor, between St. Vincent Greenway and Grand Center, is currently slated to be a later phase of the Chouteau Greenway Midtown Loop. East-West Gateway Council of Governments recently completed a “Great Streets Initiative” plan for Grand Center which included a greenway design for Spring Avenue, linking Saint Louis University with the Hodiamont corridor. Great Rivers Greenway is coordinating development planning with Grand Center, Inc., East-West Gateway and some of its member institutions to advance these greenway plans as a future phase of the Midtown Loop.