The master plan for the Gravois Greenway (commonly known as Grant’s Trail) calls for the expansion of this former railroad corridor from where it currently ends at Orlando’s to connect to the River des Peres Greenway just south of Interstate 55. When complete, it will connect six densely populated municipalities and portions of unincorporated St. Louis County from Kirkwood to the St. Louis City limits near River City Casino. This will also tie together three greenways (Gravois, River des Peres and the Mississippi) making it easier for people to get to school, jobs, parks, recreation, transit and other attractions in a large swath of south St. Louis County and the City of St. Louis.
Eight miles of Grant’s Trail forms the backbone of the Gravois Greenway. It follows Gravois Creek as it meanders through portions of south St. Louis County. There is a .6 mile spur of the greenway that winds through Blake C. Snyder Memorial Park (formerly Clydesdale County Park) and then reconnects with the main line trail.
With more than 560,000 people using the greenway each year, the extension to connect to the River des Peres Greenway is a high priority connection in the River Ring. The project will extend the existing eight miles of Grant’s Trail (paved) from Orlando’s to the River des Peres Greenway along the I-55 right-of-way.
Engineering plans to generate construction documents are underway. To make this connection a reality, it will require two bridges and an underpass for an estimated cost of $11.1 million. We are working to leverage grants and private donations to fund the project. project. We have already been approved for $2.6 million in Transportation Alternative Program funding from East West Gateway and a $1 million private grant from the Mysun Foundation. We are continuing to seek additional funding opportunities as we work towards final construction documents. A public open house to review the updated route will be held prior to bidding this project. Construction of the first phase of this project is currently anticipated to begin in mid-2017.