St. Louis Getting New Greenway: Temporary Lane Restrictions on Bayless Avenue Scheduled for Week of February 17, 2020

Setting of New 600-foot Pedestrian Bridge for the Gravois Greenway Will Keep Bayless Avenue Open But Close Some Lanes and Ramps Temporarily

People who travel on Bayless Avenue between Avenue H and Union Road or to access Highway I‑55 should be aware of temporary lane restrictions scheduled for the week of February 17, 2020 to set a new greenway bridge. Use of alternate routes is recommended.

Beginning Tuesday February 18, traffic will be delayed or restricted so crews can install a pedestrian bridge as part of Great Rivers Greenway’s expansion. The 600-foot bridge is comprised of seven individual segments which will be lifted and set in place over a three day period. When complete, the paved greenway will extend an additional two miles from Hoffmeister Ave. to connect the Gravois Greenway (Grant’s Trail) to the River Des Peres Greenway at River City Blvd.

On Tuesday, February 18, 2020, crews will place three bridge segments north of Bayless Avenue; expect the following:

  • Beginning at 9am, bridge segments will be off-loaded from the northbound I-55 on-ramp.
  • The northbound I-55 on-ramp will remain open, but will be reduced in width; traffic may be temporarily delayed until each bridge segment is safely removed from the delivery vehicles.
  • Three segments will be delivered to the site and installed between the hours of 9am and 3pm.

On Wednesday, February 19, 2020, crews will place two more bridge segments south of Bayless Avenue; expect the following:

  • Beginning at 9am, bridge segments will be off-loaded from the northbound I-55 exit ramp onto Bayless Avenue.
  • The Bayless Avenue exit ramp will remain open, but the exit ramp will be reduced in width and traffic may be temporarily delayed until each bridge segment is safely removed from the delivery vehicles.
  • Travelers turning east (right) from the I-55 exit ramp onto eastbound Bayless Avenue should consider alternate routes. During the delivery, all traffic turning east (right) from the I‑55 exit ramp onto eastbound Bayless Avenue will be delayed until each bridge segment is safely removed from the delivery vehicles.
  • Two segments will be delivered to the site and installed between the hours of 9am and 3pm.

On Thursday, February 20, 2020, crews will place the final two bridge segments over Bayless Avenue; expect the following:

  • Beginning at 9am, crews will reduce Bayless Avenue to one travel lane in each direction between I-55 and the Union Pacific railroad tracks. The traffic signals at the intersection of Bayless Avenue and the highway on-ramp and exit ramp to and from northbound I-55 will be set to red flash.
  • A traffic director will be present at all times to direct traffic through the intersection. People driving should follow the directions provided by the traffic director.
  • East-west travel on Bayless Avenue will remain open but will be reduced to one travel lane in each direction. Delays are expected.
  • For those driving larger-than-standard vehicles such as buses or semis:
    • All bus or semi traffic turning east (right) from the I-55 exit ramp onto eastbound Bayless Avenue will be restricted. Use of an alternate route is required.
    • All bus or semi traffic turning onto northbound I-55 from westbound Bayless Avenue will be restricted. Use of an alternate route is required.

“All project partners are working together to minimize inconvenience to the people who live, work and travel in this area,” said Lonny Boring, Great Rivers Greenway Senior Project Manager. “We appreciate everyone’s patience and cooperation as we set the bridge over this busy intersection. Once complete, greenway users will be able to walk, ride a bike, push a stroller or use a wheelchair—all separated from the traffic below.”

All work is weather-permitting and could be shifted due to inclement weather or other delays. Greenway construction is expected to be complete in late spring 2020; community members are invited to a celebration on June 4. Stay tuned for details at www.GreatRiversGreenway.org/events.

Volunteers Needed for Confluence Trash Bash March 21

12th Annual cleanup of rivers and creeks within the Mississippi and Missouri River Confluence

Great Rivers Greenway, the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District, and Missouri American Water are proud to sponsor the 12th Annual Confluence Trash Bash, being held Saturday, March 21, 2020, from 8 a.m. to noon. Area residents are invited to join cleanup efforts, helping to improve the condition of our waterways. To date, volunteers have removed more than 150 tons of trash and about 6,500 tires from area streams and rivers.
Volunteers can choose from the following locations for check-in and a free bagel breakfast from 8-8:45 a.m.:

  • Berkley City Hall, 8425 Airport Rd., Berkeley MO 63134
  • Bridgeton Government Center, 12355 Natural Bridge Rd., Bridgeton MO 63044
  • Creve Coeur Lake Memorial Park, Creve Coeur Lakehouse Restaurant, 2160 Creve Coeur Mill Rd., St. Louis MO 63146
  • Dellwood Recreation Center, 10266 West Florissant Ave., Dellwood MO 63136
  • Sunset Park, 2300 Sunset Park Drive, Florissant MO 63031
  • Hanley Hills City Hall, 7713 Utica Dr., Hanley Hills MO 63133
  • White Birch Park, Disc Golf Course, 1186 Teson Rd. Hazelwood MO 63042
  • North Riverfront Park, 10550 Riverview Dr., St. Louis MO 63137
  • Wild Acres Park, 2500 Ashby Rd., Overland MO 63114
  • Pagedale City Hall, 1420 Ferguson Ave., St. Louis MO 63133
  • Mosenthein Island with Missouri River Relief (on the water);check-in at North Riverfront Park, 10550 Riverview Dr, St. Louis, MO 63137

Click here to register online

Specific cleanup sites will then be assigned near each of the starting locations.

“The Confluence Trash Bash is the perfect cleanup for seasoned volunteers and newcomers alike,” says Tom Schweiss, Great Rivers Greenway Conservation Program Manager. “This one-day event brings together people of all ages who are willing to work hard, have fun, and get a little bit muddy to improve water quality and wildlife habit. At the end of the day, it’s always rewarding to see how much trash we have removed from the waterways surrounding the Confluence in just three hours.”

All are welcome, and no experience is required. Individual volunteers, civic groups and youth organizations are encouraged to attend. Volunteers should dress for the weather and bring a water bottle and gloves. Trash bags will be provided.

Partners on this event include St. Louis Audubon, Greenway Network, League of Watershed Guardians, St. Louis Brightside, St. Louis County, Missouri Department of Conservation, and Missouri Stream Team. Participating municipalities include St. Louis County, cities of St. Louis, Maryland Heights, Creve Coeur, Florissant, Bridgeton, Overland, Hanley Hills, Bellefontaine Neighbors, Jennings, Hazelwood, Bellefontaine Neighbors, Berkley, Dellwood, Jennings, Pagedale, and Town & Country.

The event is free, but pre-registration is preferred so Trash Bash organizers can coordinate cleanup sites. Click here to register online.

St. Vincent Greenway: St. Vincent County Park to Rock Road Transit Center

We are working with the Missouri Department of Transportation, Bi State Development, St. Louis County Parks and the City of Pagedale on a 0.5 mile connection from the Rock Road Metro Transit Center to St. Vincent County Park. This project is a critical connection that will not only help close the gap between the northern and southern segments of the St. Vincent Greenway, but also provide a paved, accessible space for people to walk, ride bikes or use a wheelchair between the St. Charles Rock Road Metro Transit Center, St. Vincent County Park, and businesses along the way.

We are coordinating this project with the Missouri Department of Transportation’s planned improvements to St. Charles Rock Road from the St. Louis City limits west to I-170. While designs are not yet final, you can take a virtual “walk” through the project to get a better idea what the finished greenway segment will look like and where it will take you!

St. Vincent Greenway Online Survey: Eskridge High School Site to St. Charles Rock Road

Thanks for your feedback to date!

Thanks to everyone who came out to our January 2020 Open Houses to learn more about the route options for the St. Vincent Greenway expansion. We appreciate everyone’s feedback at the open houses and via the online survey. The project team is studying all comments/feedback received and will factor this into the final route selection. The next steps will be further discussion and engagement with the City of Pagedale and the Community Advisory Committee.

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Centennial Greenway St. Charles County Update

We are working in partnership with the cities of St. Charles and St. Peters to plan the next segment of the Centennial Greenway in St. Charles County. This connection will extend the existing Centennial Greenway from its current endpoint at Christy Drive and Old Highway 94 to Hackmann Road and Schaefer Park. When complete, people can walk, ride a bike or use a wheelchair on an accessible greenway between Schaefer Park, over highways 364 and 94, to the Katy Trail and Creve Coeur Park.

On January 28, 2020, we hosted a community open house to share details and gather feedback about this project. We also posted an online survey to gather feedback from those who could not attend. Thanks to everyone who weighed in! Project partners are working to bring this connection to life.  Complete the form below to get the latest updates!

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Gravois Greenway: Grant’s Trail Connection to River des Peres Greenway Update January 2020

Still on track for late spring, early summer 2020 opening of two mile expanded greenway; bridge over River des Peres delayed by floods & high water

Last year’s rain and historic flooding presented many challenges for the Gravois Greenway: Grant’s Trail connection to River des Peres Greenway. The good news is we are still on track for a late spring- early summer 2020 opening of the 2-mile expanded greenway from Hoffmeister to River City Blvd. Completion of the final component—the bridge over the River des Peres is dependent on low water levels.

Since March 2019, Mississippi River backwater in the River des Peres prevented crews from building the bridge foundations. After nearly nine months of waiting, water levels dropped low enough in late December 2019 to allow the pile drivers to begin construction. Unfortunately, they were only able to work for about ten days before the water rose again and all work has stopped. Crews were able to successfully install all of the steel supports that go down to bedrock during that time. This week’s drenching rainfall has delivered another setback. We are keeping our fingers crossed the water drops  soon—and stays down—so we can build the bridge.

High ground water and soggy conditions impacted construction on the rest of the greenway extension so we added additional crews to make up for lost time. Contractors have focused their efforts on several projects across the new route. If you drive along Interstate 55 between Germania and Bayless, you’ve likely seen the construction of the new greenway along the east side of the highway. Crews in this area have completed the retaining walls that will keep the slope of the new greenway accessible for people of all abilities. Another crew is working on the foundations for the new 660 foot bicycle and pedestrian bridge that will span Bayless Avenue. This work requires temporary lane reductions in this area; we are working as quickly as possible to get all lanes open.

A third area of focus was between Hoffmeister and Avenue I. Crews removed debris and invasive plants to restore a 1.3 acre green space and emergent wetland. A new boardwalk for greenway users has been set in place and native plants and grasses will be planted later this spring. This will make the wetland a welcoming place for birds, bees, butterflies and greenway visitors alike! While this section is open, we still have landscaping, signage and other punch list items to complete.

We understand that people are excited to see this new greenway for themselves. However, the area from the end of the new boardwalk to the River des Peres is an active construction site and closed to the public. We ask everyone to steer clear of the construction for their safety and to allow the crews to build this new greenway!

Greenway Closure Alert-Missouri Greenway: Monarch Chesterfield Levee

Monarch-Chesterfield Levee District temporarily closing two 200-foot sections of greenway beginning in mid-January 2020 to accommodate work on pump stations

The Monarch-Chesterfield Levee District will close two separate 200-foot sections of the Missouri Greenway: Monarch Chesterfield Levee to accommodate improvements to pump stations.  The first closure is located just north of the Long Road interchange on Interstate 40. It will close January 14, 2020 and is expected to reopen in late April 2020. (Like all construction projects, these timelines are weather dependent.) Greenway users will still be able to use the greenway on both sides of the closure but will not be able to the access the Chesterfield Valley Athletic Complex (CVAC) Trailhead from the Rivers Edge Park Trailhead and vice versa.  The closure is located approximately 1 mile west of the Rivers Edge Trailhead and approximately 1.7 miles east of the CVAC Trailhead.

The other closure is on Edison Road approximately a quarter of a mile west of the intersection of Edison Road and Baxter Road. This section of the greenway will close January 20, 2020 and weather permitting, is expected to reopen in mid-July 2020. Greenway users will be able to utilize the greenway on both sides of the closure but will not be able to access Baxter Road from the Edison Road Trailhead and vice versa.  The closure is located approximately a quarter mile west of Baxter Road and approximately 1.8 miles east of the Edison Road Trailhead.

For everyone’s safety, the Monarch-Chesterfield Levee District reminds all greenway users that construction barriers should not be crossed. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding!

St. Vincent Greenway Open Houses January 22 & 25, 2020

Join us for one of two open houses to learn more about the St. Vincent Greenway expansion from the former Eskridge High School site to St. Charles Rock Road.

Come view the route options for the future greenway and let us know what you think. Great Rivers Greenway staff and the design team will also be on hand to answer your questions about this greenway and more. Childcare and refreshments will be available for all. We look forward to building this greenway together!

Both open houses will be held at the 24:1 Center (Prosperity Connection) located at 6724 Page Ave. St. Louis 63133.

There is no formal presentation, so you can stop by anytime during the open house hours.

Take your pick of two dates:

Wednesday January 22 anytime between 4-7 pm 

Saturday January 25 anytime between 1-3pm

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Persons with disabilities who wish to attend the meeting and have questions about accessibility are invited to contact Anne Milford at amilford@grgstl.org or (314) 932-4917 at least 3 days prior to the open house.