Greenway Construction Update: November 2017

If we summarized our greenway construction over the past three months in just one word, it would have to be… BRIDGES!

Since July, our project managers have overseen the placement of five bridges in three greenways across the region. Two in Cliff Cave Park for the Mississippi Greenway, one for the Fee Fee Greenway in Maryland Heights, and two over Highways 364 and 94 for the Centennial Greenway in St. Charles County.

In late July, contractors placed a 70 foot bridge over the creek that flows from the mouth of Cliff Cave in the Mississippi Greenway. A 210 foot bridge, one of the longest single span pedestrian bridges in the St. Louis region, was placed over Cliff Cave Road. New restrooms were installed in mid-October and work continues on the new parking lot serving the upper section of Cliff Cave County Park. Contractors are putting the finishing touches on the new overlook as construction continues between Cliff Cave Road and Telegraph Road. Trees will be planted between now and the end of the year but the rest of the landscaping will have to wait until warmer weather in the spring.

We know everyone is eager to explore and enjoy the new paved paths and overlook, but the upper section of Cliff Cave County Park is still closed. Our project manager and partners at St. Louis County Parks want to remind everyone this is an active construction site and for everyone’s safety, please only use the greenway in the lower section of the park. We look forward to opening this new greenway in spring 2018!

In September, a 78 foot bridge was set over Fee Fee Creek in Maryland Heights as part of the two mile extension of the Fee Fee Greenway from its current endpoint in McKelvey Woods to Creve Coeur County Park. A new “living wall” is starting to come to life with its first “cover crop” of wild rye grass. The purpose of the living wall system is to help capture the storm water that drains off the paved surface, reducing the impact on nearby creeks and streams. This living wall will also provide habitat for wildlife and insects. When the project is completed in early to mid-2018, the three mile greenway will connect the new Maryland Heights Community Center and Aquaport with Creve Coeur County Park.

Another construction milestone occurred in September with the placement of two bridges over highways 364 & 94 in St. Charles County. Two of the longest bridges in our system at 217 and 280 feet, they required four overnight highway closures. Construction crews are working on the approaches to the bridges and the project is expected to be wrapped up in 2017. Some landscaping work will continue into spring 2018. Stay tuned for updates on when the new Centennial Greenway bridges will be open for you to explore and enjoy!

Construction is about 90 percent complete on the River des Peres Greenway extension from the Shrewsbury- Lansdowne MetroLink to Slay Park. Painting is underway on the Lansdowne and Chippewa Bridges and new trees and wayfinding signs should be installed in the coming weeks. We’ll let you know when the greenway is officially open!

Construction to extend the Gravois Greenway: Grant’s Trail to connect it with the River des Peres Greenway began in late September with the closure of the southern trailhead near Orlando’s Event and Conference Center. Crews are building the foundations for the new restroom and trailhead amenities as well as beginning to layout the new paved greenway segment. As a reminder, you are unable to enter or exit the greenway at Orlando’s while construction of the improved trailhead is underway. The last 750 feet of the existing paved route is also closed. The first phase of construction is expected to last about six months with the second phase breaking ground in mid-2018.

Geocaching on the Greenways

Looking for a fun way to enjoy a little more life outside with the entire family? Give geocaching a try!

What is geocaching?

Geocaching is a kind of modern day GPS enabled treasure hunt. There are thousands of geocaches hidden in parks and along trails and greenways waiting to be discovered…by you.

With the help of a hand-held GPS or cell phone, you search for these caches by making your way to provided coordinates. But that will only get you so far. Once you are at the spot, you have to use your wits to find the hidden treasure. Caches can be hidden in trees, under rocks, within walls and pretty much anywhere the person hiding it can dream up.

The caches themselves vary greatly in size, contents and appearance. Some are as small as a film canister while others can be as large as a 5 gallon bucket. There are hundreds hidden throughout the St. Louis region, including more than a few placed along the greenways!


What’s inside a geocache?

Once you have found a geocache, the next step is to open it. The smallest caches (called micros and nanos) typically contain just a log which, on which you will jot down your name and the date, letting future finders of the cache know that you were there. Other caches are large enough to contain more than just the log. They will also contain any number of items, including coins, toys and trinkets. As a reward for your intrepid work, you are allowed to take and keep any item from the cache, but with one caveat – you must leave something of equal or greater value in its place. Once you have done that, put the geocache back exactly where you found it and replace any debris or materials that may have been covering it.


Where do you start?

A great place to get started is the Geocaching.com website. There, you can learn much, much more about the hobby and once you have created a free account, you can access the database of millions of geocaches around the world – including the hundreds that are located in the St. Louis region.

You can browse through their map, and check out all the geocaches near you.

Once you have found one that piques your interest, you can check out additional details about the geocache including an included description about the site as well as helpful hints that can lead you to the treasure. When you are ready to go, use the included GPS coordinates to start your treasure hunt! 

 


Is it a kid friendly activity?

Every geocache is different. Some will be very kid friendly while others may not be the best choice for young ones.

To help you choose the right geocache for you and your kiddos, be sure to take a gander at each geocache’s difficulty and terrain rating. Each cache is assigned a score from 1 to 5 for both categories to detail how hard the geocache is to get to and find once you are there. Geocaches with scores of 1 are very easy to find and are easily accessible. On the flip side, a geocache with scores of a 5 will require specialized knowledge, tools and equipment to find and may involve rock climbing, repelling or scuba diving to reach.

There are no shortage of geocaches out there, so you should be able to find more than a few to entertain and delight all members of your treasure hunting party.


Where did it come from?

Outer space.

Satellites circling  the earth, roughly 12,000 miles above us, make this game possible. The hobby burst into life back in the year 2000 when the U.S. government opened up use of 24 of these satellites to any human being yielding an appropriately attuned device. GPS existed before this, but it wasn’t very accurate. This change instantly boosted the accuracy of devices ten-fold. About that time, some clever fellow who wanted to test the accuracy of these devices for himself, hid a bucket in the woods and posted the coordinates to the internet with the simple rules to anyone who would find it…”take some stuff, leave some stuff.” The game caught on, and now more than 3 million caches are currently hidden around the world.


What do I need to bring?

You will need a hand held GPS unit or a GPS enabled cell phone. Also be sure to bring a pen so that you can sign your name to the logs. Some caches are too small to include a pen, and you want the world to know of your achievements. You will also want to bring along some treasures to replace any trinkets or tokens you may take from a discovered trove. Beyond that, be sure to bring whatever else you might bring along on a family adventure outdoors and you should be all set for a day of GPS enabled fun!


Want to know more?

We caught up with Peter Shaw from the St. Louis Area Geocachers Association to learn more about this activity. He was kind enough to take us out for a bit and explain the basics.

Greenway Getaway: Postcards from the Sunset Greenway

If you’ve never explored the Sunset Greenway, now is the time to plan a trip! This 3.9 mile paved route meanders through Florissant in north St. Louis County and offers stunning views of the Missouri River at Sunset Park along with connections to other parks, neighborhoods, and multiple historic sites along the way!

With fall colors reaching their peak, a walk or bike ride down the bluff in Sunset Park to the Missouri River will be a feast for your eyes. And speaking of feasts, there are plenty of local restaurants and “Mom-and-Pop” stops where you can enjoy a quick snack or delicious meal.

If you are a history buff, you’ll love exploring a greenway that takes you through one of the earliest settlements in the state of Missouri. You’ll also enjoy Old St. Ferdinand Shrine, Sacred Heart Church, and dozens of historic buildings and homes in Old Town Florissant.

There is so much to see and do along the way, we’ve compiled a list of options so you can plan your own trip!

Sunset Greenway in Sunset Park

The Sunset Greenway is a flat, paved route that stretches 3.9 miles from Florissant’s Sunset Park to St. Francois Street near the Old St. Ferdinand Shrine. Less than a mile of the greenway lies within Sunset Park–but what a lovely less-than-a-mile it is! It connects the upper section of the park down to the banks of the Missouri River. You can walk, ride or push a stroller through the tree-lined path while enjoying views of the river. There are plenty of benches to stop and rest along the way. If you happen to be visiting when the sun goes down, you’ll understand why it’s called Sunset Park!

Sunset Park to Saint Ferdinand Park (2.3 miles)

From Sunset Park, the greenway parallels Humes Lane and then turns south along Patterson Road to Mullanphy Road where it passes through Florissant’s 64-acre Saint Ferdinand Park. There are pavilions, sand volleyball courts, restrooms, a lake, six ball fields and four playground areas. The park is home to the summer concert series “Music under the Stars” held adjacent to the lake in during July and August.

Saint Ferdinand Park to St. Francois Street (.9 miles)

From Saint Ferdinand Park, the greenway continues south along Coldwater Creek, under Lindbergh Blvd, crossing St. Denis Street and through Coldwater Commons Park. The greenway ends at St. Francois Street. Immediately to the right (west) is the Historic St. Ferdinand Shrine. To the left, (east) you can walk or ride on St. Francois Street into Florissant Old Town. It is .7 mile from the greenway at St. Francois Street through Old Town to its eastern border at N. New Florissant Rd.

Historic Sites to See

Old St. Ferdinand Shrine
The Shrine is at the site of one of the earliest European settlements west of the Mississippi. Although Spain controlled the area, early settlers were French farmers and fur trappers attracted to the fertile banks of nearby Coldwater Creek. The French called the valley “Fleurissant” which means “flowering” or “flourishing” while the Spanish called the tiny settlement “St. Ferdinand.” While it is not known when the first settlers came to the area, it is believed that the village was settled about the same time St. Louis was (1764). The king of Spain actually granted the village the site where the old church was built. The settlement was typical of French settlements at the time with a commons and common fields where the villagers did their farming. For a number of years a log church served the community until the original portion of the existing church was constructed in 1821. Tours are available from Monday thru Sunday by appointment. For more details, visit the Shrine’s website.

Sacred Heart Church
In Old Town, the historic Sacred Heart Catholic Church is located at the corner of N. Jefferson and St. Denis Street. Founded by German families who settled in the area, the original church was completed in 1872. The existing church was completed in 1893. It is still an active parish of the Archdiocese of St. Louis. The historic Herz Jesu school building is the home of Sacred Heart Kindergarten, prekindergarten and preschool. There is a museum on the lower level of the Rectory that is open the second Sunday of the month from 10am to 2pm. To learn more about the church and school, visit their website.

Walking Tour of Old Town Florissant

Old Town Florissant is filled with many century homes, businesses, restaurants and shops housed in historic buildings. Florissant Old Town Partners has created a self-guided walking tour comprised of 13 historic sites. Click here for the map so you can take the tour!

Places to Eat

There is something for everyone along the Sunset Greenway. Whether you’re craving some Mexican food, a donut, pizza, crab cakes, pastries, deli sandwiches or an ice cold beverage—you can find it just around the corner. Here are just a few of the local favorites:

Hendel’s—known for their historic building, Hendel’s Burger, crab cakes, Sunday brunch and outdoor patio. (599 St. Denis Street, 63031)

Ruiz—St. Louis’ oldest Mexican restaurant is located directly on the greenway! ( 901 N. US Highway 67, 63031)

Helfer’s Pastries & Deli Cafe—Family-owned bakery and deli. Their slogan is “Premium ingredients and expert skill make quality our specialty.” (380 Saint Ferdinand St., 63031)

Amore Pizza—family owned restaurant known for “pizza and pasta specials at reasonable prices.” (450 Saint Francois Street, 63031)

Fritz’s Original Frozen Custard—home of the Famous Turtle Sunday! (1055 St. Catherine, Florissant, 63031)

Old Town Donuts—recognized by the Riverfront Times as the best donuts in the St. Louis region. They are open 24 Hours a day, 7 days a week! (508 New Florissant Rd., 63031)

Find more places to dine, visit and shop here

Important information to know before you go!

If you are riding your bike, the Rotary Club of Florissant has recently completed the installation of ten new bicycle racks to accommodate increased bicycle traffic in Historic Old Town Florissant! These are placed in strategic locations around Old Town including City Hall, Fritz’s Frozen Custard, Stem’s Florist and Gifts, Old St. Ferdinand Shrine, and more.

Construction to improve the intersection where the greenway crosses Shackelford Rd. is underway. As with any intersection, please use caution when crossing the roadway.

There has been a “washout” along Coldwater Creek just north of Lindbergh Blvd. The greenway is still open in this area, but it narrows slightly. Use caution when passing through this area as we work with our partners to repair it.

Parking
Street parking is available in Historic Old Town. You can also park in Sunset Park or Saint Ferdinand Park.

Restrooms
There are restrooms in Saint Ferdinand Park and Sunset Park. Find all the details on this greenway here.

Deer Creek Greenway Expansion Underway

1.5-mile Expansion Will Link Three Webster Groves Parks—Deer Creek, Barnickle and Lorraine Davis

Construction to extend the Deer Creek Greenway 1.5 miles from its current endpoint in Webster Groves’ Deer Creek Park and connect it with Lorraine Davis Park is underway. The paved greenway will provide residents with more opportunities to connect with nature by walking, riding bikes, pushing a stroller, or using a wheelchair. The extension will add 1.5 miles to the existing 0.7-mile greenway, for a total of 2.2 miles to explore and enjoy.

The existing segment parallels Deer Creek, running from Big Bend Boulevard through Deer Creek Shopping Center and Maplewood’s Deer Creek Park (Rocket Park) and ending at Deer Creek Park in Webster Groves. The expanded route will extend from Deer Creek Park, along Pacific Avenue, through Barnickle Park to Lorraine Davis Park, ending at Ravine Avenue.

While most of the Deer Creek Greenway extension will involve the construction of a new multi-use path for anyone running, walking or riding a bike, portions of the expansion will utilize existing sidewalks and roadways. The project will make use of the existing sidewalk along East Pacific Avenue between Barnickle Park and Deer Creek Park. Modifications and additions will be made to the sidewalk to make the entirety of this half-mile path ADA accessible. For cyclists traveling between these two parks, shared-lane arrows, or “sharrows,” will be applied to the surface of Pacific.

In addition to a paved trail, plans call for new trees, shrubs and native grasses to be planted along the greenway. A few benches will also be strategically placed to allow residents to relax and enjoy the fresh air. In Lorraine Davis Park, plans include boardwalks, landscaping with native plants, and a new pavilion with picnic tables and a drinking fountain. A new overlook adjacent to the pavilion will offer views of the confluence of Deer and Shady Creeks.

In Barnickle Park, project plans include a new basketball court. The City of Webster Groves will also be building a new playground. As part of a separate project, plans are underway to construct a new trailhead at Marshall Avenue near the lower entrance to Owen Development, Inc.

“We are eager to bring this expanded greenway to life for people of all ages and abilities to connect to parks, neighborhoods, shopping and more,” says Angelica Gutierrez, Great Rivers Greenway project manager. “We are grateful for our partners at the City of Webster Groves and other stakeholders who have helped shape the plans for this new community asset.”

Portions of Lorraine Davis Park, Barnickle Park and Deer Creek Park will be closed at different stages throughout construction. Project partners are working together to minimize impact to the existing amenities and parking. Construction is expected to be complete in Fall 2018.

Partnership with St. Patrick Center Provides On-the-Job Training, Enhanced Greenway Maintenance

Benefits St. Patrick Center Clients, Greenway Visitors, and Pollinators Too!

We have teamed up with the St. Patrick Center to provide hands-on maintenance, landscape and horticulture training on the Mississippi Greenway (Riverfront Trail). St. Patrick Center clients work side-by-side with our staff and other partners to maintain three pollinator gardens at the McKinley Bridge Bikeway, Mary Meachum Center and Old Chain of Rocks Bridge. They also assist as needed with weeding, mulching, pruning, and invasive species removal.

Not only does this provide valuable on-the-job landscaping and trade skills for the St. Patrick Center clients, it also helps us restore habitat, better maintain the greenway, and enhance the visitor experience for everyone. Next time you explore this greenway, be sure to take time to see a pollinator garden. The bees and butterflies love it and so will you!

Come Celebrate the Expanded St. Vincent Greenway at Missouri History Museum’s Twilight Tuesdays Concert on Oct. 3

The new half-mile segment links Forest Park with Wellston’s Trojan Park, the Forest Park- DeBaliviere MetroLink Station and Delmar Loop along DeBaliviere Avenue

Residents of the region can now run, walk, ride a bike, use a wheelchair, push a stroller or connect to transit on the recently expanded St. Vincent Greenway that stretches 1.9 miles between Forest Park and Wellston’s Trojan Park. The one-half mile extension, completed earlier this year, parallels the soon-to be opened Loop Trolley on DeBaliviere between Delmar and Lindell.

Great Rivers Greenway and the City of St. Louis will celebrate the opening of the expanded greenway during the Missouri History Museum’s free Twilight Tuesdays Concert on Tuesday, Oct. 3, from 6 to 8 p.m. Residents are encouraged to pack a picnic basket and lawn chairs and come out to the event and check out the new extension. Those in attendance will enjoy musical entertainment from Project X – A Tribute to New Edition. Great Rivers Greenway Chief Executive Officer Susan Trautman, 26th Ward Alderman Frank Williamson and St. Louis 28th Ward Alderwoman Heather Navarro will be on hand to say a few words and cut the ribbon during the concert intermission at approximately 6:45 p.m.

“It’s fitting to celebrate the expanded St. Vincent Greenway where it connects to one of our region’s crown jewels—Forest Park,” said Great Rivers Greenway Chief Executive Officer Susan Trautman. “Twilight Tuesday is also a great time to introduce the community to this vibrant new space that links together neighborhoods, entertainment districts, schools, businesses, shopping, transit stops and the new Loop Trolley.”

Great Rivers Greenway staff will be set up on the greenway near Lindell to answer questions, hand out maps and other information about greenways across St. Louis City, St. Louis County and St. Charles County. Concert-goers are invited to take a walk or ride on the expanded greenway to view all the places the newly expanded St. Vincent Greenway will take them.

The St. Vincent Greenway is currently divided into two segments. The southern end stretches from Forest Park to Trojan Park in Wellston and links together the neighborhoods, businesses, and attractions in between; the Forest Park-DeBaliviere MetroLink Station, the Delmar Loop and Ruth Porter Mall Park. The northern segment stretches between the North Hanley Metrolink Station, through the University of Missouri-St. Louis Campus, to St. Vincent County Park.

An additional route to connect the greenway between Trojan Park (Etzel at Skinker) and St. Vincent County Park was identified in an extensive public engagement process in 2014. Great Rivers Greenway staff, community partners and the design team are continuing to work together on funding strategies and phasing. When complete, the St. Vincent Greenway will stretch seven miles from Forest Park to the North Hanley MetroLink Station.

Construction Underway on First Phase of Gravois Greenway Extension and Trailhead

Construction of Gravois Greenway (Grant’s Trail) Underway

The greenway expansion project linking Grant’s Trail and the River des Peres Greenway is starting with the construction of an improved trailhead

Construction to extend the Gravois Greenway (Grant’s Trail) and connect it with the River des Peres Greenway began Monday, Sept. 25, 2017, with the closure of the southern trailhead near Orlando’s Event and Conference Center (4300 Hoffmeister Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63125). During construction, greenway users cannot enter or exit the greenway at this location and need to plan their walks, runs or bike rides accordingly.

The last 750 feet of the existing paved route is also closed for about eight months while construction of the improved trailhead is underway. The trailhead improvements include restrooms, benches, landscaping and a play structure.

To lessen the inconvenience to greenway users, Great Rivers Greenway has leased a 16-vehicle parking lot, adjacent to Grant’s Trail at Reavis Barracks Road that will serve as a temporary trailhead. No other trailheads or designated parking areas along the eight-mile Gravois Greenway will be impacted by this construction.

To commemorate the start of this long-awaited greenway expansion, Great Rivers Greenway held a “Last Hurrah” celebration on Saturday Sept. 23. Area residents were invited to stop by the existing trailhead at Orlando’s. Great Rivers Greenway staff was on hand with coffee and information about the project. Thanks to Midwest BankCentre for supply granola bars for those needing a snack after their walk or bike ride!

“People across the region have been eagerly waiting for this project to begin, and we are excited to break ground,” says Megan Riechmann, Great Rivers Greenway Project Manager. “We know that many people use the trailhead at Orlando’s, and we appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding as we build this new trailhead and expanded greenway for all to enjoy.”

Construction on this first phase of the Gravois Greenway extension is expected to last into spring 2018.

Phase two of the project is scheduled to begin in 2018 and will extend the existing eight-mile Gravois Greenway an additional two miles to connect with the River des Peres Greenway.


Parking Information

There are multiple trailheads and designated parking lots available for people who want to walk, run, or ride a bike on the Gravois Greenway.  All are listed below, from north to south starting at the Kirkwood Trailhead at Holmes & Leffingwell to the new temporary Trailhead on Reavis Barracks Road.

International Design Competition For Chouteau Greenway Begins With Request for Qualifications From Design Teams

Great Rivers Greenway and partners announce project goals, process and
submission deadline of Nov. 21

St. Louis, MO – Sept. 14, 2017 – Great Rivers Greenway has announced it is now accepting qualification submissions from interested design teams for an international design competition. The competition is a major public-private partnership to bring a long-time vision to life for the Chouteau Greenway in the core of St. Louis City. The process, led by architect Donald J. Stastny, FAIA, who managed the design competition for the CityArchRiver project, will result in a conceptual plan that will connect Forest Park and Washington University to the Gateway Arch grounds. Interested design teams can register to download the competition manual at www.ChouteauGreenway.org and must submit their qualifications by November 21, 2017 to be considered.

“The Chouteau Greenway is envisioned to be a vibrant corridor, dense with experiential opportunities, that leverages community, institutional, and private assets in creating a unique piece of urban infrastructure,” said Stastny, Competition Manager. “As the ‘backbone’ of the central city, it will provide junctures for connections to communities, institutions, and natural resources in and around the core of St. Louis.”

Once all qualifications have been submitted by interested design teams, a jury, comprised of nine local and international experts, will utilize a series of design goals and input from the community to evaluate each design team’s submitted qualifications and recommend four teams to compete. Those four teams will be offered a stipend to work on a conceptual design, which will be reviewed by the public and presented to the jury in late April 2018. The winning team will finalize their design, completing the program, in June 2018.

The goal of the project is to connect the areas of Washington University and Forest Park to the Washington University Medical Center & BJC, the Cortex Innovation District, the City Foundry STL and Armory projects, Grand Center Arts District, Saint Louis University, Harris-Stowe State University, Midtown, Downtown and the Gateway Arch and Mississippi Riverfront. With spurs north and south, the greenway will likely stretch 5-7 miles, connecting area neighborhoods, employment centers, parks, transit and dozens of cultural and educational institutions.

The Chouteau Greenway will be part of the overall network of greenways being built by Great Rivers Greenway and partners. The competition invites designers to think beyond the trail itself to create active, vibrant spaces and destinations along the way. The goal is to have the greenway be a dynamic and unique St. Louis experience, similar to the High Line in New York City or the Atlanta Beltline.

“Imagine changing the landscape in a way that transcends traditional physical, cultural or political barriers,” said Susan Trautman, CEO of Great Rivers Greenway. “Designing Chouteau Greenway is a complex and challenging opportunity that we seek talented and innovative design teams to undertake.”

Jury members, chosen by the competition manager, who will be overseeing the design competition and reviewing the submissions include Maurice Cox, FAIA, Planning and Development Director for the City of Detroit; Antionette D. Carroll, Founder and CEO of Creative Reaction Lab in St. Louis; Gavin Kroeber, Artist and Head of the Interdisciplinary Curatorial Office for The Studio for Art & Urbanism; Deborah J. Patterson, retired VP of Global Contributions and Employee Engagement at Monsanto in St. Louis; Mark W. Johnson, FASLA, Founder of Civitas in Denver; Ed Hassinger, P.E., Chief Engineer of the Missouri Department of Transportation; Adèle Naudé Santos, FAIA, Professor of Architecture and Urban Design at Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Allison Grace Williams, FAIA, Architect and Urban Designer at AGWms_studio; and Alternate Juror Don Roe, Executive Director of the City of St. Louis’ Planning and Urban Design Agency.

Partnering with the City of St. Louis and Great Rivers Greenway, the design competition is privately funded by Arch to Park Collaborative, Forest Park Forever, Grand Center Inc., Great Rivers Greenway Foundation, Green Street St. Louis, Lawrence Group, Saint Louis University, Washington University in St. Louis and Washington University Medical Center. Additional stakeholder groups are forming to provide input throughout the process from a wide variety of agencies, businesses and organizations.

To gather input from the community in advance of the design phase of the competition, Great Rivers Greenway is in the process of choosing 40 community members, out of the 206 who applied, to be a part of the Community Advisory Committee (CAC) to provide vision and guidance for the project. The regional public agency is also hiring local community members to serve as part of a team that will help gather input throughout the process through surveys, pop-up events and neighborhood meetings.

The first segment of the Chouteau Greenway is currently under construction as part of the TIGER grant project to build a new MetroLink station at the Cortex Innovation Community. The competition and resulting conceptual design will help partners determine a plan and schedule for designing and building additional portions of the overall greenway.

For more information about the project and to register to download the competition manual, visit www.ChouteauGreenway.org.

Some of the possible destinations along the future Chouteau Greenway Alignment has yet to be determined.

Sections of Route 364 and Route 94 to Be Closed Overnight Starting Sept. 11

Closures Will Allow for Installation of New Pedestrian Bridges for Centennial Greenway Expansion

Motorists traveling in St. Charles County should be aware of the overnight closures of Routes 364 and Route 94 starting next week so crews can place pedestrian bridges as part of Great Rivers Greenway’s Centennial Greenway project.

On Monday, Sept. 11, crews will place the bridge segment over westbound Route 364. Drivers can expect the following:
-At 7 p.m., crews will close the left lane of westbound Route 364 at Muegge Road to Heritage Crossing.
-At 9 p.m., all lanes of westbound Route 364 will be closed at Arena Parkway to Heritage Crossing.
-All westbound lanes are expected to be open by Sept. 12 at 4 a.m.

On Tuesday, Sept.12, crews will place the bridge segment over eastbound Route 364. Drivers can expect the following:
-At 7 p.m., crews will close the left lane of eastbound Route 364 between eastbound Route 94 and Arena Parkway.
-At 9 p.m., all lanes of eastbound Route 364 will be closed between eastbound Route 94 and Arena Parkway.
-All eastbound lanes are expected to be open by Wednesday, Sept. 13, at 4 a.m.

On Monday, Sept. 18, crews will place the bridge segment over westbound Route 94. Drivers can expect the following:
-At 7 p.m., crews will close the left lane of westbound Route 94 from the eastbound Route 364 Loop Ramp at Muegge Road to Heritage Crossing.
-At 9 p.m., all lanes of westbound Route 94 will be closed from the eastbound Route 364 Loop Ramp at Muegge Road to Heritage Crossing.
-All westbound lanes are expected to be open by Tuesday, Sept. 19, at 4 a.m.

On Tuesday, Sept. 19, crews will place the bridge segment over eastbound Route 94. Drivers can expect the following:
-At 7 p.m., crews will close Exit 13 from eastbound Highway 364/94, preventing access to eastbound Route 94.
-At 9 p.m., all lanes of eastbound Route 94 will be closed from Exit 13 to Portwest Drive. Drivers will not have access to eastbound Route 94 from South St. Peters Parkway as part of the closure.
-All eastbound lanes are expected to be open by Wednesday, Sept. 20, at 4 a.m.

“All project partners are working together to minimize inconvenience to the people who live and work in this area,” said Patrick Owens, Great Rivers Greenway Project Manager. “We appreciate everyone’s patience and cooperation as we bridge these two highways so people will soon be able to safely walk or ride a bike to get where they need to go.”

All work is weather-permitting and could be shifted due to inclement weather. The bridges will be assembled on site and then separately hoisted into place over Routes 364 and 94. Both bridges are part of the project extending the existing 2.2-mile Centennial Greenway in St. Charles County that links the Heritage Museum to the KATY Trail. When complete, the paved greenway will extend an additional mile north across both Routes 364 and 94 and connect to Old Highway 94 near Muegge Road.

Greenway construction is expected to last through the end of the year.

The 30 Foot Flower in the Boschert Greenway

If you’ve walked or biked along the Boschert Greenway in St. Charles County, you’ve probably seen “Blomstre”—a thirty foot flower made of bicycle parts. Who made it? How was it built? We got the scoop straight from the man who dreamed it up and built it—Maplewood artist and blacksmith Andrew Andrasko of Dras Fabrication + Design.

What does Blomstre mean?  It is a Norwegian word that means “bloom.”

Where did the artist, Andrew Andrasko, get the bicycle parts? St. Louis Bicycle Works generously donated all of the bicycle parts for the sculpture!

Who commissioned the sculpture? The City of St. Charles Parks & Recreation Department.