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.

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!

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!

Centennial Greenway St. Charles Updates-Christy Drive to Schaefer Park

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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!

St. Vincent Greenway Updates

Civic Engagement Underway to Identify Route from the former Eskridge High School to St. Charles Rock Road in Pagedale- we want to hear from you!

There is a lot happening along the St. Vincent Greenway!  As we work to finalize the plans for the  .75  mile extension from Trojan Park to the site of the former Eskridge High School, we’ve assembled a Community Advisory Committee (CAC) to guide community engagement for the extension through Pagedale.

The CAC, comprised of Pagedale residents, elected officials and St. Louis County, met with project partners on November 13, 2019 to discuss previous community feedback, existing conditions, and plan for two public open houses slated for January 22 & January 25, 2020 at the 24:1 Community Excel Center. (6724 Page Avenue, St. Louis MO 63133)

Project partners will be asking community members to share feedback on feasible routes and other amenities for the future greenway through Pagedale.  We hope you can join us!

Click dates below for more details on the open houses: 

Wednesday January 22, 2020- 4-7 pm

Saturday January 25, 2020-1-3pm

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Centennial Greenway Update

I-170 and Olive Blvd. to Olivette Community Center

Great Rivers Greenway is working in partnership with the City of Olivette to plan the next segment of the Centennial Greenway from its existing endpoint at I-170 and Olive to the Olivette Community Center in Warson Park. Over the course of 2019, Great Rivers Greenway and its planning team engaged with Olivette neighbors to learn the community’s priorities for a greenway through the city. Scroll down to see the preferred alignment for the expanded greenway!

Planning for this extension of the Centennial Greenway will continue in 2020. If you would like to receive project updates or notifications of open houses or other engagement opportunities, complete the form below. Learn more about the master plan for the Centennial Greenway here.

Centennial Greenway in Olivette Updates

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Greenway Project Update: September 2019

Here’s a quick update on what’s under construction, what’s coming soon, and what we are planning in partnership with people & partners across the region!

Gravois Greenway: Grant’s Trail

This year’s rain and historic flooding presented a number of 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 2020 opening! Work on the bicycle and pedestrian bridge over the River des Peres was temporarily halted due to flooding and work is underway again on the approaches to the bridge. Crews are waiting for the Mississippi River backwater levels to drop another 5-6 feet so we can get all the equipment in place to build the bridge foundations. Unfortunately, heavy rains upstream continue to keep water levels high.

High ground water and soggy conditions impacted construction on the rest of the greenway so we’ve added additional crews to make up for lost time. Contractors are focusing 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 for the new greenway along the east side of the highway. Crews in this area are building retaining walls to make sure the slope of the new greenway is accessible for people of all abilities. Altogether, the new walls will require about 35,200 blocks of stone. (Save that for a trivia night!) Another crew is working on the foundations for the new 660 foot bicycle and pedestrian bridge that will span Bayless Avenue.

A third area of focus is between Hoffmeister and Avenue I. Crews have removed debris and invasive plants on the soon-to-be restored emergent wetland. They are preparing the site for the new boardwalk and native plants that will enhance the native ecology and make the wetland a welcoming place for birds, bee’s and butterflies. Let’s hope the Farmer’s Almanac forecast for a “Polar Coaster” winter does not cause any further delay.

Bicycle and pedestrian path on MO 370 Discovery Bridge

Construction of the new protected bicycle and pedestrian path on the MO 370 Discovery Bridge is underway! When complete, there will be a concrete barrier separating people walking and biking from cars driving on 370. This will make it easier and safer for people to walk or ride across the river to connect to the Missouri Greenway: Earth City Levee and Bridgeton’s Riverwoods Park in St. Louis County and the Katy Trail and Boschert Greenway in St Charles County. Crews have removed the existing trail on the north side of the bridge and are working on the retaining walls for the new paved connection to the bridge. Construction is expected to be complete in Spring 2019. The City of St. Charles is the lead partner on the project along with East West Gateway, Missouri Department of Transportation, the City of Bridgeton and Great Rivers Greenway.

Katherine Ward Burg Garden

This half-acre plaza adjacent to the Eads Bridge—made possible by a generous estate donation from the Katherine W. Burg Trust—has been designed to be a welcoming open space to attract visitors north from the Arch grounds to Laclede’s Landing. The project was slated to break ground earlier this year, but was delayed due to some important upgrades to the electrical infrastructure in downtown St. Louis. We expect to get the green light to proceed later this fall and construction should take about nine months.

Maline Greenway

We are collaborating with the City of Ferguson on the plans for the next segment of the Maline Greenway that will link the Ted Jones Trail to Forestwood Park and then on to West Florissant Avenue. This will make it possible for people to walk, ride a bike, use a wheelchair or push a stroller to connect to neighborhoods, businesses, schools and parks via a paved, accessible greenway rather than navigating a narrow shoulder along a busy roadway. By connecting to the Ted Jones Trail, it also opens up a connection to the University of Missouri-St. Louis campus! Project partners are currently studying existing conditions and various intersection crossing options in order to develop final design plans for construction starting in 2022.

St. Vincent Greenway

We are finalizing plans to extend the St. Vincent Greenway an additional 0.75 mile from Trojan Park to the site of the former Eskridge High School in Wellston. The route will extend north from Trojan Park along Stephen Jones Avenue and west to the intersection of Plymouth and Sutter Avenues. The expanded greenway will include a small “pocket park” at Plymouth and Stephen Jones that will overlook new native plantings along the banks of Engeholm Creek. These native plants swill not only attract pollinators, but also help slow down and filter storm water before it enters the creek—not to mention be a lovely place to relax and enjoy some fresh air! Plans are nearing final design and our team is coordinating with utilities and securing necessary permits. We hope to break ground in summer of 2020 and expect the work to last about nine months.

Provide Your Feeback on the Maline Greenway!

Great Rivers Greenway is working with the City of Ferguson to plan, design and construct a new segment of the Maline Greenway from the Ted Jones Trail to West Florissant Avenue.

The goal is to build a paved greenway that will create an accessible connection through the City of Ferguson including improvements to existing sidewalks and street crossings.

The proposed 1.5 mile section of Maline Greenway would connect the Ted Jones Trail which begins at the University of Missouri St. Louis’ campus and ends near the intersection of St. Louis Avenue and Short Avenue.  From there, the greenway would travel along Paul Avenue and Ferguson Avenue to Forestwood Park, then continue on through the Park, re-constructing a segment of the existing loop trail within the park and finally continuing on to West Florissant Avenue.

This new section would connect residential and commercial areas as well as bus transit service along West Florissant Avenue, a principal arterial roadway to Forestwood Park, an important recreational destination.  The new trail also provides improved pedestrian and bicycle access between the businesses along Florissant Road and West Florissant Avenue, both important town centers and shopping and dining destinations.

Let us know what you think!  Complete the form below to provide your feedback about this project.




Deer Creek Greenway Update

Great Rivers Greenway is dedicated to our mission to make the St. Louis region a more vibrant place to live, work and play by developing a regional network of greenways. We collaborate with partners all around the region to fulfill the community’s vision for this network and we take our job of stewarding the taxpayers’ investment very seriously.

As you may know, we have been working with municipal partners on a project to connect Deer Creek Greenway from Deer Creek Park and shopping center through the cities of Maplewood and St. Louis to connect to the River des Peres Greenway. This project originated in 2004 and has had various alignments studied to determine feasibility over the past 14 years. In 2015, with supporting letters from the Cities of Maplewood and St. Louis and St. Louis County, Great Rivers Greenway successfully secured a $1.6 million federal grant for the northern route option.

When an alternate alignment (along the creek) showed signs of being feasible again in August 2017, Great Rivers Greenway met with the Maplewood City Council to discuss options. The community engagement process continued with a Maplewood public meeting in October, an online survey, an outreach event at the Schlafly Farmer’s Market in Maplewood in December, a community workshop at Maplewood City Hall in December and a neighborhood meeting in January in the City of St. Louis, the other municipal partner on this project. The community’s preference was for the northern alignment and we shared the full results of the engagement efforts with all project partners.

Maplewood City Council discussed the alignment options during several Council meetings and work sessions and had difficulty reaching consensus, reporting a stalemate after the February 13, 2018 Council meeting. The City of Maplewood later communicated preference for the northern route and provided a list of topics and concerns to explore, many of which were outside the scope and timeline of the original greenway project as described in the federal grant.

With these new topics for discussion, we determined the project was not ready to move forward as originally planned, so we declined the $1.6 million from East West Gateway Council of Governments to release this project from those deadlines.

While we declined the grant, we offered the City of Maplewood the opportunity to move forward in the future on a collaborative planning process to develop a new scope for the project along the greenway segment in Maplewood.  The City of Maplewood agreed to move forward and collaborate with us and the City of St. Louis on a feasibility study of the previously established northern route option. Together, we are exploring what’s feasible, what funding mechanisms are available, what is within the scope of a greenway project and what is a municipal issue for the City of Maplewood to address. It’s important to note that while we declined the original grant, this does not eliminate the possibility of applying for future grants for this project.

Engineers and other consultants, with community input, completed a safety evaluation of three intersections and developed design solutions that consider the needs of people walking, riding bikes or driving a car.  In Fall 2019, the results will be reviewed in detail by representatives of Union Pacific Railroad and the Federal Railroad Administration for those intersections that connect with the train tracks. The Maplewood City Council are reviewing the results of the study in August 2019, so project partners can all be informed as they work together to determine the scope, funding and timeline to move the project forward.

Archive of Open Houses/Community Meetings

Project partners hosted an Open House and Community Meeting on Wednesday November 14, 2018 at the Maplewood Fire house to share the potential intersection options.

From that 11.14.18 meeting:

At the November 2018 Open House, the community was asked to share feedback about each of the potential intersection options along the proposed greenway extension. Project partners captured this input and prepared a presentation (link below) detailing the community’s preferred option for each intersection along with cost estimates for each option.   On Thursday January 24, 2019, project partners hosted an Open House and Community Meeting at the Maplewood Fire House to share the community feedback.

From the 1.24.2019 meeting:

The community’s feedback about each of the intersection options will be utilized as we take the next steps in the development of this portion of the greenway. Planning and study efforts will include further analysis of the overall project including assessment of utilities, property ownership and environmental conditions. As always, we will keep you informed as this project evolves and we appreciate your continued input! Questions welcome anytime. Hope to see you out on the greenways or at a program or event soon.

Chouteau Greenway Press Kit 11.19.18

For full press release, maps and renderings in one PDF, click here.

Final Competition Report:


CHOUTEAU GREENWAY DESIGN COMPETITION COMPLETE; PROJECT PLANNING BEGINS WITH COMMUNITY INPUT

St. Louis, MO – Nov. 19, 2018 – Great Rivers Greenway and partners have completed the final phase of the International Design Competition for Chouteau Greenway, a 1-year public-private partnership to imagine a greenway focused on connectivity, economic opportunity, equity and sustainability in the City of St. Louis. A report published today details additions and refinements to the original conceptual plan submitted by the Stoss Landscape Urbanism team in April. The next phase of planning includes multiple engagement opportunities including recruiting additional neighborhood representation, input on the engagement plan itself and a community event in February.

The report shares a new mission/vision statement, “Chouteau Greenway will transform St. Louis by connecting people and our City’s most treasured places, creating inspiring experiences and equitable opportunities for growth”. More than just a free, accessible trail where people can exercise, commute or explore, the project’s goals include offering an exceptional experience to residents and tourists alike. The greenway aims to create dynamic, active spaces and serve as a regional gathering place that encourages collaboration and boosts civic pride.

Since being selected by the competition jury in May, the Stoss team, comprised of 13 firms or individuals from St. Louis as well as other cities, has been working with Great Rivers Greenway, partners and stakeholders to incorporate the feedback gathered during the competition into their concept. The next step is to create an overall framework plan, before beginning design and engineering on specific segments.

“This project is full of exciting opportunities and interesting challenges that will be a catalyst for new ideas; our team is looking forward to working with St. Louisans to find innovative solutions,” said Chris Reed, FASLA and Founding Director at Stoss Landscape Urbanism. “In our first six months, we will focus on studying routes, designing the look and feel of the greenway and proposing economic and equity plans for the project.”

When the framework is complete in Summer 2019, particular pieces of geography will be studied in projects called “labs” to test the framework and further design specific greenway segments. The map below show the routes to be studied throughout the area that stretches from Forest Park to Gateway Arch National Park and Tower Grove to Fairground Parks through 19 city neighborhoods.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In addition to Great Rivers Greenway and the Stoss team, the project will be led by a Steering Committee and Working Groups made up of residents, technical experts, City representatives and community leaders. In addition to the Community Advisory Committee formed last fall, Great Rivers Greenway now seeks six additional residents to ensure that each neighborhood in the areas to be studied is represented. Residents of Carr Square, Covenant Blu-Grand Center, Greater Ville, Jeff VanderLou, St. Louis Place and Tiffany neighborhoods are invited to sign up. Additionally, an Artists of Color Council was formed in July through an open call, hired to advise the local art and engagement components of the project.

“Chouteau Greenway is all about bringing people together to think differently about St. Louis,” said Susan Trautman, CEO of Great Rivers Greenway. “This process will have many voices working together to ultimately connect our city, creating opportunities for economic growth in an equitable way.”

The Stoss team will be collaborating with local consultant Vector Communications for Great Rivers Greenway’s civic engagement on the project. Anyone who lives, works, plays, learns or visits the area of the future Chouteau Greenway is invited to engage with the project in multiple ways including subscribing for email or text updates and attending a series of community events, the first of which is set for Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019.

“We will continue to connect with residents, businesses, students, community groups, property owners and other stakeholders,” said Shaughnessy H. Daniels, Community Engagement Manager for Great Rivers Greenway. “Please help us fill in our plan by sharing the groups, organizations or people we should know about – call us, stop by our office or find the form online.”

Details and sign-ups for all of those efforts, plus the end of the competition report, are available at www.ChouteauGreenway.org or by calling 314-436-7009.

About the Chouteau Greenway Design Competition:

The Chouteau Greenway Design Competition is a major public-private partnership to bring a long-time vision to life. The 1-year process is a transformational project to connect Washington University and Forest Park through our city to downtown and the Gateway Arch, with spurs north and south to connect our city’s vibrant neighborhoods, parks, business and arts districts, employment centers, transit and dozens of cultural and educational institutions. The Chouteau Greenway is part of the overall network of greenways being built by Great Rivers Greenway and partners. The competition is privately funded by Arch to Park, 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 Redevelopment Corporation, with the City of St. Louis as a major partner. For more information, visit www.ChouteauGreenway.org.

 

 

 

 

 

 

About Great Rivers Greenway:

Great Rivers Greenway is the public agency connecting the St. Louis region with greenways, with 125 miles built so far. St. Louisans decided to leave a legacy for future generations by investing in and connecting together some of our region’s best assets – rivers, parks and communities. A vote of the people in the year 2000 created a sales tax that allows us, with lots of partner and citizen input, to build, care for and bring to life the network of greenways, creating healthy habitats and watersheds along the way. Greenways help residents and visitors explore and enjoy the region and live life outside. For more information, visit www.GreatRiversGreenway.org.

About the Chouteau Greenway Artists of Color Council:

The Artists of Color Council is comprised of eight visual, literary and performing artists. Together, they have been hired to provide guidance on the Chouteau Greenway project. Pacia Anderson, Syrhea Conaway, Miles Dela Cruz, Tre’von Griffith, Chinyere E. Oteh, Sahara Sista S.O.L.S., Jerry Stewart and Diana Zeng were selected to provide guidance to Great Rivers Greenway and the Stoss team to design, promote and implement opportunities for local artists of color as part of the Chouteau Greenway, engaging the community along the way and ensuring that the art is representative and welcoming to the communities the Chouteau Greenway serves. Many thanks to the Whitaker Foundation for their support of the Artists of Color Council. More information at www.GreatRiversGreenway.org/AOCC.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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