Thanks to the dry weather, construction crews are making progress on the greenway expansion in Cliff Cave Park! Work is underway on the new overlook and contractors are grading the route for the paved connection that will link the upper and lower sections of the park. The week of July 10, crews installed the first of two greenway bridges that will make the park more accessible for everyone.
A second bridge was installed over Cliff Cave Road on July 31. At 210 feet, it is one of the the longest single span pedestrian bridges in the St. Louis region. Cliff Cave County Park will be closed through August 3 so crews can complete the installation of the new bridge. Beginning July 31, Cliff Cave Road near England Town Road will be reduced to one travel lane to allow for the completion of utility work beneath the roadway. A flagger will be stationed in the area to assist with traffic during active construction.
Both bridges are pivotal elements of the greenway expansion. The smaller bridge will safely take people on foot or bike over the creek that flows from the mouth of Cliff Cave. The longer span will connect both sides of the park to the new overlook atop the bluff. It will also offer sweeping views and a paved path for walking, jogging, pushing a stroller, riding a bike or using a wheelchair to explore the park.
Following the review of a safety analysis, project partners are moving forward with a planned neighborhood connection into the park at Telegraph and Erb roads. This connection will allow people to walk, jog, push a stroller, ride a bike or use a wheelchair to access the park without driving a car.
Construction is expected to last through the end of the year.
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