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.
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 entire 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.
At the request of MoDOT, the project has been divided into two phases. Phase 1 is from Orlando’s to Hoffmeister (2,200 feet of greenway & trailhead) and will be funded without federal dollars. Construction on phase 1 began in September 2017 and is expected to last about eight months. The trailhead at Orlando’s Event and Conference Center on Hoffmeister is closed throughout construction. You are unable to enter or exit the greenway at this location. Click here for more information about the project and alternate parking locations.
Phase 2 will pick up at Hoffmeister and make the connection to the River des Peres Greenway and will be a federal project. Designs will be completed in 2018, and we hope to bid in spring 2018. Phase 2 will take approximately 12-16 months to construct. Stay tuned for more updates!
We are continuing to seek additional funding opportunities as we work towards final construction documents for phase 2.
Gravois Greenway Open House Archive:
A community open house to review the latest plans and get input from citizens was held on Tuesday April 25, 2017 at Orlando’s Event and Conference Center. We had a great crowd and gathered important feedback!
Click here to view or download the PDF of the fact sheet about this project.
Click here to view or download a PDF of the presentation given at the Open House.
Click here to view or download a PDF of the display boards shown at the Open House.