There are several greenway projects moving forward across the region. Here is the latest update:
St. Vincent Greenway
We are working with many partners to close the gap on the northern and southern sections of the St. Vincent Greenway. We’ll complete the connection in three phases. Phase 1 is underway and phase 2 will break ground in early summer!
St. Vincent County Park to Rock Road Transit Center (Phase 1): Construction on this .83 mile section of greenway is underway! It will run parallel to St. Charles Rock Road with a direct connection to the Rock Road Transit Center and St. Vincent County Park. It is being built as part of Missouri Department of Transportation’s improvements to St. Charles Rock Road in partnership with St. Louis County Parks and Bi-State Metro. Watch a “tour” of the project below!
Trojan Park to former Eskridge High School Site (Phase 2): This will extend the greenway an additional .53 miles from its current endpoint at Trojan Park on Etzel Avenue to the site of the former Eskridge High school in Wellston. Plans are complete and we’ll break ground on the .53 mile expansion from Trojan Park in early summer 2021 once final permits are completed.
Eskridge High School Site to St. Charles Rock Road through Pagedale (Phase 3): Thanks to the input and feedback from the Pagedale community, in early 2020 we identified the route for the greenway from the former Eskridge High School to St. Charles Rock Road. We are working through the design phase to develop technical construction documents to prepare the project for future construction in 2022 We applied for federal funding (Surface Transportation Program) for this project to leverage sales tax investment in this new greenway. If awarded, it would impact the proposed timeline of the project. Stay tuned for updates!
Mississippi Greenway: Kiener Plaza Visitor Services & Maintenance Building
Work on the new Visitor Services & Maintenance Building on Kiener Plaza is ready to begin. The building will include a workspace for on-site security and provide storage and support space for events and maintenance. We are also partnering with Explore St. Louis and the Jefferson National Parks Association to provide visitor information as well as some St. Louis gifts and goodies for purchase. Work on the new building is expected to be complete by fall 2021.
Centennial Greenway: Christy Drive to Hackmann Drive (St. Charles County)
This project will extend the Centennial Greenway: Katy Trail to Heritage Museum in St. Charles County to Schaefer Park. It will also set the stage for future greenway connections that will make it possible to walk or ride a bike on dedicated walking and biking paths all the way from the St. Peters Rec-Plex to the Katy Trail. In 2019, community members weighed in on proposed routes and amenities for the greenway. We will also be adding wayfinding signs along the planned Centennial Greenway project that is being constructed by the City of St. Peters which extends from Hackmann Road to Spencer Creek Trail adjacent to Harvester Church of the Nazarene. Design is in progress and expected to be bid for construction in 2021-2022.
Mississippi Greenway: Old Chain of Rocks Bridge
Since 2019, we have been working with partners, neighbors and community members to plan and design a new vision for the area surrounding the Missouri entrance to the historic Old Chain of Rocks Route 66 Bridge. The design team considered this community feedback to develop the just-completed intermediate plans, specifications and cost estimates. Plans for the 16-acre site include new security features, parking, picnic and gathering areas and landscape improvements. Fundraising is ongoing and we will launch construction when funding is complete. In the meantime, we are investigating actions we can take now to get a head start on the restoration of the site’s meadow. We have also applied for federal funding through the Land & Water Conservation Fund—no word on that just yet. Stay tuned for more updates.
Deer Creek Greenway: Deer Creek Connector
We are working with the City of Brentwood to plan, design and construct a connection between the Deer Creek Greenway at Marshall Road and Brentwood’s Norm West Park and Rogers Parkway. This project is a part of the city’s $80 million Brentwood Bound storm water mitigation plan for the Deer Creek flood plain and will incorporate numerous water quality, stream bank, restoration and open space features, as well as an underpass below Manchester Road for a seamless connection for people walking and biking. Construction of the stormwater mitigation project is well underway, including earthwork necessary to build Norm West Park improvements and the Deer Creek Greenway extension. Greenway construction is expected to begin summer 2021, with completion in 2022.
Dardenne Greenway: Cottleville
Construction on a .3 mile extension of Dardenne Greenway, from the intersection of Weiss Road and former Route N to the Warren Cottle Trail in Cottleville began in late 2020. Demolition, earthwork and utility relocation is currently in progress and the project is expected to be complete later this year, providing additional connections via the Warren Cottle Trail to Vantage Lake, Legacy Park and the 1.1 mile greenway along Route N west of Weiss Road.