The Great Rivers Greenway and St. Louis County Parks project reached a significant milestone with the placement of two new pedestrian bridges. In late July, contractors placed a 70 foot bridge over the creek that flows from the mouth of Cliff Cave. A 210 foot bridge, one of the longest single span pedestrian bridges in the St. Louis region, was installed over Cliff Cave Road.
The bridges, along with the two miles of new paved trails currently in progress, will provide an ADA accessible connection between the upper portion of Cliff Cave County Park and the existing 4.6 miles of paved trails that run through the lower portion of the park. When complete, greenway visitors will also be able to access a new Mississippi River overlook which is now under construction.
“Thanks to the dry weather, our crews have made great progress in Cliff Cave Park. It’s exciting to know that people of all abilities will soon be able to experience the park’s unique geography and sweeping views,” says Great Rivers Greenway Project Manager Megan Riechmann.
The greenway project will also provide increased access to Cliff Cave County Park to people residing in surrounding neighborhoods. 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 in Cliff Cave County Park is expected to last through the end of the year.