Arch project gets good news

Arch project gets good news

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The Gateway Arch is seen in this April 14, 2012 photo in St. Louis, Missouri on a sunny Sunday afternoon. AFP PHOTO / Karen BLEIER (Photo credit should read KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)

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Posted on February 21, 2013 at 8:37 AM

Updated Friday, Oct 11 at 11:51 PM

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The $380 million project to redevelop the Gateway Arch grounds and the area of downtown St. Louis around the Arch is getting a boost from an unexpected cost savings.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that a “lid” to be built over Interstate 70 to better connect the Arch to the rest of downtown was originally expected to cost $47 million. Construction starts this summer.

But engineers discovered that concrete walls that hold the earth away from the highway don’t need to be torn out and rebuilt after all. That saves $11 million.

That cost-saving will allow for redevelopment of Leonor K. Sullivan Boulevard, the street that runs in front of the Arch. Plans call for raising the street 2 ½ feet and adding bicycle and pedestrian paths.

 

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