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Taxpayer dollars, stimulus funds to support Arch bike trail

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By Lakisha Jackson By Lakisha Jackson

(KMOV) – St. Louis will become more bike friendly, but your tax dollars will pay for it.

Metro Transit learned on Thursday that it will be receiving a $1 million federal grant to connect bike trails along the riverfront.

The federal money isn’t expected to create jobs, but it might help with safety for cyclists. The plan is to connect bike trails north and south of the Arch grounds.

The trail would connect Biddle Street to Chouteau Avenue – that’s a mile and a half.

Dianne Williams of Metro says it’s a good use of taxpayer dollars. “
There was a national competition, and this region has been working for the past 20 years to get bike trails in and throughout the region,” says Williams.

Metro won the money through a federal program called Transit in Parks. Part of the funds will be used to revamp the road.

When asked if the project will create jobs, Williams says it’s at much job retention as job creation. “By improving the riverfront, you do bring more attractions downtown. You bring more people downtown, so it is an economic stimulus,” says Williams.

Metro says construction could begin as early as spring.

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