Arch grounds project completion date later than planned -

Arch grounds project completion date later than planned

ST. LOUIS ( –  The completion date for the Arch grounds project may be pushed back a few years as another groundbreaking for the overhaul of the Gateway Arch is set to take place downtown Thursday afternoon.

The project was originally slated to be done in 2015, when the city will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the building of the Arch, but now it seems the project will not be completed until 2017.

Ryan McClure, with CityArchRiver 2015, told News 4 it looks like most of the landscaping projects will be finished in 2016 and the museum will not be ready until 2017.

“As we’ve said, we’ve staged this project in a way that’s going to be a high quality project that we are all proud of,” Ryan McClure said.

Thursday’s groundbreaking, at the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial at 12:30 p.m., will be led by the National Park Service.

The $380 million project includes wide-ranging improvements such as the construction of a park-like area over Interstate 70, bridging the Arch area with the rest of downtown, landscaping improvements, rerouted roads and other work funded by both public and private money.

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