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News 4 Investigates: Downtown St. Louis entryway neglected, overlooked

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Downtown St. Louis entryway before clean up (Credit: KMOV) Downtown St. Louis entryway before clean up (Credit: KMOV)

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) – When the Stan Musial Memorial Bridge was built, the span of Tucker Boulevard right off Interstate 70 was redone to create a more visually appealing entryway into Downtown St. Louis. However, the landscaping fell into disrepair and now visitors have been greeted with a dilapidated mess.
About a month ago, the medians were filled with trash, the trees had been knocked over, the landscaping was dead, and weeds had grown to be waist-high.
Todd Walterman, Director of Operations for the City of St. Louis, admitted that they dropped the ball. Not only did Walterman admit to the neglect, but he said they were not even aware that much of Tucker, which was part of a $34 million overhaul in 2014, had fallen into disarray.

“It was forgotten about. There were portions of it that were forgotten about absolutely, absolutely little portions that didn’t show up on the register.”

After News 4 made Walterman aware of the neglect, there have been big changes. City crews have mowed, weeded, and removed dead trees and landscaping.

Walterman said staying on top of the maintenance is not easy. He welcomes any group or corporate partner that wants to discuss maintaining Tucker the same way corporate partners currently maintain parts of Kingshighway through the Central West End.

Walterman is hopeful that with the NGA coming the area will continue to get an overall boost. 

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