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Lane narrowing project in south St. Louis raising concerns for residents

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Residents in the Lindenwood Park neighberhoof say a newly renovated stretch of Wabash Avenue is doing more harm than good. (Credit: KMOV) Residents in the Lindenwood Park neighberhoof say a newly renovated stretch of Wabash Avenue is doing more harm than good. (Credit: KMOV)
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Residents in the Lindenwood Park neighborhood say a newly renovated stretch of Wabash Avenue is doing more harm than good.

Great Rivers Greenway in connection with the City of St. Louis is working to expand the River des Peres Greenway and part of that project meant a narrowing of Wabash Avenue.

The first half of the project was completed last week, with southbound lane of Wabash Avenue opening up after they narrowed it from two lanes to one.

“It’s just a disaster waiting to happen,” believes Steve Chestnut, a resident of the area for 25 years.

The problem expressed by some is that the lane is simply too narrow, as is the parking lane.

“People are parking their cars up on the greenway because they’re scared of getting their cars hit,” said Chestnut.

Another resident, Tony Corso, has voiced his complaints to Great Rivers Greenway.

“You have taken an entire lane of traffic away but you build brand new 15 foot medians that have absolutely no use with the exception of beautification,” he wrote in a letter to the organization.

In response, a spokesperson said the point of the large medians is two-fold, one for beautification, but also to help with storm water runoff.

Anne Milford, a spokesperson for Great Rivers Greenway acknowledges they’ve received several complaints since the first phase was complete.

“It will take some getting used to,” she said in a phone conversation.

The northbound lane will remain two lanes and the second part of the project will be completed by the end of the year. According to Great Rivers Greenway, idea behind the project is to extend the paved River des Peres Greenway 1.8 miles and in turn increase safety for everyone who uses the roadway.

There were several meetings held for the neighborhood to learn more about the project but neighbors who spoke to News 4 say this was not what they were promised.

“As an avid cyclist I understand the need to make St. Louis a more bike friendly city but this is an epic fail,” said Corso.

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