Bike/Ped Improvements Proposed for St. Louis’ Gateway Arch

St. Louis and the National Park Service have unveiled five proposals to revitalize the St Louis riverfront area including the Gateway Arch.

The five proposals are the finalists in a competition designed to uncover the best plan for improving the area.

All the proposals include significant improvements to bicycle & pedestrian access in the area, which includes both the Missouri and Illinois sides of the river.

Currently, streets with heavy traffic and the I-70 corridor cut off the Gateway Arch grounds from the rest of downtown St Louis, making it difficult and even dangerous for pedestrians and bicyclists to travel between the two areas, which are separated by only a few yards.

According to the St. Louis Public Radio Story:

"Really what we want to do is create a full-circle path that people can engage," said Spade, "not only from downtown St. Louis, but to go all the way around to the east side and enjoy the views back to the Arch and all the new activities that we've designed for the east side."

Alex Ihnen is a member of the community stakeholder organization, City to River. His group has been an outspoken advocate of removing the portion of Interstate 70 ...