Friday, August 12, 2011

Clay Announces $2 Million Federal Transportation Grant to Begin Engineering and Planning for the Gateway Arch Connector

Press release:
Big Win for Downtown St. Louis Will Spur Arch Grounds Redevelopment

WASHINGTON, DC-Congressman Wm. Lacy Clay (D) Missouri announced today that the U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial (the Gateway Arch) a $2 million grant to begin engineering and planning for the long-awaited pedestrian connector that will link the Arch grounds with downtown St. Louis.

“This is a big win for downtown St. Louis that I was proud to support,” said the Congressman. “We have been talking about building a lid to connect the Arch grounds to the rest of downtown for more than two decades. This $2 million grant will fund the first step in that long-anticipated project. It will also give the entire Arch grounds redevelopment project a big boost. As the Congressman who has the honor of representing the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial in Washington, I will do everything in my power to help provide the resources needed to complete the project in time for the 50th anniversary in 2015."

The $2 million DOT grant was awarded under the Public Lands Highways Discretionary (PLHD) Program. The (PLHD) provides funding for transportation planning, research, and engineering and construction of, highways, roads, parkways, and transit facilities that are within, adjacent to, Federal public lands, including national parks, refuges, forests, recreation areas, and grasslands. The program is administered by the Federal Highway Administrations Federal Lands Highway Office.

1 comment:

  1. I wish they would use this money to tear down the soon-to-be redundant I-70 and restore the downtown grid up to the arch grounds.