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Revitalizing St. Louis Arch will increase access, create jobs

Revitalizing St. Louis Arch will increase access, create jobs

Since the iconic Gateway Arch opened nearly 50 years ago, its grounds have been separated from downtown St. Louis by Interstate 70. Today, it was a pleasure to join my Cabinet colleague Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill, and St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay in breaking ground on a project that will finally connect this famous landmark with the rest of downtown.

When completed, the "Park Over The Highway" project that began today will be source of national pride for years to come.

Everyone knows that when you’re in St. Louis, you have to see the Arch. And that’s why it’s so important that residents and tourists alike can enjoy the riverfront safely and with ease—whether they are in a car, on foot or on a bike.

This project reminds us that, yes, we can come together; we can invest in our future; and we can build the roads, bridges and bike paths that improve our quality of life.

Beofer and after image with photo of Arch today and rendering of Arch in 2015
The Arch today (left) with rendering of the Park Over The Highway in 2015

DOT was proud to provide a $20 million TIGER grant to kick-start the CityArchRiver 2015 (CAR 2015) project. It's one of the largest TIGER grants awarded to Missouri, and for good reason. CAR 2015 is going to make a real difference in St. Louis—reducing congestion, improving access to the Arch and downtown, and ensuring safety for pedestrians, cyclists and drivers alike. 

At the same time, it’s going to generate economic growth along the river, and it’s going to put people to work.

The Gateway Arch, part of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, is a celebration of America’s pioneering spirit.

Today we celebrate the persistence of that same spirit in our ability to look beyond the difficulties of today and see the possibility in tomorrow.

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Lived in St. Louis for several years and must say this is what keeps residents feeling like their at home.