MoDOT recently announced plans to convert the Pine Street Bridge to a pedestrian and bicycle access link to the Arch grounds at a public meeting on the Park Over the Highway project, part of the overall CityArchRiver 2015 plan. The bridge will serve as a piece of the larger plan currently underway to provide needed safe access to the Arch grounds.
The Pine Street Bridge currently carries vehicles and pedestrians from downtown to northbound Memorial Drive and the Arch grounds. Since that portion of Memorial Drive will be converted to green space, the bridge is no longer needed for vehicles. Together with the Park Over the Highway, a one-block landscaped bridge connecting the Old Courthouse to the Arch, the Pine Street Bridge will help to join St. Louis with its most famous landmark. . These changes will provide safe access to the Arch grounds while improving traffic flow in downtown St. Louis which are core objectives of the CityArchRiver 2015 plan. The decision to keep the Pine Street Bridge for pedestrians was based on public input and collaboration between project partners.
Upon completion, a total of 5.4 miles of new multipurpose pathways in and around the Arch grounds will be in place for public use. For more information on the CityArchRiver 2015 project visit the Plan and Scope page