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$20 Million TIGER III Funding to Jump Start CityArchRiver 2015 Project
U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill stated, "The grant is a very important first piece of many pieces yet to come to create a new vision of what the Arch can mean to Missouri." Joining McCaskill for the announcement of the $20 million TIGER grant: (L - R) Congressman Russ Carnahan; Congressman Wm. Lacey Clay; St. Louis Mayor Francis G. Slay; MoDOT Director Kevin Keith; U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood; U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar; Tom Bradley, Superintendent, Jefferson National Expansion Memorial; and, Peggy O'Dell, Deputy Director, National Park Service.
by Bob Moore, SLFP.com
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), December 21, 2011 - Last week, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced that it was awarding a $20 million Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant to the Missouri Department of Transportation for funding for "roadway improvements along the I-70 corridor road system in St. Louis" including a key component of the CityArchRiver plan, a pedestrian land bridge over I-70 connecting the Old Courthouse, Luther Ely Smith Square and the Gateway Arch grounds.
The grant comes with a local match of $25 million from the Missouri Department of Transportation and $10 million privately from the CityArchRiver 2015 Foundation, which agreed to provide $1 for every $2 provided by USDOT.
Today, Federal and local officials gathered in the rotunda of the Historic Old Courthouse in downtown St. Louis to officially announce the grant.
Mayor Francis G. Slay enthusiastically remarked that the project has been a number one development priority for the entire St. Louis community.
"The city of St. Louis is really fortunate to have both an urban downtown and lush green Archgrounds. However, they are separated by an Interstate highway that is both a physical and psychological barrier to the downtown and Archgrounds. Today's announcement helps us to be well on our way to fixing that problem," stated the Mayor.
U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill briefly summarized years of working on the project, including many trips to the Arch grounds. "This grant is a very important first piece of many pieces yet to come to create a new vision of what the Arch can mean to Missouri."
This is the creation of what will be a model of a great urban park for America, observed U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar. "We have slated it as one of our 100 most important conservation projects in the country under the Department of Interior and under the President's America's Great Outdoors agenda," he said.
The award process for the TIGER grant was extremely competitive. The Department of Transportation received 848 applications from all 50 states, Puerto Rico and Washington D.C. Only 46 projects made the cut, including the St. Louis Arch grounds project.
U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood stated that "We have $500 million, thanks to our friends in Congress, who see the value of allowing people to come forward with creative, innovative ideas, knowing that there has to be a substantial match of funding. This is the third round. We had $14 billion worth of requests for that money," he acknowledged.
"This project will create jobs that will put friends and neighbors from this region to work," said LaHood. "That's what the TIGER program is all about. We are announcing today a $20 million allocation for this project, which we believe really jump starts the opportunity to see this all the way to completion."
"We only did four $20 million projects, St. Louis got one of the four," LaHood emphasized. "I don't know if there is a better holiday or Christmas gift for St. Louis."
The crowd laughed and applaused loudly in response.
"Thanks for the gift," quickly replied Congressman Wm. Lacy Clay, whose district includes the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial. "Together, we will work to reinvigorate one of America's greatest destinations."
MoDOT Director Kevin Keith commented that the grant would allow MoDOT to build a whole new approach to the Arch grounds. "We will be redoing streets and access. This is just a start, but this "lid" will be done way in time for the Arch's 50th celebration in 2015."
Congressman Russ Carnahan added that he would like to see other infrastructure improvements happen around this big idea. "I will also be so happy to stop calling this the 'depressed section.'"
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St. Louis Gateway Arch
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com) - The Jefferson National Expansion Memorial Park was established on the banks of the Mississippi River, on December 21, 1935, to commemorate the westward growth of the United States between 1803 and 1890. Cost for the $30 million national monument was shared by the federal government and the City of St. Louis.
The park features the Gateway Arch, designed by architect Eero Saarinen who won the design competition in 1947. The stainless steel structure rises 630 feet high from a 60-foot foundation and spans 630 feet at ground level. Its classic weighted catenary curve sways 1/2" - 1" in 20 mph wind. The Arch weighs 17,246 tons. Nine hundred tons of stainless steel was used to build the Arch, more than any other project in history. Construction on the nation's tallest memorial, built at a cost of $13 million began February 12, 1963 with the "topping out" on October 28, 1965. It was dedicated in 1966.
The floor plan of the Underground Visitor Center follows a circular pattern with galleries depicting a 100-year span of westward expansion and the Tucker Theatre. Additional attractions include two passenger trams to the observation room at the top and the Museum of Westward Expansion.
Visitors to the Gateway Arch can step back in time and savor the past at Levee Mercantile. The 1870s style riverfront general store is located in the Visitor Center beneath the Arch. Many food products selected for Levee Mercantile feature Missouri artisans who use traditional recipes and time-honored production methods.
Monument to the Dream - A documentary film by Charles Guggenheim on the construction of the Arch is shown daily in the Tucker Theatre. Large screen movies are shown on the Arch's Odyssey Theatre's four story high screen featuring a 70 mm projection system and THX Sound.
Summer hours - 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day Weekend. Arch trams will run daily starting at 8:30 a.m. and ending at 9:10 p.m. Trams to the top of the Arch leave at least every 10 minutes.
Winter hours - 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., seven days a week from the day after Labor Day until the Saturday of Memorial Day Weekend. Arch trams will run daily starting at 9:20 am and ending at 5:10 pm. Trams to the top of the Arch leave at least every 10 minutes.
The Arch is closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.
Accessibility at Gateway Arch - The Arch lobby and Museum of Westward Expansion are accessible by ramps located throughout the building. The Tucker Theater and Odyssey Theatre are both accessible to visitors using wheelchairs. Wheelchairs are available for loan on a first-come, first-served basis (inquire at information desk). Wheelchairs or strollers are not allowed at the top of the Gateway Arch.
Tram tickets: $10 adults (16 & older); $5 children (3 - 15)
Movie Tickets: $7 adults (16 & older); $2.50 children (3 - 15).
Tram & 1 Movie: $14 adults (16 & older); $7.50 children (3 - 15)
Tram & 2 Movies: $18 adults (16 & older); $10 children (3 - 15)
2 Movies: $11 adults (16 & older); $5 children (3 - 15)
Each adult tram ticket includes a $3.00 National Park entrance fee. For more information or reservations, call 314-982-1410.
St. Louis Historic Old Cathedral
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com) - The St. Louis' historic Old Cathedral, known officially as the Basilica of Saint Louis, King of France, is one of the world's most honored churches. It stands on a tiny plot on the downtown riverfront near the south leg of the Gateway Arch. The original log chapel was dedicated over 200 years ago in 1770.
In 1961, the most important honor ever afforded any American church was handed down by His Holiness, the late Pope John XXIII, who decreed Basilican status upon the church. An intensive rehabilitation program on the appearance of the Old Cathedral was completed in 1963.
Visitors can see the tomb of Bishop Joseph Rosati, builder of the present Old Cathedral building, paintings dating back to the late 1700's and a dramatic series of Arteaga photos at the Old Cathedral Museum. For more information, call 314-231-3250.
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