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KIngshighway Viaduct Reopens After Two Year Renovation
On Saturday, May 13, 2017, city officials hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony to reopen four lanes on the KIngshighway Viaduct to traffic.
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), May 14, 2017 - It's been years in the planning to rebuild the deterioirating Kingshighway bridge over the Union Pacific Railroad tracks between Southwest/Vandeventer and Shaw Boulevard.
On Saturday, May 13, 2017, city officials hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony to reopen four lanes on the bridge to traffic.
Two years ago, on Monday, July 6, 2015, nearly 40,000 vehicles a day were rerouted when the crumbling, graffiti-covered, 75-year-old concrete viaduct was closed for renovation.
The total cost of the project was $21 million in design, land acquisition, and construction, funded by the Federal Highway Administration and Union Pacific Railroad.
When completed this summer, the new viaduct will have three lanes in each direction and five-foot sidewalks on each side of the roadway with concrete barriers between the sidewalks and the roadway. The new roadway is 90 feet wide within the existing 100 foot right-of-way. The side roads leading to Daggett Avenue and to the UPRR tracks have been eliminated.
Shaw Blvd., east of Kingshighway, has been shifted to the south, and a south-bound turn lane added to Kingshighway to allow left turns onto east-bound Shaw. Aesthetic features consistent with the adjoining neighborhoods wil be incorporated into the bridge railings and lighting fixtures.
Contractor Kozeny-Wagner, Inc. performed work around Union Pacific Railroad's schedule so as not to disrupt major cargo transportation throughout the region. The bridge was removed in small sections and hauled away from the project area.
Although the project was scheduled to be open last December, residents and local businesses on The Hill are excited to see the bridge reopen to traffic.
State Legislature Overturns the City's Minimum Wage Bill
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), May 14, 2017 - On Friday, the state legislature overturned the City of St. Louis' minimum wage bill by preempting all cities from enacting their own minimum wage.
The ordinance setting the City's minimum wage at $10 took effect May 5. The Circuit Court had lifted its injunction that previously blocked the ordinance from becoming law. Beginning January 1, 2018, the minimum wage was slated to rise to $11.
In a statement, newly elected Mayor Lyda Krewson, said: "The state has preempted cities from enacting laws on many issues, including guns, cold medicine and now our minimum wage.
Every city and town in our state does not have the same issues, needs or economy. A big city frequently has different problems than a very small one.
This is a setback for working families. $7.70 is not enough. I will work with others to get an increase in the minimum wage on the ballot since our state legislature won't address it."
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