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BJC Expansion
Renderings of new traditional intersection at Kingshighway and Forest Park near the Barnes-Jewish north expansion, courtesy BJC Healthcare
Construction on New Intersection at Kingshighway and Forest Park Near BJC to Begin December 5
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), December 4, 2016 - A project to create a traditional intersection at Forest Park Parkway and Kingshighway is slated to begin December 5.

Forest Park Parkway west of Kingshighway will close to through traffic for up to a year. Local traffic west of the construction will be maintained. Detours will be marked. Contractors will keep Kingshighway open in both directions. The existing Kingshighway bridge over Forest Park Parkway will be left in place and filled underneath.

In a release, June Fowler, BJC senior vice president communications and marketing, stated, "The configuration of Kingshighway and Forest Park Parkway does not lend itself to easy and safe navigation for patients and families seeking to access this part of the campus. This much-improved intersection is an integral component in the renewal of the medical campus and will provide a new front door to the Central West End and medical center from the west."

Safety near the Euclid intersection is a concern that should see relief when the new intersection is completed. Today, faster eastbound traffic emerging from beneath Kingshighway mixes with slower eastbound vehicles. The volume of pedestrians crossing Forest Park Parkway adds to the already tenuous situation.

A related project just west of Kingshighway will reconstruct the Forest Park Parkway bridge over the MetroLink tracks. That construction will be overseen by the city.

In August 2017, the Barnes-Jewish north expansion will open, substantially increasing the volume of patient care on the north end of the campus. The new intersection will help to reduce confusion, improving access to the medical center as well as the Central West End neighborhood.

The $10 million project is funded with a $2.5 million federal grant (for the MetroLink bridge portion), $5 million from BJC and $2.5 million from Washington University School of Medicine. The project is expected to be completed summer 2017.


First Artic Plunge December 2016
Rendering of forecast courtesy Accuweather.com
Polar Plunge to Grip St. Louis Area
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), December 4, 2016 - The coldest and most far-reaching arctic blast so far this season will spread across the majority of the contiguous United States this week.

Frigid air from the depths of the Arctic will plunge into the United States as the jet stream (a fast-river of air along which storms travel) drops southward. The coldest days of next week will yield highs and lows of generally 10-20 degrees Fahrenheit below normal from the Northwest and Rockies to the Gulf and East coasts.

The arctic blast will first chill the Northwest this weekend before spreading to the south and east as the week progresses. The northern Rockies and northern Plains will face multiple days of highs in the single digits and teens. Subfreezing highs will then spread to the central Plains, Great Lakes and interior Northeast.

"Afternoon high temperatures in cities like Kansas City and St. Louis will only be in the 20s late in the week, while some places in the Dakotas may have a day or two where the temperature does not even get above zero," stated AccuWeather Meteorologist Brian Thompson.

"For many places in the East, temperatures on Friday will be lower than at any point during last year's unusually warm December."

"To add insult to injury, gusty winds will accompany the arctic chill, which will produce AccuWeather RealFeel® Temperatures that are below zero for a time in most areas north of Interstate 70," Thompson said. Residents will need make sure they are sufficiently bundled up before heading outdoors and make sure animals have proper shelter.


State Board of Education Upgrades Riverview Gardens School District
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), December 4, 2016 - The State Board of Education has upgraded the accreditation status of the Riverview Gardens School District.

In a statement, Governor Nixon, said, "Today's decision by the State Board of Education to upgrade the accreditation status of the Riverview Gardens School District is a reflection of all the hard work of many people. That starts at the top with Superintendent Dr. Scott Spurgeon and his vision for moving Riverview Gardens forward. The credit also should go to the teachers and staff in the district schools, as well as the students and parents of the district. And finally, this would not have been possible without the ongoing support of the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, as well as the other school districts in the St. Louis region that provided a wide array of services and support to Riverview Gardens to help it succeed."

"This was a concerted effort that was not easy. My congratulations to Superintendent Dr. Spurgeon and his team, teachers, students, and everyone at Riverview Gardens for achieving this milestone, and my best wishes for their continued success."

"We've put a record amount of money in our K-12 classrooms, and raised standards. I'm proud of the fact that on the 2016 Annual Performance Report to measure the progress of our public schools, none of Missouri's 517 school districts received an APR score in the unaccredited range - even though the learning standards have become more rigorous and comprehensive."


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