Brickline Greenway Awarded $9.9 Million from USDOT

March 16, 2024|


USDOT to match local funds to build a greenway bridge between I-64/40 decks at Spring Street

ST. LOUIS, Mo. – The Brickline Greenway has taken a crucial step forward, with support from U.S. Rep. Cori Bush

The United States Dept. of Transportation has awarded Great Rivers Greenway $9.9 million in construction funding as part of its Reconnecting Communities and Neighborhoods Program.

This is one-half of the total projected construction cost for the future greenway bridge for people walking, running, using a wheelchair, pushing a stroller or riding a bicycle. Great Rivers Greenway will fund the balance with local tax dollars and private gifts from donors such as the Berges Family Foundation.

“This greenway bridge will be the hub where the north, south, east and west Brickline Greenway routes come together,” said Susan Trautman, CEO of Great Rivers Greenway. “Creating access for everyone and leveraging local tax dollars and private philanthropy with federal dollars is a win for all.”

The project area is in the Midtown area of St. Louis City, spanning from Laclede Avenue south on Spring Street and across Forest Park Avenue past City Foundry. A new greenway bridge will stretch above the eastbound lanes and below the westbound lanes of I-64/40, bridging through the current barrier created by the interstate to the Grand MetroLink Station and Armory District on the other side, offering easier access for nearby destinations along the way. This portion of the greenway will link into a separate Brickline Greenway project connecting the Grand MetroLink Station to the Cortex MetroLink Station, creating more access and options for residents and visitors alike.

“Every person and community deserves healthy and safe transit options,” said Bush. “This greenway bridge will improve connectivity between our neighborhoods and help create a more pedestrian, mass transit and bike-friendly St. Louis for everyone. I am so happy to have supported this project and that our office could help make this funding possible.”

Partners include the City of St. Louis, private developments and Missouri Dept. of Transportation. The two public agencies are aligning schedules with the reconstruction of the eastbound I-64 bridge over Vandeventer Avenue in 2027 and 2028 to minimize disruption for community members.

“This is a unique opportunity to create more transportation options for everyone. As MoDOT moves forward with potential improvements on I-64 in this area, we will continue to work with our partners on the Brickline Greenway,” said Tom Blair, MoDOT St. Louis district engineer.


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