I-44 Ramp at Walnut St. to Close This Weekend
The Missouri Department of Transportation will close the ramp from eastbound I-44 to Walnut this weekend. Crews will close the ramp (Exit 291B) into downtown at 9 a.m. Friday, July 25 so crews can remove the remainder of the old ramp from the Poplar St. More »
NPS Announces Preferred
National Park Service Announces Preferred Alternative
ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Jefferson National Expansion Memorial Superintendent Tom Bradley today announced the agency's preferred alternative for the park's General Management Plan. Alternative #3: Program Expansion calls for revitalizing the Memorial by expanding programming, facilities and partnerships. A design competition would be held to generate ideas for programmatic revitalization of the Memorial grounds in an area bounded by the North and South Reflecting Ponds, Memorial Drive, Washington Avenue, Poplar Street, and Luther Ely Smith Square. The look of the Memorial grounds could be changed, according to Bradley, "so long as those changes are compatible with and respect the grounds' status as a National Historic Landmark. The final design entries will undergo environmental and historic preservation review by the National Park Service, prior to final approval by the agency."
The preferred alternative, two other action alternatives as well as a no action alternative will now be fully analyzed as part of the draft General Management Plan/Environmental Impact Statement to be released for public comment in January 2009. At that time, the public will have another opportunity to comment before the planning process is complete and a Record of Decision is signed by the agency next summer.
More detailed descriptions of the alternatives are available electronically by following the General Management Plan link at www.nps.gov/jeff
Did You Know?
On September 10, 1804 on Cedar Island, in South Dakota, William Clark discovered the fossilized remains of the ribs, backbone and teeth of a plesiosaur. Plesiosaurs were animals who lived at the same time as the dinosaurs, but swam rather than walking on land. Clark thought it was a giant fish bone! More...