Archive for May, 2010

Boulevards Move 50,000+ Cars Per Day

Friday, May 21st, 2010

As stated more than once in the Final General Management Plan, the National Park Service strongly favors removing I-70. The Missouri Department of Transportation says a new at-grade boulevard would need to carry 50,000 cars each day. The iconic St. Louis Arch deserves and requires an iconic boulevard, the Arch grounds must be weaved back into the city of St. Louis. The National Park Service and MoDOT are right. Several well-known boulevards provide models for fulfilling this potential:

St. Louis

Kingshighway Blvd. runs between Forest Park and the Central West End, the city’s most dense neighborhood, and intersects with I-64. Kingshighway carries 52,054 cars at McRee Avenue daily, 48,584 at Manchester Avenue, 47,094 at Barnes-Jewish Hospital Plaza, and 48,030 at Parkview Place.  In addition to the large Washington University Medical Center complex, there is also the Chase Park Plaza, the St. Louis Public Library Schlafly branch, Straub’s Fine Grocers, various shops along Euclid Avenue, Coffee Cartel, Left Bank Books, and so on. The Central West End MetroLink station, St. Louis Art Museum, History Museum, Zoo and Science Center in Forest Park, as well as homes, condos and apartments are all in walking distance. The distance along Kingshighway between Clayton Avenue and Maryland Avenue is about the same as that of Memorial Drive along the Arch grounds, nearly 0.7 miles. The distance between Maryland Avenue and Manchester Avenue is about 1.4 miles, the same length of the new Memorial Drive that City to River has proposed.