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Media Advisory



Interior Secretary Jewell, Transportation Secretary Foxx,  Sen. McCaskill to Celebrate Groundbreaking for Improved Access to St. Louis Arch


Revitalized Jefferson National Expansion Memorial Would Add 4,400 Jobs to St. Louis Region


07/31/2013

ST. LOUIS, MO – On Friday, August 2, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill, and state and city officials and local partners will meet in St. Louis to break ground on the ‘Park over the Highway’ project, the first component in the CityArchRiver 2015 plan to revitalize and improve access to the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, home of the Gateway Arch.

The ‘Park Over the Highway’ will feature a landscaped structure over Interstate 70 that will improve pedestrian accessibility and create a model urban national park, providing increased opportunities for outdoor recreation and inviting more people to fully enjoy the natural beauty, culture, and history of the area.

The project component is being funded through a $20 million federal grant matched by $25 million from the state and $10 million from the CityArchRiver 2015 Foundation. Overall, the CityArchRiver 2015 initiative is expected to boost visitation to the memorial. CityArchRiver also expects the initiative to support an estimated 4,400 new permanent jobs in the region.

WHO:
Interior Secretary Sally Jewell
Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx
U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill
St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay  
MoDOT Chief Engineer Ed Hassinger
CityArchRiver Chairman Walter Metcalfe
 
WHAT:
Press Conference & Groundbreaking for the ‘Park Over the Highway’ project;
Media Availability to follow immediately after remarks

WHEN:
Friday, August 2, 2013 at 11 a.m. Central
 
WHERE:
Jefferson National Expansion Memorial Luther Ely Smith Square
(Corner of Chestnut Street & Memorial Drive, between the Gateway Arch and Old Courthouse)
 
MEDIA:
Credentialed members of the media are welcomed to attend the press conference and ground breaking. Please RSVP no later than 6:00pm EDT on Thursday, August 1st to Emily Beyer (emily_beyer@ios.doi.gov) with name, outlet and contact information.

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