Forest Park Southeast footbridge gets lit

One more reason the new footbridge is better than the old footbridge: lights! Additional railing and lights were installed this past week and the footbridge appears to be getting close to openning. The forms are in place for the FPSE approach and concrete is in place on the north side already.

An official ribbon-cutting ceremony is planned for this Friday, April 10 at 10:30 a.m. at the south end of the footbridge (the far west end of Chouteau Avenue). Unfortunately I won’t be able to make it. I guess the 10:30 a.m. event isn’t targeted towards people who work. I guess I’m probably not missing much.

Forest Park Southeast and parts of the Central West End are currently deciding what type of light fixture to use for future sidewalk lighting. I hope that they choose the same fixture as is on the footbridge and I-64 overpasses. It’s not that I find the light especially appealing, but it is nice and the neighborhood needs some continuity. Street lights are just one element that would make I-64 just a bit less of a barrier.

These are small details, but we need to pay attention to every one of dozens of decisions like this coming to Forest Park Southeast in the next couple years so that we will have a well-planned, cohesive neighborhood.