An Ode to the Kingshighway Viaduct

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This homage posted to YouTube by Keith Ballentine is strangely brilliant. Our streets and bridges have an emotional hold on us – generally taken for granted, but also often bookmarking significant events in our lives. Memories can attach to a trip over a bridge, a winding country road, a first skyline view from a highway. This happens more when a structure is somehow unique.

Anyway, the Kingshighway viaduct is being remembered today, for good and bad, as it closes for a period of two years for replacement. It was crumbling and years past its designed lifespan, but the $21M replacement is unlikely to be so noted at its replacement in half a century.

Kingshighway viaduct by nextSTL

The replacement structure will be wider, with protected sidewalks and six traffic lanes. Only a few images made available of the Kingshighway viaduct project (we think the design could have been improved):

Kingshighway viaduct project - City of St. Louis

Kingshighway viaduct project - City of St. Louis, 2013

The newer Kingshighway viaduct just to the north of the one being replaced:

Kingshighway viaduct project - City of St. Louis, 2013

The Kingshighway skatepark:

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  • kjohnson04

    So was it impossible to avoid at North and South Shaw? It still bothers me a building had to bite it for a project like this. Further, isn’t it possible to build a viaduct in the same vein that it’s replacing? A lot of usable spaces is being wiped out here.

  • Was always intrigued with the way Daggett terminated there below Kingshighway. In a better world (i.e. City) this would be a primary point of entry for the The Hill neighborhood.

    I’m not even sure if those stairs were accessible anymore, but I could imagine buses stopping above and a De Soto Metrolink stop directly below.

    I *hope* we’re on that track, as discussion builds for new multi-tenant residential immediately adjacent and new residents discover/invest in/move to The Hill area.

    • kjohnson04

      I always thought that track could be used as a commuter line, as it does eventually end up in Kirkwood and points west.

  • Matt B

    I still wish there was a way to divert the UP track and make this part a surface street. Might make redevelopment of the nearby warehouses a bit more attractive to investors.

  • jhoff1257

    This dude loves him some Kingshighway.

  • Lynn McDaniel Jegle

    Credit to the video should be given to it’s creator, Keith Ballentine

    • Alex Ihnen

      Yes! Video source is usually included in the YouTube embed. I’ve added Keith’s name to the text.

      • Lynn McDaniel Jegle

        Thanks! I enjoy your work!