Kingshighway Viaduct Set To Open Saturday

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After a long two years under construction, the Kingshighway viaduct is set to reopen to automobile traffic this Saturday. According to an email sent to constituents by 8th Ward Alderman Stephen Conway, the long-awaited reopening is scheduled for 10 A.M. Saturday. Mayor Lyda Krewson, Conway and 10th Ward Alderman Joseph Vollmer will host a ribbon cutting at the southern end of the viaduct near Vandeventer Avenue.

The viaduct won’t quite be finished this weekend. There is still one lane in each direction that needs to be completed and street lights will still need to be installed. But the viaduct will finally be open after a few months delay. This will be a sigh of relief for some businesses on the Hill who feel they have suffered through the construction and traffic the detour has put through their neighborhood. On the other side of Kingshighway, on Vandeventer, businesses benefitting from additional traffic may worry about the coming decrease.

On Shaw, O’Connells Bar will be the lone building separated by two Shaw Boulevards (one goes straight and has turn lanes, the other is strictly one way). A new Shaw on one side and the old one on the other. NEXT STL covered the plan prior to construction, which began July 6, 2015.

The city continues to work through long-overdue replacement of a number of viaducts connecting the city north-south. Jefferson Avenue over the rail yards and I-64 was replaced several years ago, followed by Grand Avenue at the rail yards, then Grand at I-44. Compton Avenue north of Chouteau will be replaced in the near future, as will I-44 over Kingshighway.

And in case you missed it, the old Kingshighway viaduct did have some charm:

An Ode to the Kingshighway Viaduct:

The Kingshighway skate park:

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  • David Hoffman

    I would love to see the city redo the intersection of Grand and Forest Park Parkway. It’s had band-aids for years. Terrible disrepair and huge increases in traffic with IKEA and the development in CWE and Midtown. There are about a dozen hubcaps laying on the curb because of the awful conditions.

  • miguel2586

    Maybe there is a god after all!!! And trust me-NOBODY on Vandeventer is complaining!

  • “On the other side of Kingshighway, on Vandeventer, businesses benefitting from additional traffic may worry about the coming decrease.”

    Dumbest. Sentence. Ever.

    • Alex Ihnen

      FWIW, that was my edit. Before the Kingshighway closure, Vandeventer was just dead, and hasn’t supported retail for a long time. I’d bet businesses along that route enjoyed the additional traffic. I mean, one significant measure employed when locating any business is vehicles per day passing the site.

    • Nick

      The author is a high school student…ya think maybe cut him a little slack?

  • And now, apparently, the I44 bridge is next…but unlike this viaduct, this is a MODOT project, not a city streets project…

    https://twitter.com/Beganovic_85/status/862681935247810560

    • Ashley

      when they fixed the bridge at grand a few months ago they kept traffic moving in both directions while each side was replaced, thank god. i hope they continue that plan with this repair

      • mc

        Obviously they will.

      • johnny1421

        This is 44 going over Kingshighway so the highway will stay open. Usually they close 1 lane in each direction and make narrow lanes while they work on portions of it. Kingshighway won’t be affected. They replaced the bridge over Hampton last summer without really any issues

        • Chris Stritzel

          Actually, to my knowledge of living down around there, they kept the structure up, just repaved the bridge.

          • johnny1421

            Yea they won’t replace it completely like Grand overpass. They just replace the surface deck

    • Brian

      I believe the Kingsighway viaduct was not a city project. It was financed by Union Pacific Railroad and state money.

      • rgbose

        No state money. There was federal funding.