ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – They are open for business and hoping customers have not forgotten where they are. Businesses along Laclede’s Landing have taken a hit from several different construction projects. Visitors have struggled to navigate detours.
The good news is the end is near for a cobblestone replacement project that started in September. The work is expected to be finished by the end of May.
“It’s going to be a big improvement,” said John Clark, president of the Laclede’s Landing Community Improvement District.
Some of the old cobblestones have already been replaced with new ones. Zander Smith, manager of Big Daddy’s on the Landing, says it’s already made a big difference. He said the smoother surface will be better for vehicles and pedestrians.
The work on 2nd street spans from Washington to Morgan Streets. Part of the project includes making ramps compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
“Anybody that’s driven down here is obviously going to see that the cobblestones are going to be much better,” said Clark.
Much of the $1.46 million funding came from stimulus funds. A study has been done on replacing 1st street cobblestones. Clark says if funding becomes available, 1st street will be next.
Clark blamed project delays on the extreme winter but said an even bigger problem came from what crews found underneath the old cobblestones. He said remnants of water lines and utility infrastructure slowed down construction.