ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – A work zone at the Gateway Arch has been shut down until further notice because of asbestos.
This is in the museum work zone, under the Arch. Tests came back positive for the cancer-causing material more than a week ago, but neither the contractor nor the National Park Service informed the public. There was no public alert; workers told Fox 2 News that insulation on a steam pipe in their demolition zone was exposed for a month or more before it was finally tested.
According to a statement from the National Park Service, prior to the work starting, all materials known to contain asbestos were safely removed. However, the pipe in question was in an area that was inaccessible until after the demolition began. And while the work area is sealed off from where visitors catch tram rides to the top of the Arch, there are no signs anything about an asbestos exposure.
Workers have gotten the initial test results and letters offering them lung testing, chest x-rays, and a doctor consultation at the contractor’s expense.
The NPS said the museum work zone will remain closed until final test results come back negative for any airborne asbestos.