St. Louis Police Tweak Washington Avenue Plan

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR)-- Busy traffic down Washington Avenue has the City of St. Louis taking steps to develop a permanent plan to control activity.

Recently the city shut down Washington Avenue over the weekend in various ways to find a final solution to excessive foot and car traffic.

Now they have a new plan. They`re closing off both sides of Washington Avenue between 9th and 14th streets from 10 pm to 4 am over the weekend to traffic.  In addition, the rule applies to anyone under 21. Jonathan Andros of Gelateria Tavolini says the closure won`t affect his business. He thinks the changes are good for his growing community.

"I think the city has done a good job of responding to the fact that we have 15,000 residents in the downtown now," said Adros

Officers will also be on hand to issue summons to anyone who violates noise ordinances. They also plan to tow cars of offenders.

"One of the big things is bumper to bumper traffic. It won`t be moving very fast at all. In that regard its good to close it down because its total pandemonium," Andros said

The move may not be the best for valets, but the city says they are working with them to make adjustments to help maintain business.

Bustling business that continues to grow in a district that`s filled with people waiting and willing to spend their money. Police also say they are looking for feedback from the public.

The dates and times of the new rules are Friday, June 15 at 10:00 pm to Saturday, June 16 at 4:00am; and Saturday, June 16 at 10:00pm to Sunday, June 17 at 4:00am.

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