CityArchRiver groundbreaking ceremony Thursday

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)- Today is a big day in the next step forward in the Gateway Arch Renovations Project.

A groundbreaking ceremony is set to take place for the renovations that will be done to the grounds under the Arch.
The event is open to the public and is slated to take place at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 25th., on the north walkway of the Archgrounds.

The goal is to provide a better experience for visitors to the Arch through increased accessibility and sustainability. The renovations will include sustainable ponds, new accessible pathways from the Arch to the riverfront, soil and tree replacements across the entire archgrounds and other landscaping improvements.

The existing Ash trees which line the pathways to the Arch will be replaced. Those Ash trees are being threatened by the invasive Emerald Ash Borer.

This part of the project will cost more than $27 million dollars.

It`s being funded by Proposition P; the sales tax increase that was approved by St. Louis city and county voters in 2013.

The overall cost for the entire CityArchRiver 2015 project is close to $380 million dollars.

The goal is to finish as much of the project as possible by the Arch`s 50th birthday in October 2015.

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