800 trees near the arch to be cut down Friday

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) –  Hundreds of ash trees on the Gateway Archgrounds will be cut down Friday. Its part of the City Arch River makeover.

The trees are threatened by the Emerald Ash Borer beetle. Project coordinators say the trees were planted in poor soil, are getting old and are reaching the end of their life spans. The plan is to remove 800 Ash trees, grind them into mulch,and replace them with disease-resistant trees. The new trees will be planted next spring.