Ribbon cutting to celebrate Forest Park Forever Tuesday

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) - Significant improvements to an area in and around Forest Park will be celebrated later Tuesday morning.

The intersection of Skinker and Oakland Avenue has been the focus of the project. The goal is to make Forest Park more welcoming for pedestrians and bicyclists going into the park here.

The project was announced in January 2014. Today is the culmination of the work.

There will be a mile-long sidewalk has been added along Oakland Avenue starting at Skinker. The sidewalk will go east past Turtle Park. Nearly two miles of buffered bicycle lanes have been put in. Better connections between Forest Park and adjacent neighborhoods have been established with pedestrian sidewalks at both Louisville and Tamm Avenues.

Finally, traffic signals and crosswalks have been put in to make the area safer for pedestrians and bicyclists.

This $2 million project was funded by $1.6 million in federal dollars awarded to the city and $400,000 in private contributions and matching city funds.

A ribbon cutting is set to take place at 9a.m.