Reconstruction of Forest Park Avenue begins Monday

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)-A major road construction project starts today which could have a big time traffic impact in the Central West End. The focus of the project is at Kingshighway and Forest Park Parkway.

The goal of the project is to make that area a more traditional intersection. But to make that happen a stretch of Forest Park Parkway is completely closing today for quite some time.

Right now, Forest Park Parkway goes under Kingshighway then comes back up on the other side of Kingshighway.
This project will raise that stretch of Forest Park Parkway and make it level with Kingshighway creating a four way intersection.

It means improved access for drivers in this area as well as increased safety for pedestrians. But there are going to be significant traffic issues to make this all a reality. Crews are going to completely close Forest Park Parkway from west of Kingshighway to Union.

Forest Park Avenue east of Kingshighway will be limited to one lane in each direction to Euclid Avenue. These restrictions are going to last for several months. The good news is that Kingshighway will remain open in both directions throughout the construction although there may be limited lane closures at night.

Construction is scheduled to be done by July of next year. That is ahead of major Barnes Jewish and Children`s Hospital expansions set to open next August.

As part of the project, a new bridge will also be built over the Metrolink tracks just west of Kingshighway. The total cost of the project is $10 million dollars.

It`s being paid for by a federal grant, BJC and the Washington University School of Medicine.