Why hasn’t the St. Louis Arch been lit for several weeks? It remains a mystery

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ST. LOUIS, MO – Downtown St. Louis has lost some of its sparkle, at least for now. The lights that make the Arch glow are having problems, and the city is trying to get to the bottom of it. Staff with the park service said crews have been working on the problem every day for weeks, trying to get answers.

The issue with the LED lights started a few weeks ago. The new LED lights were installed last summer. Some of the lights come on and others are shut off.  It isn’t clear why some are on and others are off.

Some of the lights appear to be damaged.  It isn’t clear if this is part of the electrical issues.  There was also a small fire at the arch earlier in April.  The fire didn’t appear to cause damage at the time we reported on it.

If the lights are fixed soon, they will still be turned off for two weeks in May.  This is the annual time they’re shut off for songbirds migrating along the Mississippi River.

Staff at the St. Louis Arch say they hope the problem will be fixed soon and that the lights will be back on later this Spring.

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