After years of planning, the Grand Boulevard Bridge, running from Chouteau Avenue to Interstate-64 in Midtown St. Louis, was finally torn down in early-Spring 2011. Once complete, the resulting new bridge, along with a remade Metrolink Station, will be a big improvement to the area. Fears of massive traffic jams due to eliminating access to Interstate-64 on northbound Grand, and severing access between the Main and Medical Campuses of SLU, until May 2012 have thankfully been unfounded.
Much like the rebuilt section of Interstate-64, the entire bridge will be removed all at one time to save time and money, rather than shut down the affected area in phases. The new bridge is scheduled to open in May 2012 after roughly 14 months of construction. In the meantime, all traffic will be detoured to the upgraded highway connections at Compton and Vandeventer. With the area having recently dealt with reroutes from the I-64 project and the similar Jefferson Avenue Bridge project, people would be used to the detours.
Construction progress up to this point has largely been removing the old bridge and preparing the drainage and structural footings. There really isn’t much to see at this point other than the gaping hole where one of St. Louis’ largest bridges once stood. Check out the picture gallery below for a look at the current status.