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Wells Drive Reopens, Government Drive Construction Continues | May 9, 2017
- Wells Drive will reopen on Friday morning, May 12, 2017, following a much anticipated 6-month long Park improvement project, that is a partnership between the City of St. Louis and Forest Park Forever.
- The altered, one-way traffic flow on Wells Drive by the south Zoo Parking Lot and entrance, and on Tamm Avenue between Wells Drive and Oakland Ave, is TEMPORARY. These streets will return to two-way traffic flow once Government Drive, between Wells Drive and the north Zoo Parking Lot, reopens in June 2017.
- The Skinker Blvd. entrance at Wells Drive will also reopen, with limited access to Wells Drive and Tamm Avenue ONLY. There will be no access to other parts of Forest Park or the south Zoo parking lot.
- On busy days, parking along Wells Drive may be monitored, and access to this area may be controlled or limited when available street parking is full.
- The reopening of Wells Drive, west of Tamm Avenue, will provide access to nearly 200 on-street parking spaces and facilitate access for picnic ground permit holders.
- The comfort stations on Wells Drive, by picnic shelters #5, #8 and #11, will be open for daytime use only due to continued electrical work along Wells Drive. These facilities will close at dusk.
- Additional construction will continue along Wells Drive, including landscaping, lighting and electrical work. Wells Drive will remain open to vehicle traffic during this work, but crews may take up some of the on-street parking spots for equipment and access.
- Government Drive is anticipated to reopen in late June.
One-Way Traffic Around the Zoo | February 23, 2017
Altered Traffic Flow
In order to alleviate traffic congestion around the Saint Louis Zoo during the busy spring months, two sections of road will be one-way beginning Thursday, February 23. This altered traffic flow will remain for the duration of the Government and Wells Construction project.
Wells Drive will be one-way west-bound just west of the Zoo’s South Lot exit to Tamm Avenue. Tamm Avenue will be one-way south-bound to Oakland Avenue, allowing both a left and right queue onto Oakland Avenue. Click here for more info.
Trail Access in John F. Kennedy Forest | January 31, 2016
For approximately two weeks, a small section of the trail within John F. Kennedy Forest will be closed while a Park improvement project is completed. Forest Park Forever and the City of St. Louis, in tandem with the Kennedy Woods Advisory Group, are repairing a seasonal wetland/vernal pond, fixing existing erosion issues, helping prevent future erosion, supporting and enhancing the forest habitat by creating natural microhabitats within natural features and providing a visual example of a natural Missouri stream or drainage way.
Government & Wells Construction | December 8, 2016
Road closures will begin on Wednesday, December 14, 2016, for a Forest Park restoration project that is among the most requested by visitors: rebuilding and improving portions of Government and Wells Drives, which take many visitors to the Saint Louis Zoo and Saint Louis Art Museum, among other Park destinations. In recent years, visitors trying to navigate these streets by car, on bike or on foot have been challenged by crumbling roads that offer plenty of potholes, a lack of designated crossings, partial or no sidewalks and no visitor amenities.
Street Closure & Access
Construction will begin in December 2016 and is anticipated to be substantially complete in June 2017, in time for Forest Park’s busiest season. A few important notes:
- During construction of these portions of the roads, access will be restricted.
- The Saint Louis Zoo’s north and south parking lots will remain open during construction, accessible from the east.
- There will be onsite signage about closures and re-routes.
- Forest Park Forever will use its Twitter and Facebook channels, its forestparkmap.org web app and a special page on its website, forestparkforever.org/construction, to update visitors about progress and reroutes.
- Signage and staff in the Visitor Center will communicate access information to visitors.
- Park visitors planning to use the Skinker/Wells entrance should instead enter the Park via Lagoon off Skinker, via Tamm off Oakland or via Hampton.
Forest Park Parkway Closure| December 1, 2016
The construction to create a more “traditional intersection” at Forest Park Parkway (FPP) and Kingshighway Blvd. is part of a campus renewal project encompassing Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis Children's Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine. The new intersection will allow for safer pedestrian navigation and improved access to the medical center, the Central West End and Forest Park. The $10-million project is funded through a federal grant and funds from BJC and the Washington University School of Medicine.
Street Closures During Construction
Beginning Monday, December 5, 2016, a section of FPP will close for this year-long construction project. Closure locations:
- East-bound traffic on FPP will have a soft closure at Skinker. Traffic will be detoured north and south on Skinker. Local traffic only east of Skinker.
- East-bound traffic on FPP will have a hard closure at Des Peres Avenue. All traffic will be directed to turn left/north onto Des Peres. Neighborhood-only traffic.
- West-bound traffic on FPP will have a hard closure at Euclid Avenue, with access to Kingshighway Blvd.
Suggested Access to Forest Park During Construction
If you are visiting Forest Park from this direction during construction, we suggest the following:
- From Skinker Blvd.: Enter at Lagoon Drive/Forsyth.
- From Delmar Blvd.: Enter at DeBaliviere Blvd. or Union Blvd.
- From Kingshighway Blvd.: Enter at West Pine Blvd. and Grand Drive.
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