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Greenway Construction Lane Changes
Map of temporary lane changes on Wabash/Ellendale for next phase of the River des Peres Greenway construction, courtesy Great Rivers Greenway
Temporary Lane Changes to Shift on Wabash/Ellendale
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), June 26, 2017 - On June 30th, temporary lane changes on Wabash/Ellendale in the City of St. Louis will shift again to accommodate the next phase of the River des Peres Greenway construction project to extend the River des Peres Greenway 1.8 miles north from Lansdowne to Francis R. Slay Park

The paved greenway - designed for walking, running and riding bikes - is being built parallel to the southbound lanes of Wabash/ Ellendale Avenues (which is the same street that changes names) between Lansdowne and Canterbury Avenues in the City of St. Louis.

Between Lansdowne and the Interstate 44 Bridge, people driving or riding bikes southbound on Wabash/Ellendale will use the new single southbound lane parallel to the greenway. Northbound traffic will use a single northbound lane. Between St. James and Canterbury, the lanes will shift and people driving will utilize the recently improved northbound lanes of Ellendale to travel north and south. The southbound lanes in this area will be closed to traffic so the greenway can be constructed.

Construction will continue to be staggered to ensure vehicle traffic remains open in both directions at all times. Any driveways or side streets that intersect with the new greenway will be constructed one half side at a time to ensure access for residents and property owners. Project partners will also work closely with the construction team to minimize inconvenience to neighborhood residents and roadway users.

Permanent changes to the roadway include the reduction of one southbound lane from Lansdowne to Canterbury, parallel to the new greenway. Both northbound lanes will remain. Other improvements include roadway resurfacing, new lighting, enhanced drainage and low maintenance, native landscaping.

Construction is expected to last through December 2017.


Ride Metro to Enjoy 4th of July Activities Downtown and in Forest Park
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), June 25, 2017 - Tens of thousands of people will celebrate Independence Day at the America's Birthday Parade in downtown St. Louis on Saturday, July 1, and at Fair Saint Louis in Forest Park on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday (July 2-4). Metro makes it easy to enjoy all of the fun and festivities without having to deal with blocked streets, traffic jams or parking.

America's Birthday Parade - July 1
MetroLink is a great option for families and visitors to get to the America's Birthday Parade in downtown St. Louis. Parade-goers can park their vehicles at any one of 21 free Metro Park-Ride lots in Missouri and Illinois and ride to the Union Station, Civic Center, and Stadium Stations, which are all just a few blocks south of the parade route on Market Street.

MetroLink will be operating on a weekend schedule on Saturday, July 1, and both eastbound and westbound trains will be arriving in and leaving downtown St. Louis every 10 minutes. Metro will also have extra security and personnel to assist passengers.

MetroBus is another great option to reach downtown St. Louis. Parade-goers can ride on any of 13 MetroBus routes to 18th & Clark Street near Union Station, and walk a few blocks north to the parade route. With Market Street being closed for the parade, some MetroBus routes will detoured, but even with the detours, passengers will still be able to get within a few blocks of the parade route. More information about the MetroBus reroutes downtown are in the Rider Alert section of metrostlouis.org.

Fair Saint Louis - July 2, 3 & 4
MetroLink is the most convenient transportation option for fairgoers around the bi-state region to travel to Forest Park and enjoy the fun, food, music and fireworks of Fair Saint Louis. Each day of the fair, Metro will add extra MetroLink trains into service each evening to accommodate the tens of thousands of fairgoers expected to attend the celebration in Forest Park.


Mosquitoes Test Positive for West Nile Virus
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), June 11, 2017 - Mosquitoes carrying West Nile Virus have been discovered in St. Louis County, although no human cases have been reported this year, according to the Saint Louis County Department of Public Health.

"Positive mosquito tests are a reminder that preventative measures are important," said Dr. Faisal Khan, director of the department. "Even though serious West Nile Virus cases in humans are rare, it is important to minimize our exposure. We can do this by eliminating opportunities for mosquitoes to breed and multiply, and by taking steps to prevent mosquito bites."

Floodwater mosquitoes, which do not carry West Nile Virus, have also been emerging in recent weeks and are active in daylight hours as well as being attracted to bright lights at night.

Here are steps residents can take to reduce the opportunities for mosquitoes to breed and multiply:

  • At least once a week, eliminate the sources of standing water around a home by draining garbage cans, buckets, toys, flowerpots, wading pools, pet dishes, and other objects.
  • Turn them over to prevent them from refilling with water.
  • Fill any holes in the yard with sand or dirt.
  • Drill holes in the bottom of tire swings to allow water to drain.
  • Change the water in birdbaths at least once a week and keep all gutters cleaned out.
  • Treat birdbaths and ponds with products containing the active ingredient methoprene or Bti (Bacillus thuringiensis israelensis) to prevent mosquitoes from developing.
  • Ensure that drainage pipes are properly sloped. Flexible drainage pipe is commonly used to drain water from downspouts, but if not properly installed, they can hold water and breed mosquitoes.
Residents can also prevent mosquito bites by doing the following:
  • Repair any tears in door and window screens to prevent mosquitoes from entering a home.
  • When outdoors, wear long-sleeved shirts, long pants, and light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.
  • Spray clothing with repellents registered by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that contain one of the following active ingredients: DEET, picaridin (also called KBR 3023, Bayrepel, and Icaridin), oil of lemon eucalyptus, para-menthane-diol, or IR3535. Always follow the directions on the label. Do not use products that contain oil of lemon eucalyptus or para-menthane-diol on children younger than 3 years of age, and never apply insect repellants of any kind to children under 2 months of age.
The Saint Louis County Department of Public Health routinely collects mosquito samples to test and help determine where to focus control efforts. Its Vector Control program monitors and treats standing water in public areas as part of its preventative larviciding program. To find out where the county will be spraying, call 615-4-BUG (615-4284) for the nightly mosquito-spraying schedule.
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