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They're charming, and rough on feet and car suspensions. But thanks to block grants and federal stimulus dollars, the cobbled streets of Laclede's Landing are getting a facelift.
John Clark, president of the Laclede Landing Community Improvement District spoke with Fox 2 News about the project that he says is long overdue. "Everybody that's ever been down here knows it's a mess," Clark said. He called the uneven pavers "a tripping hazard and hard on the shocks on your car."
The cobblestones aren't going away. They'll be dug up and relayed on top of a new base, making for a smoother road, with better drainage. Clark says that new base will be a big improvement over what engineers say is currently under the streets. "They found everything from railroad ties, to broken bottles, to cinders, to coal, and so, with that, that's the reason the cobblestones have become so uneven," he said.
Additional sidewalk and curb improvements will bring the Landing into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
"It's going to be a straight shot from doorstep on one side of the street to doorstep on the other side of the street." Clark said, "It will have much more the feel of a promenade, than a street and sidewalk."
The Landing District will pay 20 percent of the project's $1.4 million cost. Clark calls that an investment in the Landing's future.
Conservation experts aren't sure why, but it seems the yellow jacket population is bigger than usual in the St. Louis area this year.
Mike Arduser of the Missouri Department of Conservation told Fox 2 News that the number of calls they've gotten regarding yellow jackets has doubled since last year. "Yellow jackets are always present and always abundant this time of year, because their colony cycle peaks right about now," he says.
And that can be a problem when the flying, stinging insects nest too close to humans. Consumers can buy products to kill the pests themselves, but for large nests, it may be best to call in a professional.
Dr. Anthony Scalzo with the Missouri Poison Center at Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center told Fox 2 that too many wasp stings can be dangerous. Dr. Scalzo says even people who are not allergic can die from too many stings. "In a toddler, maybe greater than five stings per couple of pounds of body weight" can be fatal, he says. "In an adult it could be, technically, as few as 30-50 stings from a wasp."
That's one reason Arduser says wasp and yellow jacket nests should be left alone if the insects aren't bothering anyone. "They're part of the landscape now," he says. "You just have to sort of learn to live with them like mosquitoes or horseflies or something else. They'll be gone soon, as soon as it gets cold.
Ballpark Village may still be under construction, but officials say they're already hiring.
Ballpark Village Chief Operating Officer Jim Watry told Fox 2 News that more than 1,000 positions will have to be filled before the entertainment venue opens next spring.
Watry says he's already looking for candidates to fill director positions. "Sales, marketing, director of operations, we have a facilities director, people who run the overall district," he said. "And then by the first of the year, the tenants will be hiring all their people, the front line people, facilities people."
Watry says anyone interested in the current openings can send a message through the Ballpark Village Facebook page or by emailing him directly at Jim@stlballparkvillage.com.
Monday is the first morning commute since Illinois transportation crews closed a key stretch of Interstate 64.
All lanes of eastbound I-64 are closed between the I-55/70 split and 25th Street. And it's scheduled to remain closed until next Monday morning (Sept. 23).
The closure will allow crews to build connections to the new Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge. IDOT reports that the new bridge across the Mississippi River is on track to open early next year (2014).
Police in the City of St. Louis say a busy stretch of Washington Avenue will be closed Friday night in an effort to fight crime.
Washington Avenue will be closed to vehicle traffic from Tucker to 14th Street starting at 10 p.m. It should reopen around 3 a.m. Saturday.
The closure is part of the Washington Avenue safety initiative.
St. Louis Cardinals postseason tickets go on sale this Thursday.
Wild Card Game and Division Series tickets go on sale at 10 AM. Tickets for the Wild Card game and Division Series will be available at on the St. Louis Cardinals' website, by phone at 314-345-9000 or at the Busch Stadium ticket windows.
There will be ticket limits for the NLCS and World Series. Online registration begins this Friday, September 13. Complete details and rules for the random drawing and purchases are available on the Cardinals' website.
Regional planners are looking for a more efficient way to get riders to work and back.
The St. Louis Rapid Transit Connector Study is an examination of bus-based rapid transit services in the City of St. Louis and St. Louis County. The project will analyze four possible corridors and pick the two most likely to meet the study's goals, then advance for federal funding.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Metro Transit, the East-West Gateway Coordinating Council and the Missouri Department of Transportation are behind the push.
Public meetings will be held in September 2013 to gather public input on two final, recommended projects to be advanced into competition for Federal funding. The same meeting will be repeated at three locations along the proposed routes.
September 10, 2013
11a-1pm, open house with presentation at noon
City of St. Louis City Hall, 2nd floor
1200 Market Street, St. Louis, MO 63103
September 11, 2013
5:30-7:30 p.m., open house with presentation at 6:30 p.m.
The Heights (City of Richmond Heights Community Center)
8001 Dale Avenue, Richmond Heights, MO 63117
September 12, 2013
5:30-7:30 p.m., open house with presentation at 6:30 p.m.
St. Louis Community College – Florissant Valley Campus, Student Services Center, Multipurpose Room
3400 Pershall Road, Ferguson, MO 63135
They're also soliciting comments online.
Kansas City and other U.S. cities have launched successful bus rapid transit lines that provide more regular point-to-point service at a fraction of the cost of light-rail or commuter trains.
Illinois State Police are preparing to launch Operation Fatal 4 over Labor Day weekend -- one the busiest driving periods on Illinois roadways.
Troopers will saturate the interstates and local roadways looking for drivers committing the four most common traffic violations: Speeding, DUI, seat belt violation, and distracted driving. ISP officials say drivers who choose to violate the law face fines and possible jail time.
This is the seventh year of the Fatal 4 Mission. Last year, troopers made more than 90 DUI arrests and cited more than 3,300 drivers for speeding, distracted driving and seat belt violations over the Labor Day weekend.
The St. Louis CVC wants to inform the public of new lanes closures for tomorrow night's game.
The Broadway exits from eastbound 70 will close 2 hours 45 minutes before the game and one hour after the game ends. Broadway will also close between Cole and Convention Plaza 2 and a half hours before the game and for 1 hour after the game.
Another reminder, the NFL implemented a new clear bag policy.
Portion of Broadway to Close for 2013 Rams Games
Broadway exits off I-70 Eastbound will be closed to traffic beginning 2 hours and 45 minutes prior to game time and 1 hour after the conclusion of the game.
Broadway between Cole Street and Convention Plaza will close 2 ½ hours prior to game time and 1 hour after the conclusion of the game.
I-70 Eastbound traffic headed downtown will exit at Pine.
To access the Lumiere Casino complex, from Pine make a right turn on 4th Street, proceed to Carr and turn right.
To access parking North of the Edward Jones Dome, from Pine make a right turn on 4th Street, proceed to Cass and turn left.
Drop-off along Broadway for guests with disabilities will be available by exiting at Pine and then making a right turn on 4th Street, proceed to Biddle and turn left, continue to Broadway and turn left, continue to the intersection of Broadway and Cole where security personnel will assist you.
Please note that this portion of Broadway is being closed in addition to the closures that normally occur 4 hours prior to game time around the perimeter of the Edward Jones Dome on Cole Street and Convention Plaza.
New 2013 Bag Policy
Beginning with preseason games, all NFL teams will implement a new NFL policy that limits the size and type of bags that may be brought into stadiums. The NFL strongly encourages fans to not bring any type of bags, but outlined below are the bags or packages that are permissible:
Bags that are clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and do not exceed 12”x6”x12.”
One-gallon clear plastic freezer bag (Ziploc bag or similar).
Small clutch bags, approximately the size of a hand with or without a handle or strap, no larger than 4.5”x6.5.”
An exception will be made for medically necessary items after proper inspection at any gate.
If you have any questions regarding the new public safety measures, please contact the Rams at 314-RAMS-TIX option 4.
A heat wave is taking hold of the metro-area and reminding us that it's August in St. Louis.
The National Weather Services has issued a heat advisory for the St. Louis area from noon Tuesday until 7:00 Saturday evening.
Temperatures are expected to rise into the mid and upper 90's, with heat indices around 100 over the next several days. There will be little relief at night, especially in the urban heat island of St. Louis.
At least a few schools are closing early today as a precaution. They include the Legacy Christian Academy in Caseyville which will close at noon and St. John the Baptist in Villa Ridge which plans to close at 11:30. Also, all schools in the Bunker Hill District are closing at 2 p.m. today.
And the extreme heat is forcing some high school football teams to change game times this weekend. Hazelwood School District officials rescheduled games for Hazelwood Centrals and Hazelwood East. Both games have been moved from 1 PM to 10 AM.
Extra precaution is warranted, especially for those spending time outside. OSHA recommends drinking extra water and taking frequent breaks in the shade or in air conditioning.
For information about cooling centers, call the United Way by dialing 2-1-1 from any land line phone. Or call 1-800-427-4626.