Road closures are underway on the Chain of Rocks Bridge.
The daily closures are set to run from 9 AM to 7 PM every weekday for the next two weeks. Today and tomorrow, the westbound right lane will be closed. Then through the end of the week, the westbound left lane will be closed.
The closures will move to the eastbound lanes next week. All work and closures are weather permitting, but IDOT hopes to have the work completed by May 17.
St. Louisans had a chance to review the framework of the expansion plans the Saint Louis Zoo is developing for the old Forest Park Hospital complex. Zoo officials unveiled some initial ideas for the 13 1/2 acre area across Interstate 64, south of the Zoo at an open house Wednesday evening.
Zoo President and CEO Dr. Jeffrey Bonner explains what will be the first order of business once ground is broken. "We see immediate activity. We're going to go in and start renovating that seven story parking garage as quickly as we can. We'll do demolition for the main part of the hospital building as quickly as we can." Bonner went on to say, "The real planning starts now, when we take all of this wonderful input and then develop a strategic plan, what we're going to do for the next five, six or seven years."
Dr. Bonner says they are open and listening to many suggestions regarding the development. "I can see a commercial presence," he said. "I can see not doing it too, but I think it would be more welcoming place if there were certain services that we could provide for our visitors and, for that matter, neighbors and other people nearby."
The start date for renovations has not been determined.
The Killers and Wilco will headline this year's LouFest in Forest Park. The lineup for the annual music festival was announced Monday night via Twitter.
The Alabama Shakes and The National will also perform at the two-day event. A number of local acts are also scheduled to take the stage September 7th and 8th.
Tickets go on Sale this Friday.
Besides music, festival organizers are promising premium food vendors, an art market with quality local artisans, and plenty of fun & cool interactive activities around the park.
Also performing at Loufest 2013:
Edward Shape and the Magnetic Zeros
Jim James, Local Natives
Fitz and the Tantrums
Toro Y Moi
Trampled By Turtles
Walk the Moon
Ra Ra Riot
Court Yard Hounds
Jukebox the Ghost
Brick + Mortar
J. Roddy Watson & the Business
Modoc and the Lonely Biscuits
St. Louis acts Kentucky Knife Fight and Tef Poe are also on the card.
The specific showtimes will be released this summer.
There's a brand new baby in town and she needs a name! The St. Louis Zoo welcomed the bouncing 251 pound female elephant Friday night.
42 year-old Ellie, an Asian elephant, gave birth to a baby girl around 11 p.m. Raja, who fathered the calf, was the first elephant ever born at the St. Louis Zoo 20 years ago.
Starting today, you can cast your vote in the Saint Louis Zoo’s Name the Baby poll. The Zoo’s elephant care team was asked to select a few potential female names for the elephant. From now through midnight, Sunday, May 5, 2013, you can vote for your favorite name online.
The Zoo’s elephant care team was asked to select a few potential female names for the elephant. From now through midnight, Sunday, May 5, 2013, you can vote for your favorite name:
Cai (Pronounced “Ki”, rhymes with “Hi”) – means feminine
Priya (Pronounced “Pree-yah”) – means dear, beloved
Visit www.stlzoo.org, www.facebook.com/stlzoo, www.twitter.com/stlzoo and www.pinterest.com/stlzoo. You may also vote in person at both Zoo Welcome Desks or by mailing a “Vote for the Baby Elephant Name” postcard with your name, address and your desired elephant name to Name the Baby Elephant, Saint Louis Zoo, #1 Government Drive, St. Louis, MO, 63110.
The winning name will be announced on Monday, May 6, 2013.
The zoo's curator of mammals says both Ellie and baby are doing fine.
Grab your friends and family for lunch, dinner or happy hour and help raise money and awareness in the first "Dine for Relief" in support of the fight against Scleroderma.
Scleroderma comes from two Greek words: “sclero” meaning hard, and “derma” meaning skin. Scleroderma is a chronic autoimmune disorder which means the body's tissues are attacked by its own immune system. Scleroderma is an overproduction of collagen that can result in thickening or tightening of skin and scarring of internal organs.
Participating restaurants will donate a percentage of the check to The Relief Foundation started by St. Louis Scleroderma patient, Kelly Ellison.
Monday, April 29
California Pizza Kitchen
Tuesday, April 30
Thursday, May 2
54th Street Grill
There is a new member of the Saint Louis Zoo!
42-year-old Ellie the Elephant gave birth to a baby girl around 11:00 PM Friday. Zoo officials say both mom and baby are doing well.
This is Ellie's third daughter and the fourth for Raja, the calf's father. Raja was the first elephant born at the zoo.
Zoo officials are expected to release more information about the new addition sometime Saturday.
All of the street, bridge and interstate improvements planned for downtown St. Louis are on track to be finished on time. That was the message from Missouri and Illinois transportation engineers when they briefed the East-West Gateway Council of Governments Wednesday.
High water on the Mississippi River has caused some delays for crews building the new River Bridge, but project officials say the work continues and they still expect to finish by early next year.
Some of the other projects planned for downtown St. Louis over the next two years include the park that will cap the I-70 depressed lanes, new ramps connecting I-70 and I-55 to the Poplar Street Bridge and a year-long resurfacing project on the MLK bridge.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - USA Swimming will choose between Omaha, Neb., San Antonio and St. Louis as the site for the 2016 Olympic swimming trials.
The national governing body says it will announce the host city on Saturday.
Omaha has hosted the last two trials, in 2012 and 2008. Last year's eight-day event was attended by more than 164,000 fans and the meet was broadcast live in prime time on network television. Two temporary pools were built inside the CenturyLink Center for the event.
In 2004, the trials were held in Long Beach, Calif., the first time they were held outdoors in temporary pools.
In January, USA Swimming said six cities were bidding to host the trials. Former host Indianapolis, along with Greensboro, N.C., and Jacksonville, Fla., were eliminated after an evaluation team from USA Swimming, along with an outside member of the group's board, visited each location.
Long lines are being reported at Lambert Airport this morning due to sequestration.
What happens in the air today is being closely watched. Commercial airline flights moved smoothly throughout most of the country yesterday, the first day air traffic controllers were subject to furloughs resulting from government spending cuts.
Today is a heavier air traffic day and is seen as the first big test with the furloughs in place.
Passengers at Los Angeles International Airport met with long delays and flight cancellations yesterday - as furloughs for air traffic controllers kicked in under the federal budget "sequester."
Here is what a Southwest Airlines ticket agent telling frustrated passengers a flight to Las Vegas was canceled."Get angry. Get irritated. It's not gonna make it good. We don't want you to be here. We didn't know this was gonna happen, trust me."
Passengers are urged to check on the status of their flight before heading to Lambert Airport on Monday.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A national trails magazine has awarded Missouri the title of "Best Trails State" for its commitment to maintain and improve its vast system of hiking and biking paths.
The award from American Trails was announced Wednesday at a conference in Arizona. It's given every two years to states that make the most significant contributions to maintaining and promoting their trails.
Missouri's state parks system includes nearly 1,000 miles of managed trails. Many historic trails pass through the state, including the Lewis and Clark, Trail of Tears and the Santa Fe National Historic Trails.
Attendance in Missouri state parks increased in 2012, with more than 18 million visitors.