$20 million awarded for Arch grounds upgrade

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The effort to upgrade the grounds of the Gateway Arch is getting a boost from the federal government — a $20 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Republican Sen. Roy Blunt announced Monday that the grant will pay for construction on Interstate 70 near the site of the Arch.

A nearly $600 million effort is under way to redesign and improve the grounds around the monument that sits along the Mississippi River. As part of the project, officials hope to provide easier access to the riverfront and help make it easier to move between the rest of downtown St. Louis and the Arch grounds.

The goal is to have the improvements in place by 2015, when the 50th anniversary of the Arch will be celebrated.

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