Tucker Blvd. Bike, Walk, and Bus Construction Update
Last week, the City of St. Louis submitted a $1.2 million dollar federal construction funding application for a protected bike lane on Tucker Blvd. between Chouteau Ave. and Washington Ave.
This key route is one step closer to seeing improvements recommended by Trailnet’s Connecting St. Louis Plan.
The rail lines south of downtown are a major barrier for people on bike and on foot in the region. They have been identified in numerous studies including the Downtown Multi-Modal Plan and Connecting St. Louis.
The proposed two-way, curb-protected bike lane and numerous intersection safety improvements along the corridor will create a safer connection for people walking, biking, and taking the bus. These include bus islands, pedestrian refuge islands, crosswalk signal upgrades, and high-visibility crosswalks along this .9 mile stretch of Tucker.
Trailnet in partnership with others funded a preliminary engineering study — completed in March 2020 — to bring this project closer to construction.
The City submitted an application for funding through the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) under the US Department of Transportation. This is a competitive grant aimed at supporting smaller bike, pedestrian and other community-based projects. The next step will be a review from East-West Gateway Council of Governments (EWG) and staff recommendation of Tucker for TAP funds, followed by a vote from EWG’s board to approve this recommendation.
This progress is thanks to the generous support of members and supporters like you, partners including The City of St. Louis, Downtown STL, People for Bikes, Alderman Jack Coatar, a number of family foundations, and area businesses who are making this effort possible.