On Wednesday, July 14th, Lochmueller Group, Inc. (Lochmueller) hosted a four-hour community open house for the Tower Grove Connector project at Piper Palm House in Tower Grove Park in St. Louis, MO. The Tower Grove Connector project looks to expand the current bicycle route into a two-lane path stretching 1.4 miles along Tower Grove Avenue and Vandeventer Avenue into the Forest Park Southeast neighborhood of St. Louis. The cycle track will be separated from existing traffic lanes, which will improve access to public transit and job centers while reducing traffic congestion.
The open house was an overwhelming success with eye-catching graphics, an enthusiastic design team, and a curious and interesting public of over 100 people. The Lochmueller staff put forward great effort to prepare and staff the event. Katy Shackelford (Senior Planner) planned the event and took the lead on the boards and graphical materials. Kelley Davis (Roadway Department Manager), Lorne Jackson (Manager of Major Road Projects), and Kelly Schaefer (Senior Traffic Engineer) coordinated last-minute design changes to a large strip map presented down the center of the room.
Lochmueller was thrilled to receive very positive accolades from the City of St. Louis. Scott Ogilvie, Program Manager of the Planning & Urban Design Agency, said, “The boards looked great, and the strip map was very helpful to explain the project.” John Kohler, Planning and Programming Manager of the Board of Public Service, concurred: “I was also very impressed with the quality of the presentation boards, the strip map, the room layout, staffing, and the overall level of enthusiasm of participants and presenters!” Additionally, the event and the project alike have received considerable media attention from the STL Today St. Louis Post Dispatch, St. Louis Business Journal, and 5 On Your Side.
To learn more about the project, or to sign up for project updates, visit the Tower Grove Connector website: https://www.towergroveconnector.com/.