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Pedestrian bridges to open April 7 in St. Charles County

Centennial Bridge

Two new pedestrian bridges over Route 364 and Hwy. 94 in St. Charles County officially will open with a ribbon-cutting and community celebration from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, April 7.

The bridges are part of the recent expansion of the Centennial Greenway.

Residents are invited to celebrate the new greenway connection by joining a one-half mile walking and bicycling parade. The parade will begin on both ends of the Centennial Greenway and will meet in the middle at the scenic overlook, where the ribbon-cutting and celebration will take place.

Residents can choose to join the parade at the St. Charles County Heritage Museum in Heritage Park, 1630 Heritage Landing in St. Peters, or at the MoDOT Commuter Lot, located on Old Hwy. 94 west of Muegge Road in St. Charles. Parade decorating will begin at 2 p.m. at both locations. The walking and wheeling parades will leave from their respective starting points at 2:15 p.m. and meet in the middle of the expanded greenway for remarks and a ribbon-cutting at 2:30 p.m., followed by music, food, free bike adjustments, a photo booth and the opportunity to explore the new greenway.

“People who live and work in St. Charles County have watched this greenway come to life over the past year and are eager to use it,” said St. Charles County Executive Steve Ehlmann. “The highways are no longer a barrier for people who want to walk or ride bikes to get where they need to go. The new greenway also opens up a whole new world of recreational options for thousands of people by connecting them to the Katy Trail as well as other parks and greenways in St. Charles County.”

The project extends the existing 2.2-mile Centennial Greenway north, crossing both Route 364 and Hwy. 94 via two pedestrian bridges where it connects to Old Hwy. 94 near Muegge Road. The new route enables on-street connections to nearby Laurel Park, Schaefer Park, Wapelhorst Park, the Laurel Park Trail, the McClay Branch of the St. Charles City-County Library, Francis Howell North High and Henderson Elementary – all of which are less than two miles from the bridges.

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