Forest Park Parkway Bridge Replacement

Forest Park Parkway Bridge to reopen fully Nov. 2

On Friday, Nov. 2, the Forest Park Parkway bridge will be fully open to pedestrian and cyclist traffic. Stairs to the Academy Building and University Drive also will open at this time. The new bridge separates pedestrians and cyclists into two “lanes,” providing each with their own dedicated pathway.

The sidewalk running along Forest Park Parkway, beneath the bridge, will reopen no later than Monday, Nov. 12. Through the end of November, contractors will continue to work in the area to complete the installation of architectural finishes.

Effective Monday, Oct. 8: Bridge and ramp open. Connection between Danforth Campus and off-campus housing and neighborhoods to the north restored. Stairs to Academy Building and University Drive will reopen on Friday, November 2. 

In May, Washington University in St. Louis began construction of a new bridge to replace the current pedestrian and cyclist bridge spanning Forest Park Parkway. The new bridge will be wider and safer.

While construction on campus each summer is the norm, the bridge replacement project is unique: It begins on campus, crosses a major arterial roadway and electric urban rail service (MetroLink), then terminates between two residential neighborhoods.

On Monday, Oct. 8, half of the bridge’s width was opened for pedestrian and cyclist use. This portion will remain accessible until the entire width of the bridge is complete later in the month. During this time, cyclists are asked to dismount and walk bikes across the path.

We apologize for the inconvenience and disruption caused by the construction and outage.

“We know that construction on the bridge at any time — though especially at the start of a new academic year — is inconvenient and disruptive to all who rely on it to get to campus,” said JD Long, associate vice chancellor for facilities at Washington University. “Our thanks to our students, faculty, staff and neighbors for their patience during this process.”

During construction, those traveling to the Danforth Campus on foot or by bicycle from the north should allow for additional travel time.

Other transportation options

Other transportation options to reach Danforth Campus from the north include the Metro Green Line and Campus2Home shuttle.

The Green Line serves the Danforth Campus, The Village, Lewis Center, Greenway Apartments, the 560 Trinity building, The Lofts apartment complex and the Big Bend Metro station. During peak service hours, the Green Line service route has a headway of 10 minutes. Metro transit buses and trains are free to students and other university community members through the Universal Pass Program (U-Pass). Register for a U-Pass here.

In the evenings, Campus2Home shuttles are available from 7 p.m. to 4 a.m. The service picks up passengers at Hoyt/Forsyth and then the Mallinckrodt bus plaza before starting its run, driving passengers directly to the front doors of their buildings in Skinker-DeBaliviere, the Loop South, and north of the Loop. The shuttles leave every 30 minutes and their locations can be tracked in the WUSTL app or online campus map.

Safety off campus

As you travel off campus and around St. Louis, be aware of your surroundings and take precautions for your safety. In neighborhoods where the university owns off-campus housing, such as Skinker-DeBaliviere and the Loop South, the Washington University Police Department has established the Neighborhood Services Bureau to provide high-visibility night-time security patrols. More information.

Noonlight (formerly SafeTrek)
Washington University provides free activation for the personal safety app Noonlight to all students, faculty and staff. Essentially a mobile “blue light,” Noonlight works both on and off campus. More information.

About the Bridge

Architectural rendering of cyclists and pedestrians crossing a bridge leading to the campus of Washington University in St. Louis

The new bridge will provide a safe and direct pedestrian and cyclist crossing over Forest Park Parkway to the center of the Danforth Campus. Approximately 600,000 trips are made annually across the bridge. At over 18 feet wide, the new bridge will provide clearly marked paths for pedestrians and cyclists and offers ample space to travel. A switch back ramp will be installed to slow the descent of bicycle traffic on the ramp. Those with accessibility needs will find that the new bridge makes access to campus easier to negotiate.


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