Forest Park Parkway Bridge Replacement

Connection between Danforth Campus and off-campus housing and neighborhoods to the north under construction through the end of October 2018

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.

In early August, the steel supports for the replacement bridge were set. Work continues on the structural slabs of the pathway and ramp. The new bridge will open for use at the end of October.  

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. “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.

Detours for Pedestrians

Pedestrians are directed to cross Forest Park Parkway at Skinker or Big Bend Boulevards. Cyclists should take University Drive west to Big Bend Boulevard and then travel south to Forsyth Boulevard. Campus also can be accessed from the north via Throop Drive, which is open for east-west travel.

The south sidewalk for Forest Park Parkway between Hoyt and Throop Drives is expected to reopen in mid-September.

Pedestrians are directed to cross Forest Park Parkway at Big Bend or Skinker boulevards. Cyclists may reach campus by traveling west on University Drive to Big Bend Boulevard.

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 m embers through the Universal Pass Program (U-Pass). Register for a U-Pass here.

In the evenings, Campus2Home shuttles are available from 7:00 p.m. to 4:00.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 in St. Louis 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

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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