As expected, Forest Park Parkway was closed on Saturday morning for the bridge work, but when I went out in the evening at about 6pm I noticed that the barriers closing the street had been removed. As that was the way I wanted to drive I went that way, and sure enough I could see the concrete forms I’d seen on the flatbeds earlier in the week had been put in place.
It wasn’t until Sunday that I could get to see it in detail, but then I could see that the whole area over the tracks was now covered, although there is still a gap in the roadway to the north of the bridge. I see that there are still a few forms left, and assume that these will be put in place once the utilities have been set up.
Coming alone DeBaliviere I noticed a lot of activity, and I counted 17 flatbed trucks with preformed concrete pieces on them.
A closer look shows these to be parts of the new bridge which is due to be set in place this weekend. Interesting to see the forms are slightly convex, and each appears to be marked for a specific place, a bit like doing an enormous, heavy jigsaw!
The Forest Park Parkway is closed this weekend whilst the work is undertaken, and the Metrolink at DeBaliviere is being replaced by buses. I’m not sure if I’ll be able to get close enough to see what they are doing or take pictures, but it will be fun to see what happens next!
As part of the construction of the Delmar Loop Trolley along DeBaliviere, a parking lot has been used as a place to hold the excavated soil and rubble.
(Picture taken April, 2015)
It is interesting to note that in the comparatively short time that its been there, Nature has taken over, and what was a pile of soil is now a gentle grass covered slope.
(Picture taken June, 2015)
More of my photography of the Delmar Loop construction can be found on my Flickr page
St Louis boasts one of the nicest zoos in the country, and it’s free to get in! This Wednesday we went there, specifically because they had just opened a new Polar Bear area, with a glass sided pool so you could see the bears on land and in the water.
Even though it was mid-week, it was still busy, with a lot of different summer camp groups around, as well as plenty of families. We got there just in time to miss the first sea-lion show of the day, so went off first to look at the apes, and this guy, who seemed happy enough to just be watching us:
On our way to the Polar bear area, we stopped to watch the pelicans and flamingos. The pelicans were particularly fascinating, as the scooped up water in their bills then threw back their heads to swallow:
Then it was off to see the Polar Bear. To get there, you walk through the penguin area, which is great fun to see these comical looking creatures. Emerging from their cold realm, we found ourselves at the glass wall of the Polar Bear enclosure, but no bear was to be seen. We carried on around to the part of the exhibit where you can see under the water, and then round to the front of the enclosure – but no bear. We were just about to go away disappointed, when seemingly from nowhere, the polar bear appeared and seemed to rush across the compound. The crowd went wild, and ran forward to see him as he jumped into the water.
Then it was time for the sea-lion show and home. A great day out, and only a mile away:)
More of my pictures from the zoo can be found here.