St. Charles County

Area Residents Invited to Ribbon Cutting to Celebrate Centennial Greenway Expansion in St. Charles County on April 7


Project Includes New Pedestrian Bridges over Highways 364 and 94

Two new pedestrian bridges over highways 364 and 94 in St. Charles County will officially open with a ribbon cutting and community celebration on Saturday, April 7, 2018, from 2 to 4 p.m. The bridges are part of the recent expansion of the Centennial Greenway, which provides a new connection to parks, schools, businesses and neighborhoods for thousands of residents on both sides of these busy highways.

Great Rivers Greenway, the City of St. Charles, St. Charles County and the Missouri Department of Transportation are inviting area residents to celebrate this new 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 from the St. Charles County Heritage Museum at Heritage Park (1630 Heritage Landing, St. Peters, MO 63303) or the MoDOT Commuter Lot (Old Highway 94 west of Muegge Road, St. Charles, MO 63303). 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. People are then invited to enjoy a host of activities until 4 p.m., including 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,” says 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 highways 364 and 94 via two pedestrian bridges where it connects to Old Highway 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 School and Henderson Elementary School—all of which are less than two miles from the bridges. In addition to the paved trail and bridges, the greenway also has a scenic overlook landscaped with native plants and seating for people to stop and rest.

“Building two bridges over two highways was a first for our team and would not have been possible without the outstanding partnership of the City of St. Charles, St. Charles County and the Missouri Department of Transportation,” says Susan Trautman, CEO of Great Rivers Greenway. “The people of the region asked us to bridge these highways with a new route for walking, riding bikes and enjoying fresh air. We are so happy to deliver the greenway they asked for.”

About Great Rivers Greenway:
Great Rivers Greenway connects the St. Louis region with greenways so people can explore their rivers, parks and communities, making it a vibrant place to live, work and play. For more information, visit


McGrath Completes Construction of Newborn Intensive Care Unit at Progress West Hospital in St. Charles County, Missouri


McGrath & Associates has completed construction of a newborn intensive care unit (NICU) within the Childbirth Center at Progress West Hospital in O’Fallon, Missouri. The eight-bed NICU will allow the hospital to care for premature babies born as early as 32 weeks. The architect for the project was Fox Architects.

The new NICU features eight newborn intensive care beds throughout a special care nursery, procedure room, and baby nursery. Each bed includes state-of-the-art technology in a unique, family-centered layout with accommodations for an overnight guest. The space was completed with high-end finishes, with features such as brightly colored accent walls, glass-fronted maple supply cabinets, and frosted-glass and maple room dividers between the suites.
McGrath implemented strict isolation and infection prevention measures during construction to ensure a clean and safe environment for patients and staff.

McGrath & Associates is a 100 percent employee-owned general contractor and construction management firm specializing in commercial, health care, industrial, institutional and pharmaceutical construction projects since 1983.


Jim Curran of the Electrical Connection has been named to the board of the EDC Business & Community Partners in St. Charles County


The EDC Business & Community Partners in St. Charles County has named Jim Curran to its board of directors.  Curran is executive vice president of the Electrical Connection, and has more than 30 years of experience in economic development.  The Electrical Connection is a labor-management partnership of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1 and the St. Louis Chapter, National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA).

The IBEW/NECA partnership has been a key sponsor of the EDC’s economic and community strategy initiatives including a partnership for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) honoring students in local high schools.  In addition, Curran orchestrates the Electrical Connection’s STEM education partnerships with the FIRST Robotics, the Saint Louis Science CenterMathews-Dickey Boys and Girls Club and more.

Curran develops business opportunities for IBEW/NECA statewide by working with organizations advancing Missouri’s economic development, energy and technology needs.  He is board secretary for the Hawthorn Foundation and also serves its executive committee.  Curran is also vice chair and executive committee member for the Missouri Energy Initiative, which sets energy policy for the state.  In addition, Curran’s board service includes the Missouri Partnership, the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) – Gateway Chapter, the U.S. Green Building Council-Missouri Chapter (USGBC)Univerdant Sustainability Network, LLC, the Construction Forum Education Foundation STEM Committee, and the St. Louis Regional Chamber Energy and Environmental Committee.

Led by its 10-person board, the EDC fosters growth of business in St. Charles County.  For more information, visit www.edcscc.

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