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ST. LOUIS (AP) - Vice President Joe Biden made a rain-shortened appearance beneath the Gateway Arch Tuesday to tout the economic benefits of a massive renovation project.

The vice president was accompanied by St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and Sen. Dick Durbin, an Illinois Democrat who will later join Biden at a $1,000-a-plate fundraiser at the home of an Alton, Illinois, lawyer.

The Midwest trip comes as the White House presses Congress to replenish the Federal Highway Trust Fund for road and bridge repairs.

The $410 million Arch renovation project includes construction of a pedestrian bridge over Interstate 70 to connect downtown St. Louis with the National Park Service site. Project funding will come from private donations, government grants and a portion of a local sales tax increase.

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