Construction on the first 1.5 miles of the planned seven-mile Maline Greenway in north St. Louis County will begin Monday in Bellefontaine Neighbors.

The $2.6 million project includes new and refurbished Americans with Disabilities Act-accessible walking and biking paths and the replacement of three deteriorated bridges. A new underpass also will be constructed beneath Lewis and Clark Boulevard to link both sides of Bella Fontaine Park.

“It’s exciting to break ground on a brand new greenway,” Patrick Owens, project manager for Great Rivers Greenway, said in a statement. “This first phase will not only enhance Bella Fontaine Park for all users, but also make it easier and safer for people to connect to transit.”

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