Arch project won't be finished in 2015

The long-anticipated project to improve the area around the Gateway Arch won't be completed by 2015 as originally hoped.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that a construction timeline released Tuesday calls for the $380 million project to wrap up in 2016, about a half-year behind schedule.

The goal has previously been to complete the upgrade by the Arch's 50th anniversary on Oct. 28, 2015. Organizers say it has become obvious in recent weeks that there is too much to get done to meet that timeline.

Wide-ranging improvements include construction of a park-like area over Interstate 70, bridging the Arch area with the rest of downtown, landscaping improvements, rerouted roads and other work funded by both public and private money