In 2016, East-West Gateway Council of Governments (EWG) completed the fourth round of Great Streets demonstration projects, which included Dr. Martin Luther King Dr. Drive. The round four projects were funded through federal transportation planning grants and local funds provided by the project sponsors.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive (MLK Drive) is located in the city of St. Louis,Missouri. EWG in collaboration with the city of St. Louis and other key stakeholders developed a series of white papers which culminated in the MLK Drive Strategic Planning Report. EWG’s goal for the planning document was to create a concise practical tool that the community could use to make MLK Drive a great street. The planning process for MLK Drive included community engagement and feedback, an examination of existing conditions (e.g. transportation, land use and zoning, environmental, economic) along the MLK Drive corridor, and the identification of strategies for improving the corridor and potential funding sources to support the improvements.