BY TIM BARKER – tbarker@post-dispatch.com – Posted: Friday, May 4, 2012 8:45 pm

ST. LOUIS COUNTY • A north St. Louis County dream of turning a stretch of Natural Bridge Road into something along the lines of the Delmar Loop took a step forward Friday, with the announcement of funding for the project’s first phase.

During the annual University of Missouri-St. Louis report to the community, Chancellor Thomas George said a $14 million package has been put together from a mix of sources. It should be enough to remake nearly a mile of Natural Bridge, from Hanley Road to Florissant Road.

The goal is to turn the largely nondescript business district into a scenic thoroughfare with a bike path, large sidewalks, tree-lined median and trendy businesses. To accomplish these things, the street will be reduced from four lanes to two.

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