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The Missouri Department of Transportation today rejected the latest proposal by the Route 66 Association of Missouri for taking ownership of the historic Route 66 Gasconade River Bridge at Hazelgreen and will restart the legal process of "resolving adverse effects from the removal of the bridge."

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Discussions about the Route 66 Association of Missouri assuming ownership of the Route 66 Gasconade River Bridge continued until last Thursday “and are currently at an impasse,” the Historic Preservation manager of the Missouri Department of Transportation wrote in a letter to the director o…

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The Missouri Department of Transportation has called off – at least for now – plans  to let bids Friday to demolish the century-old Route 66 Gasconade River Bridge at Hazelgreen. A bidding delay is seen as a victory for those who have been trying to save the bridge since MoDOT closed it in D…

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Thanks to Kirk Pearce, historian for The Laclede County Record and an original board member of the Lebanon-Laclede County Route 66 Society, for finding this clipping from the Dec. 12, 1922, Lebanon Twice-A-Week Rustic about a contract being awarded to build the Gasconade River Bridge on what…

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The Route 66 Association of Missouri compiled two pages of questions Saturday when it met to consider the possibility of the association taking ownership of the threatened Route 66 Gasconade River Bridge, board member Michael Boggs told the Lebanon-Laclede County Route 66 Society on Tuesday.

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April 20, 2020, is the “drop-dead date” for supporters of the Route 66 Gasconade River Bridge to find someone to assume ownership of the internationally known landmark before plans to demolish it are finalized.

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No progress was made Monday in one of several last-ditch efforts to delay demolition of the Route 66 Gasconade River Bridge, the Lebanon-Laclede County Route 66 Society board learned at its monthly meeting Tuesday.

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The electronic signs in the eastbound lane of Route 66 approaching Hazelgreen, Missouri, no longer alert drivers that the Gasconade River Bridge is closed.

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The Route 66 Gasconade River Bridge Guardians have announced that a ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held at 12:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2, on the west end of the new bridge, which will enable Route 66 traffic to cross the river for the first time since MoDOT closed the old bridge Dec. 18, 2014, …

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A structural evaluation of the endangered Route 66 Gasconade River Bridge estimates construction costs for rehabilitation at $1.9 million with total costs, including design and other fees, at more than $2.5 million.

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URGENT CALL TO ACTION: The Gasconade River Bridge is in imminent danger as it faces demolition scheduled for spring of 2020 unless a new owner can be found.

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This is a follow-up to our post dated 12-13-18, and is being made May 20, 2019. First of all, I'd like to thank all those who have made donations to our bridge via the "donate" button on the Guardians' Facebook page. We received a check for $206.00 in April, and $243.56 in May. These checks …

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The Missouri Department of Transportation has given the Route 66 Gasconade River Bridge Guardians one more year to find a new owner for the bridge — an owner who will rehabilitate it for pedestrian, bicycle and recreational use — before the historic steel-truss structure is torn down, "Roami…

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This is a follow-up to our report dated 8-21-18. End of last August, we were awarded the National Park Service matching funds grant in the amount of $6,000. This allowed us to seek a qualified Engineering firm to do an assessment of our bridge. This was not an easy task, as several negotiati…

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Lebanon-Laclede County Route 66 Society members Cliff Claxton, Chuck Jordan and Rich Seibert were among those interviewed Tuesday, Aug. 7, by Lexi Spivak of KYTV/KSPR, Springfield, for a story on continuing efforts to save the Route 66 Gasconade River Bridge at Hazelgreen.

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Construction of a new Interstate 44 Outer Road bridge over the Gasconade River west of Hazelgreen in Laclede County has been approved by the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission. Emery Sapp and Sons was awarded the contract, after submitting the low bid of $4.4 million.

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The Lebanon-Laclede County Route 66 Society board voted today (Tuesday) to donate $1,000 to the Route 66 Gasconade River Bridge Guardians for an engineering study of the threatened historic bridge at Hazelgreen.

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The Route 66 Gasconade River Bridge Guardians continue to work hard to raise awareness of the potential fate of the bridge since MoDOT closed it to traffic in December 2014. While our efforts during the past 3-plus years resulted in a “stay of execution” for the bridge, much still needs to be done.

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If the Guardians fail to save this bridge, eventually it will be destroyed, and another part of history and Route 66 legacy will be lost forever.  Please become another Guardian of this beautiful bridge and help the small group of individuals who have been fighting for over 3 years now to save her.

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Kip Welborn, president of the Route 66 Gasconade River Bridge Guardians, released this update about the bridge-rehabilitation project to The Lebanon Daily Record for the March 17-18 edition:

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JEFFERSON CITY – The Missouri Department of Transportation is once again looking for someone to take over the Gasconade River Bridge, located on historic Route 66 near Hazelgreen in Laclede County.

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The Missouri Department of Transportation is looking for a new owner for the closed Route 66 Gasconade River Bridge now that Workin’ Bridges, an Iowa-based nonprofit, has notified MoDOT that it’s no longer interested in the bridge.

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The Route 66 Gasconade River Bridge Guardians (Guardians) have been working hard to raise awareness of the potential fate of the Bridge since MoDOT closed it to traffic in December 2014. Our efforts during the past 3-plus years resulted in a “stay of execution” for the Bridge and brought a c…

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The Lebanon-Laclede County Route 66 Society donated $1,000 today (Tuesday) toward the $10,000 needed for an engineering study prior to the hoped-for rehabilitation of the historic Route 66 Gasconade River Bridge near Hazelgreen.

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The North Skunk River Greenbelt Association (NSRGA)/Workin' Bridges has been given the green light by the Missouri Department of Transportation(MoDOT) for a conceptual agreement to begin the fundraising efforts to actually restore the Gasconade River Bridge at Hazelgreen, Missouri.

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John Stowe, a member of the Lebanon-Laclede County Route 66 Society, snapped these photos of the Route 66 Gasconade River Bridge's deck under water April 30 at the peak of the spring flooding.

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A new bridge on the Interstate 44 outer road over the Gasconade River in Laclede County is included in the five-year construction program approved June 29 by the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission.

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The Route 66 Gasconade River Bridge, facing possible demolition since it was closed for safety reasons in December 2014, may have a savior.

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HAZELGREEN – Based on feedback from a public meeting held last December, as well as on interest shown by groups wanting to preserve the Gasconade River Bridge near Hazelgreen, the Missouri Department of Transportation announced today it is moving ahead with building a new bridge over the Gas…

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The Missouri Department of Transportation presented six options for moving forward with replacing the Route 66 bridge over the Gasconade River at Hazelgreen at a public meeting Dec. 14, 2016, at Laclede Electric Cooperative in Lebanon.

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Chevelle clubs from Kansas City and St. Louis gathered at the endangered Gasconade River Bridge the morning of Oct. 15, 2016, to hear about the struggle to save the Route 66 landmark east of Lebanon.

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Hundreds of supporters turned out on a beautiful day in April (April 23, 2016) to encourage efforts to save the endangered Route 66 Gasconade River Bridge in Laclede County, Missouri. In the words of major organizer Rich Dinkela, “We are here to raise awareness and support for this bridge. I…

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Lebanon’s Brentwood Motel, which was demolished this month to make way for a Denny’s Restaurant, wasn’t a true Route 66 landmark in that it wasn’t on Elm Street, the famed highway’s original route through town.

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HAZELGREEN, Mo. - The Interstate 44 outer road bridge over the Gasconade River near Hazelgreen will remain closed indefinitely due to a lack of funding to repair the bridge or build a new one, Missouri Department of Transportation officials announced today.

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JEFFERSON CITY - The Missouri Department of Transportation has closed the bridge over the Gasconade River along the Interstate 44 outer road in Laclede County after a recent inspection determined the bridge was unsafe for travel. The bridge will remain closed until further notice.