Roamin' Rich presides at first state meeting

'Roamin Rich' Dinkela presides at quarterly meeting of the Route 66 Association of Missouri.

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, "Roamin Rich" Dinklea, a member of the Guardians board, told the Route 66 Association of Missouri at its quarterly meeting Saturday, April 13, in Springfield.

Construction of a replacement bridge continues, with its opening expected later this year.

Dinkela, who also is president of the state association, said the Guardians are working on a strategy to locate a new owner for the old bridge. The new owner would have the benefit of a recently conducted engineering study identifying what work needs to be done.

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