Gasconade River Bridge (very old)

When the Gasconade River Bridge was built in the 1920s, Route 66 on either side of it still was gravel.

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."

In an email sent at 5:01 p.m. to 33 interested parties including other MoDOT officials, preservationists and Route 66 organizations, MoDOT Historic Preservation Manager Mike Meinkoth wrote, in part:

"MoDOT finds that the proposal submitted by the Route 66 Association of Missouri fails to adequately demonstrate a plan for the preservation and maintenance of the bridge or meet MoDOT’s requirements for assuming ownership and liability for the bridge."

The Route 66 Association of Missouri, which wants to rehabilitate the century-old bridge for pedestrian and other recreational use, is expected to continue opposing demolition.

Meinkoth's email was accompanied by a 13-page review of the Route 66 Association of Missouri's proposal for the bridge. The analysis was requested by the Federal Highway Administration.

The document's PDF accompanies this story.

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