The Route 66 Association of Missouri is a nonprofit organization established to preserve, promote, and develop Historic 66 (The Main Street of America) in the Show-Me State.
The Route 66 Association of Missouri originated from the efforts of dedicated volunteers who in the fall of 1989 realized Historic 66 in Missouri deserved the recognition and preservation.
The association became a reality in early 1990 when it began officially with more Charter Members than any other state Route 66 Association. Today, Association members reside in over 30 states plus internationally.
The next meeting is Saturday, January 10, 2015 at…
122 West 8th Street Rolla, MO 65401 www.AlexsPizza.com
Buffet lunch served at 12:00 noon with the general meeting following.
Our own Mark Stauter will present “Route 66 Then and Now”
Gasconade River Bridge
I was devastated when I received the first email from someone from overseas, asking if I knew the Gasconade River Bridge was closed. I was very upset that, as the official contact person for the Missouri State Route 66 Byway, I had not been notified by the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) of the closing. This said, I began thinking about my contacts at MoDOT and whom I should contact first. Also, I apologize that I did not know about the meeting at the bridge held before Christmas in time to attend.
I can assure you I have spent many hours over the past weeks in contact by phone with many MoDOT officials. Contact with officials was slowed down due to holiday absence. I have tried to greatly impress the importance of this bridge to the travel continuance of the Route 66 Byway, the local residences, the local fire department, and EMT Services. The fact that this bridge is a part of a “Blue Route” for MoDOT is also very important. The Blue Route is an “incident” alternative to I-44 in case a detour is needed because of a wreck or any other reason I-44 needs to be closed in that area. In addition, domestic as well as foreign travelers enjoy the Missouri Route 66 Byway all year long and the closing sure interrupts this scenic part of Missouri Route 66.
This bridge is an important icon of Missouri Route 66 and I also stressed the fact The Route 66 Association of Missouri would like to see it rehabbed if possible, and as soon as possible. I understand the importance of the safety factors and responsibility connected with the deteriorating bridge and the difficult decision to close it. We must all keep this in mind.
I think at this point, we need to let MoDOT complete their analysis of the bridge, all options, and the estimated costs involved. The local Laclede County officials will also have to be involved. This will probably take more time than any of us would like. We must all work together with MoDOT and Laclede County officials in a productive, understanding way in order to resolve this situation for the best of all concerned. We need to remember our manners and not be belligerent in our contact with officials. Courtesy will gain us more points than losing our tempers.
I plan to continue contacting other MoDOT officials I have previously worked with on other problems to make our position known. I am also willing to meet with MoDOT officials at any time. I was told I would definitely be kept in the loop and notified of any plans. Rest assured, I will let everyone know if and when I have any answers from MoDOT.
At this point, written letters, as have previously been suggested, are a good idea — better than an over abundance of phone calls. Phone calls expressing personal views and concerns at this point are only going to slow MoDOT officials down. All of the reasons listed above for keeping the bridge open should be included in your letters. And note that, legible, handwritten letters carry more weight than typed ones if you have time to do so. Of course, this will be a topic at our next Association Board Meeting and the Board will decide if a Gasconade Bridge Committee will be appointed at this time.
I will be happy to discuss this bridge situation with anyone. Please contact me at 417-865-1318 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Tommy Pike, President
Route 66 Association of Missouri
CONTACTS FOR GASCONADE RIVER BRIDGE LETTERS
Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission
P.O. Box 270
Jefferson City , Missouri 65102
Chair: Stephen R. Miller
Vice Chair: Loyd J Carmichael
Member: Kenneth H. Suelthaus
Member : Gregg C. Smith
Missouri Department of Transportation Central Office 105 West Capitol PO Box 270 Jefferson City , MO 65102-0270
Director – Dave Nichols
Chief Engineer – Ed Hassinger
Missouri State Bridge Engineer: Dennis Hickman
Missouri State Byway Coordinator: Kenneth Voss
Missouri Department of Transportation Central District 1511 Missouri Blvd Jefferson City , MO 65109
Disrtict Engineer: Dave Silvester
Area Engineer: Robert T. Lynch (see below)
District Bridge Engineer: Alan Trampe
Robert T. Lynch
93 Morgan St .
Camdenton , MO 65020
MISSOURI U S SENATORS
Senate Office Building
Washington, D C 20510
506 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, D C 20510
Missouri Division of Tourism
P O Box 1055
Jefferson City , Missouri 65102
Katie Steele Danner, Director
MO House of Representatives
Sreve Lynch 201 West Capitol Avenue Room 203-C Jefferson City MO 65101
Diane Franklin 201 West Capitol Avenue Room 206-B Jefferson City MO 65101
Missouri State Historic Preservation Office
P.O. Box 176 — 1101 Riverside Drive
Jefferson City, MO 65102-0176
Sara Parker Pauley, Director