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Resident wants big Route 66 design on Joplin intersection

A Joplin, Mo., resident wants to embed a large Route 66 design onto the roadway of the intersection of St. Louis Avenue and Broadway in Joplin, according to the Joplin Globe.

Retired firefighter Steve Lea is leading the effort, and says residents have offered to contribute money for it. An assistant Public Works director and Joplin Convention and Visitors Bureau Director Patrick Tuttle were directed to explore Lea’s proposal.

Lea said that with all the visitors who travel the famous route, he thinks a medallion made of embossing brick pavers with the Route 66 logo inside a compass would be eye-catching. […]

“We have two things in the works, and we could add it to the mix,” Tuttle said. “For 2014, we’re upgrading and improving the city’s way-finding program that’s in place, as well as looking at both tourism and economic development opportunities along the traditional Route 66 route. We’re really in the beginning stages of discussing it.”

The Broadway-St. Louis intersection is part of the original alignment of Route 66 in Joplin, before it links up with Main Street, then heads west towards Kansas on Seventh Street.

Lea’s idea is reminiscent of the big Route 66 shield near Standin’ on a Corner Park in Winslow, Ariz.


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