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Trash a chronic problem under Tulsa’s 11th Street Bridge

Trash a chronic problem under Tulsa’s 11th Street Bridge

A chronic problem with garbage under Tulsa’s historic 11th Street Bridge and the nearby Interstate 244 bridge has festered for weeks, apparently because the city isn’t sure what department is responsible for cleanup. Local physician Vicki C. Baker emailed me…

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Tulsa residents provide intriguing ideas for land under I-244

Tulsa residents provide intriguing ideas for land under I-244

Tulsa residents offered several intriguing ideas to develop a piece of land under Interstate 244 on the west side of the Arkansas River during a public hearing this week. It’s one of the last of the original Vision 2025 projects…

Progress report on the Route 66 Experience museum

Progress report on the Route 66 Experience museum

Ken Busby, CEO and executive director of the Route 66 Alliance, provided an update this week on Public Radio Tulsa about the ongoing Route 66 Experience museum project in Tulsa. You can listen to the 25-minute interview here. Here are some highlights:…

Tulsa seeks ideas for land near I-244, Route 66

Tulsa seeks ideas for land near I-244, Route 66

The city of Tulsa is looking for Route 66 tourism-friendly ideas on how to develop a piece of land under the new Interstate 244 bridge on the west side of the Arkansas River and near Southwest Boulevard (aka Route 66). A…

‘Love locks’ being placed on Cyrus Avery Centennial Plaza bridge

‘Love locks’ being placed on Cyrus Avery Centennial Plaza bridge

The European tradition of “love locks” apparently has made its way to Tulsa and Route 66. KOTV in Tulsa reports a few dozen “love locks” or “love padlocks” have been placed in recent years over the Cyrus Avery Centennial Plaza over Southwest…

Meramec River Bridge appears to get a reprieve

Meramec River Bridge appears to get a reprieve

The endangered Meramec River Bridge at Route 66 State Park near Eureka, Missouri, appears to have earned a reprieve from the wrecking ball. The Route 66 bridge that spanned the Meramec River at the now-ghost town of Times Beach was slated to…

New bridges in Carthage to reopen no later than mid-September

New bridges in Carthage to reopen no later than mid-September

The Missouri Department of Transportation this week approved a contract to replace two Missouri 96 (aka Route 66) bridges on the northeast side of Carthage. The road will reopen no later than Sept. 15, but the $6.2 million contract with Clarkson…

Fate of Gasconade River Bridge dominates county meeting

Fate of Gasconade River Bridge dominates county meeting

What to do about the closed Gasconade River Bridge near Hazelgreen, Missouri, “dominated” discussion during a recent meeting of the Laclede County board of commissioners, according to a local newspaper. The Lebanon Daily Record (subscription required) reported the talk about the…

Christmas in Devils Elbow

Christmas in Devils Elbow

Roamin’ Rich Dinkela recently made this video showing Christmas decorations at the Elbow Inn bar and restaurant and the Devils Elbow Bridge along old Route 66 in Devils Elbow, Missouri. So it seems right to post this video on Christmas Day: The…

Missouri’s new old Route 66 bridge

Missouri’s new old Route 66 bridge

Jasper County officials on Wednesday marked the dedication of a new bridge on old Route 66 west of Carthage, Missouri, designed to resemble the 1922 bridge it replaced. Above is a Larry Askren photo, via Facebook, of the new bridge…

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