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Oatman Road near Topock to be closed four days for bridge work

Oatman Road near Topock to be closed four days for bridge work

Oatman Road near Topock, Arizona, will be closed for four days starting today while an innovative new bridge is built over a flood-prone wash. The Arizona Department of Transportation and Mohave County are constructing a prefabricated bridge over Sacramento Wash…

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Part of Route 66 in Mojave Desert to be closed until mid-September

Part of Route 66 in Mojave Desert to be closed until mid-September

A portion of Route 66 that runs through the Mojave Desert just east of Amboy, California, will be closed through mid-September because of bridge construction. San Bernardino County published a news release Monday in the Desert Dispatch newspaper, based in…

Missouri to build new bridge next to Gasconade River bridge

Missouri to build new bridge next to Gasconade River bridge

The Missouri Department of Transportation announced Thursday it will build a new bridge next to the closed Gasconade River Bridge near Hazelgreen and keep the historic bridge standing for now. In the meantime, local preservationists will have to find an…

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…

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…

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