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Galena Viaduct wins grants to finish restoration

Galena Viaduct wins grants to finish restoration

The Galena Viaduct, also known as the Front Street Bridge, north of Galena, Kansas, recently received almost $400,000 in grants to finish its restoration. The bridge recently received a federal $193,836 Community Development Block Grant and a $193,837 match from Cherokee…

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Jackson Boulevard Bridge marks 100th birthday

Jackson Boulevard Bridge marks 100th birthday

The Jackson Boulevard Bridge in Chicago, which carried Route 66 until the 1950s, marks the 100th anniversary of its opening today. The North Loop News dug up history on the draw bridge over the Chicago River, which still is used…

Mural will be added to Chelsea pedestrian tunnel

Mural will be added to Chelsea pedestrian tunnel

A mural that will portray the history of Chelsea, Oklahoma, will be painted on the pedestrian tunnel that goes under Route 66 in the town, reported The Daily Progress of nearby Claremore, Oklahoma. Artist Ken Hollingshead of Sapulpa, Oklahoma, has been preparing…

High water in central Missouri

High water in central Missouri

This stunning video shows the flooding that was occurring yesterday in the central Missouri towns of Jerome, Devil’s Elbow and Hazelgreen. The video, with the help of a drone, includes a lot of footage of the closed Route 66 bridge,…

Will the Mountain Springs Road section of Route 66 reopen?

Will the Mountain Springs Road section of Route 66 reopen?

As many readers know, flash flooding in September 2014 destroyed dozens of bridges and made huge stretches of old Route 66 in California’s Mojave Desert impassable for months. Fifteen months later, all of Route 66 in the desert is open…

Martin Luther King Bridge in St. Louis to reopen next month

Martin Luther King Bridge in St. Louis to reopen next month

The Martin Luther King Bridge in St. Louis is slated to reopen the week of Dec. 21 after being closed in July for repairs, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and other media outlets. The King bridge had been tentatively…

Part of Route 66 reopens in the Mojave Desert

A 21-mile stretch of Route 66 in California’s Mojave Desert reopened Friday from Cadiz Road to Essex Road, reported the Needles Desert Star. A large chunk of Route 66 in the Mojave closed in September 2014 after flash flooding damaged roadways…

Gasconade River Bridge placed on state’s improvement list

Gasconade River Bridge placed on state’s improvement list

The closed Gasconade River Bridge that carries old Route 66 near Hazelgreen, Missouri, was placed on the Missouri Department of Transportation’s Statewide Transportation Improvement Program from 2015 to 2019, according to the Lebanon Daily Record. The state closed the bridge…

An intriguing look at the Pony Bridge

An intriguing look at the Pony Bridge

There are plenty of videos on the Internet of the historic Pony Bridge on Route 66 near Bridgeport, Oklahoma. However, it’s likely you haven’t seen one from this angle. Pointing the camera behind a moving vehicle creates an interesting visual…

Gasconade River Bridge makes Missouri’s Most Endangered list

Gasconade River Bridge makes Missouri’s Most Endangered list

Route 66’s closed Gasconade River Bridge near Hazelgreen, Missouri, made Missouri Preservation’s Most Endangered Historic Places list for 2015. The Old Phillipsburg General Store in the Route 66 town of Phillipsburg, Missouri, also made the list. The annual list, announced Friday,…

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