From a report about a Pulaski County Commission meeting, the newspaper said:
[F]inal plans for the project should be submitted to MoDOT by Oct. 26, and the project will then begin accepting bids. Once bids are accepted, work is estimated to take approximately six months.
The Devil’s Elbow Bridge, part of the Historic Route 66, attracts visitors from around the world. Currently, work needs to be done to repair the bridge so it can safely support the weight of heavier vehicles, like busses. Extensive rust on the bridge is also a serious concern.
The estimated cost of the project is approximately $1,600,000. A large portion of that will be covered by grants.
One county commissioner, Bill Farnham, said he’d been “working on this for about two terms now.” He said he was looking forward to cutting the ribbon on the bridge when the repair work is finished.
According to BridgeHunter.com, the Devil’s Elbow Bridge was built in 1923. The 588-foot span goes over the Little Piney River. That portion of Route 66 was bypassed in 1942, but remains popular with tourists because of the Elbow Inn bar and restaurant (made partly infamous by this wonderful blog post) and Sheldon’s Market, which doubles as the town’s post office.
(Hat tip: Joe Sonderman)