$22M federal grant will reconstruct Pony Bridge near Bridgeport

The U.S. Department of Transportation has given Oklahoma a $22 million grant to help rehab and reconstruct the historic Pony Bridge near Bridgeport, which includes keeping its distinctive yellow trusses. The Oklahoman newspaper in Oklahoma City reports: “The investment made by the U.S. Department of Transportation to help restore and upgrade Bridgeport Bridge is welcomed … Continue reading $22M federal grant will reconstruct Pony Bridge near Bridgeport

California Historic Route 66 Association will host Zoom conference about bridge repairs, COVID-19

The California Historic Route 66 Association will host a Zoom videoconference seminar Sept. 12 about the ongoing repairs to dozens of Route 66 bridges in the Mojave Desert and the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on the road's museums and other sites. Brandon Biggs, an assistant director of the San Bernardino County Public Works Department, … Continue reading California Historic Route 66 Association will host Zoom conference about bridge repairs, COVID-19

Adams Street Bridge in downtown Chicago to close Monday until 2022

The Adams Street Bridge over the Kennedy Expressway in downtown Chicago will close starting Monday as part of ongoing work on the Jane Byrne Interchange project. Adams Street is part of the westbound alignment of Route 66 in the Windy City. Block Club Chicago reported: The Adams Street bridge, the last of the 11 local … Continue reading Adams Street Bridge in downtown Chicago to close Monday until 2022

Engineering pact approved for 10 new Route 66 bridges in Amboy, Essex areas

The San Bernardino County board of supervisors recently approved a nearly $2.5 million engineering contract to build 10 new bridges on old Route 66 near Amboy and Essex, California.' The board earlier this month awarded the contract from several bidders to Dokken Engineering of Folsom, California. According to county documents, it's anticipated the bridges will … Continue reading Engineering pact approved for 10 new Route 66 bridges in Amboy, Essex areas

City of Tulsa taking a survey to help update its Route 66 master plan

The city of Tulsa is conducting an online survey for a master plan update, called Plan 66, for its Route 66 corridor. The Tulsa Planning Office stated on its website: Over the past 15 years since the original Route 66 Enhancements and Promotion Master Plan of Development was released, several initiatives have been implemented. A Master Plan … Continue reading City of Tulsa taking a survey to help update its Route 66 master plan

Baxter Springs museum holds an exhibit of late local artisan’s Pitt Pets

The Baxter Springs Historical Museum in Baxter Springs, Kansas, is holding an exhibit of a deceased local artisan who made unique tiny sculptures from peach pits, called "Pitt Pets." Duane M. Lee, who died at age 65 in 2005, made an estimated 10,000 of his Pitt Pets, according to his son Don, and gave them … Continue reading Baxter Springs museum holds an exhibit of late local artisan’s Pitt Pets

Discussions over the fate of Gasconade River Bridge are “at an impasse”

Talks between the Route 66 Association of Missouri and the Missouri Department of Transportation over the future of the historic Gasconade River Bridge near Hazelgreen “and are currently at an impasse,” according to a state official's letter to the director of the State Historic Preservation Office. Gary Sosniecki obtained a copy of MoDOT's letter Monday … Continue reading Discussions over the fate of Gasconade River Bridge are “at an impasse”

Gasconade River Bridge earns a reprieve from destruction

The closed Gasconade River Bridge near Hazelgreen, Missouri, was facing a spring deadline to find a new owner for the historic span or the Missouri Department of Transportation would advertise for bids to tear it down. That deadline is off the table, according to Joe Sonderman of the Route 66 Association of Missouri. He wrote … Continue reading Gasconade River Bridge earns a reprieve from destruction

Missouri Route 66 association to begin talks to take ownership of Gasconade River Bridge

The Route 66 Association of Missouri plans to submit a formal proposal to the state by March 4 to take over ownership of the endangered Gasconade River Bridge near Hazelgreen. The association decided to try to make the move during a special meeting Saturday. The Missouri Department of Transportation has set a "drop-dead date" of … Continue reading Missouri Route 66 association to begin talks to take ownership of Gasconade River Bridge

Gasconade Bridge Guardians win a lawsuit against Workin’ Bridges group

The Route 66 Gasconade River Bridge Guardians on Tuesday won a lawsuit in St. Louis small-claims court against the Michigan-based group better known as Workin' Bridges. Rich Dinkela, president of the Route 66 Association of Missouri and a member of the group trying to save the Gasconade River Bridge near Hazelgreen, filed the lawsuit in … Continue reading Gasconade Bridge Guardians win a lawsuit against Workin’ Bridges group