Advocates want county to take ownership of historic bridge

By: 
STEVE SMITH SSMITH@LACLEDERECORD.COM

A group working to preserve the old Gasconade River Route 66 Bridge now wants Laclede County to take possession of the historic structure.
The Missouri Route 66 Association plans to meet with the Laclede County Commission Tuesday to discuss the issue. The Missouri Department of Transportation plans to schedule the demolition of the century-old bridge in spring 2020 unless a new owner takes possession.
Rich Dinkela, president of the Missouri Route 66 Association and a member of the Route 66 Gasconade River Bridge Guardians, said they have been  trying to secure an owner since 2014.
“We think Laclede County would be a perfect fit for ownership of the bridge,” Dinkela said. “They could leverage that bridge to steer tourists toward Lebanon, Bennett Springs, other tourist spots around Laclede County. It’s the first thing people see as they’re traveling Route 66 heading east to west.”

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