This bridge is one of the few bridges remaining from the 1920’s.
Senator Roy Blunt, Missouri, indicated his desire to save and preserve this bridge. The Gasconade River Bridge is one of only 8 mixed through truss bridges on the entire Route 66. In the case of the Gasconade bridge, it contains all three: more than one design with its through trusses as well as a pony truss. Additionally, Route 66 fans from all over the world are pleading with the Route 66 Gasconade River Bridge Guardians to make efforts to re-open this bridge and reconnect Route 66.
Missouri’s Route 66 is a designated state Scenic Byway – this adds value for aesthetics, preservation, and heritage tourism.
Route 66 is the most famous road in America, travelled by tourists from all over the world. Visitors from 39 different foreign countries crossed over this bridge in 2014, as represented by their signatures in the Visitor’s Log at the Route 66 museum in Lebanon.
MODOT used this bridge frequently in past years as an Incident By Pass Route. Closure requires a very inconvenient and lengthy new by-pass route along narrow & dangerous secondary roads which will not stand up to continued usage.
There’s a long history of absence of repair and maintenance on this bridge. With proper maintenance, this bridge has many good years left in it. There were several years worth of deficiency reports, but no remediation was done to correct its problems, causing the bridge to be permanently closed by MODOT in December 2014.
The Route 66 Gasconade River Bridge Guardians is now an incorporated Missouri state non-profit group, working hard to gain recognition of the plight of this bridge and facilitate its restoration. We have applied for 501C3 status and are applying for National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) designation. The bridge has already been named to the Missouri Places in Peril 2015 list, and is under Section 106 protection.