The Hazelgreen Bridge over the Gasconade River between Waynesville and Lebanon, in Pulaski County Missouri needs our support. Mid-December 2014, the bridge was closed by MoDOT after a decision that it was unsafe to travel over. The fate of the bridge is currently undetermined. A rally to help save the bridge was organized by Roamin’ Rich Dinkela on December 23rd to get the attention of local, state and federal officials. Folks from the Route 66 community, local residents and tourists came out to show their support and did indeed help raise attention . But there is still much work to be done. Please take a moment to sign the petition to save The Hazelgreen Bridge over the Gasconade River on Route 66 at http://www.petitions24.com/route_66_gasconade_bridge_repair_dont_replace.
Roamin’ Rich has started a Facebook group to raise awareness and show support of rehabilitating this fine piece of history. Join the “Save Don’t Replace” Facebook group page, for updated info on the bridge and show your support. Roamin’ Rich has also posted a large amount of images, testimonies, documents, and government contacts, to help in the effort, on his Hooked On Route 66 Blog, which you will want to visit here.
It’s of utmost importance that we stand together to save the remaining historic bridges on Route 66 for future generations to enjoy and explore. Route 66 is a national treasure and pulls thousands of travelers each year from all over the world to experience the history and mystique of 20th century Americana. The bridges of Route 66 are major contributors to the nostalgic feel as you travel down the old road. Without the historic bridges so much of what it felt like to travel Route 66 in the mid-twentieth century would be lost.
Citing a recent success story of a restored Route 66 bridge The 1923 Devil’s Elbow Bridge that passes over the Big Piney River. The bridge was closed in October 2013 refurbished and reopened in May of 2014. I visited this bridge this past August and must say that it is quite a sight to behold. History has been preserved and future travelers will enjoy this gem for years to come! These are just two of the several historic bridges in Pulaski County Missouri, on Route 66, you can read more about all of them at Pulaski County’s website.