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Bridge talks at an ‘impasse’

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A decision may be coming soon on the fate of the old Route 66 Gasconade River Bridge.

Several area groups have been working to save the bridge, which has been replaced by a newer structure and closed to traffic.

The Missouri Department of Transportation closed the bridge in 2014 after finding extensive deterioration. Since then Route 66 enthusiasts have worked to save the bridge and find a new owner to take responsibility for it.

Plans by MoDOT to demolish the bridge are currently on hold.

“Roamin’ Rich” Dinkela, president of the Missouri Route 66 Association, said the selection of a contractor to demolish the bridge had been set for May 15, but “we managed to get that stopped.”

For more on this story see Wednesday's LCR.

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