The U.S. Route 66 Bridge over the Meramec River in Route 66 State Park was built in 1931. It has a unique Warren Truss support structure (one of four in Missouri) and is in great disrepair. The bridge decking was removed in 2010 to help preserve the support structure by taking the weight off the aging truss. The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT), had plans to demolish the remaining bridge structure if a viable redevelopment plan was not established by the end of 2016.
Thanks to a collaborative effort and financial gifts from donors, Landmarks Association and Philip and Judith Stupp, the bridge has been saved! A steering group was formed to undertake future fundraising efforts to preserve and explore options to renew this structure as part of the Meramec Greenway, the internationally popular and historic Route 66, and a vital connection in the State Park itself. Missouri State Parks now owns the bridge and MoDOT pledged their funds originally slated for demotion to the preservation plan.
The U.S. Route 66 Bridge is located the City of Eureka in St. Louis County. It is 1,008 feet long and connects two pieces of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources’ Route 66 State Park.
Missouri State Parks
Missouri State Parks Foundation
Great Rivers Greenway
Missouri State Parks, Missouri State Parks Foundation and Great Rivers Greenway are working to engage a team of engineers to do an assessment of the bridge’s current conditions and develop the cost estimate and renderings for the plan to restore it for people walking and biking. Those will be critical pieces needed to launch a fundraising campaign, as this is a public-private partnership project that will likely take several years before design and construction would begin.