A Link to the Past, a Path to the Future
Preserving, renewing and protecting the Route 66 Meramec River Bridge.
Bridges exist to connect people, places and communities. In rare cases, such as with the historic Route 66 Bridge over the Meramec River near Eureka, Mo., they can also connect past and present, and provide a path to the future.
A nationally recognized landmark and one of the last Warren Truss designs in Missouri, the 84-year-old bridge was scheduled for demolition sometime this year due to advanced deterioration. But thanks to a collaborative effort from local stakeholders, Missouri State Parks was recently able to accept ownership of the bridge and earn it a reprieve from the wrecking ball.
The opportunity now exists to renew the 1,008-foot-long bridge as a connection for people walking and biking in Route 66 State Park, where it is located. Additional funding is needed to save the structure and create a lasting cultural asset. The historically significant bridge, already an international attraction for Route 66 and architecture enthusiasts, could become a vital conduit for transforming the surrounding area.
Revitalizing this bridge will:
- Restore a vital piece of history
- Promote healthy lifestyles
- Connect communities
- Enhance the State Park experience
- Encourage international tourism
- Catalyze future development