Historic Route 66 bridge facing critical deadline

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EUREKA, Mo. (AP) _ The effort to save what’s left of a bridge on historic Route 66 in St. Louis County is taking on a sense of urgency.

It has been nearly seven years since the last vehicle crossed on the bridge over the Meramec River that once served as an entry point to Times Beach, a community evacuated in the 1980s due to dioxin contamination.

Though the bridge is on the National Register of Historic Places, the Missouri Department of Transportation deemed the components structurally unsound and closed it in 2009. The road bed and side rails were removed a year later.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/9fnWha ) reports that the structural remains will likely be demolished early next year unless $575,000 is raised to transfer ownership away from MoDOT by Dec. 31.

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