ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – A 100-year-old bridge in Pacific, Missouri is at the center of a debate about historic preservation and whether we need to save every relic from our past or not.
The Franklin County Commission is building a new bridge over the Meramec River and looking to demolish the Bend Road Bridge in the process.
But Ozark Trail Association executive director Matt Atnip is among those trying to save the Bend Bridge, saying it would make a perfect addition to a trail that could eventually run from St. Louis to Ft. Smith, Arkansas.
“(The possible route) would form a 700 mile Trans-Ozark trail,” Atnip says. “And we feel that is going to put us on the map with some of the bigger scenic trails in the nation.”
The Bend Road Bridge is one of only three working truss bridges of its type nation-wide, and was just placed on the “Places in Peril” list by the group Missouri Preservation. The bridge was closed for repairs on the bridge in November 2013 and was reopened four months later.
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