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Input Needed for 66 Management Plan

2010-01-07 21:09:02

JOPLIN, Mo. - Public meetings have been scheduled in January and February 2010 in each of 10 Missouri counties as the next step in the creation of a Corridor Management Plan for Missouri's segment of historic Route 66, according to an announcement by the Route 66 Association of Missouri. Participation is encouraged in these meetings to help identify unique economic development opportunities that may exist in the corridor.

The first meeting is scheduled in Lawrence County. It will take place from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2010 at the Mt. Vernon Branch of the Barry-Lawrence Regional Library, 206 W. Water St., Mt. Vernon. In Jasper County a meeting will take place from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2010 at the Powers Museum, 1617 West Oak, Carthage.

The Route 66 Association of Missouri, with the assistance of a National Byway grant awarded in 2006, entered into a contract with Great River Engineering of Springfield to create the Corridor Management Plan. The project initiated late in July 2009 under the guidance of the Missouri Department of Transportation is a yearlong effort to assess Route 66's cultural and historic resources of interest to visitors, what might influence future economic and infrastructure development and how to improve the efficiency of transportation along the route.

A Corridor Management Plan is a prerequisite for maintaining a byway. It outlines plans to involve local communities in the maintenance, improvement and promotion of the byway. The plan ultimately will identify measures consistent with those previously implemented by neighboring states along the Route 66 corridor and necessary for a National Byway designation.

More information about this project may be obtained from Jerany Jackson by phoning (417) 886-7171.

~Joplin Independent

 

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