Congress push for historic trail status for Route 66 | News-Leader

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Lawmakers are pushing Congress to give historic trail status to Route 66 to help preserve the iconic roadway, which passes through Missouri and seven other states.

The U.S. House Natural Resources subcommittee considered legislation on Nov. 15. The bill designates the 2,400-mile roadway from Chicago to Santa Monica, California, as the Route 66 Historic Trail, the Joplin Globe reported.

"The federal government already recognizes the importance of Route 66," said Republican Congressman Darin LaHood of Illinois, who introduced the bill. "If signed into law, it (the bill) will designate Route 66 as a National Historic Trail ensuring that the National Park Service will have the authority to assist and support states and local communities in preserving, promoting and economically developing Route 66 for generations to come."

MoBikeFed comment: On a related note, MoDOT and partners across Missouri are working for the official adoption of the Missouri section of Bicycle Route 66 into the U.S. National Bike Route system.

We're shooting for late spring 2018 for approval of USBR 66 in Missouri--and the first directional signage could be installed later in 2018 if all goes well.

More about Bicycle Route 66 in Missouri here:

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