Effort underway to name Missouri River bike/ped bridge after Ted & Pat Jones

According to the Jefferson City News Tribune, an effort is underway to name the new bike/ped bridge attachment crossing the Missouri River at Jefferson City for Pat Jones, widow of Ted Jones, who are founders of the Katy Trail and have supported many other Missouri trail and park projects:

Missouri senators voted twice last week to name Jefferson City's new bicycle-pedestrian bridge after Pat Jones, widow of Ted Jones. . . .

Supporters note the new bridge -- to be added onto the Capitol side of the northbound U.S. 54/63 bridge over the Missouri River -- will connect the main part of Jefferson City with the Katy Trail State Park at the northern edge of the flood plain in Callaway County.

The Joneses "were very important reasons" the state completed the Katy Trail park, floor leader Kevin Engler, R-Farmington, told the Senate.

They gave "millions of dollars for the Katy Trail's development," he explained. "Years ago, they were the ones who stepped in when Gov. (John) Ashcroft was here and said, 'This is a great idea, if we had the money,' and they wrote a check so the state would have the money."

Engler said Ted and Pat Jones also helped pay landowners who battled against the trail, saying their land had been ceded only to a railroad, not a hiking/biking trail being put on railroad right-of-way. . . .

The amendment requires that private money be used "to erect and maintain appropriate signs designating such pedestrian and bicycle lane" as the "Pat Jones Pedestrian/Bicycle Lane."