Without fanfare, a Route 66 icon returned to service May 22, 2014. The 1923 Devils Elbow Bridge reopened to traffic after being closed for rehabilitation since October 24th, 2013. The project was completed 3 months ahead of schedule, just in time for the peak of tourist season. Pulaski County Commissioner Gene Newkirk noted that the first vehicles to cross the bridge were all from out of state, and that the second group, several motorcycles, were international Route 66 enthusiasts.
During an impromptu chat on the bridge, Devils Elbow resident Cheryl Dalgetty spoke of her excitement that it had reopened and how much the bridge, and the tourists who flock to Devils Elbow to see it, mean to her community. She recalled that since moving to the area in 1978 she has seen motor coaches filled with tourists cross, and even walk across it to take photos of the bridge itself and the beauty of the Big Piney River and her majestic bluffs.
One excited motorist even honked their horn in celebration as they crossed the bridge that had been closed to traffic for seven months.
Some of the signage that was removed during the bridge rehabilitation is now located at Pulaski County Visitors Center (137 St. Robert Boulevard, Suite A, Saint Robert) for Route 66 fans to see and photograph.
Commissioner Newkirk stated that a formal ceremony marking the reopening will be held in approximately 7 to 10 days. Stay tuned to Pulaski County Tourism Bureau on Facebook (www.facebook.com/PulaskiCountyUSA) or Twitter (@PulCoUSA) for details as they are released.
Outstanding. I visited this bridge in 2013 and hope to again. It looks great!!
Wonderful article and pictures!
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My son and I from Australia drove across this bridge in April 2013, we have some great photos with our 69 Mustang on this bridge.
David, we would love to see, and possibly use your photos if you are willing to share. You can email them to email@example.com. We are glad that you enjoyed your time at Devils Elbow Bridge! —Laura
It would be nice if the St. Robert Museum was open on Saturdays.
It was the summer of 2003 I drove accross this bridge for the first time and a first for being on the mother road.
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