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Press Release

For Immediate Release
June 28, 2005
Contact: Bill Fix

Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder Signs Highway and Bridge Designation Bill

Highways and Bridges named for prominent Missourians

JEFFERSON CITY, MO — Missouri Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder signed Senate Bill 233 into law on Tuesday afternoon, naming various highways and bridges in Missouri after prominent Missourians.

The new law also establishes a non-legislative process by which organizations can petition the Department of Transportation to designate a highway or bridge.

“It is always a special moment to recognize the contributions and sacrifices of Missourians with the designation of a stretch of highway or bridge,” said Kinder. “I am pleased to sign this legislation into law and honor their contributions to Missouri.” Kinder added, “The new process of naming highways and bridges will save the taxpayers money and make the process more accessible to the average citizen.”

The new procedure allows organizations and individuals to petition the Department of Transportation for a bridge or highway designation. One member of the General Assembly must sponsor the petition, and the application is to be accompanied by a list of 100 signatures of persons who support the proposed designation. This procedure also requires that all signage and upkeep be paid for by the petitioning organization, with funds being deposited in the Department of Transportation Bridge and Highway Sign Fund created by this legislation. The documents and fees shall be submitted to the Department of Transportation before final approval or denial by the house and senate committees on transportation.

Senator Bill Stouffer (R-Napton) sponsored Senate Bill 233 and was on hand for the bill signing ceremony.

Senate Bill 233 designates the following highways and bridges:

New Highway 19 Missouri River Bridge in Hermann as the “ Senator Christopher S. Bond Bridge”

Portion of Interstate 44 in Greene County as the “Congressman Mel Hancock Freeway”

Bridge crossing the Missouri River on Highway 13 between Lafayette and Ray Counties as the “ Congressman Ike Skelton Bridge”

Portion of U.S. 412 in Dunklin County and Pemiscot County as the “ Governor John M. Dalton Memorial Highway”

Portion of Interstate 44 in Phelps County as the “ Governor Mel Carnahan Memorial Highway”

Portion of Highway 370 in St. Louis County as the “ Officer Scott Armstrong Memorial Highway”

Portion of Missouri Highway 30 in St. Louis County as the “ Chief Jerry Buehne Memorial Road”

Portion of Highway 58 within Johnson County as the “ Veterans Memorial Parkway”

Portion of U.S. Highway 61 in Lewis County as the “Students of Missouri Assisting Rural Transportation Memorial Highway”

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