Pavement Ends
James Baughn

The death trap at Old Appleton will soon be demolished

Posted Thursday, June 9, 2011, at 7:30 AM


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  • The approach is---soon to be WAS---such a "fooler". It didn't LOOK-that bad, until you were literally right on-top of it. For ME, it was one of those things I got "lucky" with the first-time. In all future-trips, I'd "remember-to-remember"!☺

    And, those "nudge-curbs"? They were just like driving with a sheet of water over the road, during a heavy-downpour. Night-time was the worst.

    Guess that stretch of road was sort of a "right-of-passage" for the surrounding area. And like YOU: I'll miss it---but then again, I WON'T....!

    -- Posted by donknome-2 on Thu, Jun 9, 2011, at 9:33 AM
  • This is a part of Hiway 61 history. As a driver for the St. Louis - Cape Bus Line back in the early 1970's, I can tell you that that section of RT. 61 from Fruitland to Perryville was to say the least "exciting" I have had a number of "white knuckle" moments during my time behind the wheel. For the bigger picture, a new bridge would be much safer for all motorists.

    -- Posted by JON-BOY on Thu, Jun 9, 2011, at 11:59 AM
  • It's also dangerous around that bridge because there are many drivers that don't obey the speed limits. The sheriff and state highway patrol would be able to issue MANY speeding tickets!

    -- Posted by JC1996 on Thu, Jun 9, 2011, at 7:44 PM
  • James,

    Your blog dredged up some bad memories. I helped work on The Missourian's 1966 campaign to improve the safety of the Old Appleton bridge.

    Here are some old and current photos:


    I give the paper credit for trying, but I think about all we accomplished was getting those extra curve signs erected.

    Like you, I usually hate to see old bridges demolished, but this one should have been designed differently from the start. I don't think anyone who drives that stretch of road will be sorry to see it go.

    -- Posted by ksteinhoff on Fri, Jun 10, 2011, at 12:03 AM
  • Interesting to note that back in 1931 the planners were concerned with disturbing two lawns when deciding where to build a bridge; however, in late 2000, Cape planners gave no such consideration to one landowner when they chose to place La Salle Blvd. right up against the property--so close that they knocked down the fence on the property while they were grading the roadbed! Even crazier was the fact that they had to make a curve on an otherwise straight road to do it. Go figure!

    -- Posted by mo4md2fl1sa3 on Sun, Jun 12, 2011, at 3:02 PM