Needles, CA: Needles City Council voted to support the Historic Route 66 Corridor Management Plan.

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Needles, CA: Needles City Council voted to support the Historic Route 66 Corridor Management Plan.

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously approved Resolution 2015-39, supporting the Historic Route 66 Corridor Management Plan, during a Needles City Council Meeting held on Tuesday, August 11th, 2015 in Needles, California.

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Glen Duncan, President, and Lynne Miller, Liaison, of the California Historic Route 66 Association, presented their presentation to members of the Needles City Council as well as the public regarding the Historic Route 66 Corridor Management Plan between the Colorado River, through Needles, California, and all the way to Barstow, California along the historic and would famous Route 66.

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According to the City of Needles, the California Historic Route 66 Association (C.H.R66.A.), Bureau of Land Management (B.L.M.) California Desert District, and Lardner/Klein Landscape Architects (Route 66 Corridor Management Plan Contractor) developed the Plan with extensive collaboration, outreach and coordination with local, city, county, state and federal stakeholders and elected officials during the past 18 months. The Route 66 Corridor Management Plan Contractor was funded by a grant from the Federal Highway Administration’s National Scenic Byways Program.

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The Route 66 Corridor Management Plan Contractor is not a decision document. It provides management recommendations regarding how California Historic Route 66 Association (C.H.R66.A.), state and federal agencies, San Bernardino County and local communities can work together to protect and preserve historic Route 66, promote sustainable heritage tourism, and utilize adjacent Bureau of Land Management (B.L.M.) National Conservation Lands to further enhance economic development opportunities.

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With its completion, California Historic Route 66 Association (C.H.R66.A.) and the B.L.M. will seek a National Scenic Byway/All American Road designation from the Federal Highway Administration when a nomination period is announced. This segment of Route 66 is one of the most unique sections of the 2,400-mile long route from Chicago to Santa Monica, with its 128 timber trestle bridges and distinctive landscape, which has changed very little since Route 66 was designated in November 1926. Currently, portions of Route 66 in Arizona, Illinois, New Mexico, and Oklahoma have a National Scenic Byway/All American Road designation.

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A national road designation also may provide the County federal funds for road and bridge repairs, such as the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery grant, and cost share grants for community restoration and downtown revitalization projects. Therefore, California Historic Route 66 Association (C.H.R66.A.) and the Bureau of Land Management (B.L.M.) will seek letters of endorsement/resolutions of support for the Final Draft Route 66 Corridor Management Plan Contractor from the County of San Bernardino, the cities of Needles, California and Barstow, California, and California Department of Transportation to demonstrate the broad based grass roots support for the Route 66 Corridor Management Plan Contractor and a National Scenic Byway/All American Road designation.

Most importantly, the Route 66 Corridor Management Plan Contractor is intended to be a living document that can adapt to administrative changes. One example is the programmatic agreement San Bernardino County is establishing with the State Historic Preservation Officer regarding safety modifications to the 128 timber trestle bridges, which occurred after the Route 66 Corridor Management Plan Contractor was completed. These changes will support long term efforts to preserve the historical integrity of Route 66, are endorsed in the Route 66 Corridor Management Plan Contractor, and can be restated/incorporated into the County’s resolution of support.

As for fiscal impacts, according to the City of Needles, there is none.

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After the vote of support, ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez spoke with Glen Duncan, President of the California Historic Route 66 Association, about what is next for the Route 66 Corridor Management Plan Contractor.

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**** You can read the agenda at the following City of Needles website address: ****

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2015_WEBSITE_FILE_POSTING/1_CITY_COUNCIL_NPUA_SARDA/8_AUGUST/MTG_1/cc_081115-1.pdf

**** You can view other City of Needles meetings agendas at the following City of Needles website address: ****

http://www.cityofneedles.com/Pages/Departments-Services/Boards/1-2015%20COUNCIL.html

For more information regarding the Needles City Council Meetings, please contact Dale Jones in the City Clerk’s Office at the City of Needles at: 1 (760) 326-2113 Ext. 345.

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