Even as the new viaduct on Missouri Highway 96 on the east side of Carthage nears completion, the city was deciding what to do with pieces salvaged from the bridge it replaced.

Even as the new viaduct on Missouri Highway 96 on the east side of Carthage nears completion, the city was deciding what to do with pieces salvaged from the bridge it replaced.
The city announced on Monday, July 3, that the balusters, the decorative pieces of the bridge railings salvaged from the 1934 railroad bridge, will be transferred to the Vision Carthage Committee and auctioned off to raise money for community improvement projects planned by that committee.
City Administrator Tom Short made the announcement at what was supposed to be a meeting of the City Council's Public Services Committee. Two members of the committee were absent, meaning it could not take any official actions, but the members present talked informally about some of the items on its agenda.
Short said Clarkson Construction salvaged 125 of the nearly-40-pound stone balusters, which are being stored at a city facility.
Some are cracked and broken, but many are intact. Short said the balusters would be transferred in “as-is condition.”

About Vision Carthage
Vision Carthage is a committee of residents formed after a 2011 series of community forums hosted by the  Drury University Center for Community Studies to create a vision to improve Carthage.
Last year, the committee worked on helping residents of a block of Grant Street near the Carthage Junior High to make repairs and renovations to their homes.
The committee also planned and helped create the welcome Carthage sign with the large Maple Leaf on the grounds of Carthage's Memorial Hall at the corner of Oak and Garrison, and has been part of installing new benches on the Carthage Square.
Short said money has always been a limiting factor on what the Vision Carthage Committee could accomplish, and transferring the balusters to the committee would allow them to raise some money by auctioning them off.