Heroes Way Interchange Program - Application Process:
An applicant must complete an application by describing the state highway interchange for which the designation is sought and the proposed memorial name of the interchange. To confirm availability of the desired interchange, please contact the Missouri Department of Transportation, Traffic & Highway Safety Division, at 1-888-275-6636. The application shall include the name of at least one current member of the general assembly who will sponsor the interchange designation. A House or Senate member must be willing to sponsor the memorial designation in order for the application to be submitted to the Joint Committee on Transportation Oversight for approval consideration. The applicant must provide supporting documentation verifying the family member killed in action was a member of the United States Armed Forces and proof that such family member was killed in action while performing active military duty with the United States Armed Forces in Afghanistan or Iraq on or after September 11, 2001. An interchange may only be designated in memory of one fallen solider.
By signing the application form, the applicant is certifying he or she is related by marriage, adoptions, or consanguinity within second degree to the member of the United States Armed Forces who had been killed in action.
The proposed memorial name of the designation is for first name, middle initial, and last name. Ranks and titles are optional, if included must be abbreviated due to design limitations.
The payment covers the cost of constructing, installing, and maintaining the signs for twenty years. After such period, the signs shall be subject to removal by the Missouri Department of Transportation and the interchange may be designated to honor a fallen Missouri hero who had been killed in action while performing active military duty with the United States Armed Forces in Afghanistan or Iraq on or after September 11, 2001 other than the current designee. An existing interchange designation may be retained for additional twenty-year increments if, at least one year before the designation’s expiration, an application to the Department of Transportation is made to retain the designation along with the required documents and all applicable fees required. If the memorial designation is not approved by the Joint Committee on Transportation Oversight, ninety-seven percent of the application fee shall be refunded to the requesting individual.
All applications along with the fees shall be submitted together and sent to the Missouri Department of Transportation - Traffic & Highway Safety Division. The fees are to be made payable to "Director of Revenue—Credit State Road Fund", the Missouri Department of Transportation’s account. Cash will not be accepted. The Missouri Department of Transportation will submit the application and the supporting documentation to the Joint Committee on Transportation Oversight for approval consideration.
Two signs shall be installed for each interchange designation, one sign each within the triangle area between the mainline and the ramp. All signs remain the property of the Missouri Department of Transportation.
A dedication ceremony may be help upon the request of the applicant and must be indicated on the application. If the memorial designation is approved, the Missouri Department of Transportation, Customer Relations staff, will contact the applicant to arrange the ceremony. The location of the ceremony may not necessarily be held at the actual sign location, rather a location more suitable for the safety of those attending and the traveling motorists.
Heroes Way Interchange Naming Application
Example of Sign Location Layout
Specialist Blake W. Hall, of Company B, 2d Battalion, 503d infantry from Camp Ederle, Italy, was killed in IVO Baylough, Afghanistan. Interstate 55, Exit 58 near Matthews, Mo., was designated in his honor.
Interstate 55 at Fruitland, Mo., was designated in memory of Sergeant Robert G. Davis, of the 864th Engineer Battalion from Fort Lewis, WA., killed in Kandahar, Afghanistan.