Memorial Highway and Bridge Program

The Memorial Highway/Bridge Program includes two separate processes for designation.

  • Legislative Process: Honors fallen law enforcement, military soldiers, emergency personnel or state employees killed in the line of duty.
  • Application Process: Designates Missouri highways and bridges after an individual, organization, and event or place.
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a screenshot of the memorial designation map

Memorial Designation Map

Check our online map for availability of open roadways ready for designating.   

To search for a specific route, click here

Legislative Process- Service Personnel Killed in the Line of Duty

This process allows the Missouri Legislature to introduce a bill designating a memorial highway or bridge to honor fallen law enforcement, military soldiers, emergency personnel or state employees killed in the line of duty. The bill must pass both the House and Senate chambers and be signed into law by the Governor with the bill becoming law on August 28th of that current year. 

Program Information
  • Memorial Name –
    • Honoree name may be subject to sign design limitations.
    • The name signed into law will be the name on the sign.
  • Sign Information –
    • Two signs will be installed marking the beginning of each end of the highway section or bridge.
    • MoDOT determines the sign location to ensure safe operation of the highway system.
    • Each sign will have a white legend on a green background displaying the mandated text:
      • Memorial Highway
      • Memorial Bridge
    • Once payment is received, allow 9 to 12 weeks for sign fabrication and installation.
    • Signs remain in place indefinitely.
  • Participation Fee –
    • Standard Signs (6’ x 3’) is $2,400.00 for two signs and due before sign is fabricated.
    • Optional Signs (8’ x 3’) is $3,200.00 for two signs and due before sign is fabricated.
      • These signs accommodate fallen law enforcement and military soldier’s rank and full name, which may not fit on the standard sign.
      • These signs have an increase in costs, due to the increase of sign size and larger post required to support the signs.
      • The route must be able to accommodate the larger sign; MoDOT determines its final eligibility. (If the standard sign is required, MoDOT will reimburse the difference in cost between the standard sign and the optional sign.)
    • Payment is made by private donations, from organizations or by family members.
    • Fee covers cost of constructing, installing and maintaining the signs
    • Payment made payable to MoDOT’s Account:  Director of Revenue – Credit State Road Fund
  • Sign Unveiling –
    • At request, MoDOT will provide one sign for the unveiling ceremony which will be located  away from the route designation for safety of those attending and traveling motorists.
Requirements
  • Verify roadway availability, click here  or contact MoDOT’s Highway Safety & Traffic Division at (573) 751-7643.
  • Applicants are required to have legislative sponsorship supporting the designation
    • Find your local Representative, click here
    • Find your local Senator, click here
  • Written consent from the honoree’s family authorizing the designation, if designating after an individual. 

Application Process

This process allows Missouri highways and bridges to be designated after an individual, organization, an event or place. No section of highway or bridge may be designated more than once.  Each individual, organization, event or place is eligible for one highway or bridge designation.

Program Information 
  • Application -
    • Application, participation fee and supporting documentation must be submitted together.
    • MoDOT reviews the application, and the Joint Committee on Transportation Oversight conducts final review and approval. 
    • Falsifying information on an application will void the request and result in loss of fees and sign installation. 
    • If application is not approved, 97 percent of the payment is refunded.
  • Memorial Name –
    • Honoree name may be subject to sign design limitations.
  • Sign Information –
    • Two signs will be installed marking the beginning of each end of the highway section or bridge.
    • MoDOT determines the sign location to ensure safe operation of the highway system.
    • Each sign will be a white legend on a green background displaying the mandated text:
      • Memorial Highway
      • Memorial Bridge
    • Once application is approved, allow 9 to 12 weeks for sign fabrication and installation.
    • Signs remain in place for 20 years and may be renewed for an additional 20 years.
      • At 19 years, a second application and application fee is required to renew the memorial.
  • Participation Fee –
    • Standard Signs (6’ x 3’) is $2,400.00 for two signs and due with submission of application.
    • Optional Signs (8’ x 3’) is $3,200.00 for two signs and due with submission of application.
      • These signs accommodate fallen law enforcement and military soldier’s rank and full name, which may not fit on the standard sign.
      • These signs have an increase in costs, due to the increase of sign size and larger post required to support the signs.
      • The route must be able to accommodate the larger sign; MoDOT determines its final eligibility. (If the standard sign is required, MoDOT will reimburse the difference in cost between the standard sign and the optional sign.)
    • Payment is made by private donations, from organizations or by family members.
    • Fee covers cost of constructing, installing and maintaining the signs
    • Payment made payable to MoDOT’s Account:  Director of Revenue – Credit State Road Fund
  • Sign Unveiling –
    • At request, MoDOT will provide one sign for the unveiling ceremony which will be located away from the route designation for safety of those attending and traveling motorists. 
Requirements 
  • Verify roadway availability, click here or contact MoDOT’s Highway Safety & Traffic Division at (573) 751-7643.
  • Honoree shall be deceased for minimum of two years.
  • Applicants are required to have legislative sponsorship supporting the designation
    • To find your local Representative, click here
    • To find your local Senator, click here.
  • Collection of 100 signatures of Missouri residents from the area supporting the designation.
  • Copy of a Death Certificate or Obituary, if designating after an individual.
  • Written consent from the honoree’s family authorizing the designation, if designating after an individual

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