Question: As work continues on re-paving Veterans Parkway, it was during the World War II era when the road first opened. Then called Belt Line Road, it was a bypass around B-N with “soft” curves that could take 75 mph travel, built as an “open road” for the transport of war munitions along Route 66 (today's Interstate 550 between St. Louis and Chicago). Do you know what was the federal government’s only rule of that road back then?
Answer: The government mandated that today’s Veterans Parkway have no stoplights or stop signs “to impede speed of travel.” By the 1950s, history was made when a single stop sign was placed at Route 66/Route 9 (today’s Empire at Veterans). Then in the late 1960s began the erection of stoplights that today is a steady procession of stoplights. So much for history.