According to commissioners, the Missouri Department of Transportation placed signs designating the route several years ago, but failed to comply with all of the guidelines for scenic byways, particularly the requirement to have a formal agreement with the counties in which the signs are placed.


According to commissioners, the Missouri Department of Transportation placed signs designating the route several years ago, but failed to comply with all of the guidelines for scenic byways, particularly the requirement to have a formal agreement with the counties in which the signs are placed.

In an effort to solve this dilemma and continue to have signs posted, the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission is asking the affected counties to sign a scenic byways agreement.

The problem is that while commissioners would like to see the signs posted in Phelps County, Phelps County Prosecuting Attorney John Beger has advised them that one paragraph in the agreement may open the county up to liabilities if they sign the contract.

The commission did not make any decisions regarding the agreement, but is seeking further advice from Beger.