The Bevier interchange isn't noticed much by travelers unless they need to exit Highway 36 or travel north on Route O. Very soon, that might change. The family of Navy Seal Adam O. Smith, of Bevier who died in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan in August 2010, is requesting for Missouri Department of Transportation to erect a sign at the Bevier junction naming the interchange the Adam O. Smith Heroes Way.
Mike Miller of Bevier read an article in the St. Louis paper about how families of fallen soldiers may request a sign to be erected by MoDOT at interchanges. The soldiers must have been killed in action in Iraq or Afghanistan since September 2001. The project began in 2009 only on interstate highways. In 2011, MoDOT then expanded the project saying the dedications may be done on four-lane state highways. Roads and bridges may be named after other individuals, but interchanges are reserved for servicemen and women that meet the other criteria.
Michelle Jorgenson, has started the proceedings in getting a sign placed at the Bevier interchange. The family needs to raise $2,400 to accomplish their goal. MoDOT will maintain the sign for 20 years after the sign is placed.
As of last week the family has raised $845. An account has been set up in the Bank of New Cambria in Bevier. The account will remain open until the needed amount is reached. Before the sign can be erected the family must complete an application, have the amount of money needed and a state senator or state representative who will support the request.