For readers of the EZ 66 Guide for Travelers, I have provided free online updates to help keep your Route 66 experience as current as possible. As you might imagine, Route 66 is constantly undergoing changes, some good, others not so. Businesses open and close, roads are re-routed and street names change.
Please check back here just before your trip for the latest info. Entries are dated as to when they were added.
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EZ 66 readers have been helpful in keeping me keep the guidebook updated in between my own road trips, so if you discover something that needs to be addressed while on your journey, please let me know!
McJerrys month off
Oct 31, 2017 at 2:59:24 am [Print]
Mcjerry's Route 66 Gallery will be closed for the month of November while I do some work and enjoy some family times. Then I'll be open on a "call ahead" basis during the cold dark winter months. Hope to see you all in the spring!
Williamsville IL page 17
Oct 08, 2017 at 12:30:56 am [Print]
Instead of WEST I-55 it should say SOUTH in the WB directions.
NM page-30 Pre-1937 OPTION
Oct 02, 2017 at 12:35:18 pm [Print]
Ken_Bogren posted at https://forum.historic66.com/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=7137&p=34888#p34888 on Mon Oct 02, 2017 12:50 am
(From I-40 EXIT 126 southeast for 19 miles on NM 6-pre 1937 66)..."the road is under reconstruction. A couple of new bridges some road widening and a fairly long section where there is only a single lane with no shoulders that has to be shared on an alternating basis, Lots of waiting on the two sections where you have to take turns and wait for a pilot car to lead you thru the construction."
thanks for the heads up, Swa!
Oct 01, 2017 at 2:48:36 pm [Print]
People keep having trouble seeing the Blue Whale! Its sitting off to the right(Westbound)in a pond, down lower than the road.
Please look at the detailed directions as to the Whale's location, both in the driving directions and in the text and detail map.
If you can see the old Arrowood Trading Post, the Blue Whale entrance is on the other side of Oklahoma State Highway 66!
Westbound, if you come to the Rice Street stoplight, you've missed it. Turn around and go back.
The Blue Whale is NOT on the OPTION.
IL PAGE 3 TYPO
Oct 01, 2017 at 2:41:16 pm [Print]
Yikes. I must have had my head on backwards the day I revised Illinois page-3!
The first paragraph of the text should begin with "WB: To reach the EASTERN terminus..."!!!!!
I also got my left and tight mixed up in the OPTION (paragraph 3). You turn LEFT on Adams Street! But I already confessed that long ago.
I just can't believe no one else corrected me on these two blunders.
current advisories. Some may be resolved before your trip. Many are also listed separately below.
Oct 01, 2017 at 2:35:15 pm [Print]
McJERRY'S ROUTE 66 GALLERY CURRENTLY KNOWN ADVISORIES (AS OF October 23 2017)
Illinois page 23, the already rough pavement between Waggoner and the overpass over I-55 (north of Litchfield) is currently covered in GRAVEL. Hopefully it's being repaved. But for now you should stay on I55 from Exit 72 to Litchfield if you are on a motorcycle or nice car!
MO page-23: detour west of Gay parita and east of Carthage.
Hwy 96 (Route 66) is closed because two bridges are being rebuilt between Hwy 39 and Hwy UU in Phelps. There is an official detour, but ask at Gay Parita for a local detour ( which is unavailable as if this writing).
OK page-26 (map) and 29: The overpass at EXIT 26 between Elk City and Sayre is closed. This prevents crossing to the north of I-40 and entering Sayre according to the directions.
You can get on I-40 at Exit 32 on the west side of Elk City, and then take Exit 25 into Sayre. OR: from google Earth it appears that BK Road 24 south from Exit 26 is paved, then go right on E 1170 Rd (also paved) which takes you directly to the Sayre exit and 66. EB: REVERSE
TX page 4 :there's a detour on 66 west of Lela. Not marked ahead of time. Avoid backtracking by taking I-40 from EXIT 157 to EXIT 152
TX page 14: Due to I-40 WB overpass work you must detour past Bushland:
WB: I recommend joining I-40 WB at Arnot Rd (EXIT 60) and following I-40 thru the construction zone in Bushland. Then take EXIT 54 or 49 to resume westbound.
NM-28: There is now no access to la Bajada Hill from Hwy 16. No trespassing.
CA pages-2, 5, 6: You must detour via I-40 from FENNER to Kelbaker Road Exit. Go south to rejoin 66, turn RIGHT to proceed thru Amboy. It is reported that the two bridges east of Kelbaker Rd are now open. But the road is still closed between Cadiz Rd and Essex, so the detour is still in effect.
CA page-6 and 8: the formerly rough OPTION is now repaved! Go for it!
CA pages-15, 16 and 17. Stay on reconnected Cajon Blvd all the way to San Bernardino.
and yet another detour! Argh!
Sep 27, 2017 at 7:55:46 pm [Print]
OK page-29. The overpass at EXIT 26 between Elk City and Sayre is currently closed. This prevents crossing to the north of I-40 and entering Sayre.
You can get on I-40 at Exit 32 on the west side of Elk City, and then take Exit 25 into Sayre.
OR: from google Earth it appears that BK Road 24 south from Exit 26 is paved, then go right on E 1170 Rd (also paved) which takes you directly to the Sayre exit and 66. This would let you cross the Timber Creek Bridge east of Exit 26.
West of Gallup NM
Sep 26, 2017 at 6:28:31 pm [Print]
I got a report today from a reader who drove the section from EXIT 8 to Lupton. Apparantly the road is now open!
Sep 18, 2017 at 2:08:13 pm [Print]
On Illinois page 23, the already rough pavement between Waggoner and the overpass over I-55 (north of Litchfield) is currently covered in GRAVEL. Hopefully it's being repaved. But for now you should stay on I55 from Exit 72 to Litchfield if you are on a motorcycle or nice car!
Il page 23
Sep 15, 2017 at 4:58:08 pm [Print]
Got some updates from Carl today!
WB (westbound) after you cross over I-55 south of Waggoner, to turn right on "Old Route 66", the sign is missing!
Don't continue tocross the rr at grade here. Just turn right onto the first road after crossing over I-55.