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.
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Devikls Elbow MO
Jul 30, 2018 at 8:40:55 pm [Print]
Fred from the Netherlands just reported the good news that the Devils Elbow bridge is open again.
FLAGSTAFF AZ ROADWORK
Jul 18, 2018 at 2:57:52 pm [Print]
Lane Restrictions planned on Historic Route 66 between Pinnacle Street and Woodlands Village Boulevard through August
Permit work is scheduled Monday, July 23, through Friday, August 31
Drivers should plan for roadway restrictions on a small section of Historic Route 66 between Pinnacle Street and Woodlands Village Boulevard in Flagstaff from the end of July through August. The Arizona Department of Transportation has issued a permit to widen both sides of Historic Route 66 to construct two additional travel lanes in each direction between Milton Road and Woodlands Village Boulevard. This project will also add a new left turn lane from westbound Historic Route 66 onto southbound Woodlands Village Boulevard.
Drivers are advised to allow extra travel time as lane closures in both directions will be in place from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. beginning Monday, July 23, through Friday, August 31. One travel lane in each direction will remain open at all times.
What to expect:
• Construction will occur Monday through Thursday, with lane closures between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m.
• Access to businesses in the area will be maintained at all times with at least one open driveway to each business.
OK page 28
Jul 12, 2018 at 12:17:03 am [Print]
The bridge at Foss OK is open, so the 4 mile detour, from west of Exit 57 to Foss, is gone .
AZ page 14
Jul 11, 2018 at 10:53:59 pm [Print]
From AZDOT: "On Thursday, July 12, the westbound on- and off-ramps at Garland Prairie and Pittman Valley roads will reopen after being closed since May."
In addition, the westbound on-ramp and eastbound off-ramp at Parks will close for a few weeks to allow crews to continue rebuilding a 1-mile section of I-40 in both directions near the interchange."
(I think this won't affect WB travel to access 66 in Parks.EB you should be OK if already on 66.)
"The eastbound on- and off-ramps at Garland Prairie and Pittman Valley roads will close for the next few months. The ramps at the Parks Road interchange at milepost 178 will reopen to help detour traffic."
Work on this 5-mile section of I-40 is anticipated to wrap up by the fall.
bump: CA DETOUR
Jun 30, 2018 at 4:58:11 pm [Print]
Ongoing California detour
Due to washouts from heavy storms last year, the route between Essex CA and Chambless (Cadiz Jct) CA is currently CLOSED.
See the maps on CA page 2 and 6. This detour route below is indicated.
Westbound, JOIN I-40 west from Goffs Rd/Fenner at Exit 107. Take EXIT 78 Kelbaker Rd SOUTH (across I-40) for 11.5 miles back down to 66 / National Trails Hwy, then turn RIGHT to Amboy.
Eastbound, go thru Amboy, then LEFT on Kelbaker Road for 11.5 miles to I-40. Join I-40 EAST to EXIT 107 Goffs Rd/Fenner and rejoin the tour route.
NOTE: THE FORMERLY ROUGH OPTION ROUTE BETWEEN LUDLOW AND NEWBERRY SPRINGS IN NOW IN BETTER CONDITION AS REPORTED BY MANY READERS.
tx page 9 and 10
Jun 14, 2018 at 7:56:42 pm [Print]
Route 66 (which is the south frontage road alongside I-40 here) is blocked 7 miles west of Groom near the Farm market Road 2880 overpass.
There is a marked detour but on gravel roads.
Best to jump on I-40 on the west side of GROOM at EXIT 112, and get off again at EXIT 98 for CONWAY (EB REVERSE).
Jun 01, 2018 at 10:28:03 pm [Print]
There are two exits from I-40 to Seligman. The western exit in currently closed for construction, but if you are following the EZ 66 Guide you will not need to use either exit!
ROADWORK BETWEEN PARKS AND WILLIAMS AZ
Jun 01, 2018 at 9:47:34 pm [Print]
THIS JUST IN FROM AZDOT:
Interstate 40 ramp closures in place between Parks and Williams in northern Arizona
Drivers in northern Arizona are advised to plan for travel delays on Interstate 40 because of traffic realignment and ramp closures at Parks, Garland Prairie and Pittman Valley roads. Crews are repairing 17 miles of pavement on I-40 between Parks and Williams. The project also includes making bridge deck repairs at Garland Prairie and Pittman Valley roads.
Beginning Monday, June 4, I-40 will be reduced to one lane in each direction between mileposts 178 and 179, near the Parks exit, while crews begin to reconstruct the travel lanes. The Parks exit will remain open throughout this work.
Through July, the westbound I-40 on- and off-ramps at Garland Prairie and Pittman Valley roads will be closed and traffic is being detoured to the Parks and Williams exits. In mid-July, the westbound on- and off-ramps at Garland Prairie and Pittman Valley roads will reopen and the westbound on- and off-ramp and eastbound on-ramp at the Parks exit will be close with traffic detoured to Pittman Valley Road through early August. Drivers must follow signed detour routes.
Crews are completing work on westbound I-40 between Garland Prairie and Pittman Valley roads first, then moving to eastbound I-40 in the same area in early summer. Construction will pause for the winter season and is scheduled to resume in spring 2019 for additional paving, bridge and intersection work. The project is scheduled for completion in late 2019.
What to expect
• Crews are scheduled to work Mondays through Fridays from 5 a.m. to 6 p.m.
• Lane closures and restrictions will be required
• Ramp closures at Parks, Garland Prairie Road and Pittman Valley Road will be required
• Drivers are advised to plan for slow traffic, follow the reduced speed limits and allow extra travel time
• One lane will remain open in each direction throughout construction
Schedules are subject to change based on weather and other unforeseen factors. For real-time highway conditions statewide, visit ADOT's Traveler Information Site at www.az511.gov, follow ADOT on Twitter (@ArizonaDOT) or call 511, except when driving.
Jun 01, 2018 at 9:37:47 pm [Print]
Another CA list bump (a good one!) I just wanted to bump this update back to the top of the list for the coming travel season. Its good news for once!
Cajon Blvd is now reopened between Kenwood Ave and Devore! You do NOT have to get on I-15 at Kenwood Ave. Just keep following Cajon Blvd. You'll curve under I-15 and then reconnect with old 66 on the other side!
Eastbound just follow Cajon Blvd instead of getting on I-215!
May 28, 2018 at 10:30:04 pm [Print]
Bridge CLOSED on Route 66 between Atlanta and Lincoln at Lawndale.
Date : 6/1/2018 to 9/15/2018
DETOUR: Use I-55 between EXIT 140 in Atlanta and EXIT 133 in Lincoln
You can drive all of SW Arch/old 66 in Atlanta, and then double back on "Bypass 66" to the exit.