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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.
Oct 06, 2017 at 5:28:25 pm [Print]
You might want to AVOID downtown Chicago on Sunday October 8!
There's a huge Marathon, WHICH WILL CLOSE MANY STREETS, including parts of Jackson and Adams, which are 66.
And parking, crowds and traffic will be an issue.
"On Oct. 8, for 26.2 miles through 29 neighborhoods, about 40,000 participants and about 1.7 million spectators will descend on the city for the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. Officials encourage the use of public transportation to get to the course and transit agencies will beef up service. The route begins and ends in Grant Park, passing some of the city's main landmarks along the way. See the map below (on the first link) for when streets, which will be closed for most of the morning, will reopen, on a rolling basis."
Road closures: Roads on the course close at 7 a.m. and begin opening at 9:30 a.m. as the race progresses. The final road opens at 6 p.m.
Cars: No-parking zones along the course will go into effect at 1 a.m. Sunday. Vehicles in violation will be ticketed and towed. For those parking spots remaining, reserving one through websites like ParkWhiz or SpotHero might be a convenient approach.
I got a report from a reader that said "Lakeshore thru Jackson is closed due to the Chicago marathon thru monday". This may indicate that this section of Jackson west from lakeshore is already closed in advance. I have been unable to confirm.
Just do yourself a favor and start your trip west of Chicago this Sunday October 8!!!
https://www.chicagomarathon.com/participant-information/course-amenities/street-closure-notification/ list of anticipated street closures and openings.
Oct 03, 2017 at 12:26:44 pm [Print]
Interstate 40 eastbound ramp closure in Williams begins Tuesday
The Arizona Department of Transportation has scheduled daytime weekday closures of the I-40 eastbound off-ramp at Exit 161 in Williams beginning Tuesday, Oct. 3. The required closures will increase productivity for the I-40 Devil Dog to Williams paving underway. The ramp restriction will be in effect weekdays from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. until Friday, Oct. 13.
Detour signage will be in the area, and drivers can find alternative access via the off-ramp at Exit 163, located two miles east of the required closure. Please use caution and watch for construction personnel and equipment in the construction zone.
Schedules are subject to change based on weather and other unforeseen factors. For more information, please call Coralie Cole, ADOT community relations project manager, at 602.501.4899 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For real-time highway conditions statewide, visit the ADOT Traveler Information site at www.az511.gov, follow ADOT on Twitter (@ArizonaDOT) or call 511, except while driving.
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 SEPT 2017)
IL page-16: The intersection of Stringer and Business 55 ( Lincoln Pkwy) is under construction. A detour may be necessary via 5th St.
IL PAGE-23: 66 is closed at the RR tracks in Nilwood and Girard. Use IL 4.
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. Unless you are in a big truck or Rv, here's the local detour from reports (I haven't driven this).
WB: Turn right on Hwy 39. Go 2 miles north to MIller, MO. Turn LEFT on 5th St. Go three miles on 5th (County 2040). Turn LEFT on HWY UU. Go 2 miles. Turn RIGHT on Hwy 96. EB REVERSE
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!