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!
Apr 29, 2017 at 8:20:52 pm [Print]
There is now a ROUNDABOUT at the JCT of 66 and HWY T on the west side of Waynseville MO.
Apr 29, 2017 at 7:54:25 pm [Print]
WestBound (WB) into Rolla from HWY V: a new connection to County Rd 2000 was scheduled to have been built before now. This will connect the through EZ TOUR route to the section of CO RD 2000 labeled "Dead end 66" on the map.
BTW...ignore the "OPTIONAL" label on that map. It was an option but I changed it back to the main route...but forgot to remove the caption! LOL
Anyway, you'll be able to follow this new connection along the updated 66, or hopefully stay on the original 66 (CO 2020) as in the tour directions. Goes for EASTBOUND too. The new route connects to the old at both ends so no worries.
Apr 25, 2017 at 2:38:58 am [Print]
The Galena viaduct will will be closed for repairs beginning Monday, April 24.
Because of this project, Route 66/Front Street east of downtown will be closed until the end of June. A marked detour will use parallel Clark Street, so you can still access downtown and Cars on the Route.
IL page 5
Apr 24, 2017 at 3:01:13 am [Print]
According to a reader, The Route 66 Museum in Berwyn appears to be permanently closed. Nothing is inside and a rental space sign is out front.
IL page 9
Apr 18, 2017 at 2:53:24 pm [Print]
This from the internet today (thanks to the Route 66 Red Carpet Corridor https://www.facebook.com/Route-66-Red-Carpet-Corridor-100747953300312/?hc_ref=NEWSFEED&fref=nf):
Route 66, aka Route 53, is closed due to railroad improvements between Braidwood & Godley.
The posted detour runs parallel to Route 66 on IL129 less than 1/4 mile from the original route.
By The HERALD–NEWS
BRAIDWOOD – Closures are scheduled to take place as of Thursday, weather permitting, near the intersection of Front and Division streets in Braidwood for an intersection improvement project, according to an Illinois Department of Transportation news release.
The improvements are part of the Chicago-to-St. Louis high-speed rail program.
Front Street will be closed between Main and Kankakee streets. Division Street also will be closed at the railroad crossing between Front and Washington streets. A detour will direct traffic to use Washington Street via the Kankakee Street or Main Street crossings. Washington Street will remain open for the duration of the Front Street closure.
The overall project is expected to be completed in the fall.
Motorists can expect delays and should allow extra time for trips through the area. Drivers are urged to pay close attention to flaggers and signs in the work zones, obey the posted speed
IL page 5
Apr 17, 2017 at 2:16:31 pm [Print]
Posted by: Dave on 1 - Apr 12, 2017 at 2:54:29 am The Route 66 Museum in Berwyn appears to be permanently closed. Nothing is inside and a rental space sign is out front.
Wigwam Motel CA
Apr 11, 2017 at 1:27:30 pm [Print]
There have been some bad reviews of this classic icon online. I don't trust such online reviews (I have seen totally bogus reviews trashing places I personally love on 66), so I usually wait for direct feedback from EZ Guide readers. I have only gotten ONE negative report from a user recently. This is the only direct report I have received, and everyone's experience/expectations may differ.
UPDATE 4-22: Here's what I mean about differing experiences. i just got a glowing report on the Wigwams from a reader who stayed there after this post, and who enjoyed his visit with Kumar.
UPDATE: 4-28: yesterday a couple of ladies doing 66 eastbound reproted that they had a great time at the Wigwams with Kumar! And so did a nice couple also doing 66 EB today. They said Kumar was very friendly and went out of his way to tell them about places they must see along the road. They have enjoyed all his recommendations. BTW...they also enjoyed the Lincoln Motel here in Chandler.
Apr 11, 2017 at 1:23:05 pm [Print]
Posted by: Judy and Greg on 1 - Apr 11, 2017 at 12:58:09 pm The route that takes you through Commerce,OK on Main Street is closed over the little bridge in town. I'm not sure why ... maybe the bridge? There was no sign of construction or other work, just "Road Closed" barricades on both ends of a two- ish block section.
DETOUR west of AMBOY CA
Apr 08, 2017 at 3:02:58 am [Print]
The detour below is likely over now. But be aware that there could be more closures in the future due to roadwork.
Got a report that 66 is now closed because of repaving work between from 6.4 miles east of Crucero Rd in Ludlow to 4.4 mi west of Amboy Rd. (ie: between Amboy and Ludlow).
The road is planned to reopen on 4-7-17 at 7 pm.
Closed again on 4-10 at 5 am.
Reopen 4-14 at 7pm
Open weekend of 4-8/4-9.
dates and times may change!
During the times this stretch WEST of Amboy is closed you'll have to use I-40 all the way between Ludlow and Goffs Rd at EXIT 107/Fenner (because of the prior section of closed road EAST of Amboy that will last until September).
You can reach Amboy via Kelbaker road, but while the road is closed west of Amboy you must return to I-40.
BTW...the Bagdad Cafe is actually west of Ludlow in Newberry Springs, so you can still visit it.
Mar 22, 2017 at 10:06:12 pm [Print]
Posted by: Monika King on 1 - Mar 22, 2017 at 7:11:00 pm [remove] - [firstname.lastname@example.org] Update we found: the road to pony bridge between El Reno and Hydro in OK right as you turn left on US 281 is closed
This sounds like you cannot turn left onto old 66/US 281 after descending Bridgeport Hill. Hopefully only temporary, as sometimes happens on this route. You can try to access 66 again a few miles west at EXIT 101 (Hinton Jct).