EZ UPDATES

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!

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MIAMI OK on Jul 16, 2019 at 7:45:20 pm [Print]
The Vintage iron Motorcycle Museum appears to be defunct. I looked in the dusty windows last Sunday and there was no merchandise on the gift shop shelves, and the rest looked empty, with just a few bikes visible in a back room.

I tried to call the number on their website, which still indicates it is OPEN (as do other websites), but no luck.

Looking at recent reviews, I found many from disappointed would be visitors reporting that it had liquidated and closed this year.

Flagstaff to williams on Jul 16, 2019 at 4:02:40 pm [Print]
There is a lot of construction along 66 in Flagstaff and on I-40?66 east of Williams. Use caution, allow time, and be aware some exit closures may block optional routes.

Go to https://az511.gov/
for the official construction map

9 foot Hwy Miami to Afton Oklahoma OK page 4 on Jul 16, 2019 at 3:48:07 pm [Print]
Also known as the Ribbon Road or Sidewalk hHwy, this optional section has been mostly covered in gravel the last few years. Good news...the county is well on the way to getting funds for restoration!


The BAD news: Even though I don't feature this old section as an option due to roughness, many still drive it. However, the bridge (which also serves State Hwy 125)just south of Miami is currently closed. You can't access the 9 foot road from the north.

There's a dirt road connecting east to Hwy 125 from the HWY 10 JCT...but I can't vouch for it's suitablity, so travel at your own risk if you try this detour.

The SIDE TRIP from the MARKER north of Narcissa (between Miami and Afton) is where you can BEST see a mostly uncovered section.

As far as the SOUTHERN section closer to Afton, the road is currently closed at the railroad crossing east of town and north of current 66.

MO page 23 on Jul 13, 2019 at 2:44:08 pm [Print]
Just a reminder that since the last edition Gay Parita has indeed been reopened by the late Gary Turner's daughter Barb and her husband George. Good folks!

ST LOUIS MO AND HAMEL IL. on Jul 03, 2019 at 11:38:49 pm [Print]
The entrance to 44/270 from Watson Rd West side of St Louis is closed. Also a detour around Hamel Illinois.

Claremore motor inn. on Jul 01, 2019 at 5:44:36 pm [Print]
I can't recommed the Claremore motor inn any more in Claremore Oklahoma.

EAST OF GALLUP NM on Jun 27, 2019 at 7:53:31 pm [Print]
ROAD CONSTRUCTION THIS SUMMER AT EXIT 39 EAST OF GALLUP. NO EASY WAY AROUND THIS i-40 CONSTRUCTION, AND NO ALTERNATE 66 ROUTE HERE. THEY ADVISE DRIVING THIS STRETCH IN THE MORNING OR EARLY AFTERNOON, AS TRAFFIC BACKUPS FROM AFTER ABOUT 3 PM AND CAN RUN INTO THE NIGHT, ESPECIALLY ON WEEKENDS.

ALLOW EXTRA TIME TO GET TO OR FROM GALLUP!

FROM THE NAVAJO DAILY TIMES:

I-40 traffic delayed by construction

By Navajo Times | Jun 21, 2019 | News |

GALLUP

Traffic on I-40 east of Gallup at Jamestown (EXIT 39) is backing up due to construction and highway officials say the delays will last until later this summer.

Traffic heading east was backed up at least 16 miles and the line reached Church Rock on Wednesday.

Travelers and truckers planning to travel on I-40 near Exit 39 “are encouraged to have patience and plan their travel times to avoid delays if possible,” according to a news release from the New Mexico roads department.

The construction, 18.7 miles east of Gallup, is a bridge rehabilitation and ramp and roadway improvement.

Traffic on the freeway is reduced to one lane in each direction from mile marker 37.6 to mile marker 42.8. The Exit 39 bridge is also reduced to one lane. The on-ramp and off-ramp are open at Exit 39, but do have detours.

The $18.7 million project is expected to be complete later this summer.

The New Mexico roads department reports traffic begins backing up at approximately 2:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. daily and can last until 8 p.m.

Higher volumes of weekend traffic can cause backups to last longer from Friday to Sunday. In addition, if there is a crash, drivers can expect longer backups and delays.

State officials encourage travelers to pass through the area in the morning or early afternoon.

The contractor for the project, Fisher Sand & Gravel, has been working from 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Saturday, but began working seven days a week on June 20 to complete construction as soon as possible.

Highway construction is also taking place on I-40 about four miles east of the Arizona/New Mexico state line, in Cibola County at the bridge over Rio San Jose, and in Bernalillo County near the Big I.

Information: 1-800-687-3417.

LEXINGTON ILLINOIS on Jun 27, 2019 at 2:46:46 am [Print]
There may be a detour near Lexington Illinois. Details not yet known.

OK page 25 on Jun 17, 2019 at 2:03:30 am [Print]
I am informed by tour guide Gary "Bear" that 66 is currently closed between Hydro and east Weatherford for a bridge replacement. You'll need to detour via I-40 between exits 88 and (probably) Exit 84.

ST LOUIS: CHAIN OF ROCKS BRIDGE and arch flooding on Jun 11, 2019 at 4:20:51 pm [Print]
The Illinois approach to the bridge is currently flooded. The MO side is not advised. Hopefully the flood waters will recede. Also the Arch is currently closed.