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!
IL page 20 Girard
Aug 15, 2017 at 6:19:52 pm [Print]
I recently got a report that the railroad crossings on 6th/Cambridge Street in GIRARD, and the Morean Street crossing in nearby Nilwood, Illinois are currently closed because of a High speed railroad project(see map IL page-21).
So for now, you will need to remain on IL Hwy 4 between Girard and Nilwood, as the Cambridge Road and Morean Street crossings may be closed until fall.
Phelps MO detour
Aug 14, 2017 at 8:22:43 pm [Print]
There is a bridge reconstruction project that will block 66 traffic (Current Route 96) between Hwy 39 and Hwy UU (Phelps)starting August 14.
See map MO page 20
There will be a marked detour.
Or you can detour via Hwy 39 south thru Mt Vernon to I-44, then west on I-44 to exit 38, and take Hwy 97 north thru Stotts City, back up to rejoin Hwy 96.
This will take you out of your way south to 44 and back up.
But don't just stay on 44. It's worth driving back up to see Carthage or Spencer and Gay Parita!!!
(below is edited for relevance)
Southwest District Office: (417) 895-7600
August 07, 2017 07:53 AM
Two Missouri Route 96 Bridges in Lawrence County
CLOSED for Replacement Beginning Week of August 14
Lawrence County – Missouri Route 96 in Lawrence County north of Mt. Vernon will be CLOSED starting the week of August 14 when two bridges are replaced, the Missouri Department of Transportation said.
The bridges are just east of Route UU over Dry Fork Creek and just west of Route 39 over Stahl Creek.
Contractor crews will replace the old bridges with new wider structures.
Drivers can get to entrances on either side of the bridges. However, they will not be able to cross the bridges during construction.
Signs and message boards will alert drivers to the bridge closings.
Weather and/or construction delays could alter the work schedule. the two Route 96 bridges will be completed this fall)
OK page 9 and 10 Catoosa
Aug 06, 2017 at 4:43:27 pm [Print]
REOPENED TODAY! Tuesday August 8......Just be careful as workers finalize.
The intersection of Cherokee Street and Pine Street in Catoosa is closed for construction.
Detour from Essex to Amboy latest info
Aug 01, 2017 at 2:01:41 pm [Print]
This site has the latest info on the recently washed out bridges. You can still get to Amboy from Essex by using I-40 west to Kelbaker Rd, then south to rejoin 66 to Amboy.
And please also check EZ 66 Guide on facebook for updates for all of 66 as they happen.
MO page 27
Jul 14, 2017 at 11:47:48 pm [Print]
The "ghost sign" on the State Line Mercantile is actually on the "eastbound" side (or west side to be exact).
TX page 4
Jul 13, 2017 at 7:32:33 pm [Print]
66 follows the south frontage road west from Shamrock. But there is a bridge out just west of Lela, TX. So join I-40 at EXIT 157 (Lela) and then get off again at the next exit. REVERSE EB.
CA page-6 and 8: OPTION Ludlow to Ft Cady Rd
Jul 04, 2017 at 8:56:49 pm [Print]
Road warrior from the UK Alan Pratt just posted the following welcome news to mcjerry66.com:
Just to let you know that the Ludlow to Fort Cady road has been resurfaced. It is now 27 miles of the smoothest tarmac ever! Not sure when it was done, but the signs are still there saying ROugh Road for 10 Miles and the centre line has not been painted yet.
After recent bad news, this is certainly a relief! Next edition i can return this 27 miles of formerly almost unbearable 66 back to the main EZ 66 tour!
KS page 2
Jun 29, 2017 at 8:43:28 pm [Print]
The former Eisler Bros store is now named "Nelson's Old Riverton Store". I misspelled Nelson!
CA page 11
Jun 29, 2017 at 8:40:37 pm [Print]
I'm sad to say I've gotten a couple of complaints about the 66 Motel in Barstow.Please give them a try but I'd advise checking the room first.
NM page 28
Jun 24, 2017 at 1:26:34 am [Print]
Bad news! Access to the infamous La Bajada Hill, on pre 1932 66 between Santa Fe and Albuquerque, NM has been blocked off from below by the authority of the Pueblo de Cohchiti. My friend Andy sent me a photo of the locked gate where once you could turn off the road to Tetilla peak Rec Area, about a mile from NM 16. Once off the paved road, you could formerly join the old dirt 66 and cross the 1928 bridge to reach the foot of the road that winds roughly up the mesa. A sign says "No Trespassing-$500 Fine" so I guess they mean business. It is unknown if the top half of the mesa, which is government land, is still reachable from Santa Fe.