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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GIANT ALERT! on May 08, 2018 at 1:06:09 pm [Print]
Th Launching Pad in Wilmington, Illinois (home of the Gemini Giant) has opened with coffee and snacks and gifts, with more to come!

ok page-28 detour on May 04, 2018 at 1:32:29 pm [Print]
Route 66 is blocked just east of Hwy 44 in FOSS due to bridge work.
You must use I-40 between EXIT 57 and EXIT 53 (see detail map).

AZ PAGE 14 on May 03, 2018 at 11:46:28 pm [Print]
This just in from AZDOT:

NOTE: The following may affect you if you attempt to join the Gravel Options directly from I-40 instead of following the 66 tour. Exit 167 (Garland Prairie Rd)and Exit 171 (Pittman Valley Rd/Deer Farm Rd) appear to be affected by the closures. Also, changes in access from the section of 66 west of Parks could become affected as work progresses.

"Interstate 40 ramp closures in place between Parks and Williams in northern Arizona"

Drivers in northern Arizona are advised to plan for travel delays because of traffic realignment and ramp closures at 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 Friday, May 4, traffic will be detoured onto temporary crossovers between Garland Prairie and Pittman Valley roads while crews begin to reconstruct the I-40 travel lanes.

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. Drivers must follow signed detour routes.

This project is being completed in two phases. Work will occur on westbound I-40 between Garland Prairie and Pittman Valley roads first, then move 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.
Drivers are advised to plan for slow traffic, follow the reduced speed limit and allow extra travel time
One lane will remain open in each direction throughout

Flagstaff west to Williams on Apr 06, 2018 at 10:11:47 pm [Print]
Throughout April, work will begin on Interstate 40 west of Flagstaff with paving and road reconstruction between Parks and Cataract Lake in Williams and reconstructing the westbound lanes west of Williams between mileposts 156 and 161.

MO Hwy 96 repaving weast from Carthage on Apr 06, 2018 at 3:03:21 pm [Print]
The following applies to Missouri Hwy 96/Route 66 from Hwy YY near Plew, Missouri west to Carthage.

http://www.modot.org/…/news_and_informa…/District8News.shtml

Route 96 Resurfacing Project in Jasper & Lawrence Counties
Scheduled to Begin Week of April 9

MoDOT, Southwest District – Drivers can expect lane closings and traffic delays on Missouri Route 96 in Jasper and Lawrence counties when a resurfacing project is scheduled to begin the week of April 9, the Missouri Department of Transportation said.

Contractor crews will resurface driving lanes and shoulders, install rumble stripes along the driving lanes and upgrade guardrail on Route 96 between Missouri Route 571 in Carthage and Lawrence County Route YY.

Flaggers and pilot cars will control the flow of traffic through the work zones. Drivers are urged to use caution when traveling through the work zone and watch for crews and equipment on the road.

Contractor crews will work during daytime hours, Monday through Friday.

McCartys to Grants...RV ALERT! on Apr 06, 2018 at 3:02:17 pm [Print]
RV ALERT!
This is a report from NMDOT
It applies to 66 from EXIT 96 (McCartys) to Exit 89. High profile vehicles use I-40 between these two exits.

“New Mexico 124 eastbound and westbound from mile marker 0 to mile marker 8
CMV's and other high profile vehilces are PROHIBITED on NM 124 from mile marker 0-8 (from Exit 96 at McCartys to Exit 89 at Skyway) due to low 13' clearance of concrete box culvert and no turn-around space. This event will be updated as conditions change.
Post Date: 3/25/2017 9:55 PM
Update Date: 4/4/2018 7:47 AM”

ROAD ADVISORY BUMPED BACK UP on Apr 06, 2018 at 2:30:31 pm [Print]
current advisories. Some may be resolved before your trip. (REVISED APRIL 6 2018..after a bunch of phone calls and checking DOT websites, I was able to clear many former detours off the list!)


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!


OK page-26 (map) and 29: The overpass at EXIT 26 between Elk City and Sayre is NOW OPEN!

The I-40 bridge construction west of Amarillo Texas at Bushland is now finished. No detour is required to follow the 66 directions.

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.

Ongoing California detour on Apr 06, 2018 at 2:02:25 pm [Print]
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.

Sapulpa, OK on Mar 22, 2018 at 9:21:55 pm [Print]
GIANT ALERT! The Heart of Route 66 Auto Museum is now open on the west side of Sapulpa. You can't miss the GIANT GAS PUMP!

https://www.heartofroute66.org/

TUESDAY – SATURDAY

10 AM TILL 4 PM

SUNDAYS

NOON TO 4 PM

​$5.50 per person

includes tax


Kingman AZ on Mar 21, 2018 at 12:10:58 pm [Print]
The Hilltop Motel is now closed. but a reopening is planned after remodeling.