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.

If you wish to purchase your own copy of the EZ Guide, please go here.

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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Heat wave! on Jun 21, 2017 at 12:39:09 am [Print]
Its extremely hot out west at the moment...especially some areas of AZ and CA. Keep an eye on the weather reports and stay cool.

OZARK TRAIL OPTION OK page-16 on Jun 21, 2017 at 12:28:43 am [Print]
Sadly, the 1917 culvert was removed when the asphalt pavement on a stretch of this OPTION was dug up. That section is now gravel. The 1909 Culvert is still there on the east-west stretch that remains paved. Although this culvert long ago lost its pipe guard rails and is beat up, the legend "BUILT 1909" is still readable, stamped into the south concrete side rail. There are a couple other concrete culverts on this option, but no dates are visible. BTW...the Ozark trails obelisk still stands, but covered in grafitti.

CA page-12 on Jun 21, 2017 at 12:21:44 am [Print]
Posted by: Steve Hawke on 1 - Jun 19, 2017 at 7:32:42 pm

8-9-17 This roadwork may be complete now, but I leave this here just in case.

An update on a section between Helendale and Oro-Grande, after Barstow. There is freshly layed gravel and 'OIL'(resurfacing to us Brits)),just not what us bikers want to see in a road-sign whilst riding. Pristine paint jobs may want to avoid this area for a time. It was easily passable but the reduced speed (35/45 mph)made it a little tedious. Thanks for the great research and all the updates. Steve, Paul and Gary,UK

Oklahoma page-18 on Jun 18, 2017 at 3:26:53 pm [Print]
Work is proceeding (after a delay caused by funding shortfalls) to widen the shoulders of OK 66 from the Lincoln County line west to Luther. While I will miss the formerly intimate closeness of roadside trees, etc, this will make the road safer, especially when bicyclists are present.

Dirt 66 sections on Jun 18, 2017 at 3:21:41 pm [Print]
Tim also related his experience with some sections of Dirt 66 in NM and AZ becoming somewhat rough after heavy rains. This is to be expected, but usually the roads are smoothed out again.

Rolla MO on Jun 11, 2017 at 3:27:28 pm [Print]
Reader Tim informs me that there is a rough detour on the route between HWY V and and Northwye (east of Rolla). Until the new connector road is complete, I would join I-44 at Hwy V and exit at Hwy 63 into Rolla (or the reverse EB).

Another CA list bump (a good one!) on May 07, 2017 at 8:39:07 pm [Print]
CA: section of Cajon Blvd reopened . on Mar 21, 2017 at 2:40:52 pm [remove] - [edit] [Print] I just wanted to bump this update back to the top of the list for the coming travel season. Its good news for once!

CA PAGES 15 THRU 18 on Sep 14, 2016 at 3:13:49 pm
If you go to facebook and search for my page:
"EZ 66 Guide to Route 66"
you can print out the 4 revised pages of the EZ 66 Guide that cover the reconnected section of Cajon Blvd north of San Bernardino!
The print button on this page is not connected to the maps posted on my facebook page.
The directions are much easier now that you no longer need to get on I-15 and I-215 to continue.
CA page-17 on Sep 09, 2016 at 5:12:37 pm Cajon Blvd is now reopened between Kenwood Ave and Devore! You do NOT have to get on I-15 at Kenwood Ave. Just keep following Cajon Blvd. You'll curve under I-15 and then reconnect with old 66 on the other side!
Eastbound just follow Cajon Blvd instead of getting on I-215!

Bumping this detour back to top of list! on May 07, 2017 at 8:37:25 pm [Print]
DETOUR from ESSEX to AMBOY on Mar 01, 2017 at 12:10:11 am [remove] - [edit] [Print] Well, here we go again! According to the report below, you will have to detour from Essex or Fenner via I-40 and Kelbaker Road to reach Amboy due to the replacement of two bridges east of Amboy...scheduled to last thru mid- September!

Reportedly, only local traffic will be allowed access to this long section from the JCT of Essex Rd.

See the big maps on CA page 2 and Ca page 6, where the I-40 and Kelbaker Road detour is still marked from an earlier closure!

You'll miss Driving across this vast desolate section, and the graffitied ruins at Cadiz Summit. But there is no need to miss Amboy and the road from there to Ludlow.

WE can expect this situation to repeat as more bridges are replaced in the future.

http://www.vvdailypress.com/news/20170228/bridge-work-to-force-extended-road-closure-on-route-66-in-amboy

By San Bernardino County
San Bernardino County Public Works will be constructing two new bridges and road improvements on National Trails Highway (Route 66) at Dola Ditch (2.08 miles east of Kelbaker Road) and Lanzit Ditch (2.77 miles east of Kelbaker Road), east of the community of Amboy. The construction will include removing the existing timber bridges and constructing new timber bridges.
A portion of National Trails Highway will be closed at all times to through traffic, including emergency vehicles. Traffic will be routed around the construction on public streets and highways. The detour plan includes using Interstate 40 and Kelbaker Road.
Local residents and businesses will have access from Essex Road west to the construction site, but there will be no traffic through the construction site. Construction of the project is tentatively scheduled to start on Monday and run through mid-September....
This project is part of a master plan to replace several of the 127 bridges along the National Trails Highway corridor over the next several years.




Update on road closure east of Amboy on Mar 21, 2017 at 2:28:27 pm [remove] - [edit] [Print] Here is what the offical San Bernardino County site says about the road closure on 66 east of Amboy:

http://sbcountydpw.maps.arcgis.com/apps/dashboard/index.html#/116f06ee0bb042b8b6693db126656fe0

Closed on 03/06/17 @ 2:00 PM from Kelbaker Rd. to Cadiz Rd for bridge replacement. Anticipate reopening in September 2017. DPW Dispatch: 909/387-8063.

and another report:

http://www.highlandnews.net/news/public_safety/road-closure-on-national-trails-highway-route---amboy/article_a822ece2-fe0b-11e6-adbf-e71e19c1d8e8.html



San Bernardino County Public Works will be constructing two new bridges and road improvements on National Trails Highway (Route 66) at Dola Ditch (2.08 miles east of Kelbaker Road) and Lanzit Ditch (2.77 miles east of Kelbaker Road), east of the community of Amboy. The construction will include removing the existing timber bridges and constructing new timber bridges.

A portion of National Trails Highway will be closed at all times to through traffic, including emergency vehicles. Traffic will be routed around the construction on public streets and highways. The detour plan includes using I-40 and Kelbaker Road. Local residents and businesses will have access from Essex Road west to the construction site, but there will be no traffic through the construction site

MO page-15 on 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.

MO page-13 on 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.