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!
Sep 18, 2017 at 1:18:12 pm [Print]
With the current protests going on in St Louis, especially downtown, be careful of traffic jams and other problems.
IL page 16
Sep 15, 2017 at 5:15:02 pm [Print]
Today 10-7-17 a reader WAS able to turn LEFT westbound at this intersection.
Carl gave me another report in Lincoln, Illinois.
There is currently construction at the JCT of Stringer and BL 55 on the south side of town. WB you can't turn left now on BL 55/Lincoln Parkway. You can turn right on the frontage rd (S Postville Dr) and go back up to 5th St. From there, turn Left, cross thru the intersection, then LEFT again onto the southbound (westbound) lanes of BL 55/Lincoln Parkway.
Or go down Washington to see The Mill, then turn around and go back up to 5th and proceed to BL 55/Lincoln PKWY.
Eastbound, you MAY be able to turn right onto Stringer. If not, go up to 5th.
This intersection of Stringer and Lincoln Pkwy may be entirely different after work is finished.
MO page 23
Sep 15, 2017 at 5:06:50 pm [Print]
Here's more info about the detour west of Gay parita and east of Carthage.
Hwy 96 (Route 66) is closed because two bridges are being rebuilt between Hwy 39 and Hwy UU in Phelps.
Unless you are in a big truck or Rv, here's the local detour from reports (I haven't driven this).
WB: Turn right on Hwy 39. Go 2 miles north to MIller, MO.
Turn LEFT on 5th St.
Go three miles on 5th (County 2040).
Turn LEFT on HWY UU. Go 2 miles.
Turn RIGHT on Hwy 96.
There have been conflicting reports as to whether part of this is unpaved. A visitor told me yesterday all was paved.
The official detour takes you miles south to I-44, and then back up.
Il page 23
Sep 15, 2017 at 4:58:08 pm [Print]
Got some updates from Carl today!
WB (westbound) after you cross over I-55 south of Waggoner, to turn right on "Old Route 66", the sign is missing!
Don't continue tocross the rr at grade here. Just turn right onto the first road after crossing over I-55.
Sep 02, 2017 at 1:05:16 am [Print]
This is not a goof, but very occasionally people are confused when taking the BELLVUE OPTION. For some reason they turn right (north) on Hwy 48 instead of SOUTH (left).
I don't know why they go astray here. But it happened again last week. So be sure to follow the map.
dept of Typos
Sep 02, 2017 at 1:02:00 am [Print]
On Ca page 13, in the WB (westbound) directions, I hit the wrong key! In the third sentence, it should say "At the stoplight for 7th St/BL 15..." NOT BL 55! LOL
TX page 4
Sep 02, 2017 at 1:00:17 am [Print]
Just bumping this back up...there's a detour on 66 west of Lela. Not marked ahead of time. Avoid backtracking by taking I-40 from EXIT 157 to EXIT 152
And be sure to scroll down for detours in IL< MO< TX< NM and CA!!!
RE: the detour between Gay Parita and Carthage, MO...if you go to my EZ 66 Guide Facebook page and scroll down, you'll find a map and directions posted by a local. Part of this detour is gravel!
TX page 14
Aug 19, 2017 at 3:06:20 pm [Print]
The WB I-40 overpass is being rebuilt in Bushland, west of Amarillo. The road under the overpass will be closed. WB I-40 traffic will take the current EXIT 57 offramp onto the North Frontage Road, then rejoin the interstate once past the construction.
Since Route 66 follows the north frontage road west from Amarillo, traffic following 66 will be impacted.
WB: I recommend joining I-40 WB at Arnot Rd (EXIT 60) and following I-40 thru the construction zone in Bushland. Then take EXIT 54 0r 49 to resume westbound.
EB:You will be following the north fronatge road east, so you must join I-40 eastbound at EXIT 49 or 54, then pass by the construction zone at Bushland. You can exit and cross over to rejoin the north frontage road eastbound at the next opportunity (possibly Arnot Rd). Its possible there may be a section of the north frontage road temporarily marked ONE WAY east of Bushland.
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.
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.
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