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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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 FLOODS on May 03, 2017 at 3:25:07 pm [Print]
I-44 is reported to be open thru MO. Devils Elbow's route was severely damaged, and other sections of 66 that run thru low areas or near rivers are affected. Please check https://www.facebook.com/MoDOTCentralMissouriDistrict/?hc_ref=PAGES_TIMELINE for MO road conditions. Also http://traveler.modot.org/map/

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.

Galena KS on Apr 25, 2017 at 2:38:58 am [Print]

The Galena viaduct will will be closed for repairs beginning Monday, April 24.

Because of this project, Route 66/Front Street east of downtown will be closed until the end of June. A marked detour will use parallel Clark Street, so you can still access downtown and Cars on the Route.

IL page 5 on Apr 24, 2017 at 3:01:13 am [Print]
According to a reader, The Route 66 Museum in Berwyn appears to be permanently closed. Nothing is inside and a rental space sign is out front.

IL page 9 on Apr 18, 2017 at 2:53:24 pm [Print]
This from the internet today (thanks to the Route 66 Red Carpet Corridor https://www.facebook.com/Route-66-Red-Carpet-Corridor-100747953300312/?hc_ref=NEWSFEED&fref=nf):

Route 66, aka Route 53, is closed due to railroad improvements between Braidwood & Godley.
The posted detour runs parallel to Route 66 on IL129 less than 1/4 mile from the original route.
http://www.theherald-news.com/…/closures-set-for-fr…/a8ui0w/
By The HERALD–NEWS

BRAIDWOOD – Closures are scheduled to take place as of Thursday, weather permitting, near the intersection of Front and Division streets in Braidwood for an intersection improvement project, according to an Illinois Department of Transportation news release.
The improvements are part of the Chicago-to-St. Louis high-speed rail program.
Front Street will be closed between Main and Kankakee streets. Division Street also will be closed at the railroad crossing between Front and Washington streets. A detour will direct traffic to use Washington Street via the Kankakee Street or Main Street crossings. Washington Street will remain open for the duration of the Front Street closure.
The overall project is expected to be completed in the fall.
Motorists can expect delays and should allow extra time for trips through the area. Drivers are urged to pay close attention to flaggers and signs in the work zones, obey the posted speed

IL page 5 on Apr 17, 2017 at 2:16:31 pm [Print]
Posted by: Dave on 1 - Apr 12, 2017 at 2:54:29 am The Route 66 Museum in Berwyn appears to be permanently closed. Nothing is inside and a rental space sign is out front.

Wigwam Motel CA on Apr 11, 2017 at 1:27:30 pm [Print]
There have been some bad reviews of this classic icon online. I don't trust such online reviews (I have seen totally bogus reviews trashing places I personally love on 66), so I usually wait for direct feedback from EZ Guide readers. I have only gotten ONE negative report from a user recently. This is the only direct report I have received, and everyone's experience/expectations may differ.
UPDATE 4-22: Here's what I mean about differing experiences. i just got a glowing report on the Wigwams from a reader who stayed there after this post, and who enjoyed his visit with Kumar.


UPDATE: 4-28: yesterday a couple of ladies doing 66 eastbound reproted that they had a great time at the Wigwams with Kumar! And so did a nice couple also doing 66 EB today. They said Kumar was very friendly and went out of his way to tell them about places they must see along the road. They have enjoyed all his recommendations. BTW...they also enjoyed the Lincoln Motel here in Chandler.

5-2017: Another reader enjoyed his visit at the Wigwams with Kumar. Although he did note that it cost more than he expected. This is not a el cheapo motel, folks.

Commerce OK on Apr 11, 2017 at 1:23:05 pm [Print]
Posted by: Judy and Greg on 1 - Apr 11, 2017 at 12:58:09 pm The route that takes you through Commerce,OK on Main Street is closed over the little bridge in town. I'm not sure why ... maybe the bridge? There was no sign of construction or other work, just "Road Closed" barricades on both ends of a two- ish block section.