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 2:08:13 pm [Print]
On 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!
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.
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!
Thanks Alan! Update...I got a conflicting report that the section west from Ludlow to the overpass is still rough to some degree...