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 17, 2022 at 7:51:05 pm [Print]
Look at the reviews of Pete's Gas Station museum and decide for yourself. BTW...if you go in DON"T wear a mask!
detoru east of Gallup NM 9-17
Sep 17, 2022 at 11:45:28 am [Print]
East of Gallup NM a short stretch is still closed, evidently between EXIT 26 (East Gallup) and EXIT 33. use I-40 between these exits for now.
OATMAN CLOSURES 9-13-22
Sep 13, 2022 at 9:49:21 am [Print]
You may still encounter closures on the route to Oatman, either on the east (before Cool Springs) or west sides (near Topock). DO NOT DRIVE PAST BARRICADES AND THRU WATER OR MUD. people have been getting stuck.
CHAIN OF ROCKS BRIDGE
Sep 08, 2022 at 10:20:57 am [Print]
UPDATE:9-17; CANAL BRIDGE IS OPEN ON ILLINOIS SIDE***PARKING AND ACCESS TO BRIDGE ON ILLINOIS SIDE IS OPEN***
The only safe and easy access to the Chain of Rocks Bridge (from the Illinois side) is CLOSED until Sept 15. You can't drive across the canal bridge en route to the Illinois parking lot.
It is not safe to park along Riverview Dr on the Mo side.
mUNGER mOSS mOTEL
Sep 05, 2022 at 2:50:09 pm [Print]
Ramona of the Munger Moss Motel in Lebanon MO has been very ill. The motel has remianed open.
Aug 22, 2022 at 8:48:15 pm [Print]
Construction is ongoing on Coal St (older 66) thru downtown Gallup. Expect closures on the OPTION.
Aug 22, 2022 at 8:47:06 pm [Print]
Oct 22 to Oct 25 of 2022. Temp closure of Hwy 77 from the south, going north across the tracks into downtown Holbrook. This will only affect you if you want to drive thru the Petrified Forest to the south end and then follow 180/77 into Holbrook. (or via versa eastbound). During this construction I recommend going back up to I-40 after touring the Petrified Forest.
HEAVY RAIN IN AZ AND NM
Aug 17, 2022 at 9:25:45 am [Print]
There continues to be road closures of varying duration along 66 in areas of NM and AZ due to extremely heavy seasonal "monsoon" storms. (recently east of Gallup and the Oatman area). The situation is fluid and rapidly changing.
Expect to encounter random closures..and do NOT drive across ANY flooded road.
MO: GAY PARITA SPENCER DETOUR
Aug 16, 2022 at 4:40:51 pm [Print]
MODOT is replacing two bridges on HWY 96 near Gay Parita and Spencer, so Hwy 96 is CLOSED in the area.
The sections of old 66 past Gay Parita and Spencer are not part of this construction, and will allow bypassing of the closure if you follow the EZ 66 directions.
UPDATE 8-24-2022: GOOD NEWS!
Barb from Gay Parita talked to the person in charge, and was told ANYONE can use these sections of 66 signed "Road Closed-Local Traffic only" to go to Gay Parita and Spencer for the purpose of visiting them! Not just "locals." You are using the road to visit the local businesses.
Also, signage was added saying "Businesses OPEN" .
AGAIN: NO HEAVY BIG RIGS.
UPDATE: 8-16: Barb from Gay Parita just called me. She had talked today with the Highway Patrol, and was assured that TOURISTS driving around the barricades to follow the directions on OLD 66 thru Gay Parita and Spencer will NOT be ticketed.
But CARS ONLY. NO BIG RIGS, BUS or BIG RVS.
8-15: Two bridges on MO Hwy 96 near Gay Parita and Spencer are being rebuilt. Hwy 96 is CLOSED in this area. But OD 66 is still passable...with an advisory:
Barb from Gay Parita just told me that MODOT put up barricades at the east entry of 66 to Gay Parita (from MO 266), and at the entrances to Spencer. She said some signs say "No through Traffic".
They HAVE to keep old 66 open to Gay Parita and Spencer for local access. Locals are driving around the barricades.
Barb says just drive around the barricades to follow old 66 WESTBOUND past Gay Parita, then CROSS Hwy 96 onto HWY N and turn RIGHT to drive thru Spencer.
Past Spencer, turn LEFT at Hwy 96. See the map I posted on FB at "EZ 66 Guide".
Eastbound traffic must turn RIGHT on FR 2062 to drive thru Spencer, LEFT on Hwy N, then CROSS Hwy 96 to drive past Gay Parita to MO 266.
DON"T drive around the barricades on MO Hwy 96 just east or west of the two HWY 96 bridges that are being replaced (see map).
NO BIG TRUCKS or BUSSES! That seems to be what MODOT wants to prevent, as there are two older Route 66 bridges with weight limits between Gay Parita and Spencer.
Use caution when following old 66 thru here to visit Ed at Spencer or George at Gay Parita. This info is to be used at your discretion. This is NOT official info.
Aug 16, 2022 at 4:36:36 pm [Print]
Another blankety-blank detour!
This time 66 / 11th st in Tulsa will be blocked for a few weeks were it crosses under US 75 (west side of Meadow Gold District).
Suggested detour WB: left on Peoria, right on 13th, then right on Detroit (one way) and back up to 66.
Eastbound must take Cincinnati south to 13th, then back up via Peoria to iith.
You can still get to Buck Atoms, etc.