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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WELLSTON OKLAHOMA DETOUR coming this summer (timing yet unknown) on Apr 19, 2024 at 10:43:02 pm [Print]
We don't have many details yet, but sometime this summer (2024) 66 will be CLOSED just east of Wellston while the I-44/Turner T-Pike overpass is replaced. This closure could last up to a year!

There will be a marked DETOUR using Hwy 177 (just west of Warwick), US 62, and Hwy 102 to bypass this closure and reach the far west side of Wellston. This PAVED detour will add about 30 miles to your trip.

There may also be local dirt roads available for a shorter detour (for non-rental cars). More later

AVOID trying to dodge this closure by taking I-44/Turner T-Pike between Chandler and Luther. Likely you will encounter heavy traffic and slow downs at the I-44 construction zone. You won't be able to skip the detour by exiting at Wellston either. You would miss Seaba Station, Butcher BBQ, downtown Wellston, the restored Captain Creek Bridge, restored Threatt Station, etc.

PLEASE consider doubling back from Hwy 102 on the west side of Wellston, to use 66B and OK 66 to loop thru town. Its a good drive (and takes you close to Butcher BBQ on the east side of town).

More details as they become known.

Arizona road conditions on Apr 06, 2024 at 12:46:08 pm [Print]
Check ahead on http://az511.gov

For current closures and conditions

OK PAGE-16 OZARK TRAIL OPTION on Apr 04, 2024 at 8:06:50 pm [Print]
Due to a recent train derailment, E0890 rd, (west of the Ozark Trails Obelisk), is CLOSED until cleanup and repair is completed.

Please use the paved main OK 66 between Stroud and Davenport until then.


Check the above site for detour info to visit this site during street construction thru summer 2024.Should be no issue if following the EZ route. Also has parking info.

STORM DAMAGE IN MISSOURI AS OF NIGHT OF APRIL 1 2-2O24 on Apr 02, 2024 at 4:04:06 pm [Print]
Carthage MO was hit by an assumed tornado last night, damaging buildings in the historic square. The status of the Boots Motel is not yet reported.

The storms also damaged areas along 66 in MO such as Devils Elbow, St Robert, Buckhorn, Laquey, Hazelgreen, richland, Lebanon, Conway and Phillipsburg (thanks to Jax Welboren for this info)

If traveling thru MO today and the next few days, expect power outages, downed trees and poles, and closed roads/businesses.

Text messages problem on Mar 30, 2024 at 12:34:43 pm [Print]
Last night, Friday March 29, I suddenly got a batch of undelivered text messages just before midnight.

Most were from folks who wanted to visit the gallery on Friday (perhaps Thursday as well).

Sorry I missed their visit due to this issue

I also at the time got a delayed notice of several voicemails, two of which were from would be visitors.

Hope it was a temp network issue. But if you text me and I don't answer back quickly please try calling. I hope that would work!

PONY BRIDGE REOPENING on Mar 30, 2024 at 2:24:43 am [Print]
The famous PONY BRIDGE near Bridgeport, OK (west of OKC) will reopen MAY 10 after being restored. The reopening event begins at 3 pm that day, with the actual ceremony at 5 pm. Afterwards cars will once again be able to drive across. The DETOUR shown in the EZ 66 on OK pages 25 and 26 will no longer be necessary. go to the Oklahoma Route 66 Association website or FB page for more info

sidewalk hiway 9 foot road ribbon road near Miami OK on Mar 29, 2024 at 3:29:20 pm [Print]
The county has recently covered most of this historic road with dirt and gravel, causing even MORE damage and hiding the original pavement from view, as the rest of the Route 66 world is trying to convince them to save it.

here is a call to action by the OK 66 Association:


GRAND CANYON CAVERNS NEAR TRUXTON AZ on Mar 25, 2024 at 2:22:28 pm [Print]
Their elevator is still broken, so check ahead before planning to visit the caverns

MCJERRY GALLERY PARKING on Mar 22, 2024 at 7:40:37 pm [Print]

Or, park on the grass drive in front of or beside the gallery. Its MY grass, so i say its OK! LOL

If you park on the west side of the street it may inconvenience the neighbors.