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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MO PAGE 13, 14 DETOUR ALERT on Jan 15, 2021 at 12:53:33 pm [Print]
Old 66 will be closed for about 5 and a half miles between Rolla (Martin Spring Rd) and Doolittle (at JCT Hwy T) due to a bridge replacement. Use I-44 as a detour. Report says it should reopen before June 1 2021.

Eat Rite closed on Dec 18, 2020 at 7:06:10 pm [Print]
it has been reported that the Eat Rite diner in downtown ST Louis has closed permanently (MO page-4)

CA covid alert 12-4-2020 on Dec 04, 2020 at 2:24:14 pm [Print]
Tere Frank Stamoulis posted:
CA just issued “serious” travel restrictions.
For details go to VisitCalifornia.com
(COVID19 and Traveling CA Responsibly info available).
All nonessential travel is restricted. To be precise - the State has asked residents to CANCEL ALL NONessential travel for the next three weeks - beginning tonight.
Museums will be closed. All theme parks are closed. NO indoor dining currently allowed in MOST CITIES - take away or delivery only.

OK page 21 and 20 (EB EASTBOUND) on Nov 27, 2020 at 11:35:35 am [Print]
Well, now you are not supposed to exit directly from I-44 eastbound onto May Ave. There is a solid white line. A sign BEFORE you "merge(es)onto I-44 East" informs you that you must use NW 36th St to reach May Ave. Just follow the signs curve right towards West I-44, which takes you to a stoplight at 36th. Turn left, cross I-44 and head to May Ave. You don't need to get on I-44...that happens AFTER the NW 36th intersection.

MO page 19 on Oct 28, 2020 at 3:31:24 pm [Print]
Lisa also reminded me about the new traffic circle at the JCT of CC and Hwy 38. And past this (EB eastbound)new construction calls for a right to remain on CC eastbound. In the near future Hwy CC will NOT reach the traffic circle at Hwy 38 turn, but you will join CC EB at the above mentioned right turn...not sure what they will call the old section of former Hwy CC in Marshfield yet...sheesh.

Missouri page 7 on Oct 28, 2020 at 3:27:11 pm [Print]
Another update from Lisa: (west side of the St Louis area) exit 277A is closed but there are detour signs, take 277B, then make a right at the light onto Lindbergh, and then a left on Watson (if going east) or a right if going west.

MP page-23 on Oct 26, 2020 at 4:09:26 pm [Print]
Just got a detour report from Lisa...Looks like old 66 (MO 266) is closed between MO Hwy "T" and "K" (on the stretch between Springfield and Halltown MO...see map MO page-20). Detour down to I-44 and then back up to rejoin MO 266.

HOUSE CLEANING on Oct 24, 2020 at 11:26:18 am [Print]
I just read back thru the updates to the start of the 2nd edition! A lot changed since then...good and bad. I removed some duplicate and "no longer in effect" entries and updated others. If you have the 4th Edition you only need go back as far as the end of 2015 (some "on paper" updates since then). But I left important entries for the second and third versions. And there is one long entry that covers earlier updates.

bumping to the top again on Oct 24, 2020 at 11:22:06 am [Print]
Gasconade river bridge MO page-17: You can now drive old 66 between exit 145 and exit 140 east of Lebanon. A new outer road bridge has been opened, bypassing the closed and endangered 1923 Gasconade river bridge. You do NOT have to "JOIN I-40 WEST or EAST anymore. There is a side road that will let you get closer to the old bridge. BUT..the old bridge MIGHT BE doomed despite efforts to save it.

MO page 23 on Jul 13, 2019 at 9:44:08 am [remove] - [edit] [Print] Just a reminder that since the last edition Gay Parita has indeed been reopened by the late Gary Turner's daughter Barb and her husband George. Good folks!




Mesita to Laguna NM on Oct 21, 2020 at 6:57:32 pm [Print]
DO NOT TRY TO DRIVE 66 BETWEEN MESITA EXIT 117 AND LAGUNA.

This road from exit 117 past owl rock to LAGUNA is CLOSED. This might not be readily apparent at the off ramps. But reports of extreme enforcement mean you should not get off I 40 at Mesita or try to drive the route from Laguna.

The route MAY be open through Laguna but I advise skipping the Laguna lands between Mesita and Budville until this Covid caused closure is
over.