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!
ADAM STREET BRIDGES IN CHICAGO
Aug 28, 2020 at 10:59:30 am [Print]
as reported at:
and thanks to the Windy City Road Warrior for the heads up
("all caps" are my changes)
For westbound 66 travelers leaving downtown Chicago on Adams St (Route 66 WB):
The Adams Street bridge over the Kennedy Expressway IS CLOSED (AS OF AUG 31) as part of ongoing work on the Jane Byrne Interchange project. it WILL REOPEN IN 2022.
Adams between Halsted and Desplaines streets IS CLOSED (AS OF AUGUST 31).
Motorists will be detoured south on Desplaines, west on Van Buren Street and north on Halsted, according to IDOT.
Pedestrians are being asked to use the Monroe Street bridge. Bicyclists are being detoured south on Halsted, east on Harrison street and north on Clinton street to reconnect with Adams, according to IDOT.
The Adams Street entrance ramp to the outbound Kennedy will also close. Drivers will be redirected north on Jefferson Street then west to enter the expressway on Madison.
The inbound Kennedy exit ramp to Adams will close as well, with drivers directed to exit at Monroe Street and access Adams via Halsted, according to IDOT.
openings and closings
Jul 13, 2020 at 10:23:08 am [Print]
There are too many (and too rapidly changing) reports of opened or closed businesses and attractions to list here. Also, many changes occur in regards to closing of Indian lands, and state restrictions. For example, much of the pueblo lands along 66 in the west will likely remain closed, as well as the Navajo reservation. NM has strict seeming quarantine measure for travelers, but likely you are OK for driving thru if you self quarantine at your overnight motel.NM and AZ and TX (CA too?) require masks. This situation if fluid and changing as states and cities re-enact tougher anti - covid measures.I do post fresh updates of this type on my FB page EZ 66 Guide. And there is a FB group "Route 66 reopening Guide" that is helpful, as well as others. But I'm hearing from some visitors that they "dont do FB".I recommend FB for this reason. I'll keep posing major updates to road conditions here, and others when possible.
Jun 19, 2020 at 7:28:05 am [Print]
Remember, I'm posting daily updates about reopenings and closings on my FB page EZ 66 Guide
IKL page-19 Springfield detour
Jun 15, 2020 at 6:15:17 pm [Print]
Just read a report on FB of a long term road closure on BL -55 (US 66) in Springfield Illinois. Seems that Myrtle (and Laurel) streets are closed between 6th and 9th (see map IL page-19). Spruce appears still open for WB travel...not sure if EB traffic can use this street, so watch for detour signs
Jun 07, 2020 at 3:06:40 pm [Print]
Just got a bad report with photos about the Route 66 Motel in Afton. I can't recommend them at this time.
The Western Motel in Sayre DID get a good report today.
The Desert Hills in Tulsa and the Lincoln Motel in Chandler are still good choices.
Pleas let me know of any good or bad experiences with motels on 66.
Jun 02, 2020 at 1:49:59 pm [Print]
check the FB group " Route 66: Business Reopening Guide " for info on the status of businesses.
Jun 02, 2020 at 1:46:57 pm [Print]
MASKS ARE REQUIRED
Been a while since we put up the OPEN sign and let the Flamingo out to get some sun! McJerry's Route 66 Gallery is ready at 306 Manvel Ave, a block north of 66 in Chandler OK.
We'll be open for visitors anytime we happen to be available, as usual. Yes, even after hours or on weekends...IF we are home that is! Sometimes we're running errands or out on the road (not as much of that lately...).
The gallery is not occupied all the time (at least until I can finish remodeling the back room into my studio/museum). Please call ahead if possible (4O5 24O 7659), or show up and see what the sign on the front door says to do.
Usually we can open up in a minute or two after you call or text. So impromptu visits are not a problem.
However, I TRY to eat lunch between Noon and 1 pm. If you just CAN'T wait around I'll try to accommodate you.
PLEASE wear a mask. We will... for your safety as well as ours. A large group may have to enter in turns (its a smallish gallery). And we will be sanitizing pens and other contact surfaces after visits.
We look forward to visiting again with Route 66 travelers (and signing EZ 66 Guides and Map Sets and art prints), and hope you can have a great trip despite all the troubles.
Jerry and Mariko
PS: be sure to check the EZ 66 Guide updates at www.mcjerry66.com and also the FB page "EZ 66 Guide" for quick notices and visitor photos.
BUMPING UPDATES AND GOOFS
Feb 28, 2020 at 8:20:44 am [Print]
JUST BUMPING A FEW IMPORTANT UPDATES (AND A COUPLE OF CORRECTIONS) TO THE TOP OF THE LIST (YES, I DO MAKE MISTAKES, BUT I ADMIT THEM!)
EMBARRASSING TYPO #1:
IL PAGE 3 TYPO
Yikes. I must have had my head on backwards the day I revised Illinois page-3!
The first paragraph of the text should begin with "WB: To reach the EASTERN terminus..."!!!!!
EMBARASSING TYPO # 2:
I also got my left and tight mixed up in the OPTION (paragraph 3). You turn LEFT on Adams Street! But I already confessed that long ago.
I just can't believe no one else corrected me on these two blunders.
Il page-13 Eastbound directions: There is NOT a stoplight for the right turn onto Pine street from Linden Street in NORMAL.
EB turn LEFT at the Linden Street stoplight, go 4 blocks to turn RIGHT onto Pine. There IS (currently) an HISTORIC 66 sign at the corner.
This is why I try to drive 66 as much as possible using my directions...to catch blunders like this.
BUMP: ONGOING CA DETOUR
Due to washouts from heavy storms the route between Essex CA and Chambless (Cadiz Jct) CA is currently CLOSED.
See the maps on CA page 2 and 6. This detour route below is indicated.
Westbound, JOIN I-40 west from Goffs Rd/Fenner at Exit 107. Take EXIT 78 Kelbaker Rd SOUTH (across I-40) for 11.5 miles back down to 66 / National Trails Hwy, then turn RIGHT to Amboy.
Eastbound, go thru Amboy, then LEFT on Kelbaker Road for 11.5 miles to I-40. Join I-40 EAST to EXIT 107 Goffs Rd/Fenner and rejoin the tour route.
NOTE: THE FORMERLY ROUGH OPTION ROUTE BETWEEN LUDLOW AND NEWBERRY SPRINGS IS NOW REPAVED AND A GOOD DRIVE!
BUMP: REOPENED SECTION IN CA
Cajon Blvd is now reopened between Kenwood Ave and Devore! You do NOT have to get on I-15 at Kenwood Ave. Just keep following Cajon Blvd. You'll curve under I-15 and then reconnect with old 66 on the other side!
Eastbound just follow Cajon Blvd instead of getting on I-215!
Feb 12, 2020 at 11:52:28 am [Print]
I recently had a complaint about the mileage points not being consistent or easy to determine. I addressed this in the introduction (PLEASE READ the intro!). But basically, due to odometer error, and differences in how people interpret the mileage points (I can't be with you to say "check your odometer NOW as you pass thru a intersection...will you look at the odometer BEFORE or AFTER a turn, for example?). So, as I said...these are APPROXIMATE.
It is NOT necessary to slavishly keep your eye on the odometer to follow the directions. The mileages exist to help you know if the next turn is quickly approaching, or if you have 10 miles or so. In a FEW cases the mileage points are critical to finding a turn and I remark on these instances.
Its not rocket science, and you don't need to be glued to your odometer.
ROLLA EAST SIDE
Feb 12, 2020 at 11:43:15 am [Print]
They've also reworked old 66 on the east side of Rolla.
WB: Follow the directions as before...but they now take you on a new connector road that re-connects the former "Dead end 66" shown on the detail map MO page-13. The mileage now works out to about 2.5 miles...but that's not terribly important.
EB: Turn RIGHT onto RD 2000 (there IS a "66" sign there currently. The former Y is gone, so stay with RD 2000 (former "Dead End 66" on the detail map) which now connects directly to the HWY V JCT. Continue with the current directions.
It is no longer necessary to drive the section of earlier 66 once marked "2020" but now confusingly marked "2040" and "39". But you CAN access and drive this earlier section from either end if you wish. The former Y connections are now sharp turns and easy to miss.