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.
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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!
OK page 21 and 20 (EB EASTBOUND)
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
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
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.
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.
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 I removed some duplicate and "no longer in effect" entries and updated others.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
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] -  [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
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
Oct 19, 2020 at 6:16:56 pm [Print]
Had a bad report today on the Relax Inn in Vinita. Bad customer relations.
East side of Marshfield MO DETOUR
Oct 13, 2020 at 3:20:56 pm [Print]
Old 66 (MO Hwy CC) is currently closed (for about a week)at Rifle Range Rd on the east side of Marshfield for construction (MO page-19).
Hopefully there will be a marked detour...although today's visitors didn't see one and had to turn back.
After completion, this change will require a LEFT TURN (westbound) at Rifle Range Rd to continue on 66 (former Co Rd "CC") into Marshfield. If you miss this new turn you will wind up at the new I-44 exit.
bumping to the top again
Oct 05, 2020 at 12:09:30 pm [Print]
BUMPING UPDATES AND GOOFS o 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.
(I just got another reminder of this goof today 10-5-2020 hence the bump!)
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!