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.

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MO PAGE-23 HALLTOWN DETOUR on Nov 22, 2021 at 4:06:35 pm [Print]
For now you must DETOUR between Halltown and Paris Springs JCT (Gay Parita). They are rebuilding the bridge just west of town.

I haven't tested this detour...but Mariko drove the WB stretch recently.

Headed west you'll need to follow Hwy Z (S Dogwood Dr) south from Halltown, then join I-44 WB at EXIT 58. Take EXIT 57 onto HWY 96. Use the side road about 1.5 miles on to connect to old 66/MO 266 to Gay Parita.

Eastbound: leave MO 266 and follow HWY 96 all the way to EXIT 57 and JOIN I-44 east to EXIT 57. Take the exit and follow the signs to Halltown.
You miss 2 miles of 66 west of the bridge. You can easily take a loop thru Halltown itself.

IL page 3 REVISED INFO on Nov 21, 2021 at 3:37:31 pm [Print]
HOW TO REACH the Eastern Terminus of Route 66 in downtown CHICAGO (for WB/westbound drivers):

Since Jackson (US 66 before the 1950s addition of Adams) is now ONE-WAY EB west of Michigan Ave, this “loop” route below lets you also drive the early route thru downtown:

From O’Hare Airport and points north/northwest: Take I-190 to EAST I-90 (signs: to “Chicago Loop”). Go about 17 mi to EXIT 51-I near downtown. Exit onto EAST I-290 (to “Congress Pkwy”). Take EXIT 28A onto Congress Pkwy, cross Damon Ave, then LEFT onto Ogden Ave. Cross I-290 and Van Buren Ave, then RIGHT on Jackson. Follow Jackson east thru downtown to Michigan Ave. Turn LEFT, then LEFT on Adams St and follow the WB direction box.

OR: From the south/southwest (Midway Airport, I-55, etc): Join I-90 northbound. Take I-290 WEST and use EXIT 28B to join W Van Buren St. Cross Ashland and Paulina, then RIGHT onto Ogden Ave. Continue to Jackson, and proceed as above thru downtown.

Joliet, Illinois IL pg-7 on Nov 21, 2021 at 3:35:29 pm [Print]
I haven't field tested these new directions yet, but since Chicago street is now open down to Washington, I've revised the directions to run along Chicago thru downtown Joliet instead of on the Illinos Hwy 53 One-way couplet.

Also new detailed directions to the Joliet Museum.

JOLIET:IL page-7

WB: From Broadway, cross the Des Plaines River on Ruby, then curve RIGHT onto Chicago St. Follow Chicago south for ¾ mi thru downtown JOLIET. Turn RIGHT onto W Washington St, go one block, then LEFT on S HWY 53 (US 6). At 4th Ave, continue south on Hwy 53 (US 52) under I-80. Go 15.5 mi on HWY 53 (passing ELWOOD en-route) to WILMINGTON.

EB: Follow Hwy 53 north from WILMINGTON for 15.5 mi (passing ELWOOD en route) to cross under I-80 into JOLIET. Follow HWY 53 north about ¾ mi, cross W Washington St, then continue with Chicago ST north thru downtown. After about ¾ mi, turn LEFT on Ruby St. Cross the Des Plains River to the stoplight at Broadway.

MANDATORY SIDE TRIP: The Joliet Museum has a great Route 66 Welcome Center and Gift Shop (312) 978-1282. From Chicago St, go west on W Benton St. Turn LEFT on N Ottowa St/Hwy 53 SOUTH (one-way). The museum is 0.8 mi south (before Cass St), parking at corner of Webster and Hwy 53, just north. ART ALERT! See my ROUTE 66 MURAL inside!


GASCONADE BRIDGE REMINDER on Nov 19, 2021 at 6:07:23 pm [Print]

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 appears to be doomed despite efforts to save it.

detour in glendora CA on Nov 09, 2021 at 10:55:37 am [Print]
UPDATE: As my friend Scott Piotrowsky reminds us, the early alignment on Foothill will bypass this closure! See map CA page-20

https://patch.com/california/glendora/part-route-66-glendora-close-traffic-10-days?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=share&fbclid=IwAR1DTCdBplWQEaSkIkS2G_uHs8HkexlxF63pI_QOpJtCIiejfgFZ4YKRFeM

Route 66 between Hunters Trail and Compromise Line Road will be fully closed to all traffic Nov. 19-29.

Beginning at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 19 and continuing through 5 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 29, 2021, Route 66 between Hunters Trail and Compromise Line Road will be fully closed to all traffic (vehicular and pedestrian) 24 hours a day.
• Work hours: In order to limit the closure to 10 days, work will be performed 24 hours a day.

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES
• Full closure of Route 66 to all traffic (vehicular and pedestrian) 24-hours a day between Hunters Trail and Compromise Line Rd. for 10 consecutive days (Nov. 19 - 29). Use detour routes.

• A detour route will be in place during the 10-day full closure and signage will be posted to direct motorists, trucks and pedestrians. Please follow detour signs.
* Gladstone St. (eastbound and westbound) will remain open and serve as a detour route, see details below.
* Lone Hill Ave. and Grand Ave. (northbound and southbound) will remain open and serve as detour routes.

singing road on Nov 04, 2021 at 3:30:49 pm [Print]
Got the following message. If you scroll down thru the updates below you will find recent info about the status of the singing road (basically the signs are gone, but it still works ..at least recently)and thanks, Graeme.

Posted by: Graeme Walker ] Great book btw. We are on holiday in Albuquerque and thought we go up the Turquoise Trail to Santa Fe. The plan was to drive on the 'singing hwy' but there was nothing we could find. Not sure if they have paved over or not, it didn't look that old, but nothing EB from exit 170 to 175. Page NM-11. Google shows it as closed.

ROLLA AND MARSHFIELD MO on Oct 26, 2021 at 1:13:24 pm [Print]
BE SURE TO CHECK OUT THE MAY 30 UPDATES FOR ROLLA, AND JUNE 23 FOR MARSHFIELD. SOME CONFUSING CHANGES IN the route.

UPDATE: as of 12-6, GOOGLE still does not accurately depict the new road configurations east of Marshfield.

NM ROADWORK on Oct 04, 2021 at 7:42:22 pm [Print]
Expect to run into construction delays between Santa Rosa and Gallup on I-40, at varying paces and times. recently near C;lines Corners, Laguna, and Coolidge NM for example...also Grants. Following the tour directions misses some of the delay, but I'd check any traffic report app you have and plan accordingly.

BTW...the east exit for Old Laguna (EXIT 114) is currently closed for off/on. IF you are eastbound and DON'T follow the EB directions past Dead mans Curve and Owl Rock to Mesita, you must go 10 miles back tot he Cubero exit to continue east on I-40!

PS: sorry I missed so many visitors last month while on a 10 day trip to work on the Painted Desert trading Post restoration eat of Holbrook. I spent a whole week up and down scaffolding while redrawing most of the vanished lettering on the walls!

SANTA FE LOOP on Oct 04, 2021 at 7:37:32 pm [Print]
Posted by: Rick Westlake on 1 - Sep 19, 2021 at 10:00:55 pm

NM Page 25 -- HWY 50 is closed between Pecos and Glorieta, for a bridge replacement project. The detour is to backtrack to Rowe, then take I-25 to Glorieta. NMRoads.com started the project in early August, and says it will take about 7 weeks to complete.

SELIGMAN AZ on Sep 06, 2021 at 1:42:36 pm [Print]
Seligman AZ is back in business!