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.

If you wish to purchase your own copy of the EZ Guide, please go here.

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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Miami OK on Sep 22, 2020 at 3:22:13 pm [Print]
Currently road work on 66 thru downtown (including past the Coleman). You'll have to use a detour.

Indian land, etc on Sep 21, 2020 at 5:13:02 pm [Print]
On our trip we confirmed that many sections of 66 across Indian land are closed due to covid 19, for example Mesita to Laguna (past owl rock) and from Mccarty's to Grants, NM. I-40 is an alternate here. Other sections we did not check may be affected. And many Native American owned gas stations, etc may be closed (or credit card only...I had to use a porta potty at one such station). NM requires masks everywhere. It is possible to find open dining rooms (the lady at Earls in Gallup checked our temps first). But most fast food places in NM and AZ are take out only (unless part of a truck stop). rest areas were closed (no bathrooms)so look for big travel centers. And don't bother buying gas on East central in Albuquerque...they likely all have closed their restrooms! Wish I'd known before pumping.

BACK on Sep 21, 2020 at 5:05:01 pm [Print]
Recently got back home after a 10 day trip to help restore the Painted Desert trading Post in AZ (you can see my restoration on paper in the gallery section..now friends are doing it for real, and we finally got to help!)

My apologies to any who came by or called. i was out int he wilds of AZ for over 6 days with bad cell and up on a scaffold much of the time redrawing the building's lettering! Sorry to miss you.

If you call me ahead of time I'll be happy to open the gallery for you.

ADAM STREET BRIDGES IN CHICAGO on Aug 28, 2020 at 10:59:30 am [Print]
as reported at:

https://blockclubchicago.org/2020/08/26/adams-street-bridge-in-west-loop-set-to-close-until-2022/?mc_cid=cc978bbd64&mc_eid=d8478329bf&fbclid=IwAR1jWKHnZeNgiCcddVQM140_QduhQ8QkP-qE6nMmHjNIDpemuAiEctSy6LA

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 on 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 Business Guide" that is helpful, as well as others.

But... I'm hearing from some visitors that they "don't do FB".

I recommend FB for this reason, and will keep posting quick updates on closings, etc on my FB page. I'll keep posing major updates to road conditions here, and others when possible.

Facebook on 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 on 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

OK Motels on 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.


open businesses on 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.

GALLERY OPEN on 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.