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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Vinita Oklahoma on 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 on 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.

https://www.modot.org/node/21163...

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 on 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..."!!!!!
Argh.

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!)

GOOF!

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

CA page-17
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!

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