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mo page-19: MARSHFIELD on Jun 23, 2021 at 5:32:57 pm [Print]

REVISED DIRECTIONS FROM PHILLIPSBURG TO MARSHFIELD, MO PAGE-19:
NOTE: Formerly HWY CC went all the way to join HWY 38 in Marshfield. Now, Hwy CC veers off north of town to hit NEW i-44 exit 103. The OLD HWY cc from the new turn into town is now just 'HUBBLE DRIVE." Currently there are NO Historic 66 signs to alert you of this new turn either direction, nor are there any 66 signs at the new TRAFFIC CIRCLE in Marshfield.

WestBound:
Take Hwy C south from EXIT 118 in PHILLIPSBURG. Quickly turn RIGHT on HWY CC. Go 4.5 mi. At HWY J in CONWAY, cross and continue with HWY CC for 11 MI.

TURN LEFT (new turn) on HUBBLE DR. (NOTE: HWY CC curves right to new I-44 EXIT 103, look closely at the above mileage for this new left turn).

Go 2 MI, then curve thru the NEW TRAFFIC CIRCLE to continue with HUBBLE DR.

Go ONE mi into MARSHFIELD. At the light, stay right, then merge right onto HWY 38/Jackson St.

Turn LEFT at next light onto HWY OO. Go 12.3 MI to HWY 125 JCT in STRAFFORD. Continue straight ahead.

EastBound:

Stay on HWY OO east from the N HWY 125 JCT in STRAFFORD. Go 12.3 mi to MARSHFIELD.

At the light, turn RIGHT onto HWY 38. Be in the left lane for the next light, and turn LEFT onto HUBBLE DRIVE.

Veer LEFT with HUBBLE DR at the next "Y".

Go almost a mile, then curve thru the NEW TRAFFIC CIRCLE to rejoin HUBBLE DRIVE.

Go 2 mi, then turn RIGHT onto HWY CC (NOTE: SLOW FOR ABRUPT CURVE TO THE LEFT UPHILL BEFORE THIS NEW STOP SIGN).

Follow HWY CC for 11 miles to CONWAY. Cross HWY J and continue on HWY CC for 4.5 mi to the HWY C JCT in PHILLIPSBURG. Turn LEFT, CROSS I-44 at EXIT 118, then turn RIGHT on HWY W (N Outer Rd).

Springfield Illinois on Jun 16, 2021 at 10:07:10 pm [Print]
Had yet another bad review from a visitor concerning the 66 Hotel in Springfield Illinois (followed by yet another bad online review). I can't recommend it.

SINGING ROAD EAST OF ALBUQUERQUE NM on Jun 06, 2021 at 8:44:36 pm [Print]
The signs are gone. But the road still "sings"...at least recently. here are direction from a FB post (note: be careful if you turn around to re drive and be aware this musical strip could be paved over some day)

Kimberly Bertel

To find the Musical Highway drive East from Albuquerque at mile marker 4 - you will go around a dead mans curve & under I-40 overpass. As you get off of that curved & the roads starts to level out that is where the music begins. You need to be slightly to the right - closer to the shoulder than you would normally drive & must drive 45-50 mph. If you find yourself at mile marker 5 & did not hear music you passed it. It is easy to turn around & try again. It took us 3 try’s to hear the whole song. There is a little bit of a learning curve. But once you get it ...it’s 100% worth it!


Springfield Illinois on May 30, 2021 at 10:57:16 pm [Print]
I still cannot recommend any Route 66 motel in this city (another bad report today on one).

BUMP: I moved a few updates back to the top: on May 13, 2021 at 1:09:13 pm [Print]
ROLLA EAST SIDE on Feb 12, 2020 at 11:43:15 am [remove] - [edit] [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.

Rolla MO on Feb 12, 2020 at 11:27:32 am [remove] - [edit] [Print] They've really reworked 66 on the west end of Rolla by adding a NEW highway connection to MO 72 into the mix. This cuts formerly continuous Kingshighway just east of the roundabout.

WB: follow KingsHighway west. Curve to the stoplight at MO HWY 72: Turn RIGHT and continue to the roundabout and follow signs onto Martin Springs Drive.

EB: follow Martin Springs Drive into Rolla.

AT JCT 44. KEEP RIGHT to bypass the roundabout (or you can follow the lane thru the roundabout if you miss this) and briefly join MO 72 (follow signs: BL 44 ROLLA). Quickly prepare for a LEFT TURN at upcoming stoplight. Turn LEFT onto BL-44/Kingshighway.

(this is why I drive old 66 both directions as often as possible).

Essex to Amboy detour on Jan 30, 2020 at 2:42:32 pm [remove] - [edit] [Print] The current detour via I-40 and Kelbaker road from Essex CA to Amboy CA (see CA maps 1 and 2) will likely still be effect into 2023. Federal funding is set to rebuild many of the damaged bridges, but others wait their turn. DO NOT attempt to drive past the signs!

DETOUR DETAILS:
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 IN NOW IN GOOD CONDITION AS REPORTED BY MANY READERS (and i drove it too).. Its OK to drive now.

Also, Cajon Blvd/66 is now open all the way to San Barnardino..no need to join I-15 and I-215 anymore.

Gasconade river bridge on Aug 02, 2019 at 7:12:32 pm [remove] - [edit] [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.

MO page 23 on Jul 13, 2019 at 9:44:08 am [remove] - [edit] [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!

MO highway designations on Mar 22, 2017 at 9:38:44 am [remove] - [edit] [Print] I want to bump this post up to the top as there has been confusion in the past.
I've gotten a couple of emails about all those funny sets of letters ("FF" "AT" "Z" etc) on the Missouri maps and directions.
Its not a secret code...this is how Missouri designates certain supplementary or secondary roads in their state! So the "ZZ" on a map is "Highway ZZ".
So where you see a letter in a circle on a map, or "Hwy F" (for example) in the directions, just look for those letters on a sign.

Gallery OPEN on May 06, 2021 at 9:16:58 am [Print]
Ok...I've had my "jabs" and its been over two weeks, so I feel like opening up the gallery regularly.

I still ask that you wear a mask if you HAVEN'T been thru the complete vaccination process. Or if there is a large group.

NM PAGE 24 SANTA FE LOOP on May 06, 2021 at 9:05:26 am [Print]
I got a report that the bridge on the current road across the Pecos River north of San Jose (see detail map) is closed. Until construction is complete, you'll need to join I-25 at EXIT 323 and rejoin the route at exit 319 (or visa versa if EB. This DOES NOT affect the 1921 bridge on the dead end in San Jose (SIDE TRIP)...but be advised that the last part of this dead end road gets narrow and crowded by parked vehicles...might be hard to turn around.

Springfield Illinois motel on Apr 22, 2021 at 11:20:49 am [Print]
There is not currently a vintage or Route 66 themed motel in this city that I can wholeheartedly recommend.

manor motel near Joliet on Apr 22, 2021 at 11:18:53 am [Print]
Manor Motel (IL page-6). I got a bad report. be sure to check the rooms first. And don't let a bad motel scare you off from staying at the MANY great vintage motels along 66!!! For example the nearby Braidwood Motel is good.

il page-7 thanks to Frank Jameison for the heads up. this is south of Joliet on Apr 22, 2021 at 11:13:31 am [Print]
Illinois 53 resurfacing from Hoff to Manhattan Road Begins May 3
CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Transportation announced today that a resurfacing of Illinois 53, from Hoff Road to Manhattan Road, in Elwood, will require daily, intermittent lane closures beginning, weather permitting, Monday, May 3.
The project, which consists of resurfacing the 3.3-mile stretch of Illinois 53 and constructing new ADA-compliant sidewalk ramps, is expected to be completed in late November. Access to residences and businesses within the work zone will be maintained throughout construction.
Motorists can expect delays and should allow extra time for trips through this area. Drivers are urged to pay close attention to flaggers and signs in the work zones, obey the posted speed limits and be on the alert for workers and equipment.
Over the next six years, IDOT is planning to improve more than 3,300 miles of highway and 8.4 million square feet of bridge deck as part of the Rebuild Illinois capital program, which is investing $33.2 billion into all modes of transportation. Year One included approximately $2.7 billion of improvements statewide on 1,706 miles of highway, 128 bridges and 228 additional safety improvements.