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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Rolla MO on Feb 12, 2020 at 11:27:32 am [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 [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.

road closed thru Petrified forest Nat Park on Jan 10, 2020 at 2:35:26 pm [Print]
https://www.nhonews.com/news/2020/jan/09/road-closure-petrified-forest-national-park-last-t/?fbclid=IwAR3o7L0bUiOeEw_-W2rnOhmJQcuULi7vD0tOe-DdeSG4Gpbvnw9t9v42JsE

PETRIFIED FOREST, Ariz. In collaboration with Federal Highways Administration, Petrified Forest National Park will be providing much needed maintenance on a large section of the park road and several bridges in the park.

The closure is expected last from Jan. 2 through March 28 (subject to change due to inclement weather). Once the road is open work may continue through June with traffic delays no longer than 15 minutes. The road closure starts south of the Blue Mesa Loop and north of the Crystal Forest trail area. Areas closed during this time include: Agate Bridge Overlook Jasper Forest overlook.

How to visit the park

During the road closure, the park is split into two regions. The northern region is only accessed from I-40 and contains the majority of Painted Desert overlooks. The southern region is only accessed from Highway 180 and contains the petrified log field trails and Late Triassic exhibits.

Entering the park from I-40

The following locations are accessible from Interstate 40, exit 311:

All distances are from the Painted Desert Visitor Center Painted Desert Visitor Center, Painted Desert Oasis giftshop and cafe gas station.

Tawa Trail

Tiponi Point (0.7 miles / 1.1 KM)

Tawa Point (1.6 miles / 2.6 KM)

Painted Desert Rim Trail (1.6 miles / 2.6 KM)

Painted Desert Inn and Kachina Point (2 miles / 3.2 KM)

Painted Desert Wilderness Trailhead (2 miles / 3.2 KM)

Chinde Point (2.5 miles / 4 KM)

Pintado Point (2.7 miles / 4.3 KM)

Nizhoni Point (3.9 miles / 6.3 KM)

Whipple Point (4 miles / 6.4 KM)

Lacey Point (4.5 miles / 7.2 KM)

Route 66 (5.3 miles / 8.5 KM)

Puerco Pueblo (10.8 miles / 17.4 KM)

Newspaper Rock (12 miles / 19.3 KM)

The Teepees (13.9 miles / 22.4 KM)

Blue Mesa Loop Road and Blue Mesa Trail (17.3 miles / 27.8KM)

There is no access to the Rainbow Forest Historical District or HWY-180 from I-40 during the road closure.

Entering the park from Highway 180

The following locations are accessible from Highway 180:

Each location is accessed from within the Rainbow Forest Historical District.

Rainbow Forest Museum

Rainbow Forest Lodge giftshop

Giant Logs Trail

Long Logs and Agate House Trail

Rainbow Forest Wilderness (from Long Logs Trail)

Crystal Forest (5.8 miles / 9.3 KM from Rainbow Forest)

There is no access to the I-40 from HWY-180 during the road closure. More information is available at (928) 524-6228 or visit www.nps.gov/pefo/planyourvisit/road-closures

Information provided by the National Park Service

GALLERY STATUS on Dec 06, 2019 at 11:15:19 am [Print]
I don't get many visitors in the off season. If you want to visit my gallery please contact me ahead of time. If possible I'll open specially for you.

MORE WINTER WEATHER on Nov 25, 2019 at 9:49:46 pm [Print]
WINTER can always be a problem for 66 travel. Please check the weather reports. I also try to post quick updates at EZ 66 Guide page on facebook as they come in.

AMARILLO TEXAS on Oct 13, 2019 at 9:07:41 pm [Print]
CURRENTLY THE EXIT FOR THE BIG TEXAN OFF I-40 IS CLOSED, SO USE AN EARLIER EXIT AND THE FRONTAGE ROAD.

Chandler ok on Oct 07, 2019 at 8:48:49 am [Print]
The bridge over Bell Cow Creek on the west side of Chandler will be undergoing repavement over the next 90 days. There will be one lane open, controlled by a stoplight.

BELLEMONT AZ ROAD COSNTRUCTION on Sep 25, 2019 at 1:52:02 pm [Print]
AZ page-14:

FROM AZDOT: (note...this may affect access to Bellemont, The HD dealer, Pine Breeze Inn and the GRAVEL OPTION #1...depending on which ramps are closed at any time.)

TRAVEL ALERT: Northern Arizona drivers should plan for extended closure of Transwestern Road at Bellemont (Exit 185)
The Arizona Department of Transportation advises drivers on Interstate 40 west of Flagstaff to plan for an eight-day FULL closure of Transwestern Road at Bellemont (Exit 185) beginning Friday, Oct. 4, at 6 p.m., while crews work on replacing the bridges.
During this closure, both directions of I-40 will be re-routed onto the ramps alongside I-40 through the construction zone during the following times:
From 6 p.m. to 6 a.m., beginning late Friday, Oct. 4, through the morning of Monday, Oct. 7
From 6 p.m. to 6 a.m., beginning late Monday, Oct. 7, through the morning of Thursday, Oct. 10
DETOUR: Bellemont traffic accessing I-40 ramps across the Transwestern Road closure will be detoured to the next exit to re-enter the interstate.
Motorists should follow signed detour routes and plan for travel delays.
Learn more on the project webpage.

I POSTED A SCREENSHOT OF THIS PAGE ON EZ 66 GUIDE ON FACEBOOK. HERE'S A LINK TO THE AZDOT WEBSITE PAGE:

https://azdot.gov/projects/northcentral-district-projects/interstate-40-bellemont-bridges

Hydro to Weatherford, OK on Sep 19, 2019 at 9:15:01 pm [Print]
UPDATE 12-10-19

THE ROADWORK IS COMPLETE, AND 66 IS NOW OPEN FROM HYDRO TO WEATHERFORD!

You must detour on I-40 between exits 88 and 84 due to bridge work. But to see Lucilles original gas station, you can drive west on 66 from Exit 88, then turn back to take the detour.

BUMP on Sep 18, 2019 at 9:35:48 pm [Print]
I'M just bumping some important updates back to the top:

bump: CA DETOUR Ongoing California 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 IN NOW IN GOOD CONDITION AS REPORTED BY MANY READERS. Its OK to drive now.

Another CA list bump (a good one!)

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!

IL PAGE 3 TYPO on Oct 01, 2017 at 2:41:16 pm [remove] - [edit] [Print] 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.

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.