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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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PONY BRIDGE DETOUR on Oct 21, 2022 at 1:06:26 pm [Print]
DETOUR ALERT!

STARTING 10-31-2022, THE PONY BRIDGE WEST OF EL RENO OKLAHOMA WILL BE CLOSED.

Over the next two years it will be rebuilt with a 4-foot wider concrete deck on the original piers, WITH THE 38 ORIGINAL METAL TRUSSES REINSTALLED!

There will also be a turnout for parking with historic info panels.

A similar operation was performed on the Captain Creek Bridge, west side of Welston, OK and it turned out well.

So, while a bit wider, travelers can still experience the gauntlet of yellow trusses on this 3/4 mile long bridge.

Kudos to ODOT and the OK Route 66 Association for working together to keep this historic structure from being entirely demolished.

DETOUR: USE I-40 BETWEEN EXITS 108 AND 101. You may be able to drive the old 66 from Exit 108 to the Bridgeport Hill section, and then up US 281 to Geary-or visa versa (if doing the OPTION). See the maps on OK page-23 and 24.

LINK to a news article:

https://www.oklahomaroute66.com/news/bridgeport-pony-bridge-closing-to-traffic-103122?fbclid=IwAR32W3M3IJgACR7URIEKKFT_yEwm0S3I-ojOYmK8b6hCrVq3hxr5KXah198

bump on Oct 20, 2022 at 5:26:46 pm [Print]
ROLLA AND MARSHFIELD MO on Oct 26, 2021 at 1:13:24 pm [remove] - [edit] [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.

BUMP on Oct 20, 2022 at 5:26:13 pm [Print]

GASCONADE BRIDGE REMINDER on Nov 19, 2021 at 6:07:23 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

WILLIAMS AZ on Sep 17, 2022 at 7:51:05 pm [Print]
Look at the reviews of Pete's Gas Station museum and decide for yourself. BTW...if you go in DON"T wear a mask!

mUNGER mOSS mOTEL on Sep 05, 2022 at 2:50:09 pm [Print]
Ramona of the Munger Moss Motel in Lebanon MO has been very ill. The motel has remianed open. UPDATE: Ramona is out of the hospital and recovering. The Motel remians open while she is away.

GALLUP on Aug 22, 2022 at 8:48:15 pm [Print]
Construction is(perhaps)
ongoing on Coal St (older 66) thru downtown Gallup. Expect closures on the OPTION.

LAUNCHING PAD on Aug 12, 2022 at 2:48:20 pm [Print]
The iconic Launching Pad in Wilmington is reportedly OPEN but as a gift shop, NO food.

Niangua creek Detour on Aug 10, 2022 at 7:24:13 pm [Print]
The recent detour between Conway and Marshfield MO is now over. Hwy CC is OPEN where MODOT removed a 1923 bridge and replaced it with a slab.

Check the other updates for the NEW directions between this bridge and Marshfield, as the new section of CC does not go to Marshfield anymore, and as of April there was STILL NO H-66 sign at the hard to spot new intersection of Old 66/Hubbel Rd.

halltown MO on Aug 09, 2022 at 5:27:30 pm [Print]
There is a NEW detour on MO Hwy 96 just west of Halltown. IF you follow the directions in the EZ 66 guide past Gay Parita and Spencer, you will avoid this detour! IGNORE any DETOUR signs that would lead you away from Route 66. MODOT would have you take I-44 but old 66 is still open.

CLAREMORE MOTOR INN on Jul 31, 2022 at 2:11:02 pm [Print]
Just got another bad report about the Claremore Motor inn in Claremore OK. Dirty.I had already stopped recommending it.