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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OK page-24 on Mar 22, 2017 at 10:06:12 pm [Print]
Posted by: Monika King on 1 - Mar 22, 2017 at 7:11:00 pm [remove] - [girlfromkansas@gmail.com] Update we found: the road to pony bridge between El Reno and Hydro in OK right as you turn left on US 281 is closed

This sounds like you cannot turn left onto old 66/US 281 after descending Bridgeport Hill. Hopefully only temporary, as sometimes happens on this route. You can try to access 66 again a few miles west at EXIT 101 (Hinton Jct).

frontage roads on Mar 22, 2017 at 2:41:24 pm [Print]
Also a reminder that the term "frontage road" (or "Outer Road" in MO) refers to a section of road that mostly parallels the interstate highway. Often 66 will come close to the freeway, serve as a frontage road, and then veer away. If you follow the directions you should have no problems.

MO highway designations on Mar 22, 2017 at 2:38:44 pm [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.

Updates on Mar 22, 2017 at 2:34:30 pm [Print]
I just scrolled thru the updates below, and removed a few that no longer apply. But I am leaving most of the updates prior to the introduction of the 4th edition (November 2015), as they still apply to earlier editions.

Il page-7 on Mar 22, 2017 at 2:12:12 pm [Print]
According to Route 66 news, the Ruby Street bridge on the north side of Joliet will be undergoing repairs from Monday March 27 thru this summer. The bridge will remain open, but there will be lane closings and traffic issues at times.

CA: section of Cajon Blvd reopened . on Mar 21, 2017 at 2:40:52 pm [Print]
I just wanted to bump this update back to the top of the list for the coming travel season. Its good news for once!

CA PAGES 15 THRU 18 on Sep 14, 2016 at 3:13:49 pm
If you go to facebook and search for my page:
"EZ 66 Guide to Route 66"
you can print out the 4 revised pages of the EZ 66 Guide that cover the reconnected section of Cajon Blvd north of San Bernardino!
The print button on this page is not connected to the maps posted on my facebook page.
The directions are much easier now that you no longer need to get on I-15 and I-215 to continue.
CA page-17 on Sep 09, 2016 at 5:12:37 pm 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!

McJerry's Route 66 Gallery on Mar 21, 2017 at 2:31:32 pm [Print]
I have had scattered visitors this month, but the travel season really kicks off in April. Due to other commitments, I will probably begin opening the gallery on a regular basis around April 10. Hope to visit with a bunch of Route 66 travelers this year!

Update on road closure east of Amboy on Mar 21, 2017 at 2:28:27 pm [Print]
Here is what the offical San Bernardino County site says about the road closure on 66 east of Amboy:

http://sbcountydpw.maps.arcgis.com/apps/dashboard/index.html#/116f06ee0bb042b8b6693db126656fe0

Closed on 03/06/17 @ 2:00 PM from Kelbaker Rd. to Cadiz Rd for bridge replacement. Anticipate reopening in September 2017. DPW Dispatch: 909/387-8063.

and another report:

http://www.highlandnews.net/news/public_safety/road-closure-on-national-trails-highway-route---amboy/article_a822ece2-fe0b-11e6-adbf-e71e19c1d8e8.html



San Bernardino County Public Works will be constructing two new bridges and road improvements on National Trails Highway (Route 66) at Dola Ditch (2.08 miles east of Kelbaker Road) and Lanzit Ditch (2.77 miles east of Kelbaker Road), east of the community of Amboy. The construction will include removing the existing timber bridges and constructing new timber bridges.

A portion of National Trails Highway will be closed at all times to through traffic, including emergency vehicles. Traffic will be routed around the construction on public streets and highways. The detour plan includes using I-40 and Kelbaker Road. Local residents and businesses will have access from Essex Road west to the construction site, but there will be no traffic through the construction site

Mo page 22 on Mar 16, 2017 at 3:35:49 pm [Print]
Springfield MO CITY OPTION
from: https://www.springfieldmo.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=2600

"College Street will close to through traffic between New Avenue and 9th Avenue for approximately two months beginning Wednesday, Feb. 8 for work related to the Route 66 Streetscape and Broadway Plaza Project. During this time, a contractor will be installing utilities, stormwater lines, new curb and gutter and pavement. Access to all businesses will be maintained."

"The Route 66 Streetscape Project involves extending the downtown streetscape look from Broadway Avenue west to the Route 66 Roadside Park with new ADA sidewalks, landscaping, street lighting, utility improvements and on-street parking. Improvements also include decorative crosswalks and a pedestrian plaza area at the intersection of College Street and Broadway Avenue."

Looks like you'll need to detour south to Walnut, and then back north once past the closed section, which is only a few blocks. A detour should be marked.

Its possible there could be further closures as work progresses.

Albuquerque on Mar 13, 2017 at 4:17:46 pm [Print]
I hate to even mention this, since the businesses along Central Ave in Albuquerque are already suffering, but be advised that there is currently ongoing construction of bus lanes along a 9 mile stretch of Central thru this city. Expect delays now due to construction. Once done, there will remain only one lane for car traffic in each direction. The inner lanes will be for busses.

If your time is tight, you might wish to use I-40 to bypass Central. You can use I-25 to jump down to downtown or Nob Hill, or Rio Grande Blvd to get to Old Town.