Route 66 News

Rancho overpass project nearly done

Some good news and bad news for Route 66 travelers going through the Los Angeles area this weekend.

First, the bad news. Travelers should avoid Foothill Boulevard (aka Route 66) on the west side of Rancho Cucamonga this weekend. Construction workers are finishing a big road-widening and overpass project there, the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin reported.

The good news: The overpass that is the Pacific Electric Trail will be open to pedestrians and cyclists by Monday morning.

More from the newspaper:

In addition to the new bridge, this $19 million project funded by redevelopment agency tax allocation bonds, includes widening Foothill from four to six lanes. When the project wraps up in January, there will be bicycle lanes, sidewalks and a center median.

On the north side of the street, there will be a trailhead park which will provide access for pedestrians and equestrians to the Pacific Electric Trail. A portion of the old bridge and a piece of the original Route 66 pavement will be featured at the park.

The city is planning a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Dec. 7 to mark the completion of the Pacific Electric Trail. Route 66-themed art work on the bridge is scheduled to be complete in December or January.

Here’s an artist’s rendering of what that refurbished section of Foothill will look like:

http://vimeo.com/18068706

By spring, this video will be replaced by reality.

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