Route 66 News

Public meetings set for California Route 66 management plan

The Bureau of Land Management and the California Historic Route 66 Association are scheduling two public hearings later this month about a proposed Route 66 Corridor Management Plan from the western edge of Barstow, Calif., to the Colorado River in Needles, Calif.

All members of the public are invited to these meetings:

  • Tuesday, Feb. 25, at the Harvey House Railroad Depot, 681 N. First Ave., Barstow, 6 to 8 p.m.
  • Thursday, Feb. 27, Needles High School cafeteria, 1600 Washington St., Needles, 6 to 8 p.m.

And for folks who can’t travel that far, a one-hour California Route 66 seminar will be held online at 1 p.m. Pacific time Thursday, Feb. 27, at a link at the California association’s home page. You also can listen in to the presentation at that time at 1-855-244-8681.

Written comments also may be submitted by mail to Lardner/Klein Landscape Architects, 815 N. Royal St., Suite 200, Attn: Route 66 CMP, Alexandria, VA, 22314, or email at cart66cmp(at)lardnerklein(dot)com. Comments must be received no later than 30 days after Feb. 27.

And what’s the purpose of the plan?:

The effort will also look for ways to increase economic activity through enhanced recreation and heritage tourism opportunities for visitors to its gateway communities. […]

Upon completion of the (Corridor Management Plan), the BLM will submit a nomination to the Secretary of the Department of Transportation for consideration to designate the California segment of Route 66 a National Scenic Byway.

A good two-page overview of the plan can be downloaded here.

(Image of Roy’s in Amboy, Calif., by Slideshow Bruce via Flickr)

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