A few weeks ago, Roamin’ Rich Dinkela — with the help of a drone helicopter — created this video about the closed section of Route 66 near McCook, Illinois.
The approximate one-mile section of Joliet Road, aka Route 66, was closed about 2001 when the road became dangerously unstable because of alleged undermining by Vulcan Materials quarries on both sides of the road.
In the video, you can see how the road is a narrow strip of land, with gouged-out sections on both sides of it.
In 2010, Vulcan Materials settled a lawsuit with the state of Illinois for $40 million over the road’s closure. The company didn’t admit liability for damage to the road, but it’s telling it agreed to the settlement just days before the lawsuit was supposed to go to trial. And had such footage existed when the trial was about to occur, it’s difficult to imagine a jury or judge believing Vulcan that its activities did no harm to the road.
It’s doubtful the section of road ever will be reopened. Traffic is detoured onto a two-mile stretch of 55th Street and East Avenue.
(Screen capture of video of Joliet Road in McCook, Illinois)