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County seeks grant for Sidewalk Highway

County seeks grant for Sidewalk Highway

Ottawa County in northeast Oklahoma is seeking more than $450,000 in federal Transportation Alternatives Program money to fix the “Sidewalk Highway” of original Route 66 south of Miami. According to an article in the Miami News-Record: If awarded, the money would be used…

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Highway improvements won’t affect The Boundary

Highway improvements won’t affect The Boundary

Last month, word that the Oklahoma Department of Transportation would improve Oklahoma Route 66 between Arcadia and Luther made the owner of The Boundary wonder whether his barbecue restaurant would have to be razed. He’s probably resting easier after what…

La Bajada Hill may become a national monument

La Bajada Hill may become a national monument

In the wake of Barack Obama last week designating a big chunk of Route 66 in the Mojave Desert as the Mojave Trails National Monument, pressure is building on the president to designate La Bajada Hill in New Mexico as a national…

66 Corridor project appears to be dead

66 Corridor project appears to be dead

During the gap between the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, federal officials apparently nixed a long-simmering 66 Corridor interstate proposal, aka Interstate 66, that would have linked Paducah, Kentucky, and Cape Girardeau, Missouri. The Associated Press first broke the story. The 66…

Reconnected Route 66 in Cajon Pass may open soon

Reconnected Route 66 in Cajon Pass may open soon

A part of the Interstate 15/215 interchange project that would reconnect a portion of old Route 66 in San Bernardino County, California, was slated to be finished by May. But a new report in the Victorville Daily Press indicates it…

Will the Mountain Springs Road section of Route 66 reopen?

Will the Mountain Springs Road section of Route 66 reopen?

As many readers know, flash flooding in September 2014 destroyed dozens of bridges and made huge stretches of old Route 66 in California’s Mojave Desert impassable for months. Fifteen months later, all of Route 66 in the desert is open…

Normal plans to improve Route 66 Bike Trail

Normal plans to improve Route 66 Bike Trail

Normal, Illinois, plans to spend $260,000 for a multi-use trail connecting the Route 66 Bike Trail at  Towanda Avenue and Shelbourne Drive to Old Route 66, according to the Bloomington Pantagraph. The project, part of a bigger project to connect an old Route…

What is the length of Route 66?

What is the length of Route 66?

The length of the original U.S. 66 is commonly cited as 2,448 miles (although Wikipedia lists it as 2,451 miles). Stefan Joppich’s research indicates through bypasses and improvements, the length of Route 66 dropped in miles to 2,278 by 1947 — much…

Arroyo Seco Parkway marking 75th anniversary

Arroyo Seco Parkway marking 75th anniversary

The Arroyo Seco Parkway will mark its 75th year of existence this month. The 8-mile stretch of highway, aka Pasadena Freeway or 110 Freeway, opened Dec. 30, 1940. The Los Angeles Daily News provided background on that day: The occasion was…

Part of Route 66 reopens in the Mojave Desert

A 21-mile stretch of Route 66 in California’s Mojave Desert reopened Friday from Cadiz Road to Essex Road, reported the Needles Desert Star. A large chunk of Route 66 in the Mojave closed in September 2014 after flash flooding damaged roadways…

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