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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…

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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…

“Father of Route 66: Cy Avery”

“Father of Route 66: Cy Avery”

Author Susan Croce Kelly began her “Father of Route 66: Cy Avery” presentation during the Miles of Possibility Conference in Edwardsville, Illinois, by imagining what would have happened if Edwardsville hosted a good-roads conference 100 years ago. The city, which had…

Reconnection of Route 66 in Cajon Pass will be done by mid-2016

A massive interchange project at Interstates 15 and 215 that will reconnect old Route 66 in San Bernardino County is ahead of schedule for its projected completion of mid-2016, according to Construction Equipment Guide. According to previous reporting, about two…

New Mexico won’t maintain Route 66’s Singing Road

New Mexico won’t maintain Route 66’s Singing Road

The New Mexico Department of Transportation won’t keep up the so-called Singing Road on Route 66 east of Albuquerque because the agency has more-pressing matters, reported KOAT-TV in Albuquerque. The singing road is a set of rumble strips on the…

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