What I wrote about decommissioning Route 66 leads us to a discussion about surface streets. Like most U.S. Highways, Route 66 (the former U.S. Highway 66) was never a freeway. Today, sections of Route 66 are simply surface streets.
In cities like Chicago, St. Louis and Oklahoma City are examples where Route 66 is now just one of the streets in town. Driving Route 66 through Pasadena, California, meant keeping my eyes open for street names. Portions of it were marked with “Historic Route 66” signs in white and brown, but for the most part, sections looked like any other street in a Southern California city.
Turns and Disconnects
When attempting to navigate Route 66 today one must watch for turns and disconnects. Historic Route 66 can end, and then pickup later on the other side of town. This is because when it was decommissioned, portions of Route 66 were completely removed and built over.
Some, I discovered, aren’t worth the drive to find. Others, however, have you saying, “I’m glad I took time to find this!”
As Paul and Brent drive Route 66 they will let you know about those disconnects and you’ll be able to see for yourself whether it was worth the detour or not.
For Your Entertainment
Enjoy these four guys as they swing out on Route 66…