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Traffic and Road Conditions

Road Conditions: Helpful links on the conditions along Route 66, road closures, detours, heavy traffic, accidents, important events, know what you will encounter along the road.

Route 66 in California

US 66 in Arizona
Route 66 Victorville to Barstow, California.
 

Road Conditions Maps & Information

Useful information on Travel conditions

Below are links to the Departments of Transportation (DOT) of each state crossed by Route-66:

California

California Department of Transportation, Caltrans.

Map with Route66 road conditions in Los Angeles and San Bernardino to Arizona.

Dial: 511

Before driving check the Caltrans Highway Information Network (CHIN): 800-427-7623

Arizona

Arizona Department of Transportation, ADOT.

Dial: 511

For Road Conditions, call: 800-432-4269

Route 66 in Arizona

US 66 in Arizona
Route 66 and the horizon, Arizona.

New Mexico

New Mexico Department of Transportation

Dial: 511

Texas

Texas Department of Transportation, TxDOT Highway Conditions.

Contact the TxDOT at 800-452-9292

DPS Stranded Motorist Hotline: 800-525-5555

Texas: DPS Stranded Motorist Hotline

DPS (Department of Public Safety) implemented a toll-free number to assist motorists with disabled vehicles on the Texas highways.

Use it to report non-emergency assistance. In case of emergency dial 911.

Only use it if you have a legitimate need for assistance, such as: stranded due to car problems, hazardous road conditions, debris on road surface, suspicious activities at a rest area, evidently intoxicated or dangerous drivers. If the situation is an emergency, call 9-1-1.

If tow trucks or non-towing service is provided, costs will be charged to the motorist.

Unnecessary calls can delay response to those callers who are in real need for assistance. Use the service with responsibility.

Texas Department of Public Safety, 512 424 2080

Oklahoma

Oklahoma Department of Transportation

Road & Traffic Conditions MAP

For Road Conditions, call: 877-403-7623 or 405-425-2385.

Kansas

Kansas Department of Transportation.

Road Conditions MAP

Dial: 511

For Road Conditions, call: 866-511-5368

Missouri

Missouri Department of Transportation Mo DOT

Travel Information MAP

For Road Conditions, call: 888-275-6636

Illinois

Illinois Department of Transportation

Roadway Information

Call Traveler Info: 800-452-4368

511: America's Traveler Information Telephone Number

map States which implemented 511 Travel Information line along Route66

States which have implemented 511 Travel information phone number along US Route66
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Some states have already implemented the system, while others are still developing it.

It has been deployed in California, Arizona, New Mexico and Kansas (shaded yellow in the map). While Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Illinois are implementing it (shaded gray in the map).

The 511 service is known as America's Traveler Information Telephone Number.

In those states where it is operational, you can obtain travel information by dialing 5-1-1 from your phone.

As with all phone services, you should always pull over and park in a safe location before making the phone call. Using a phone while driving causes distraction and is a serious safety hazard.

More details on 511 Federal Highway Administration

U.S. Route 66: The Road

Nowadays, over 85% of the original alignments of U.S. Route 66 are still drivable.

Many segments of the road are simple two-laned highways, so you should drive with care and pay attention to the road signs.

You can even drive through most of the infamous Jericho Gap, along dirt roads which turned to a sticky goo when it rained back in the 1920s and 30s, before the whole of U.S. 66 was paved.

Old Route 66 is "old"

In some places the "old" Route 66 shows its age, with undulations, no shoulder, bumps and even pot-holes. The Kingman to Oatman AZ area of Route 66 has several sharp hairpin curves and steep grades; the road is narrow too and there are no guardrails either, for these reasons Sitgreaves Pass earned its name as "Bloody 66" in the 1950s.

Route 66 Oatman to Kingman, AZ

Route 66 Oatman to Kingman Arizona
Route 66 Arizona mountains, Oatman to Kingman, AZ
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Towanda Dead Man's Curve in Illinois was a lethal tight curve on the narrow 1930s alignment of the highway (it was bypassed after World War II). Westbound motorists often kept on straight causing accidents. You can still drive this segment.

Towanda Dead Man Curve
Dead Man's Curve in Towanda, Illinois (in the upper central part of the image)
Static Image by Google Street View
Click on image for Interactive Google Street View

West of Albuquerque in New Mexico, in Mesita, there is another "Dead Man's Curve" (click to see a photo), a sharp loop where the road turns 180°C.

The remains of another "Dead Man's curve" can be seen at Parks, Arizona, on Route 66's 1926 to 1931 alignment.

Yet another of these deadly curves was located shown in St. James Missouri, now it is buried under I-44.

Weather & Driving

Weather will influence your drive along Route 66, from thunderstorms in the Southwest during summer to snow in winter along any part of the road.

When planning your Road Trip, you can check the historical weather conditions along Route 66, and on your day to day trip, check the weather forecast for your daily drive (we include the specific weather data in each of the towns described in www.theroute-66.com). Be prepared.

Bear in mind that road conditions can vary and you may encounter snow in winter along most of its alignment, summer in the Mojave section can be extremely hot and strong winds can be encountered in the western Texas Panhandle.

You can also check out the NOAA's Phone Listings of Weather information websites and telephone numbers in different States.

Sources

Image by Georgia D. Griffiths, adapted under its Free Usage license.

Image by A. Whittall.

Image Used as per Google Street View Image Api Updated Dec. 31, 2014.

Image by Vítězslav Válka adapted under its CC BY-SA 3.0 CZ License.