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 Department of Transportation, Caltrans.
Before driving check the Caltrans Highway Information Network (CHIN): 800-427-7623
For Road Conditions, call: 800-432-4269
Route 66 in Arizona
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
For Road Conditions, call: 877-403-7623 or 405-425-2385.
For Road Conditions, call: 866-511-5368
For Road Conditions, call: 888-275-6636
511: America's Traveler Information Telephone Number
States which have implemented 511 Travel information phone number along US Route66
by A. Whittall
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
Watch out for Burros near Oatman Arizona. Perla Eichenblat.
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.
Sigreaves Pass on Route 66
Kingman to Oatman Arizona, hairpin bend:
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. (Street View).
West of Albuquerque in New Mexico, in Mesita, there is another "Dead Man's Curve", a sharp loop where the road turns 180°C.
Dead Man's Curve between Mesita and Laguna
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.
Banner image: Dead Man's Curve, Laguna New Mexico by Perla Eichenblat.