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New Bill Aims to Preserve Route 66 Ahead of Centennial Celebrations in 2026

Posted January 18, 2017 9:00 AM by dstrohl
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While much of Route 66 remains in existence and in use, its decommissioning more than 30 years ago has left its fate largely to the various states through which the Mother Road passes, but a new bill proposes to not only coordinate the preservation of the highway on a federal level but also to provide federal funds for that effort.

The Route 66 Centennial Commission Act, also known as H.R. 66, which Representative Rodney Davis of Illinois introduced in Congress last week, not only proposes the formation of a commission tasked with celebrating the road’s centennial in 2026 it also directs the U.S. Department of Transportation to prepare a preservation plan for Route 66.

What exactly of the route would be preserved would be up to the USDOT and the relevant states, according to Miles Chiotti, Davis’s assistant in charge of the legislation. “There’s a big desire to preserve it so as not to disturb the roadbed as much as possible,” he said. “But we made sure to word it to leave it up to the DOT and the states to determine the course of action.”

Yep, prepare for America's first historically-preserved highway.

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01/18/2017 11:21 AM

In 9 years? Give me a break! Congress can't wipe it's collective ar$e in 9 years, let alone decide what to do with which sections of route 66. They will be lucky to get 1 mile of it rehabbed for the ceremony.

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01/18/2017 1:34 PM

“There’s a big desire to preserve it so as not to disturb the roadbed as much as possible, ...

Well, at least they're trying to leverage what they already know how to do very well: maintaining the Status Quo?

In any case, it's nice to see that preserving this route is getting some attention. Lots of cool history along Rt 66.

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01/18/2017 10:20 PM

Agreed, there are some nice areas of Rt 66 near me. I just wish an entity with a good sense of time, fiscal responsibility, and well - sense was doing this; even though I know it has to involve the Feds.

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01/18/2017 1:53 PM

Get your Kix on route 66...

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01/19/2017 9:01 AM

Well, some of it is already well preserved, if 'rehabbed and updated.' The start of the 'Mother Road' is well marked, and the path preserved, within the City of Chicago, although the storefronts and buildings along it have changed over the decades.

I'm guessing that most of the effort and money will be going to areas where the Road has been relegated to be a 'frontage road' next to the highway that replaced it, and areas where it has simply been 'left for the land to reclaim.'

And, ahead of those calling this a "Libtard waste of money." let me point out that A) the money will likely be going to more rural (aka 'Conservative') areas along the route, as the urban areas will already have the road well-maintained where it passes through the city limits, and B) Rodney Davis happens to be a Republican, not a Democrat.

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