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ROUTE 66: After the rains, a humbled highway

(Oct. 16, 2014) -- Travelers are being turned away from fabled Route 66 and large sections of the historic highway have been closed since mid-September after heavy desert thunderstorms washed out bridges and undermined sections of pavement.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — Large sections of the historic highway, Route 66, have been closed since mid-September after heavy desert thunderstorms washed out bridges and undermined sections of pavement, according to The Press Enterprise.

Those travelers and others now have to detour off of Route 66 between Newberry Springs and Needles, The Press Enterprise explained. County officials estimate it will take $1.4 million to fix the damage. They hope to reopen the road by late November.

For Route 66 enthusiasts, the detour is a disappointment. For those who live on the highway that brought generations of migrants west to California, the closure is more painful.

“We’re basically closed,” said Jim Wilson, 62, owner of Bolo Station Bar & Grill & RV Park, in Cadiz.

To read the full story by The Press Enterprise, click here.

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About Rebecca Smith

Rebecca Smith is a Wisconsin native currently living in Illinois with her husband, Eric, and two dogs, Maggie and Grace. She enjoys hiking, biking, kayaking and, of course, camping in cabins and park models.

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