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Update January 12, 2015
Update October 16, 2014
Public Works is planning on reopening the section of National Trails Highway from Hector Road to Crucero Road, in the Newberry Springs/Ludlow area, by Friday, November 7th. Severe thunderstorms blasted the Mojave Desert September 7th and 8th triggering flash floods throughout the desert regions. Closure of I-95, I-40, National Trails Highway (Route 66), Needles Highway, and various other desert roads occurred due to washouts and bridge damage.
The most extensive damage was along National Trails Highway where approximately 40 bridges were damaged along with major portions of the roadway. Sections between Hector Road to Crucero Road (Newberry Springs/Ludlow, area), Crucero Road to Amboy Road, and Cadiz Road to Mountain Springs Road @ I-40 have been closed pending roadway repairs, shoulder repairs and bridge evaluations.
Public Works crews have been working diligently to make these repairs. This is the first stretch of the road to be reopened since the storms occurred. It is anticipated the section of roadway between Crucero Road and Amboy Road will be open by the end of December 2014 and the section between Cadiz Road and Mountain Springs Road at I-40 by the end of January 2015. All of these timeframes could vary depending on the weather.
For further questions please contact the Department of Public Works Operations Division at (909) 387-8063.
This Route-66 800 cache series is TEMPORAILY DISABLED due to severe thunderstorms that hit the eastern Mojave High Desert in September and washed out many portions of the Highway.
The storm damaged numerous segments of Route 66 (National Trails Highway), including a reported 40-plus bridges between Ludlow and Mountain Springs Roads. Some bridges have had their flow abutments washed out and will need new timber for support and flow alignment. A few bridges have received considerable damage.
Portions of Route 66, such as between Ludlow and Amboy, upon reopening will be posted with a maximum vehicle weight of only 3-tons. This allows personal vehicles but it restricts the popular Class C and larger Class A recreational vehicles, and buses.
According to the County's Department of Public Works, the stretch of road between the community of Cadiz and Mountain Springs Road is expected to remain closed for at least two months.
Currently, Amboy through Cadiz is being accessed by Kelbaker Road from the north and Amboy and Cadiz Roads from the south.
We are sorry for the inconvenience, but I guess Mother Nature wanted her own time on the Mother Road.
We will update this cache page, and re-enable them as soon as the roads reopen.
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Last Updated: on 1/30/2015 9:01:15 PM (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada) (5:01 AM GMT)
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