2026 – Route 66 100th Anniversary
Route 66 was our nation’s first all-paved U.S. Highway System connecting the Midwest to California. In the 1930s, it served as a “road to opportunity” for hundreds of thousands of Americans escaping the devastation of the Dust Bowl, and provided thousands of jobs putting unemployed workers who had lost their jobs during the Great Depression to work on road crews. During the Second World War, Route 66 transported troops, equipment and supplies to military bases across the country, and was used after the War by thousands of troops returning home to their families. By the 1950s, Route 66 had seen the rise of the tourism and became a symbol of American freedom and independence.
The Road Ahead is pleased to announce that on January 3, 2017, Congressman Rodney Davis (R-IL), a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, introduced H.R. 66, a bill to establish a 19-member Federal commission to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Route 66 in 2026. Further, the legislation directs the U.S. Department of Transportation, in consultation with the Governors of the eight states through which Route 66 passes, to develop a plan on the preservation needs of the road. Grace F. Napolitano (D-CA), a senior member of the Natural Resources Committees, coauthored the legislation.
To track the progress of this legislation, access: https:www.congress.gov and type in HR66.