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Section of National Trails Highway to reopen

nationaltrailshighwayPublic 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 7.

Severe thunderstorms blasted the Mojave Desert September 7 and 8 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 at 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.

14 thoughts on "Section of National Trails Highway to reopen"

  1. Mark Kenton says:

    Has the Amboy to Ludlow section been reopened?

    1. We are planning on opening that section of National Trails Highway on January 23. Weather between now and then can always affect our timeline. Thank you for your inquiry!

    2. We’ve experienced some delays with our work on Route 66 between Amboy and Ludlow and now plan to be open on January 29. We apologize for the delay.

      1. Mark Kenton says:

        Has the Ludlow to Amboy section been opened?

        1. Yes, the Ludlow to Amboy section of National Trails Highway opened on Thursday the 29th of January.

          1. Mark kenton says:

            Thanks for your hard work!

  2. Is there any time frame as to when RT 66 will reopen between Amboy and Essex CA. Is there any alternative route that goes from Amboy through Essex and then to I-40?

    1. Hi Gary, The section from Amboy to Essex is open. I think you may mean from Cadiz Road near Essex to Mountain Springs Rd/I-40.
      There are three remaining bridges require complex repairs and are in the section from Essex to Mountain Springs Road. Design options are being evaluated along with potential expedited replacement funding via FHWA emergency funds. We do not have an anticipated opening date yet. For the most up to date information on road closure we have a webpage located: http://www.sbcounty.gov/dpw/transportation/road_closures.asp

  3. Ashley Hertzog says:

    Is National Trails Highway fully open or do we still have to go through the preserve? Thank you.

    1. Hi Ashley, National Trails Highway is closed from Cadiz Road to Mountain Springs Road. You can obtain up to date information on our National Trails Highway web page at http://www.sbcounty.gov/dpw/operations/Route66.asp.

  4. RAYMOND PIERCE says:

    HOW ABOUT A CURRENT UPDATE ON CONDITIONS ALONG ROUTE 66 FROM AMBOY TO ESSEX. THESE REPORTS ARE OUTDATED BY OVER 3 YEAS.

    1. Hi Raymond, we have recently added a link to our Public Works homepage on updates regarding National Trails Highway. You can visit it here: http://cms.sbcounty.gov/dpw/Operations/Route66.aspx

      We also recently posted some photos of the highway on the Public Works Facebook page which you can visit here: https://www.facebook.com/SBCDPW/posts/1820407101308180

      Thank you for your inquiry!

      1. Bobbie Russo says:

        Still didn’t answer the estimated time line for reopening

        1. Bobbie, for the most recent information, please call Public Works at 909-387-8063.

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