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Here is a suggested reroute:

12.5(20)Utica.  Continue straight on Utica Pike. 13.5(21)Turn right onto Church St.  In 0.1 mi. bear left onto Front St. 14(22)Turn left onto Ash St. In 100 ft., turn right onto 2nd St.  14.5(23)Turn right onto Walnut St. In 150 ft. bear left onto Upper River Rd. 16(26)Turn left onto Waterline Rd. (the second left at this intersection.) 19.5(31)Continue straight onto Bethany Rd. 21(34)Turn right onto High Jackson Rd.  Rejoin route at mile 23.5

10.5(17)Turn left onto Bethany Rd. 12(19)Continue straight onto Waterline Rd. 15.5(25)Turn right onto Upper River Rd. 17(27)Utica. Bear right onto Walnut St.  In 150 ft. turn left onto 2nd St. 17.5(28)Turn left onto Ash St. In 100 ft., turn right onto Front St. In 0.2 mi., bear right onto Church St. In 0.1 mi. turn left onto Utica Pike. 19(30)Rejoin route at mile 21.5.

Temporary ACA Route Road Closures / UGRR Section 3, Map 33 - 2014
« on: June 27, 2014, 05:34:40 pm »
Utica-Sellersburg Rd. is closed for about a mile starting at Brookhollow Way and going north.  This is part of the Ohio River Bridges East End Crossing construction project, which spans several roads in this area.  Utica-Sellersburg Rd. is expected to be re-opened in November.  For updates, see this website:

There is construction on SR 71/Sage Creek Rd. south of Rawlins - from 26 miles south of Rawlins (around mile 164 on our Great Divide Map A) to the junction of Highway 70 (on Map B). The road will be closed between 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM and 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM, Monday through Saturday, excluding Federal holidays.

A possible re-route if you can cross through the northern 5 miles of the construction area during a time when the road is open:
169(272)Turn right onto McCarty Canyon Rd./CR 503. 195(314)Continue straight onto Cherry Grove Rd. 203.5(328) Turn right onto CR 561. 204.5(329)Savery. Turn left onto State Hwy. 70. 209(336)Slater.  Rejoin route on Map B at mile 42.1(67.7).
(updated post 20 June 2014)

There is construction on the bridge over the Iowa River just north of Oakville on CR 99.  Louisa County will try to keep this bridge open as they work on it until September, but may need to close it occasionally for a day at a time.  Then in September they will close the bridge for about a month.  The re-route is significant, especially if you are traveling southbound, so call Louisa County ahead of time to find out the status of the bridge:
Louisa County Engineer/Road Department: 319-523-5271
One reroute option:
19(30)Turn right onto CR G62. 22.5(36)Turn right onto CR 99. 23(37)Cross Iowa River. Wapello. Route becomes Franklin St. 23.5(38)Turn left onto US 61. 30(48)Turn left onto CR H22. 37.5(60)Turn right onto CR 99.  Rejoin route 0.5 mi. south of Oakville.
1(2)Turn left onto CR H22. 8.5(14)Turn right onto US 61. 15(24)Wapello. Turn right onto Franklin St./CR 99. 15.5(25)Cross Iowa River. 16(26)Turn left onto CR G62. 20(32)Turn left onto CR X61. Rejoin route 3 miles south of CR G56.
CAUTION: US 61 can have high traffic and has no shoulder.  Use caution.
To avoid US 61 you can ride through Illinois instead of Iowa.  However, the closest to Oakville that you can cross the Mississippi river is Muscatine from the north and Burlington from the south.
See the Illinois bicycle maps for routing on the Illinois side of the river:

I do mean US 20. 
EB: 37.5(60) Ride under US 20. 
WB: 31.5(50)Ride under US 20.

Thanks for the catch!

CR Y13 is closed between Farley and Cascade.  At the end of the construction season this year (2014), the road will be re-opened as a gravel road.  Next year (2015) CR Y13 is scheduled to be re-paved.

Recommended re-route:
EB: Map 92
G 33(53) Farley. Turn left onto 1st Ave., which becomes Old Hwy Rd.  37(58) Epworth. Turn right onto Center Ave. S. 37.5(60)Ride under US 20. Route becomes Placid Rd. 41(66)Turn right onto Pleasant Grove Rd. 41.5(67)Turn left onto Roller Coaster Rd. 43.5(70)Turn right onto N Cascade Rd. 47.5(76)Turn right onto US 151.  Warning:  This mile of US 151 can be busy and has no shoulder.  Use caution. 48.5(78)Exit right toward Cascade.  Turn left onto Fox St. 49(79)Turn right onto1st Ave.  Rejoin route on panel 93, turn A.

WB: Map 93:
20.5(33)Turn right onto US 151. Warning:  This mile of US 151 can be busy and has no shoulder.  Use caution. 21.5(35)Turn left onto N. Cascade Rd. 25.5(41)Turn left onto Roller Coaster Rd. 27.5(44)Turn right onto Pleasant Grove Rd. 28(45)Turn left onto Placid Rd. 31.5(50)Ride under US 20. Route becomes Center Ave. S. 32(51)Turn left onto Main St. which becomes Old Hwy Rd. 36(58)Turn right onto 1st St. which becomes CR Y13. Rejoin route on panel 92, second part of turn H.

The bridge over the Waccamaw River is out on Red Bluffs Rd./CR 31.  Road construction is expected to be finished mid September 2014. 

Suggested Reroute:
SB, map 54: G 20(32) Continue on SR 90.  22.5 (37) Turn right onto Old Reaves Ferry Rd./CR 105.  29.5 (50) Turn left onto SR 905.  Resume route.
NB, map 55: 21(34) Turn right onto Old Reaves Ferry Rd./CR 105.  28(45) Turn left onto SR 90.  G Rejoin route at SR 90 and CR 31.

Check SCDOT for more information:

Bicycle Route 66 / Re: Arizona - New Mexico Route 66 Tour
« on: November 07, 2013, 04:09:43 pm »
Nice description of what sounds like a great ride, John.  Thanks for the notes - and the contact information.  We'll keep you on our list of contacts for this route. 

A cyclist wrote in and said she was indeed able to bike through this section.

I talked with Neosho County Road and Bridge Dept. today, and the Elk Rd. construction is now to a point where cyclists can get through.  Road construction is expected to be complete late Sept 2013.

On Map V, the frontage road between Terry and Fallon is closed due to a landslide.  Length of time for the closure is unknown.  You can take I-94 as an alternate.  Check for updates.

There is major flooding in Alberta and British Columbia on and near the Great Divide route.  For general information, see for Alberta and for British Columbia.  For more local information, contact municipalities and National Parks.

If you have more information about specific route closures or suggested reroutes, please post. I will update this discussion if I receive further information.

US 6 will be closed starting Monday, May 13, near Joppa Rd. between SR 61 and SR 60 for the replacement of a culvert.  It is expected to reopen June 3, 2013.   Check the Ohio DOT District 3 website for updates (  The detour given by Ohio DOT leads traffic to limited access SR 2.  Use the following detour instead.

0(0)Continue on Cleveland-Sandusky Rd./US 6.* 2(3)Turn right onto Frailey Rd. *3.5(6)Turn left onto Darrow Rd. *5.5(9)Turn left onto Barnes Rd. *8(13)Turn right onto Cleveland-Sandusky Rd./US 6.  Rejoin route on map 117

*19(31)3 miles after Vermillion, turn left onto Barnes Rd. *21.5(35)Turn right onto Darrow Rd. *23.5(38)Turn right onto Frailey Rd. *25(40)Turn left onto Cleveland-Sandusky Rd./US 6. Rejoin route on map 117.

A bridge is being repaired on Strecker Rd. between SR 269 and Billings Rd. (W. of SR 4).  The construction is estimated to be finished in late May.  While the road is closed, use the following detour:

Ignore the last turn (I) at the end of Map 115 and stay on S. Ridge Rd./CR 175.  Starting Map 116: 0(0 km)Continue on S. Ridge Rd.\CR 175. *3.5(6)Bend right following Portland Rd.\CR 175.  *6(10)Turn right onto Billings Rd. *7.5(12)Turn left onto Strecker Rd.  Rejoin route on map 116.

*18(29)1.5 mi. after SR 4, turn right onto Billings Rd. *19.5(31)Turn left onto Portland Rd.\CR 175. *22(35)Bend left following S. Ridge Rd.\CR 175. 25.5(41)Rejoin route on map 115.

Bicycle Route 66 / Re: Welcome to Bicycle Route 66!
« on: May 06, 2013, 11:41:52 am »
Hi Mathieu,

Thanks for these recommendations!   I'll check out your crazyguyonabike blog and again, may get in touch if we decide to use this as an alternate. 

For the section between Grants and Gallup, we came to the same conclusion about the safety of that interstate segment and plan to avoid it.  Very scary indeed!

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