Route 66 Could Be In Danger Without Federal Funding

By Adin Tarr
Published: Tuesday, July 3, 2018 - 12:10pm

The Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program is set to expire on October 1, 2019, unless Congress extends it.

The nostalgia and history surrounding Route 66 still brings a steady stream of tourists to the towns it passes through. Mayor John Moore of Williams, Arizona, says Route 66 is an integral part of the city.

“Route 66 is a major part of our economy," he said. "If it continues as it is, I think it is great. If they want to change the program or take any control or part of the operation of Route 66, then I would be opposed to it.”

Failure to renew the program could mean the loss of federal preservation dollars. Almost 30 cities and towns are located on Route 66 in Arizona.

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