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Public meetings set for California Route 66 management plan February 7, 2014

Posted by Ron Warnick in Events, Highways, History, Preservation.
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The Bureau of Land Management and the California Historic Route 66 Association are scheduling two public hearings later this month about a proposed Route 66 Corridor Management Plan from the western edge of Barstow, Calif., to the Colorado River in Needles, Calif.

All members of the public are invited to these meetings:

  • Tuesday, Feb. 25, at the Harvey House Railroad Depot, 681 N. First Ave., Barstow, 6 to 8 p.m.
  • Thursday, Feb. 27, Needles High School cafeteria, 1600 Washington St., Needles, 6 to 8 p.m.

And for folks who can’t travel that far, a one-hour California Route 66 seminar will be held online at 1 p.m. Pacific time Thursday, Feb. 27, at a link at the California association’s home page.¬†You also can listen in to the presentation at that time at 1-855-244-8681.

Written comments also may be submitted by mail to Lardner/Klein Landscape Architects, 815 N. Royal St., Suite 200, Attn: Route 66 CMP, Alexandria, VA, 22314, or email at cart66cmp(at)lardnerklein(dot)com. Comments must be received no later than 30 days after Feb. 27.

And what’s the purpose of the plan?:

The effort will also look for ways to increase economic activity through enhanced recreation and heritage tourism opportunities for visitors to its gateway communities. [...]

Upon completion of the (Corridor Management Plan), the BLM will submit a nomination to the Secretary of the Department of Transportation for consideration to designate the California segment of Route 66 a National Scenic Byway.

A good two-page overview of the plan can be downloaded here.

(Image of Roy’s in Amboy, Calif., by Slideshow Bruce via Flickr)

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