Image: Google Maps at 55th and Joliet Rd in McCook, IL
While much of the former US 66 is driveable, there are some parts are not. One of the first such roadblocks for would be travelers heading from Chicago to Los Angeles via the Mother Road, now known as Joliet Rd, comes just outside of Chicago in McCook, IL, where the former Route is closed between 55th St and East Ave.
In 1998, cracks began developing in the roadway, and rapidly grew into pavement buckling. IDOT was forced to close the road, making traffic have to detour onto arterial streets. On either side of the roadbed, Vulcan Materials Company owned the land and was mining it hundreds of feet deep, causing the land under the road to give way.
|Image: Rich Dinkela|
Today the road is still there, although Mother Nature is quickly taking it back, and the mine is still fully operational on both sides. Vulcan paid a $12 Million settlement after a 12 year legal battle, but did not admit fault in the road's closure.
While the road today is now owned by Vulcan and off-limits, that hasn't stopped Rich Dinkela from taking a drone to assess the closure for himself, as you can see below.