The U.S. Department of Transportation
had plans to extend Interstate 66
westward across the country to California
. However, Interstate 66
west of Wichita, Kansas
, has been postponed, with the Nevada and California sections cancelled. This was because of several reasons, among them were lack of interest in the states west of Kansas, insufficient traffic for an interstate in the area (in fact, in some places a highway did not exist at all), and the route was to go through Death Valley National Park
(to which the National Park Service
was strongly opposed). The main reason for the number 66 was to capitalize off U.S. Route 66
and was started by businessmen in Wichita.
There have been some documents from Arizona
as late as September 2007 that do mention the possibility of I-66 in northern Arizona.
No connection is currently planned between this I-66 and the Interstate 66
and the District of Columbia
I-66 was planned to extend west from I-44
near Joplin, Missouri
to Wichita, Kansas
. U.S. Route 400
follows the route that I-66 would have followed. Due to the construction cost and lack of facilities, plans to extend I-66 west of Wichita have been postponed.
Missouri has had several proposals to bring I-66 through the state over the years. Currently the two main locations for consideration are bringing I-66... Read More