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National Park Service, Route 66 Program Office

National Park Service, Route 66 Program Office

In recognition of the significance of Route 66 to America’s heritage, Congress passed an act in 1999 to create the Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program. Administered by the National Park Service, the program was established in 2001 and is dedicated to preserving the special places and stories of the historic highway.

The program collaborates with private, nonprofit, and government partners to identify, prioritize, and address priority preservation needs of Route 66.  The program provides cost-share grants to help preserve the most significant and representative historic sites dating to the route’s period of significance (1926-1985). It also assists preservation planning, research, and educational initiatives, and serves as a clearinghouse for preservation information and technical assistance. Since 2001, over 100 projects have received cost-share grant assistance across the route.

Set to legislatively terminate at the end of 2009, the program was reauthorized on March 30, 2009 for an additional ten years.  Under the new authorization, the program will continue to offer grants, technical assistance, and clearinghouse functions, and pursue long-term priorities to sustain preservation efforts along Route 66 until the program sunsets in 2019.

Program services include:

  • Guidance and technical assistance for the preservation, restoration, and rehabilitation of historic Route 66 properties.
  •  Cost-share grants for the preservation, rehabilitation, and restoration of significant and representative Route 66 buildings, structures, signs, and road segments; building and roadbed inventory surveys; Historic Structure Reports; historical research; and educational initiatives.
  •  Guidance in the development of corridor management plans and other planning and management initiatives.
  •  Guidance in the development of interpretation and heritage tourism on Route 66.
  •  Information on research and oral histories related to historic Route 66.
  •  Information on preservation training and other educational opportunities.
  •  Information on funding sources.
  •  A forum for public interests related to the preservation and commemoration of Route 66.

Learn more about the Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program through our video.