Route 66 is getting some upgrades as the road is approaching its centennial year in 2026.
Grants from the Illinois Office of Tourism will gift the Town a new sign that spans 43 feet, and stands 8 to 10 feet tall spelling out 'NORMAL'. Matt Hawkins with the Bloomington Normal Area Convention and Visitors Bureau says the state is pulling out all the stops ahead of the 100-year anniversary.
Aside from the large sign planned for the Town of Normal, additional signage showcasing Route 66 is expected for other McLean County communities such as Bloomington, Chenoa, Lexington and McLean. Hawkins expects the signage to be up later this summer.