No signs indicate that Historic Route 66 turns West at this intersection. "State" 66 signs indicate a right or left turn instead. This area is controlled by the state D.O.T..
Eastbound traffic on 7th. Street sees no sign that indicates that historic 66 turns north. Many visitors continue East to Rangeline, the North to Webb City, missing the old Route (and the downtown businesses) altogether.
State signage is confusing as it does not indicate that visitors are on the Historic Route 66 Corridor when downtown. There are no banners, flags or directional signs indicating that Joplin's Historic Downtown is on the original Historic Route 66, yet it was there between 1926 and 1958!
There are several of the old Historic Route 66 signs in, and near the downtown corridor, however these are placed as "markers", and have no directional indicators.
Note: When signs are placed where visible after the turn is made, drivers looking for those signs often drive slowly into the intersection, diverting their attention while looking for one. If they see it, they must make a sudden turn (often without signaling) which creates a hazard to themselves and other traffic. Seeing a directional sign before the turn greatly reduces the risk of an accident.
Main Street approaching 2nd. Street Northbound:
No signs indicate that Historic Route 66 turns East (right) here on Langston-Hughes (Old Broadway).
2nd. Street approaching Main Street Westbound:
No signs indicate that Historic Route 66 turns South (left) here onto Main Street, although there is a sign on Main just south of the intersection.
Note: Route 66 turn sign shown is an example of what a Route traveler should see in time to make a turn.
St. Louis Street Southbound approaching Old Broadway.
No signs indicate that Historic Route 66 turns West
(right) here onto Langston-Hughes (Old Broadway), although there is a sign just west of the intersection.
And, there is no sign on Florida to indicate that 66 takes a right onto Zora for westbound travelers, and no signs (either direction) at Zora and Rangeline Road.
And since we're
talking about signage,
Baxter Springs have
Flags & Pole Banners...
why not place matching banners on downtown lamp posts?
These can be in place when special event banners are not
The Interstate 44 Billboard shown is an example of how Miami, Oklahoma is promoting it's stretch of Route 66 to potential visitors who would contribute to that town's economy.
This Historical Marker promotes a unique piece of Route 66 known as the "Ribbon Road" which is located just south of Miami.
Right: The Historic Coleman Theater draws may Route 66 visitors to downtown Miami.
Example:Where are the Directional Signs In Joplin?
Other signs being used to promote Route 66.
On the plus side, directional signage on parts of the historic Route has been improved. The Royal Heights area in northeast Joplin has recently seen additional "Historic" route marker signs installed with a green arrow at nearly all of the turns in that area. The trick now is to have MDOT place signs at the major intersection of Rangeline and Zora that will guide visitors to the part of the Route with the signs.