Route 66 restoration program might be nearing an end

Federal grants helped preserve historic sites
Route 66 restoration program might be nearing an end
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The end of the road could be near for a federal program that’s helped preserve the historic Route 66 Highway for two decades.

The Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program is accepting grant applications until April 12 and it’s not clear if Congress will continue the project.

At risk are millions of dollars in grants aimed at reviving old tourist spots in struggling towns.

The program has helped finance projects like restoration of the Baxter Springs, Kansas Independent Oil and Gas Station.

The program is administered by the National Park Service.

Decommissioned as a U.S. highway in 1985, Route 66 went through eight states including Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma.