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Route 66 Going Green

Associated Press - July 15, 2016 6:51 am

A restored viaduct along the historic Route 66 will be dedicated next week near the southeast Kansas town of Galena.

Route 66, a highway made famous for attracting gas-guzzling Chevrolet Bel Airs traveling from Chicago to Los Angeles, is turning green.

The Mother Road is seeing a growing number of electric car charging stations along the 2,500-mile path, and some states even are pushing for solar panels and electric buses.

Illinois is installing a network of electric vehicle charging station from Lake Michigan to the Mississippi River.

And earlier this year, Missouri’s highway department announced it was eying a project to cover a portion of its Route 66 with road-ready solar panels.

Route 66-area motel owners also are getting in on the action.

Bella Roma Bed & Breakfast innkeeper Laura Ferrary says she installed a Tesla supercharger at her Albuquerque spot because she anticipates more environmentally-conscience travelers in the future.

Jim Prugh

July 15, 2016 at 10:28 am

Downtown Lindsborg’s solar-powered vacation rentals went green years ago. Travelers can recharge their electric vehicles (and themselves) at Trädhuset and Vetehuset. For more information and pictures, go to trad-hus.com and vete-hus.com.

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