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Highways numbered 666 - which states have them?

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US 89:

--- Quote from: thenetwork on May 22, 2022, 01:25:01 PM ---
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--- Quote from: KCRoadFan on May 21, 2022, 12:25:51 AM ---I know, of course, that US 666 in Colorado and New Mexico was famously renumbered to US 491 a while back, because of sign theft, I believe.

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US 666 went through Utah too...  :poke:

And yes, it was sign theft. The three states literally couldn't keep the road signed and people were apparently getting lost. That combined with a high fatality rate on New Mexico's portion (dangerous 2-lane highway with a good amount of traffic and a lot of drunk driving incidents) meant conditions were ripe for a renumbering. NM was the main driver behind that effort.   

666 also used to go west from Gallup and down to Douglas AZ, but the extension of US 191 provided a great opportunity for Arizona to renumber their portion.

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And I believe the last traces of US-666 were around Monticello, UT when UDOT had unisigns noting the conversion (NEW US-491 IS THE FORMER US-666).  Those signs were finally removed around 2007-08.

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There is a “491, Former 666” reassurance marker still standing in Gallup, northbound shortly after the route begins at I-40.

ethanhopkin14:

--- Quote from: US 89 on May 22, 2022, 10:51:09 PM ---
--- Quote from: thenetwork on May 22, 2022, 01:25:01 PM ---
--- Quote from: US 89 on May 21, 2022, 12:32:25 AM ---
--- Quote from: KCRoadFan on May 21, 2022, 12:25:51 AM ---I know, of course, that US 666 in Colorado and New Mexico was famously renumbered to US 491 a while back, because of sign theft, I believe.

--- End quote ---

US 666 went through Utah too...  :poke:

And yes, it was sign theft. The three states literally couldn't keep the road signed and people were apparently getting lost. That combined with a high fatality rate on New Mexico's portion (dangerous 2-lane highway with a good amount of traffic and a lot of drunk driving incidents) meant conditions were ripe for a renumbering. NM was the main driver behind that effort.   

666 also used to go west from Gallup and down to Douglas AZ, but the extension of US 191 provided a great opportunity for Arizona to renumber their portion.

--- End quote ---

And I believe the last traces of US-666 were around Monticello, UT when UDOT had unisigns noting the conversion (NEW US-491 IS THE FORMER US-666).  Those signs were finally removed around 2007-08.

--- End quote ---

There is a 491, Former 666 reassurance marker still standing in Gallup, northbound shortly after the route begins at I-40.

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Bang!

Max Rockatansky:

--- Quote from: ethanhopkin14 on May 24, 2022, 05:48:12 PM ---
--- Quote from: US 89 on May 22, 2022, 10:51:09 PM ---
--- Quote from: thenetwork on May 22, 2022, 01:25:01 PM ---
--- Quote from: US 89 on May 21, 2022, 12:32:25 AM ---
--- Quote from: KCRoadFan on May 21, 2022, 12:25:51 AM ---I know, of course, that US 666 in Colorado and New Mexico was famously renumbered to US 491 a while back, because of sign theft, I believe.

--- End quote ---

US 666 went through Utah too...  :poke:

And yes, it was sign theft. The three states literally couldn't keep the road signed and people were apparently getting lost. That combined with a high fatality rate on New Mexico's portion (dangerous 2-lane highway with a good amount of traffic and a lot of drunk driving incidents) meant conditions were ripe for a renumbering. NM was the main driver behind that effort.   

666 also used to go west from Gallup and down to Douglas AZ, but the extension of US 191 provided a great opportunity for Arizona to renumber their portion.

--- End quote ---

And I believe the last traces of US-666 were around Monticello, UT when UDOT had unisigns noting the conversion (NEW US-491 IS THE FORMER US-666).  Those signs were finally removed around 2007-08.

--- End quote ---

There is a 491, Former 666 reassurance marker still standing in Gallup, northbound shortly after the route begins at I-40.

--- End quote ---

Bang!

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So basically watch eBay if you are sign collector?

OCGuy81:
Might be a tangent, but are there states that won't issue 666 on license plates? I know Oregon does as one of my cars has plates starting with 666

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