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Highways numbered 666 - which states have them?
« on: May 21, 2022, 12:25:51 AM »

For me, this is post number 666, so of course, I will devote it to highways with that number!

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. As for state highways with the "number of the beast", I know that Pennsylvania and Ohio have them - what other states might? In Virginia, "secondary" state highways are numbered 600 and above and are repeated from county to county - I'm sure that at least one county in that state has a VA SR 666. What about the 600-series county roads in New Jersey, or the 600-series band of state highways in Florida, which includes the Tampa area? Also, is there an FM 666 in Texas?

In my opinion, County Road D-32 in Michigan, near Pinckney in Livingston County just south of Howell, should be designated as M-666, as it is quite literally the "road to Hell" in that state - although I'm sure MDOT would have a huge headache on their hands with regards to stolen signs. How much of a problem is it for the states that already have a Highway 666 - or, for that matter, Mile Marker 666 on I-10 in Texas, between San Antonio and Houston? I'm interested to find out more.
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Re: Highways numbered 666 - which states have them?
« Reply #1 on: May 21, 2022, 12:32:00 AM »

Looking at Wikipedia's list, seems like Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Texas have a state route numbered 666.
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Re: Highways numbered 666 - which states have them?
« Reply #2 on: May 21, 2022, 12:32:25 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.

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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Re: Highways numbered 666 - which states have them?
« Reply #3 on: May 21, 2022, 03:08:41 AM »

Virginia has a secondary state road 666 near Smithfield. Goes to the packing plants from the VA-10 bypass.
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Re: Highways numbered 666 - which states have them?
« Reply #4 on: May 21, 2022, 09:20:04 AM »

Ontario had a Secondary Highway 666 from 1974-1985, but it was renumbered to Highway 658 (info here).
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Re: Highways numbered 666 - which states have them?
« Reply #5 on: May 21, 2022, 09:27:01 AM »

FL 666 is basically an unremarkable causeway highway in the Tampa Bay Area.  There is nothing really exciting about it and I speculate the reassurance shields aren’t stolen since FDOT usually mounts them with 6 or 8 bolts. 
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Re: Highways numbered 666 - which states have them?
« Reply #6 on: May 21, 2022, 09:42:28 AM »

Virginia has a secondary state road 666 near Smithfield. Goes to the packing plants from the VA-10 bypass.

In theory Virginia has 94 secondary route 666s.

One county signs it differently, though.  This is in Frederick County and has been signed like this at least 12 years:


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Re: Highways numbered 666 - which states have them?
« Reply #7 on: May 21, 2022, 09:44:54 AM »

NJ had a few County Route 666's. As one may imagine, signage is hard to find, but at least one sign was captured by GSV.  https://maps.app.goo.gl/D4H7oE1tSE5NwpEc6
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Re: Highways numbered 666 - which states have them?
« Reply #8 on: May 21, 2022, 09:48:17 AM »

Closest Indiana has is 662. With 366, 466 and 566 all never having been used, it's a safe bet that Indiana will never have a 666.
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Re: Highways numbered 666 - which states have them?
« Reply #9 on: May 21, 2022, 01:03:27 PM »

Virginia has a secondary state road 666 near Smithfield. Goes to the packing plants from the VA-10 bypass.

In theory Virginia has 94 secondary route 666s.

One county signs it differently, though.  This is in Frederick County and has been signed like this at least 12 years:



I figured there would be more than one. It’s been a long time since I’ve been there, and that’s the only one that I’ve personally seen. I do like that weird way of signing it, though.
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Re: Highways numbered 666 - which states have them?
« Reply #10 on: May 21, 2022, 03:23:06 PM »

I am surprised that county's solution didn't result in more thefts.
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Re: Highways numbered 666 - which states have them?
« Reply #11 on: May 21, 2022, 08:15:50 PM »

I am surprised that county's solution didn't result in more thefts.

The gun club is right there, though.
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Re: Highways numbered 666 - which states have them?
« Reply #12 on: May 21, 2022, 08:59:13 PM »

I am surprised that county's solution didn't result in more thefts.

The gun club is right there, though.

Does that actually ever really intimidate supposedly harden criminals?
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Re: Highways numbered 666 - which states have them?
« Reply #13 on: May 21, 2022, 09:32:38 PM »

PA 666 will get me to Forest County, the first on my bucket list of unvisited counties.
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Re: Highways numbered 666 - which states have them?
« Reply #14 on: May 21, 2022, 09:35:51 PM »

St. Louis County, MN has a County Road 666. Itasca County might have a county or township 666 as well, along with Lake County.
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Re: Highways numbered 666 - which states have them?
« Reply #15 on: May 21, 2022, 10:55:41 PM »

Thinking outside the box, I wondered about states that might have a route 999 - and have a shield that is symmetric top to bottom that could be passed off to the uninitiated as a SR 666.

No such luck.  Only PA and TX have a 999, and their shields are not invertible.

Hmm ... maybe we could try this with SR 69 shields ... oh wait ... never mind.

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Re: Highways numbered 666 - which states have them?
« Reply #16 on: May 21, 2022, 11:06:38 PM »

^^Or 616, which some believe is the actual Devil's number?
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Re: Highways numbered 666 - which states have them?
« Reply #17 on: May 22, 2022, 10:31:00 AM »

...I speculate the reassurance shields aren’t stolen since FDOT usually mounts them with 6 or 8 bolts. 

You'd think that, but it wasn't the case last year, and there wasn't even a post in the opposite direction.



The ones on US 19 Alternate and FL 699 were standing, though. A recent error was this "FL 669" sign, presumably for FL 699:

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Re: Highways numbered 666 - which states have them?
« Reply #18 on: May 22, 2022, 10:44:38 AM »

Thinking outside the box, I wondered about states that might have a route 999 - and have a shield that is symmetric top to bottom that could be passed off to the uninitiated as a SR 666.

No such luck.  Only PA and TX have a 999, and their shields are not invertible.

Hmm ... maybe we could try this with SR 69 shields ... oh wait ... never mind.

Virginia has you covered:

https://goo.gl/maps/dR5feuNcSz3BD3Ff7

or if you prefer a circle shield:

https://goo.gl/maps/7D3cmCbzPdPLbquu6
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Re: Highways numbered 666 - which states have them?
« Reply #19 on: May 22, 2022, 11:11:30 AM »

...I speculate the reassurance shields aren’t stolen since FDOT usually mounts them with 6 or 8 bolts. 

You'd think that, but it wasn't the case last year, and there wasn't even a post in the opposite direction.



The ones on US 19 Alternate and FL 699 were standing, though. A recent error was this "FL 669" sign, presumably for FL 699:



That would have taken a little bit time to nab that FL 666 shield even with a sawzall given the extra bolts.  I wonder when that happened because it was still there when I passed through in 2019. 
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Re: Highways numbered 666 - which states have them?
« Reply #20 on: May 22, 2022, 01:25:01 PM »

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.

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.

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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Re: Highways numbered 666 - which states have them?
« Reply #21 on: May 22, 2022, 02:17:30 PM »

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.

For those who haven't seen the ones referred to above, this was in Monticello on September 27, 2003.

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Re: Highways numbered 666 - which states have them?
« Reply #22 on: May 22, 2022, 07:31:42 PM »

I can personally remember seeing at least two Virginia secondary 666 routes -- one near Hillsville and one near Bedford.

Kentucky has a KY 666, which is spottily signed and, to my knowledge, isn't a frequent subject of sign theft. Much of it is a gravel route along the Ohio River in Union County. I have never been on the route myself. You can find evidence of the signage on the Kentucky photolog route viewer on the KYTC maps page.
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Re: Highways numbered 666 - which states have them?
« Reply #23 on: May 22, 2022, 08:25:14 PM »

Christiansburg, Virginia has SR-666, which is Mud Pike Road that runs parallel to I-81.  If I recall correctly, it is not signed at either end but only between the Christianburg line and Fire Tower Road. 
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« Reply #24 on: May 22, 2022, 08:29:15 PM »

Gosh, there's a whole list of them for Virginia secondary routes (90 of the 132 counties, if I counted correctly):  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virginia_State_Route_666  Some of these have multiple segments that are not continuous. 
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