- Associated Press - Thursday, August 20, 2015

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - While Route 66 became a thing of history decades ago, New Mexico is letting it go dark now.

KRQE-TV reports (https://bit.ly/1PAUAEc ) that the neon sign for Route 66 up Central in Albuquerque won’t be lit anymore since portions of it don’t illuminate, including one of the sixes. The sign was built about 10 years ago and is meant to welcome visitors along the historic Route 66.

City officials say the archway is an ongoing problem, with repairs necessary every few months to replace bulbs in portions of the sign. The city spends about $25,000 every year to maintain the neon signs.

They say they haven’t fixed the blinking sign on Central near Coors because they are planning to upgrade the sign’s light system with better technology.

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Information from: KRQE-TV, https://www.krqe.com

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