BARSTOW The Route 66 Corridor Management Plan will be discussed in a series of meetings this week, beginning with Monday night's Planning Commission meeting. Consultant Jim Klein of Lardner/Klein Landscape Architects will be at the meeting to present a summary of the plan.

The Route 66 Corridor Management plan is a proposed project that aims to "help preserve the history of Route 66 through the desert and develop strategies for educating visitors from both nearby and afar about its significant cultural and landscape features."

The plan is a joint effort from the Bureau of Land Management and the California Historic Route 66 Association. The agencies are lobbying to have a 153-mile stretch of Route 66, from the Colorado River to the western boundary of Barstow, designated as a National Scenic Byway.

The National Scenic Byways Program is operated by the Federal Highway Administration, and aims to preserve the country's scenic and historic roads while promoting tourism and economic development.

The BLM and CHR66 Association also will conduct a public scoping meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Harvey House.

A web-based meeting will be available online Thursday starting at 1 p.m., and another session will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Needles High School cafeteria.