State Route 99 ( SR 99 ), commonly known as Highway 99 or, simply, as 99 (without any further designation), is a north–south state highway in the U.S. state of California, stretching almost the entire length of the Central Valley. From its southern end at Interstate 5 (I-5) near Wheeler Ridge to its northern end at SR 36 near Red Bluff, SR 99 goes through the densely populated eastern parts of the valley.
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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia State Route 99 (commonly known as Old Highway 99 or just 99, also named in the future as Interstate 7 or Interstate 9) is a state highway in California, in the United States. It is about 424.85 miles (683.73 km) long, running from north to south in the Central Valley. It is parallel with Interstate 5.
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U.S. Route 99 was a main north–south United States Numbered Highway on the West Coast of the United States until 1964, running from Calexico, California, on the US–Mexico border to Blaine, Washington, on the U.S.-Canada border. It was assigned in 1926 and existed until it was replaced for the most part by Interstate 5. Known also as the "Golden State Highway" and "The Main Street of California", US 99 was important throughout much of the 1930s as a route for Dust Bowl immigrant farm...
The basic former route of U.S. Route 99 in California started at the Mexico–United States border in Calexico, and then ran north through the Imperial Valley and along the western shore of the Salton Sea to the Coachella Valley. US 99 then headed west to Los Angeles, and ...
The former route of U.S. Route 99 in Oregon mostly follows routes currently signed as Oregon Route 99, 99E, and 99W. The primary exception is from the California–Oregon state border north to Ashland, Oregon, where U.S. 99 is currently named Oregon Route 273 from the state ...
An extensive section of this highway, from approximately Stockton, California to Vancouver, Washington, follows very closely the track of the Siskiyou Trail. The Siskiyou Trail was based on an ancient network of Native American Indian footpaths connecting the Pacific Northwest with California's Central Valley. By the 1820s, trappers from the Hudson's Bay Company were the first non-Native Americans to use the route of U.S. Highway 99 to move between today's Washington state and California. During
US 99W in California ran from Red Bluff, where it diverged from highway 99E, and headed to Sacramento. This section of the highway ran through towns such as Corning, Willows, Artois, Williams, and Maxwell. This section of the highway runs parallel with current day Interstate 5.
US 99E in California ran from Red Bluff, where it split with highway 99W and merged with California State Route 36, then split and headed south to Sacramento. This section of the highway ran through towns such as Chico, Durham, Richvale, and Yuba City. This section of the highway
Travel on U.S. Route 99 is highlighted in a long poem by Gary Snyder, "Night Highway 99". The SEGA videogame Sonic Advance 3 has a zone titled "Route 99," but this could be coincidental.
State Route 99 (SR 99), commonly known as Highway 99 or, simply, as 99 (without any further designation), is a north–south state highway in the U.S. state of California, stretching almost the entire length of the Central Valley.
English: Route map of California State Route 99 — in the Central Valley of California. From I-5 in the southern San Joaquin Valley, northwards while paralleling to the east, and terminating at I-5 in the northern Sacramento Valley.
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This route is part of the California Freeway and Expressway System.[[|]] From its southern terminus at I-5 in Wheeler Ridge to Sacramento, Route 99 passes through the major cities of the San Joaquin Valley, including Bakersfield, Tulare, Visalia, Fresno, Madera, Merced, Modesto, and Stockton. A majority of this segment is built to freeway standards, However, there are portions that are a four-lane divided highway, including the section near Merced that has two at-grade intersections. The freeway sections connect and serve the numerous small cities—and large urban centers as well—that mostly support the agriculture and industry of the California Central Valley. These segments provide a fast medium-distance haulage route connecting agricultural production with related processing and packing businesses. Most of the freeway also parallels the Union Pacific'sFresno Subdivision. In Sacramento, Highway 99 first joins with Interstate 80 Business as part of the Capital City Freeway, then run...
From initial construction to U.S. Route 99Main article: U.S. Route 99The first state highway bond issue, approved by the state's voters in 1910, included a north–south highway through the central part of the state consisting of Route 3 through the Sacramento Valley from the Oregon state line south to Sacramento, replacing the Siskiyou Trail, and Route 4 through the San Joaquin Valley from Sacramento to Los Angeles. In addition, a second route followed the west side of the Sacramento Valley, using Route 7 from Red Bluff south to Davis and the short Route 8 east along the proposed Yolo Causeway to Sacramento. North of Bakersfield these closely paralleled some of the main lines of the Southern Pacific Railroad, including the Fresno Line, East and West Valley lines, Shasta Line and Siskiyou Line. By 1920 paving of both routes from Red Bluff to Los Angeles was completed or in progress, including the only mountain crossing south of Red Bluff, the Ridge Route just north of Los Angeles. To...
Highway 99 is commonly called "The Main Street of California." It is mentioned in John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrathas the main road used by the Joad family during their travels through California. The 5-mile (8.0 km) segment of Route 99 south of its intersection with Route 70 in Sutter County is named the Bernie RichterMemorial Highway. The part of State Highway Route 99 consisting of the four-lane expressway between the Edgar Slough south of Chico(Bridge No. 12128) and the Pentz Road overcrossing (Postmile 24.2) is officially designated as the Ray E. Johnson Expressway.
Recently, it has been recommended that Route 99 be upgraded to Interstate Highway standards between its southern end and Stockton (or Sacramento), which would require upgrading some substandard sections and eliminating the last at-grade intersections. Caltrans has recommended Interstate 9 as the designation of the route, although Interstate 7 is a possibility, given the route's proximity to Interstate 5.[[|]]
Interstate 5 and State Route 99, inland California's major north-south highways, pass through the city. State Route 4 and the dredged San Joaquin River connect the city with the San Francisco Bay Area to its west, creating the Stockton Deepwater Shipping Channel. Stockton and Sacramento are California's only inland sea ports.
A new two-lane alignment of U.S. Route 99E (Legislative Route 3, now SR 99) between east of Richvale and Chico opened in the mid-1950s, using part of the Oroville-Chico Highway south of Durham Dayton Highway and bypassing the remainder to the junction south of Chico.