SR-126: Santa Paula Freeway / Henry Mayo Drive

ca_126_smallHenry Mayo Drive / Magic Mountain Parkway / San Fernando Road
Runs from US 101 in Ventura to SR-14 in Santa Clarita.

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This roadway was to have a very different alignment through the Santa Clarita Valley. Until recently, it was planned to be a freeway from I-5 to SR-14 mostly following the Santa Clara River through lower Soledad Canyon meeting SR-14 near Via Princessa. Only part of that freeway was ever constructed. State 126 is also one of the more scenic routes in the Los Angeles area. From I-5 to near Ventura, it passes through one of the largest citrus producing areas left in Southern California. A trip in springtime is best when the orange trees are blossoming.

Typical section of freeway. This is west of Santa Paula.
Typical section of freeway. This is west of Santa Paula.
Eastbound Santa Paula Freeway (126) at the 118 junction in Saticoy. Note the older style State highway shield on the overhead.
Eastbound Santa Paula Freeway (126) at the 118 junction in Saticoy. Note the older style State highway shield on the overhead.
Approaching the eastern end of the Santa Paula Freeway. Sign for END FREEWAY was meant to carry an exit sign, hence the larger frame.
Approaching the eastern end of the Santa Paula Freeway. Sign for END FREEWAY was meant to carry an exit sign, hence the larger frame.
Junction of Route 23 in Fillmore.
Junction of Route 23 in Fillmore.

Former signage at the Magic Mountain Parkway / San Fernando Road / Bouquet Canyon Road junction.

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Postmile marker for 126. This section was relinquished in the early 2000's.
Postmile marker for 126. This section was relinquished in the early 2000’s.
Button copy sign in Newhall from the 1993 widening.
Button copy sign in Newhall from the 1993 widening.
Bridge sign and postmile marker at Sierra Highway.
Bridge sign and postmile marker at Sierra Highway.
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