SR-33: Ojai Freeway / Maricopa Highway

SR-33
Ojai Freeway / Maricopa Highway

Runs from US 101 in Ventura to I-5 near Tracy

This is a rather scenic highway, at least south of State 166. The first few miles of this highway are freeway, constructed in the 1950’s and 1970’s. The section from Hwy 166 south to Ojai was built in the 1930’s and still retains a few bridges from that period. Through Wheeler Gorge, State 33 passes through three tunnels, two of which are adjacent to bridges. Before 1964, State 33 was signed as US 399 from Taft to Ventura.

San Antonio Creek bridge near Ojai.
San Antonio Creek bridge near Ojai.
1947 bridge over North Fork Matilija Creek (52-173)
1947 bridge over North Fork Matilija Creek (52-173)
Tunnels 2 and 3 in Wheeler Gorge. Built in 1931.
Tunnels 2 and 3 in Wheeler Gorge. Built in 1931.
Hwy 33 snaking south toward Ojai from the summit near Rose Valley.
Hwy 33 snaking south toward Ojai from the summit near Rose Valley.
1932 Sespe Creek Bridge (52-0078) and Sespe Gorge.
1932 Sespe Creek Bridge (52-0078) and Sespe Gorge.
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