US 99 – Minkler UP

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State Road – Minkler UP – Bakersfield

Looking southerly at the 1933 Minkler UP
Looking southerly at the 1933 Minkler UP
Date stamp underneath the bridge.
Date stamp underneath the bridge.
Painting information from October 1933, when the bridge was completed.
Painting information from October 1933, when the bridge was completed.

Old US 99 crossed under a branch of the Santa Fe Railroad here at the Minkler UP. The structure was built in 1933 to accommodate three lanes of traffic, though today only has two lanes passing beneath.

"New" Minkler UP - Only the right hand side retains the 1948 abutment.
“New” Minkler UP – Only the right hand side retains the 1948 abutment.

In 1948, as a part of the upgrade in the area to four lanes and partial freeway, the original Minkler UP was bypassed using the current SR-99 freeway alignment. This new structure (50-0049) was later widened in 1963.

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