US 99 – Gavin Canyon

Historical Tour of old US 99

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Gavin Canyon

1949 view looking toward Weldon Summit above Gavin Canyon. Courtesy - Caltrans
1949 view looking toward Weldon Summit above Gavin Canyon. Courtesy – Caltrans
1949 view looking southerly along Gavin Canyon toward the site of the I-5 overcrossing. Courtesy - Caltrans
1949 view looking southerly along Gavin Canyon toward the site of the I-5 overcrossing. Courtesy – Caltrans
Shown here, I-5 crosses the Old Road in Gavin Canyon. In 1994, these bridges partially collapsed during an earthquake and have been subsequently rebuilt.
Shown here, I-5 crosses the Old Road in Gavin Canyon. In 1994, these bridges partially collapsed during an earthquake and have been subsequently rebuilt.
Aerial view from around 1970 showing the Gavin Canyon bridges and the old southbound I-5 rest area.
Aerial view from around 1970 showing the Gavin Canyon bridges and the old southbound I-5 rest area.

The Old Road here was a four lane divided highway. This section of highway was completed in 1930 and was widened to a four lane expressway in 1951. The expressway was originally paved with concrete but it was paved over in 1994 when this section of highway was used as a temporary freeway during the reconstruction of I-5.

Looking north along US 99 in Gavin Canyon.
Looking north along US 99 in Gavin Canyon.

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