US 99 – Piru Gorge

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Piru Gorge

Looking north through Piru Gorge toward Pyramid Rock and Dam.
Looking north through Piru Gorge toward Pyramid Rock and Dam.
1963 view of Piru Gorge, looking toward Pyramid Rock.
1963 view of Piru Gorge, looking toward Pyramid Rock.
Postcard view of Piru Gorge circa 1930's.
Postcard view of Piru Gorge circa 1930’s.
Piru Gorge in 1958. Piru Creek Bridge (53-0082) as well as the Channel Change is visible in the upper portion of the photo.
Piru Gorge in 1958. Piru Creek Bridge (53-0082) as well as the Channel Change is visible in the upper portion of the photo.
Remains of the Channel Change in 2008.
Remains of the Channel Change in 2008.
View of old US 99 just north of the bridge near the Channel Change in 1970. Photo Courtesy - Gordon Glattenberg
View of old US 99 just north of the bridge near the Channel Change in 1970. Photo Courtesy – Gordon Glattenberg
Same view in 2008.
Same view in 2008.

Piru Gorge is one of the more scenic sections of old US 99. Most of it is not submerged, though is no longer open to auto traffic. A large channel change was constructed in 1932 to remove the need for two bridges crossing Piru Creek. This later proved to be a detriment as the creek has since eroded almost the entire channel and a large portion of the highway. This segment was completed in 1933 with three lanes and was widened to four lanes in 1951.

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