US 99 – Union Avenue / California Avenue: Business SR-99 – Bakersfield

Historical Tour of old US 99

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Union Avenue / California Avenue: Business SR-99 – Bakersfield

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Bakersfield Inn Pedestrian Overcrossing – Built 1948 and removed in the early 2000’s.

Finally reaching Bakersfield, US 99 gains a city street feel to it. The highway was widened to six lanes in 1947 to decrease the traffic and number of accidents.

Union Avenue Underpass just north of California Avenue. Built in 1934 as a part of the Bakersfield Bypass.
Union Avenue Underpass just north of California Avenue. Built in 1934 as a part of the Bakersfield Bypass.

The original alignment through Bakersfield turned left near here down 18th St. At Chester Avenue, it turned right. From there, it followed Chester Avenue over the Kern River to Roberts Lane. Following Roberts, it then merged with the current alignment at the Oildale Overhead. In 1934, a bypass was opened around Bakersfield. It was three lanes wide. Only a few bridges and alignments remain of the original bypass.

At Sumner St, US 99 had a rather busy junction. US 399 ended and US 466 joined from the east. US 466 would be cosigned with US 99 until Famoso, a few miles to the north.

Go North on US 99 / US 466 to Delano

Go South on US 99 to Los Angeles

Go East on US 466 to Barstow

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