Historical Tour of old US 99
Union Avenue / California Avenue: Business SR-99 – Bakersfield
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.
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, twenty 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 Mojave
Return to the US 99 Introduction