California State Route 127

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State Route 127 marker

State Route 127
Death Valley Road
Route information
Defined by S&HC § 427
Maintained by Caltrans
Length: 91.033 mi[1] (146.503 km)
Major junctions
South end: I‑15 at Baker
  SR 178 at Shoshone
SR 190 at Death Valley Junction
North end: SR 373 at Nevada state line
Highway system
SR 126 SR 128

State Route 127 (SR 127) is a California state highway that connects Interstate 15 to Nevada State Route 373, passing near Death Valley National Park. The entire length of the highway closely follows the central portion of the former Tonopah and Tidewater Railroad and loosely follows the Amargosa River.

Route description[edit]

Looking southeast down Kelbaker Road/SR127 at the Providence Mountains in the Mojave National Preserve

SR 127 is part of the California Freeway and Expressway System[2] and is eligible for the State Scenic Highway System.[3] However, it has not been designated by Caltrans as a scenic highway.[4]

The highway begins at I-15 in the community of Baker, the last town travelers from the Greater Los Angeles area or the Las Vegas Valley see before making their trek across Death Valley. SR 127 travels through the town of Baker as Death Valley Road before turning slightly northwest and traveling along the edge of Silver Lake, a dry lake. The road parallels Salt Creek and Silurian Lake as it crosses the Valjean Valley. SR 127 soon runs along the southeastern edge of Death Valley National Park and cuts through the mountains as it is entering Inyo County.[5]

After passing by the turnoff for Tecopa Hot Springs, SR 127 runs concurrently with SR 178 through the community of Shoshone. SR 127 continues along the eastern edge of Death Valley National Park, passing by Eagle Mountain and the Amargosa River before intersecting SR 190 at Death Valley Junction. The road ends at the California-Nevada border, where Nevada State Route 373 begins.[6] It is the "Lost Highway" featured in David Lynch's film Lost Highway.

History[edit]

In 1933, Route 127 was added to the state highway system, and went from Baker to Death Valley Junction; Route 128 went from there to the Nevada state line.[7] In the 1964 state highway renumbering, SR 127 was defined from I-15 to the Nevada state line.[8] The route has remained the same since its definition.

Major intersections[edit]

In Baker, looking in Death Valley direction

Except where prefixed with a letter, postmiles were measured on the road as it was in 1964, based on the alignment that existed at the time, and do not necessarily reflect current mileage. R reflects a realignment in the route since then, M indicates a second realignment, L refers an overlap due to a correction or change, and T indicates postmiles classified as temporary (for a full list of prefixes, see the list of postmile definitions).[1] Segments that remain unconstructed or have been relinquished to local control may be omitted. The numbers reset at county lines; the start and end postmiles in each county are given in the county column.

County Location Postmile
[1][9][10]
Destinations Notes
San Bernardino
SBD L0.00-41.47
Baker L0.00 Kelbaker Road Continuation beyond I-15
L0.00 I‑15 (Mojave Freeway) – Las Vegas, Barstow Interchange
0.00 Baker Boulevard (I-15 Bus.) – Las Vegas, Barstow Former US 91 / US 466
Inyo
INY 0.00-49.42
  6.51 Old Spanish Trail Highway – Tecopa, Hot Springs
Shoshone 14.75 SR 178 east – Pahrump, Las Vegas South end of SR 178 overlap
  16.25 SR 178 west – Badwater North end of SR 178 overlap
Death Valley Junction 42.15 SR 190 – Death Valley National Park
  49.42 SR 373 – Lathrop Wells Continuation beyond the Nevada state line
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Staff. "State Truck Route List" (XLS file). California Department of Transportation. Retrieved August 21, 2012. 
  2. ^ CA Codes (shc:250-257)
  3. ^ CA Codes (shc:260-284)
  4. ^ California Department of Transportation, Officially Designated Scenic Highways, accessed 2010-03-26
  5. ^ Thomas Brothers (2008). San Bernardino County Road Atlas (Map).
  6. ^ Thomas Brothers (2009). California Road Atlas (Map).
  7. ^ California State Assembly (1933). "An act...relating to...the addition of certain highways to the State system". Statutes of California. Fiftieth Session of the Legislature. State of California. Ch. 767. 
  8. ^ California State Assembly (1963). "An act...relating to routes on the state highway system". Statutes of California. 1963 Session of the Legislature. State of California. Ch. 385. 
  9. ^ California Department of Transportation, Log of Bridges on State Highways, July 2007
  10. ^ California Department of Transportation, All Traffic Volumes on CSHS, 2005 and 2006

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