U.S. Route 6 in California
|Defined by S&HC § 306|
|Maintained by Caltrans|
|Length:||40.505 mi (65.19 km)|
|Existed:||1936 – present|
|South end:||US 395 in Bishop|
|SR 120 in Benton|
|North end:||US 6 at Nevada state line|
U.S. Route 6, or US 6, is a transcontinental highway from the U.S. state of California to Massachusetts. In California, the highway lies in the eastern portion of the state from Bishop in the Owens Valley north to the Nevada state line in Esmeralda County. Prior to a 1964 Highway renumbering project US 6 extended to the Pacific Ocean in Long Beach, California, as part of the historic auto trail named the Roosevelt Highway.
Route description 
This route is part of the California Freeway and Expressway System and is legally eligible for the State Scenic Highway System. However, it is not an official scenic highway as designated by Caltrans.
Starting in Inyo County, US 6 begins its route at Bishop at a junction with US 395 near the Bishop Paiute-Shoshone Indian Colony. After leaving Inyo County and entering Mono County, the highway proceeds due north to the small town of Benton and makes a junction with SR 120. The highway then begins an ascent up the lower foothills of the White Mountains, towards Montgomery Pass in the state of Nevada. The highway reaches the state line before cresting the pass. While still in California, the highway passes by Boundary Peak, the highest point in Nevada.
Roosevelt Highway 
US 6 was later extended further south through the Mojave Desert and Los Angeles to Long Beach in Southern California. It traveled along with what is now US 395, SR 14 (Sierra Highway), I-5, I-110 / SR 110, and SR 1. When the Four Level Interchange was constructed, US 6 was the original number for SR 110 at this interchange.
It formerly ran from Long Beach west to San Pedro and continued north on Figueroa Street, briefly concurrent with US 66 in Los Angeles before turning northwest and co-signing with US 99 on San Fernando Road. US 66 continued north on the Pasadena Freeway before also being decommissioned in 1964, leading to the Harbor and Pasadena freeways being redesignated to SR 11, which ran from Gaffey Street in San Pedro to Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena. In 1981, the Harbor Freeway between Gaffey Street and Interstate 10 became Interstate 110, replacing the SR 11 designation. The northern segment of SR 11 continuing to Glenarm Street became SR 110, which continues briefly as the Harbor Freeway before becoming the Pasadena Freeway north of the Four Level Interchange with US 101.
Despite being designated as an east–west route, US 6 was designated as a north–south route in California when it was extended to Long Beach and still remained after the 1964 truncation. Caltrans still declares that the route was north–south in the present day.
Major intersections 
Except where prefixed with a letter, postmiles were measured on the road as it was in 1964, and do not necessarily reflect current mileage. R reflects a realignment in the route since then. The numbers reset at county lines; the start and end postmiles in each county are given in the county column.
|Bishop||R0.00||US 395 – Los Angeles, Reno||Former US 6 south|
|Benton||25.72||SR 120 – Lee Vining, Yosemite National Park|
|32.29||Nevada state line|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi|
See also 
- Daniel P. Faigin. "California Highways Routes 1 through 8". Retrieved 2007-12-19.
- California Department of Transportation, State Truck Route List[dead link] (XLS file), accessed February 2008
- Caltrans - Route and Direction, accessed December 2007
- Michael Ballard. "Virtual Tour of old US 6". Retrieved 2013-02-20.
- "CA Codes (shc:250-257)". Leginfo.ca.gov. Retrieved 2013-01-26.
- "CA Codes (shc:260-284)". Leginfo.ca.gov. Retrieved 2013-01-26.
- California Department of Transportation, Officially Designated Scenic Highways, accessed 2009-09-14
- Benchmark Maps (2003). Nevada Road and Recreation Atlas (Map). 1:250000 (2003 ed.). p. 70, section B2. ISBN 0-929591-81-X. http://www.benchmarkmaps.com.
- Richard F. Weingroff. "U.S. 6- The Grand Army of the Republic Highway". United States Department of Transportation - Federal Highway Administration. Retrieved 2007-12-19.
- Dale Sanderson. "End of US highway 6". Archived from the original on 2008-02-06. Retrieved 2007-12-19.
- California Department of Transportation, Log of Bridges on State Highways, July 2007
- California Department of Transportation, All Traffic Volumes on CSHS, 2005 and 2006
- AARoads - US 6
- California Highways: US 6
- Caltrans: Route 6 highway conditions
- Virtual Tour of US 6 in California and western Nevada
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