U.S. Route 95 in California

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This article is about the section of U.S. Route 95 in California. For the entire route, see U.S. Route 95.

U.S. Route 95 marker

U.S. Route 95
Route information
Defined by Streets and Highways Code § 395
Maintained by Caltrans
Length: 116.721 mi[1] (187.844 km)
Length does not reflect the distance along I-10 and I-40 overlaps.
Existed: 1930s – present
Major junctions
South end: I-10 / US 95 at Arizona state line
  I‑10 in Blythe
I‑40 in Needles
US 66 in Needles
North end: US 95 at Nevada state line
Highway system
SR 94 SR 96

In the U.S. state of California, U.S. Route 95 (US 95) traverses through the far eastern edges of both Riverside and San Bernardino counties. US 95 serves Blythe and Needles and junctions with SR 62 at Vidal Junction.

The route overlaps with two Interstate highways, specifically I-10 near Blythe and I-40 near Needles.

Route description[edit]

US 95 is part of the California Freeway and Expressway System[2] and is eligible for the State Scenic Highway System.[3] However, it is not a scenic highway as designated by Caltrans.[4]

US 95, running concurrently with I-10, crosses the Colorado River from the state of Arizona and enters the city of Blythe. The highway exits I-10 at Intake Boulevard and turns due north, leaving the city limits. A few miles north, US 95 turns northeast to parallel the Colorado River. The route passes through the Big Maria Mountains and the Riverside Mountains before entering San Bernardino County.[5]

Upon entering San Bernardino County, US 95 turns away from the Colorado River, heading northwest towards Vidal Junction, the junction with SR 62 in the Vidal Valley. The highway continues north through the Chemehuevi Valley and the Chemehuevi Mountains before entering the city of Needles after several miles. After passing the Needles Municipal Airport, US 95 merges onto I-40 westbound and continues through Needles on the freeway. US 95 exits from I-40 west of Needles and continues northwest to Searchlight Junction, where US 95 continues north at the junction with the old routing of US 66. The highway continues north, east of Homer Mountain, to the Nevada state line.[6]


Route 146 was designated by the California State Legislature in 1933 and contained the portion from Blythe to the Nevada state line.[7] US 95 was extended south from its routing in Idaho by AASHO through Searchlight and Needles to Blythe on June 28, 1939; the routing became effective at the start of 1940.[8]In the 1964 state highway renumbering, the law was changed to reflect the designation as US 95.[9]

Major intersections[edit]

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
Destinations Notes
RIV R156.49[N 1]-36.20
Blythe R156.49[N 1] I-10 east / US 95 south Continuation into Arizona
R156.10[N 1] 243 I‑10 Bus. west (Riviera Drive) Former US 60 west
  North end of freeway on I-10
R154.16[N 1]
I‑10 west / Intake Boulevard – Indio Interchange; north end of I-10 overlap
I‑10 Bus. (Hobson Way) Former US 60
San Bernardino
SBD 0.00-80.45
Vidal Junction 9.68 SR 62 (Desert Center Rice Road) – Twentynine Palms, Parker
  37.30 Havasu Lake Road – Chemehuevi Valley, Lake Havasu
Needles 57.28
R143.76[N 2]
I‑40 east (Needles Freeway) / I‑40 Bus. west (East Broadway) – Kingman Interchange; south end of I-40 overlap
  South end of freeway on I-40
R142.37[N 2] 142 J Street – Downtown Needles
R141.01[N 2] 141 I‑40 Bus. east (West Broadway), River Road
R139.11[N 2] 139 River Road Cutoff Southbound exit and northbound entrance
    North end of freeway on I-40
  R132.73[N 2]
I‑40 west (Needles Freeway) – Barstow Interchange; north end of I-40 overlap
Arrowhead Junction 63.94 CR 66 west (Goffs Road) – Goffs Former US 66 west
  80.45 US 95 north – Searchlight, Las Vegas Continuation into Nevada
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
  1. ^ a b c d Indicates that the postmile represents the distance along I-10 rather than US 95.
  2. ^ a b c d e Indicates that the postmile represents the distance along I-40 rather than US 95.


  1. ^ a b c Staff. "State Truck Route List" (XLS FILE). California Department of Transportation. Retrieved March 1, 2015. 
  2. ^ "CA Codes (shc:250-257)". Leginfo.ca.gov. Retrieved 2013-01-26. 
  3. ^ "CA Codes (shc:260-284)". Leginfo.ca.gov. Retrieved 2013-01-26. 
  4. ^ "Officially Designated State Scenic Highways and Historic Parkways". California Department of Transportation. December 7, 2007. Retrieved June 23, 2011. 
  5. ^ Riverside County Street Atlas (Map). Thomas Brothers. 2008. 
  6. ^ San Bernardino County Street Atlas (Map). Thomas Brothers. 2008. 
  7. ^ California State Assembly (1933). "An act...relating to...the addition of certain highways to the State system". Fiftieth Session of the Legislature. Statutes of California. State of California. Ch. 767. 
  8. ^ "U.S. 95 and Idaho's North and South Highway". Highway History. Federal Highway Administration. 17 Oct 2008. Retrieved 20 March 2010. 
  9. ^ California State Assembly (1963). "An act...relating to routes on the state highway system". 1963 Session of the Legislature. Statutes of California. State of California. Ch. 385. 
  10. ^ California Department of Transportation, Log of Bridges on State Highways, July 2007
  11. ^ California Department of Transportation, All Traffic Volumes on CSHS, 2005 and 2006
  12. ^ California Department of Transportation, California Numbered Exit Uniform System, Interstate 10 Freeway Interchanges Interstate 40 Freeway Interchanges

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