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 length of the highway, see U.S. Route 95.

U.S. Route 95 marker

U.S. Route 95
Route information
Defined by S&HC § 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]

History[edit]

It is also one of four U.S. Highways in California not affected by the 1964 renumbering,[7] the others being U.S. Route 97[8] and U.S. Route 199[9] in the northern portion of the state, and U.S. Route 395 which was truncated for other reasons in 1969.[10]


Major intersections[edit]

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, and T indicates postmiles classified as temporary.[1] The numbers reset at county lines; the start and end postmiles in each county are given in the county column.

County Location Postmile
[1][11][12]
Exit
[13]
Destinations Notes
Riverside
RIV R156.49[N 1]-36.20
Blythe R156.49[N 1] Arizona state line
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]
L0.16
I‑10 west / Intake Boulevard – Indio Interchange; north end of I-10 overlap
L0.39
0.00
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]
R57.21
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 Nevada state line
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.

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)". 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. ^ Thomas Brothers (2008). Riverside County Street Atlas (Map).
  6. ^ Thomas Brothers (2008). San Bernardino County Street Atlas (Map).
  7. ^ "CAHighways.org, Routes 89-96". Cahighways.org. Retrieved 2013-01-26. 
  8. ^ "CAHighways.org, Routes 97-104". Cahighways.org. Retrieved 2013-01-26. 
  9. ^ "CAHighways.org, Routes 193-200". Cahighways.org. Retrieved 2013-01-26. 
  10. ^ "CAHighways.org, Routes 305-440". Cahighways.org. Retrieved 2013-01-26. 
  11. ^ California Department of Transportation, Log of Bridges on State Highways, July 2007
  12. ^ California Department of Transportation, All Traffic Volumes on CSHS, 2005 and 2006
  13. ^ California Department of Transportation, California Numbered Exit Uniform System, Interstate 10 Freeway Interchanges Interstate 40 Freeway Interchanges


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