California State Route 19

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State Route 19 marker

State Route 19
SR 19 and SR 164 highlighted in red
Route information
Defined by Streets and Highways Code § 319 and 464
Maintained by Caltrans
Length26.2 mi[2] (42.2 km)
(prior to relinquishments)
Major junctions
South end SR 1 in Long Beach
North end I-210 in Pasadena
CountiesLos Angeles
Highway system
SR 18SR 20
SR 163SR 164SR 165

State Route 19 (SR 19), also known as Lakewood Boulevard and Rosemead Boulevard, is a state highway in the Los Angeles area of the U.S. state of California. The route is a north–south four-to-six lane suburban roadway, lying between the Long Beach Freeway (I-710) and San Gabriel River Freeway (I-605), and connecting the eastern parts of Long Beach and Pasadena via the Whittier Narrows. Since 1998, several pieces have been relinquished to local governments, and more transfers are authorized by state law. The portion of SR 19 north of the Whittier Narrows is officially State Route 164, once planned to be upgraded as the Rio Hondo Freeway,[3] but has always been signed as part of SR 19.

Route description[edit]

SR 19 and SR 164 are part of the National Highway System,[4] a network of highways that are considered essential to the country's economy, defense, and mobility by the Federal Highway Administration.[5]

State Route 19[edit]

Lakewood Boulevard (no longer SR 19 in Long Beach) begins at the Long Beach Traffic Circle, where State Route 1 (Pacific Coast Highway) heads west and southeast, and Los Coyotes Diagonal heads northeast. It heads north past Interstate 405, passing under a runway of the Long Beach Airport.[6] (The part through the airport has been relocated to the east; parts of the old alignment remain as airport service roads.) Lakewood Boulevard (no longer SR 19 in Lakewood) passes to the west of Lakewood Center Mall before passing through the neighborhood of Mayfair.

Lakewood Boulevard passing under I-405 and the Long Beach Airport (top of image)

As the sections of SR 19 in Long Beach and Lakewood have been relinquished, SR 19 now legally begins at the city of Bellflower at the intersection of Lakewood Boulevard and Rose Street. SR 19 in Bellflower will be relinquished by the state to the city.[7] SR 19 intersects State Route 91 before straddling the city border between Bellflower and Paramount and later Bellflower and Downey. North of Gardendale Street, SR 19 has been relinquished to the city of Downey.

In Downey, Lakewood Boulevard intersects with Interstate 105 before passing by the large site formerly occupied by North American Aviation, Rockwell International and Boeing Reusable Space Systems and interchanging with Interstate 5. At Telegraph Road at the Downey-Pico Rivera line, Lakewood Boulevard turns into Rosemead Boulevard.[8] Upon changing to Rosemead Boulevard, SR 19 enters Pico Rivera. This portion of SR 19 has been relinquished to the city as well.[9] Rosemead Boulevard then continues through Pico Rivera past Pico Rivera Plaza to Gallatin Road.[10]

State Route 164[edit]

State Route 164
LocationPico RiveraPasadena
Length9.56 mi (15.39 km)

The 9.56-mile (15.39 km) piece of SR 19 north of Gallatin Road in Pico Rivera has been State Route 164 since the 1964 renumbering, but has always been signed as SR 19. Original plans for SR 164 took it southeast to Interstate 605 from the present transition between SR 164 and SR 19, and it was originally planned as the Rio Hondo Freeway. SR 164 begins as Rosemead Boulevard, leaves the city of Pico Rivera, and enters an unincorporated area.

SR 164 travels across Whittier Narrows Dam before entering the Whittier Narrows Recreation Area and intersecting with the cloverleaf interchange of State Route 60. After this, SR 164 enters South El Monte before crossing the Rio Hondo and straddling the city boundary between Rosemead and El Monte. SR 164 then intersects with Interstate 10 before passing by Rosemead Shopping Center. The next section of SR 164 was relinquished to Temple City in 2008.[11]

Upon leaving Temple City, the maintenance of SR 164 transfers to the county, for this segment of SR 164 has been relinquished.[12] Rosemead Boulevard continues north to Interstate 210. Presently, the north end of the route is at I-210 about a mile south of Sierra Madre Villa Avenue.[10] Originally planned as a freeway, it was to be the intermediate north–south freeway between I-710 (the Long Beach Freeway) and I-605 (the San Gabriel River Freeway). Today, locals generally refer to this road as either Lakewood Boulevard or Rosemead Boulevard, not by its numerical designation. The portion of Rosemead Blvd. between Gallatin Rd. in Pico Rivera and Interstate 10 is built to expressway standards.

Bus service is provided by Metro Local line 266 (between Foothill Boulevard and Del Amo Boulevard) and Long Beach Transit line 111 (south of Del Amo Boulevard) throughout Rosemead Boulevard and Lakewood Boulevard. The Metro Green Line is also provided by a station in the median of Interstate 105 under Lakewood Boulevard.


Before the present SR 19 was constructed, San Gabriel Boulevard, which extended from Lamanda Park south to Downey, and was widened and repaved by an assessment tax in 1925,[13] was the main road through the Whittier Narrows, requiring several turns to stay on it and to continue south to Long Beach.[14][15][16] The state legislature added Route 168 to the state highway system in 1933, which followed this general alignment between Route 60 (SR 1) in Long Beach and Route 9 (Foothill Boulevard, then US 66) near Lamanda Park.[17][18]

SR 19 was designated out of the 1964 state highway renumbering. However, since then, many segments of SR 19 have been relinquished to the cities that they run through. Caltrans relinquished Long Beach's portion of SR 19 to the city on January 27, 1999,[6] and Downey's segment of SR 19 was relinquished to the city on July 3, 2001.[8] However, the segment in Pico Rivera was not relinquished to that city until June 22, 2004.[9] On October 27, 2006, the northern portion of SR 164 that went through an unincorporated area of the county from Callita Street to I-210 was relinquished to the county.[12] In April 2008, the section of SR 164 through Temple City was relinquished to that city.[11] On April 9, 2012, the section of SR 19 through Lakewood was relinquished to that city.[19] In 2017, the relinquishment process in Bellflower has started.[7]

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).[20] Segments that remain unconstructed or have been relinquished to local control may be omitted. The entire route is in Los Angeles County.

Long Beach0.00 SR 1 (Pacific Coast Highway) – Newport Beach, Long BeachLos Alamitos Traffic Circle; southern terminus of SR 19; former US 101 Alt.
1.06 I-405 (San Diego Freeway) – San Diego, Santa MonicaI-405 exit 27; interchange; former SR 7
Long BeachLakewood line2.97Carson StreetFormer SR 214; serves Long Beach City College
3.98Del Amo BoulevardSouthern end of state maintenance on Route 19
Bellflower5.89Artesia Boulevard – Bellflower, Long BeachFormer SR 91
6.05 SR 91 (Artesia Freeway) – Riverside, Manhattan BeachSR 91 east exit 15, west exit 15A; interchange
ParamountDowney line8.37Gardendale StreetNorthern end of state maintenance on SR 19
Downey8.57 I-105 (Century Freeway) – Norwalk, LAX AirportI-105 exit 16; interchange
8.89Imperial HighwayFormer SR 90
Bellflower BoulevardFormer Legislative Route 169 (1933-1945)
10.38Firestone BoulevardFormer SR 42
12.08 I-5 (Santa Ana Freeway) – Santa Ana, Los AngelesI-5 exit 125; interchange; former US 101 Bypass south
DowneyPico Rivera line12.31Telegraph RoadFormer US 101 Bypass north / SR 26
Pico RiveraN/ASlauson Avenue
N/AWashington Boulevard
15.52Whittier Boulevard – Whittier, MontebelloFormer SR 72
Gallatin RoadSouthern end of state maintenance on SR 164
South El Monte2.41[a]San Gabriel Boulevard, Durfee Avenue
3.34[a] SR 60 (Pomona Freeway) – Pomona, Los AngelesSR 60 exit 10A; interchange
4.81[a]Garvey Avenue – El Monte, Monterey ParkFormer US 60/US 70/US 99
El MonteRosemead line5.60[a] I-10 (San Bernardino Freeway) – San Bernardino, Los AngelesI-10 exit 26B; interchange
Rosemead6.22[a]Valley Boulevard – El Monte, Los AngelesFormer SR 212
RosemeadTemple City line6.89[a]Northern end of state maintenance on SR 164
Temple City7.78[a]Las Tunas Drive
Callita Street
PasadenaArcadia line9.65[a]Huntington Drive
10.74[a]Colorado BoulevardFormer SR 248 (US 66 post-1933)
Pasadena10.88[a] I-210 (Foothill Freeway) – San Bernardino, PasadenaI-210 exit 30; interchange; southern end of state maintenance on south right-of-way on SR 164[24]
10.95[a]Foothill BoulevardNorthern end of state maintenance on south right-of-way on SR 164; former Route 210 (US 66 pre-1933)
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Indicates that the postmile represents the distance along SR 164 rather than SR 19.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ California Highways: State Route 19
  2. ^ California Department of Transportation, State Truck Route List, updated April 1, 2004
  3. ^ California Highways: Unsigned State Route 164
  4. ^ Federal Highway Administration (March 25, 2015). National Highway System: Los Angeles, CA (PDF) (Map). Scale not given. Washington, DC: Federal Highway Administration. Retrieved October 19, 2017.
  5. ^ Natzke, Stefan; Neathery, Mike & Adderly, Kevin (June 20, 2012). "What is the National Highway System?". National Highway System. Washington, DC: Federal Highway Administration. Retrieved July 1, 2012.
  6. ^ a b " State begins transfer of Lakewood Boulevard
  7. ^ a b [1]
  8. ^ a b "Minutes Of The City Council" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2005-02-12. Retrieved 2008-02-16.
  9. ^ a b "Caltrans relinquished the piece of Rosemead Boulevard in Pico Rivera - Google News Archive Search
  10. ^ a b Los Angeles and Orange Counties Street Guide and Directory (Map). Thomas Brothers. 1999. p. 566, 596, 636, 676, 706, 736, 766, 796.
  11. ^ a b SB910[permanent dead link]
  12. ^ a b CPY Document[permanent dead link]
  13. ^ Los Angeles Times, Celebrate Paving of Boulevard, November 4, 1925
  14. ^ Ben Blow, California Highways: A Descriptive Record of Road Development by the State and by Such Counties as Have Paved Highways, 1920 ( or Google Books), p. 165
  15. ^ Rand McNally & Company, Los Angeles and Vicinity Archived 2011-07-26 at the Wayback Machine, 1933
  16. ^ Division of Highways, Los Angeles and Vicinity, 1934
  17. ^ California State Assembly. "An act to amend sections 2, 3 and 5 and to add two sections to be numbered 6 and 7 to an act entitled 'An act to provide for the acquisition of rights of way for and the construction, maintenance..." Fiftieth Session of the Legislature. Statutes of California. State of California. Ch. 767 p. 2040.: "State Highway Route 60 near Long Beach to State Highway Route 9 near Lamanda Park."
  18. ^ California State Assembly. "An act to establish a Streets and Highways Code, thereby consolidating and revising the law relating to public ways and all appurtenances thereto, and to repeal certain acts and parts of acts specified herein". Fifty-first Session of the Legislature. Statutes of California. State of California. Ch. 29 p. 286.: "Route 168 is from Route 60 near Long Beach to Route 9 near Lamanda Park."
  19. ^ [2]
  20. ^ a b California Department of Transportation. "State Truck Route List". Sacramento: California Department of Transportation. Archived from the original (XLS file) on June 30, 2015. Retrieved June 30, 2015.
  21. ^ California Department of Transportation (July 2007). "Log of Bridges on State Highways". Sacramento: California Department of Transportation.
  22. ^ California Department of Transportation, All Traffic Volumes on CSHS Archived July 21, 2011, at the Wayback Machine, 2006
  23. ^ California Department of Transportation, All Traffic Volumes on CSHS Archived 2012-02-09 at the Wayback Machine, 1999 (the last year before it was updated to remove the relinquished part)
  24. ^ California Department of Transportation and Los Angeles County, District Agreement No. 07-4769[permanent dead link], revised July 13, 2006

External links[edit]

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