Oregon Route 99

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Oregon Route 99 marker

Oregon Route 99
Route information
Maintained by ODOT
Length 205.00 mi (329.92 km)
Existed 1972 – present
Major junctions
South end I-5 in Ashland
  OR 66 in Ashland
OR 62 / OR 238 in Medford
OR 234 near Gold Hill
OR 238 / US 199 in Grants Pass
OR 227 near Canyonville
OR 42 near Winston
OR 138 in Roseburg
OR 38 in Drain
OR 58 near Eugene
I-105 / OR 126 in Eugene
OR 569 in Eugene
OR 36 near Junction City
North end OR 99E / OR 99W in Junction City
Highway system
US 99OR 99E
Refreshment stand on US highway 99 in Oregon, 1939

Oregon Route 99 is a state highway that runs between the southern border of Oregon, and the city of Junction City. Oregon Route 99 was formed from parts of the former U.S. Route 99; it shares much of its route with Interstate 5, but much of it is also independent. Between Portland and Junction City, the highway is forked into two routes: Oregon Route 99E and Oregon Route 99W.

Route description[edit]

Oregon Route 99 technically starts at an interchange with Interstate 5 at exit 11, south of Ashland. There it departs from the freeway, running parallel to I-5 as it passes through the cities of Ashland (as Main Street), Talent, Phoenix, and Medford. The highway rejoins I-5 at exit 35, just Northwest of Central Point.

Old US 99 at Siskiyou Summit

OR 99 departs from I-5 several more times through the mountains of southern Oregon, only to rejoin again a short distance later. Junctions are found in Gold Hill (2nd Ave), Grants Pass, between Myrtle Creek and Sutherlin (crossing I-5 in Roseburg), through Drain and Yoncalla, and Cottage Grove and Goshen. These departures serve as business routes for I-5, as Oregon does not have or sign Interstate business routes.

When it reaches Eugene, OR 99 departs from I-5 for a final time. It heads west into downtown, along Franklin Boulevard past the University of Oregon. Downtown, OR 99 is on the 6th and 7th Avenue couplet. (Much of the section in Eugene is co-signed with either Oregon Route 126 or OR 126 Business.) West of downtown it heads north on an expressway alignment, which continues to Junction City. In Junction City, OR 99 ends, as it splits into eastern and western forks.

Highways comprised[edit]

OR 99 comprises the following named highways (see Oregon highways and routes) and roads, from south to north:

  • The Rogue Valley Highway No. 63;
  • Part of the Pacific Highway No. 1 (concurrent with I-5);
  • The Gold Hill Spur, which is no longer a state highway;
  • The Sams Valley Highway No. 271 (concurrent with OR 234);
  • The Rogue River Highway No. 60;
  • Part of the Redwood Highway No. 25;
  • Part of the Pacific Highway (concurrent with I-5);
  • Part of Fifth Street in Canyonville;
  • Part of the Tiller-Trail Highway No. 230;
  • Part of the Pacific Highway (concurrent with I-5);
  • The Myrtle Creek Highway, which is no longer a state highway;
  • Part of the Pacific Highway (concurrent with I-5);
  • The Dillard Highway, which is no longer a state highway;
  • Part of the Coos Bay-Roseburg Highway No. 35 (concurrent with OR 42);
  • The Oakland-Shady Highway, which is no longer a state highway (concurrent with OR 138);
  • Part of the Pacific Highway (concurrent with I-5);
  • The Drain-Yoncalla Highway, which is no longer a state highway;
  • Part of the Umpqua Highway No. 45;
  • Part of the Pacific Highway (concurrent with I-5);
  • The Goshen-Divide Highway No. 226;
  • Part of the Pacific Highway (concurrent with I-5); and
  • Part of the Pacific Highway West No. 1W.

Major intersections[edit]

Note: not all interchanges on I-5 are shown. For a complete list of interchanges, see the Interstate 5 exit list.
CountyLocationmikmDestinationsNotes
Jackson I-5 south
Ashland OR 66 to I-5 – Lakeview, Klamath Falls
Medford OR 62 east / OR 238 west to I-5 / OR 140 – Rogue Valley Mall, Crater Lake, Jacksonville
Blackwell RoadFormer US 99 north
I-5 south – MedfordSouthern end of I-5 overlap
I-5 north – Grants PassNorthern end of I-5 overlap
Blackwell RoadFormer US 99 south
Gold Hill OR 234 east – Crater LakeSouthern end of OR 234 overlap
To I-5 (via OR 234 west)Northern end of OR 234 overlap
I-5 – Medford, Grants PassInterchange
JosephineGrants Pass To I-5 (via Redwood Spur)
US 199 south – Crescent CitySouthern end of US 199 overlap
To I-5 / F StreetFormer Redwood Spur
E StreetFormer Rogue River Loop Highway
Scoville RoadNorthbound exit and southbound entrance
I-5 south – MedfordSouthern end of I-5 overlap
DouglasCanyonville I-5 north – RoseburgNorthern end of I-5 overlap
3rd Street – Days Creek, Crater LakeFormer OR 227 south
Yokum Road – Riddle
I-5 south – CanyonvilleSouthern end of I-5 overlap
I-5 north – Myrtle Creek, RoseburgNorthern end of I-5 overlap
Pruner Road – Riddle
I-5 south – Grants PassSouthern end of I-5 overlap
I-5 north – RoseburgNorthern end of I-5 overlap
Winston OR 42 west – Myrtle Point, Coquille, Coos BaySouthern end of OR 42 overlap
OR 42 east to I-5 – Roseburg, Grants PassNorthern end of OR 42 overlap
I-5 south – Grants PassInterchange
Roseburg OR 138 west to I-5 – West RoseburgSouthern end of OR 138 overlap
OR 138 east (North Umpqua Highway) – Diamond Lake, Crater LakeNorth end of OR 138 overlap
Sutherlin To OR 138 / I-5 – Elkton
I-5 south – RoseburgSouthern end of I-5 overlap; southbound exit and northbound entrance
I-5 north – EugeneNorthern end of I-5 overlap
Drain OR 38 west – Ocean Beaches, Reedsport, Coos BaySouthern end of OR 38 overlap
Curtin Road – Anlauf, LoraneFormer Territorial Highway
Anlauf I-5 south – RoseburgNorthern end of OR 38 overlap; south end of I-5 overlap
Lane I-5 north – PortlandNorthern end of I-5 overlap; northbound exit and southbound entrance
CreswellOregon Avenue – Lorane
To I-5 (via OR 222) – Eugene, Roseburg
Franklin BoulevardFormer US 99 north
OR 58 east (Willamette Highway) – Oakridge, Klamath Falls
I-5 south – RoseburgSouthern end of I-5 overlap
30th Avenue – South Eugene (OR 225)Former US 99 north
Eugene I-5 north – PortlandNorthern end of I-5 overlap; northbound exit and southbound entrance
Riverview StreetInterchange; no southbound entrance

OR 126 Bus. east – Springfield
Interchange; southern end of OR 126 Bus. overlap; southbound exit and northbound entrance; former US 99 south
To I-105 / I-5 / Coburg Road – SpringfieldInterchange
I-105 / OR 126 east to I-5 – SpringfieldInterchange; northern end of OR 126 Bus. overlap; southern end of OR 126 overlap
Blair BoulevardFormer Junction City–Eugene Highway
OR 126 west – Veneta, Elmira, FlorenceNorthern end of OR 126 overlap
To OR 126 / I-5 / Beltline Highway (OR 569) – Florence, SpringfieldInterchange
OR 36 – Cheshire, Florence
Junction City1st Avenue to High Pass Road – Santa ClaraFormer Junction City–Eugene Highway
OR 99E north / OR 99W north – Albany, Portland, Corvallis, McMinnville
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

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