Highway 99 Index (Former US99) in California

[99 North]

This is Highway 99's five lane wide section in Tulare County, in March 1997 (headed northbound past Goshen.)

This route is formerly US99, and also formerly US466 between JCT 46 and 58 in Bakersfield. Interstate 5 was built as a new route because it was cheaper to build a new freeway on the west side of the valley rather than convert US99 into I5. Of course, most of 99 South of US50 is a freeway, and the remainder should be upgraded to freeway standards (70 MPH rural speed limit) soon. There are no at grade intersections south of Avenue 20 1/2, near Madera. The section from 120 to 152 has some intersections that look a little dicey, and some really old stretches. There was a traffic light in Livingston on 99 until about 1996! Governor Schwarzenegger proposed Proposition 1B around 2006 to improve much of 99, and it passed.

Unlike I5 from 99 to Sacramento, 99 has a lot of places to stop. In fact, every ten miles or so there usually is a town, especially between Fresno and 58. I5 on the other hand has exits with gas stations and motels, but the only towns south of Stockton extremely close to I5 are Kettleman City and Los Baños / Santa Nella. Also, 99 is landscaped with oleander and a lot of Eucalyptus trees (especially in Tulare County.)

There are some odd interchanges on 99, especially on the stretch from 120 to 152.

The present day route of 99 is not scenic by any means. It used to extend to El Centro and the Mexican border before 1964. I guess you would have to say 99 looks its best when it is not foggy or smoggy. On a really clear day you do see the Sierras, especially south of Fresno. Bakersfield is probably the least attractive sight on 99, but south of it 99 is probably the least boring because the hills are close by, and the smog is usually thinner down that way. Fresno can definitely have some rush hour traffic, and you will run into heavy traffic on 99 in the Sacramento area at rush hour.


Kern County

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Tulare County

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99 South in Tulare County

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Fresno County

99 North in Fresno County 99 South in Fresno County
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99 North in Fresno County 99 South in Fresno County
99 North in Fresno County 99 South in Fresno County
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Madera County (includes Fairmead - Berenda construction photos from 2008)

99 North in Madera County 99 South in Madera County
99 North in Madera County 99 South in Madera County
99 North in Madera County 99 South in Madera County
99 North in Madera County 99 South in Madera County
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Stanislaus County


99 South in Stanislaus County

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99 South in Stanislaus County

99 South in Stanislaus County

San Joaquin County

99 North, in San Joaquin County 99 South in San Joaquin County
99 North, in San Joaquin County 99 South in San Joaquin County
99 North, in San Joaquin County 99 South in San Joaquin County
99 North, in San Joaquin County

Highway 99 Exits

The Avenue 20 Exit off 99 in Madera County (courtesy Trevor Carrier)
The Avenue 400 Exit off 99 in Kingsburg (on a very clear day.)

California Highway 160 (old US99E and old US40)
160 North
160 South
160 South

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