California 22 is a major east-west corridor through southern Los Angeles County and Orange County; the freeway segment is known as the Garden Grove Freeway. The state highway begins at California 1 as a surface street, but quickly upgrades to a freeway when it interchanges with Studebaker Road. After a brief duplex with Interstate 405 southbound, California 22 continues due east as its own four- to six-lane freeway. After passing through the Orange Crush interchange (Junction Interstate 5/Santa Ana Freeway and California 57/Orange Freeway), California 22 ends at California 55/Costa Mesa Freeway. The entire Garden Grove Freeway corridor between Interstate 405 and California 55 was completely reconstructed in the mid-2000s, beginning in 2004 and finishing in 2007.
California 22 was largely constructed as a freeway between 1964 and 1967, with some exceptions. Based on the Caltrans District 12 bridge log, the following segments were constructed in the following years:
Los Alamitos Channel Bridge - 1958
Shared Alignment with Interstate 405 - 1966
Interstate 405 to Knott Street - 1966
Knott Street to California 39 and Newland Street - 1964
Newland Street to Magnolia Street - 1965
Magnolia Street to The City Drive - 1965
The City Drive through Orange Crush Interchange (Interstate 5, California 57) to Main Street - 1963
Main Street to California 55 - 1967
Between 2004 and 2007, California 22 was reconstructed between Interstate 405 and California 55. Improvements included new through and auxiliary lanes, new high occupancy vehicle (carpool) lanes, and interchange modifications to improve efficiency and merging. Future improvements are planned to include new carpool lane connections with intersecting freeways.
A rather old California 22 trailblazer shield is posted on Bellflower Boulevard north as it approaches the intersection with Seventh Street in Long Beach. Photos taken 02/26/11.
A large power plant sits south of California 22/Seventh Street and east of Studebaker Road in Long Beach. Southern California Edison and Los Angeles Department of Water and Power electric transmission lines converge on this power plant, including these lines visible from a neighborhood just north of California 22. Photo taken 05/02/10.
The old alignment of California 22 over the San Gabriel River is College Park Drive. The original bridge complete with old concrete railing can be found via the Studebaker Road offramp from California 22 west. This bridge now serves as the primary route into a small suburban residential community (Edison Park) bounded by Interstate 405, California 22, and the San Gabriel River. These views look east on College Park Drive. Photos taken 05/02/10.
Now looking west on College Park Drive are these views of the bridge over the San Gabriel River. Photos taken 05/02/10.
Northbound Studebaker Road approaches its junction with California 22 in Long Beach. Since the mega-interchange between California 22, Interstate 405, and Interstate 605 is located just east of here, all three routes are signed here. Take California 22 east to Interstate 605 north to Duarte, Interstate 405 north to LAX and Santa Monica, Interstate 405 south to Irvine and San Diego, and California 22 east to Garden Grove and Orange. Photo taken 05/02/10.
Shortly thereafter, northbound Studebaker Road meets the right turn to California 22 east to Interstate 605 north to Duarte, Interstate 405 north to LAX and Santa Monica, Interstate 405 south to Irvine and San Diego, and California 22 east to Garden Grove and Orange. Continue straight ahead to connect to California 22/Seventh Street west to Long Beach. Photo taken 05/02/10.
The connecting ramp from Studebaker Road north to California 22 east splits at this point; stay right to connect to California 22 east. Photo taken 05/02/10.
Miscellaneous Scenes from Long Beach
Second Street west
Second Street parallels California 22 as it travels west past California 1/Pacific Coast Highway and Marina Drive and enters the city of Long Beach. Long Beach was incorporated on February 10, 1888, then disincorporated July 24, 1896, and it reincorporated on December 13, 1897. The city of Long Beach ("Many Unique Neighborhoods, One Great City") is home to the busy Port of Long Beach, Queen Mary, Aquarium of the Pacific, and California State University at Long Beach (CSULB). The city consists of 50 square miles (excluding water acreage) and had a population of 461,522 as of the 2000 Census. Photo taken 05/02/10.
Three lanes carry Second Street over a channel into Long Beach; turquoise colored bridge railings line the highway. The next interchange with with Appian Way. Photos taken 05/02/10.
Westbound Second Street meets Appian Way at this connecting ramp. The guide sign for Appian Way is one of the few remaining porcelain-enamel, black guide signs in the Southland. Photos taken 05/02/10.
Appian Way north
Northbound Appian Way approaches Second Street. At this point, traffic connecting to Second Street east should bear left off of Appian Way. Photos taken 05/02/10.
Appian Way north passes under Second Street in Long Beach. Photos taken 05/02/10.