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.
|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.|
Page Updated September 23, 2010.