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California 99 Southbound Butte County

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The California 99 photo guide is broken down into the following pages:

California 99 south
Southbound California 99 meets the turnoff to Business California 99/Esplanade south, which is the old alignment of U.S. 99E until the current freeway bypass became the preferred through route. This is the penultimate at-grade intersection along California 99 before entering the city of Chico (a signalized intersection with Garner Lane is about a mile or so south of here). Photo taken 05/24/08.
Now in the city of Chico on the California 99 freeway bypass, the next exit along California 99 south is Exit 386, East First Avenue (one mile). Photo taken 01/20/03.
East First Avenue is the most direct route from the freeway into downtown, as evidenced by this sign. Taking East First Avenue west to Warner Street south will lead to the California State University at Chico. First Avenue also intersects with Business California 99 (The Esplanade) north of downtown Chico. Photo taken 01/20/03.
Southbound California 99 meets Exit 386, East First Avenue. Photo taken 01/20/03.
The next exit along California 99 south is Exit 385, Junction California 32, three-quarters of a mile. Photo taken 01/20/03.
Southbound California 99 meets Exit 385, Junction California 32 in Chico. California 32 leads northeast toward Lassen National Volcanic Park and Lake Almanor. Westbound California 32 leads into downtown Chico, then connects to Interstate 5 at Orland. Photo taken 01/20/03.
View of the offramp from southbound California 99 onto Exit 385, Junction California 32 in Chico. This interchange is basically a traffic circle with a freeway going through the middle. It is possible to drive in a circle infinite times through this interchange. Photo taken 01/20/03.

After a brief gap in coverage (Exit 384, 20th Street; Exit 383, Skyway Road east to Paradise; and at-grade intersections with Southgate Avenue, Estates Drive, and Neal Road) southbound California 99 approaches Exit 376, Durham-Dayton Highway west and Durham-Pentz Road east (next right). Photo taken 01/03/09 by Dominic Ielati.
Southbound California 99 meets Exit 376, Durham-Dayton Highway west to Durham and Durham-Pentz Road east to Butte College and Pentz. Photo taken 01/03/09 by Dominic Ielati.
A California 99 south reassurance shield is posted after the onramp from Durham-Dayton Highway. Photo taken 01/03/09 by Dominic Ielati.
The next exit along California 99 south is Exit 375, Junction California 149 south to California 70 to Quincy and Oroville. Stay left for California 149 south or right for the continuation of California 99 south to Yuba City. Note that California 99 more or less exits from itself at this major interchange. Photo taken 01/03/09 by Dominic Ielati.
California 149 is a five-mile long connecting route that primarily serves to link Chico and Oroville via a high-speed, four-lane expressway. South of Oroville, California 70 reverts to a two-lane highway, as does California 99 from here south to Biggs, Gridley, and Live Oak. Eventual plans call for California 70 to become the four-lane route and preferred route over California 99 between Oroville and Marysville-Yuba City. Photo taken 01/03/09 by Dominic Ielati.
Southbound California 99 meets Exit 375, Junction California 149 south to California 70 to Quincy and Oroville. Photo taken 01/03/09 by Dominic Ielati.
Leaving the California 149 interchange, a California 99 south reassurance shield is posted after the ramp from California 149 north to California 99 south merges onto the highway. The freeway will end, and California 99 will revert to a two-lane alignment. Photo taken 05/24/08.
The freeway alignment for California 99 ends after the California 149 interchange, and the right lane also ends. California 99 will continue from here south as a two-lane, busy state highway. Photos taken 05/24/08.

Continue south on California 99 to Yuba City and Sacramento Go to California 99 Index Return to the California Gateway

Page Updated January 9, 2012.