Exit 27 leads to the business loop for Bakersfield, which remains parted from the freeway all the way to Exit 11 (Union Avenue). The business route follows old U.S. 99 (and U.S. 466 for the northern section), and it is well worth the drive due to the old expressway and older standards still in use on that road. Photo taken 01/21/04.
The next exit along California 99 south is Exit 27, Junction California 204 and Business California 99 (Golden State Avenue) in Bakersfield. Originally, California 99 was designated the Golden State Freeway. Although it is not apparent in this photo, California 204/Business California 99 head south as a freeway, changing into a surface street just north of downtown. The business route connects to California 178, making it a viable option to reach that highway rather than using Exit 26. Photo taken 01/21/04.