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California 299


California 299 is a major east-west corridor from the Arcata-Eureka area in Humboldt County on the Pacific Coast to the Nevada state line east of Alturas. The state route connects Weaverville, Redding, Blue Lake and Willow Creek. California 299 also serves Trinity County, a remote area between the coast and the well-traveled Interstate 5 corridor. It also links with California 3, a scenic route north through Trinity County to Yreka.

From 1934 through 1964, California 299 was signed as U.S. 299 from Arcata to Redding and U.S. 395 at Alturas. The section of California 299 east of U.S. 395 was never part of U.S. 299. When most U.S. highways in California were eliminated, U.S. 299 was removed because it was less than 300 miles and wholly located within the state. Even today, when California 299 reaches the Nevada border, it reverts to an unpaved road (Nevada 8A).

California 299 east
The view of the nascent California 299 freeway from the ramp connecting from U.S. 101 south at their trumpet interchange. Photos taken 05/28/06.
The first exit on eastbound California 299 (Trinity Highway) departs in a half mile for Giuntoli Lane and West End Road. The freeway from U.S. 101 to Exit 5 was largely constructed in 1965. It incorporates some older bridges and structures. Photo taken 05/28/06.
This is the first California 299 east reassurance shield. Photo taken 05/28/06.
All motorist services can be found at Exit 1, Giuntoli Lane and West End Road. Giuntoli Lane also meets U.S. 101 at an interchange just west of here. Photo taken 05/28/06.
Exit 1 leaves SR 299 (Trinity Highway) east for Giuntoli Lane and West End Road. Photo taken 05/28/06.
Giuntoli Lane heads west from SR 299 back to U.S. 101. Giuntoli Lane east ends nearby at West End Road. Photo taken 05/28/06.
Continuing from California 200 / North Bank Road (Exit 2), the succeeding exit along California 299 east is with Glendale Drive. Photo taken 05/28/06.
Eastbound California 299 (Trinity Highway) reaches the off-ramp (Exit 3A) for Glendale Drive. Photo taken 05/28/06.
California 299 (Trinity Highway) advances one quarter mile east to Exit 3B with Essex Lane. Photo taken 05/28/06.
Fieldbrook Road stems north from Essex Lane near Exit 3B to the unincorporated community of Fieldbrook. Photo taken 05/28/06.
Entering the diamond interchange (Exit 3B) with Essex Lane on California 299 east. Photo taken 05/28/06.
Reassurance shield for California 299 posted after Exit 3B on Trinity Highway east. Photo taken 05/28/06.
Glendale Drive ties into SR 299 (Trinity Highway) again at Exit 4. The parallel road is the historic alignment of U.S. 299 east from Exit 3A to the city of Blue Lake. Photo taken 05/28/06.
A short access road links the diamond interchange (Exit 4) to Glendale Drive (old U.S. 299) at the unincorporated community of Glendale. Photo taken 05/28/06.
California 299 angles southeast, parallel to the Mud River, through to Blue Lake. Photo taken 05/28/06.
Glendale Drive and the SR 299 freeway converge once more at forthcoming Exit 5 with Blue Lake Boulevard in one mile. Photo taken 05/28/06.
Blue Lake Boulevard (old U.S. 299) bypasses the Blue Lake city center along the north side of town. Maple Creek Road branches south from the route to the community of Korbel. Photo taken 05/28/06.
California 299 follows the Trinity Highway Scenic Byway into the Trinity National Forest. Photo taken 05/28/06.
Beyond Blue Lake, California 299 (Trinity Highway) traverses a remote stretch with no services for the next 34 miles. Photo taken 05/28/06.
California 299 (Trinity Highway) eastbound reaches the diamond interchange (Exit 5) with Glendale Drive west and Blue Lake Boulevard east. Photo taken 05/28/06.
The SR 299 freeway ends ahead of the at-grade intersection with Davis Street south into Blue Lake. Photo taken 05/28/06.
Confirming marker for California 299 and Trinity Highway Scenic Byway trailblazer posted after Exit 5. Photo taken 05/28/06.
As the California 299 freeway ends, the eastbound direction retains two lanes for climbing as the highway begins to gain elevation. Photo taken 05/28/06.
Elgar Road ties into SR 299 (Trinity Highway) at Davis Street from as a residential street to the north. Photo taken 05/28/06.
California 299 west
California 299 (Trinity Highway) upgrades to a four-lane freeway on the north side of Blue Lake. The first exit connects Trinity Highway with Blue Lake Boulevard and Glendale Drive, collectively Historic U.S. 299. Photo taken 05/28/06.
Blue Lake Boulevard wraps around the north side of Blue Lake, tieing into U.S. 299 at a diamond interchange (Exit 5). Glendale Drive continues old U.S. 299 northwest toward Glendale. Photo taken 05/28/06.
California 299 west ends in the city of Arcata. The city center lies seven miles ahead via U.S. 101 south. U.S. 101 otherwise heads south to Eureka (12 miles) and north to Crescent City (76 miles) Photo taken 05/28/06.
Leaving the city of Blue Lake, California 299 (Trinity Highway) turns northwest along side the Mad River to the unincorporated community of Glendale. Photo taken 05/28/06.
A diamond interchange (Exit 4) joins California 299 with an access road leading north to adjacent Glendale Drive. Fieldbrook Road heads north to Fieldbrook from nearby. Photo taken 05/28/06.
A diamond interchange (Exit 3B) at Essex Gulch follows on California 299 west. Essex Lane links the freeway with parallel Glendale Drive to the south and Timmons Road to the north. Photo taken 05/28/06.
California 299 (Trinity Highway) overtakes former U.S. 299 (Glendale Drive) from Exit 3A (eastbound only off-ramp) through to Exit 2 with California 200 (North Bank Road) to McKinleyville. Photo taken 05/28/06.
Entering the trumpet interchange (Exit 2) with California 200 (North Bank Road) into McKinleyville. Photo taken 05/28/06.
California 299 (Trinity Highway) spans the Mad River into the city of Arcata. The ensuing exit connects the freeway with Guintoli Lane and West End Road. Photo taken 05/28/06.
Passing below the Guintoli Lane overpass, guide signs prepare motorists along SR 299 west for the trumpet interchange with U.S. 101. Photo taken 05/28/06.
Single lane ramps lead drivers onto U.S. 101 (Redwood Highway) north to McKinleyville and south toward Downtown Arcata. Photo taken 05/28/06.
U.S. 101 travels southward through Arcata as a freeway and as an expressway around the east side of Arcata Bay into Eureka. The freeway north hugs the coast from Arcata-Eureka Airport (ACV) to Clam Beach. Photo taken 05/28/06.
Approaching the end of the Trinity Highway, the left lane connects to U.S. 101 south to Eureka, while the right lane transitions onto U.S. 101 north to McKinleyville and Crescent City. Photo taken 05/28/06.
An end shield for SR 299 stands at the exchange with U.S. 101 (Redwood Highway). The expressway west from the Mad River to U.S. 101 dates to at least 1959. Photo taken 05/28/06.
A trailblazer for U.S. 101 accompanies the ramp to Redwood Highway south to Eureka. Photo taken 05/28/06.
The bridge sign lists span over U.S. 101 as the "299/101 Overcrossing." Normally this would display "299/101 Separation." Photo taken 05/28/06.
Traffic from California 299 west to U.S. 101 south merges onto the Redwood Highway by the community of Alliance. Photo taken 05/28/06.
California 299 Scenes
This California 299 freeway entrance shield assembly is located on Giuntoli Road (Exit 1). Photo taken 05/28/06.
The final on-ramp for California 299 west references Eureka for U.S. 101 south. This sign appears along Giuntoli Lane west. Photo taken 05/28/06.



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2006-05-28 by AARoads

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