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U.S. Highway 95 - South

Interstate 10 east & U.S. 95 south
Located on the Colorado River bridge is this sign denoting the Arizona State Line. All of these signs have been replaced in early 2008. Photo taken 11/10/06.
Commercial vehicles cannot use Exit 1, but must proceed to the Port of Entry in 3 miles. Photo taken 11/10/06.
Exit 1 departs here for Ehrenberg and Parker. Photo taken 11/10/06.
Welcome to Arizona! Photo taken 11/10/06.
Vehicles with Livestock as well as commercial vehicles are restricted to the right lane ahead, in preparation for the Port of Entry. Photo taken 11/10/06.
Due to the high volume of trucks, no lane changes are permitted until after the Port of Entry. Photo taken 11/10/06.
All commerical vehicles with agricultural products must exit at the Port of Entry. Photo taken 11/10/06.

Exit here for the Port of Entry and weigh station. Photo taken 11/10/06.
After the exit for the port of entry, lane restrictions end. Photo taken 11/10/06.
Advance signage for the first rest area in Arizona along Interstate 10 Eastbound. Photo taken 11/10/06.
Exit here for the rest area. The next rest area is 47 miles ahead. Photo taken 11/10/06.
Eastbound Interstate 10 and southbound U.S. 95 approaching Exit 5, Tom Wells Road. Photo taken 11/10/06.
Eastbound Interstate 10 and southbound U.S. 95 at Exit 5, Tom Wells Road. By taking this exit and making a right past the truck stop, highway explorers can reach an original section of U.S. 60-70, including an old 1930s-era bridge. Photo taken 11/10/06.
Distance sign to Quartzsite, the next Rest Area and Phoenix. Photo taken 11/10/06.
Interstate 10 passes through the Dome Rock Mountains before reaching Quartzsite. Photo taken 11/10/06.
Eastbound Interstate 10 and southbound U.S. 95 approaching Exit 11, Dome Rock Road, one mile. Photo taken 11/10/06.
Eastbound Interstate 10 and southbound U.S. 95 at Exit 11, Dome Rock Road. Photo taken 11/10/06.
Distance sign to Quartzsite, the next Rest Area and Phoenix (yet again). Photo taken 11/10/06.
The next two exits (Exit 17 and Exit 19) lead into Quartzsite. Photo taken 11/10/06.
The next exit is U.S. 95 and Arizona 95 in Quartzsite, as well as Business Loop 10. U.S. 95 leads south to Yuma and San Luis Colorado, while Arizona 95 leads north to Lake Havasu City and Topock. Photo taken 11/10/06.
Eastbound Interstate 10 at Exit 17, Junction U.S. 95 and Arizona 95, Quartzsite. U.S. 95 leaves the Eastbound freeway here, thus ending the first Interstate/U.S. route merger along Interstate 10 Eastbound. Photo taken 11/10/06.
U.S. 95 south
This mileage sign is posted on southbound U.S. 95 after the intersection with Imperial Dam Road within the Yuma Proving Grounds. Distances to Yuma, San Luis, and the International Border with Mexico are provided. Photo taken 01/15/07.
Between Quartzsite and Yuma, this power line parallels U.S. 95. Photo taken 01/15/07.
A 500kV power line, which forms part of the Southwest Powerlink between Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station and the Imperial Valley crosses U.S. 95 at this point. Part of Path 46, this powerline connects the Imperial Valley substation with the North Gila substation, which in turn connects to the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station. Photo taken 01/15/07.
Shortly thereafter, U.S. 95 approaches Dome Valley Road, which travels east to Old U.S. 80 in Dome Valley and connects to Interstate 8 east en route to Gila Bend and Casa Grande. Continue straight ahead to follow U.S. 95 southwest to Yuma. Photo taken 01/15/07.
U.S. 95 crosses the Gila River on this 1993 bridge. Look to the west to see the McPhaul Suspension Bridge, which used to provide the primary crossing for north-south travelers over the Gila River. Since U.S. 95 was not commissioned in Arizona until the 1960s, the suspension bridge was never part of the signed U.S. highway. Photo taken 01/15/07.
U.S. 95 crosses an irrigation canal at this bridge, then changes direction from southbound to westbound. The federal highway will travel for about twelve miles due west across the fertile Colorado River valley to the city of Yuma. This can cause some confusion, because U.S. 95 and Interstate 8 parallel each other for this distance. Photo taken 01/15/07.
Crossing under another power line, U.S. 95 briefly parallels the Union Pacific Railroad. Photo taken 01/15/07.
Now traveling west, U.S. 95 south approaches Fortuna Road (Avenue 11E), which travels south to Interstate 8. Through traffic to Yuma may find the freeway to be faster than U.S. 95. Interstate 8 and U.S. 95 parallel each other between Interstate 8's Exits 12 and 2. Photo taken 01/15/07.
The Fortuna Road intersection is governed by a traffic signal. From here, U.S. 95 widens to four lanes undivided highway. Farmland dominates on both sides of the highway as the road travels toward Yuma. Photo taken 01/15/07.
After the Fortuna Road intersection, this mileage sign provides the distance to Yuma (10 miles), Somerton (21 miles), and the international border with Mexico (31 miles). Photo taken 01/15/07.
The winter sun sets over the pastoral farmland of the Colorado River Valley, illuminating palm trees as it sets into the horizon. In the distance, Yuma twinkles into life. Photo taken 01/15/07.
The next traffic signal on U.S. 95 west is with Avenue 7E, which travels south to Interstate 8 Exit 7 and Business Loop I-8/Old U.S. 80. At this point, we ran out of daylight for any more photography of this final distance into Yuma. Photo taken 01/15/07.
Suburban development encroaches onto the farmland until U.S. 95 arrives at the Interstate 8 interchange, which has all kinds of motorist service available (gas, food, lodging). After passing through this congested interchange, U.S. 95 continues west through Yuma. This U.S. 95 south reassurance shield is posted on westbound 16th Street in Yuma after the Interstate 8 interchange (Exit 2). Photo taken 01/14/05.
U.S. 95 (16th Street) approaches its junction with Business Loop I-8 in Yuma. Photo taken 10/05/02.
Southbound U.S. 95 finally turns southerly at this intersection between 16th Street and Avenue B in Yuma. 16th Street continues straight west from this point toward the Colorado River. Photo taken 11/10/00.
U.S. 95 shield on a traffic signal mast arm along Avenue B in Yuma. Avenue B carries U.S. 95 from 16th Street south out of Yuma. Photo taken 11/10/00. Second photo taken 05/01/01.
U.S. 95 south leaves Yuma en route toward San Luis. Photo taken 11/10/00.
U.S. 95 more or less parallels the Colorado River south from Yuma to San Luis, passing through some agricultural areas close to the river and some desert regions further away, such as the terrain shown in this photo. Photo taken 11/10/00.
As shown in this photo, U.S. 95 south of Yuma is gradually being widened to four lanes, with an ultimate facility with four lanes between Yuma and San Luis. Through the town of Somerton, U.S. 95 was under construction at the time of this photo. By April 2001, the highway had been widened to four lanes. Photo taken 11/10/00.
The houses in the distance mark a recent development south of Yuma. Projects such as this are appearing even in areas such as Yuma due to the soaring popularity of such homes. Photo taken 11/10/00.
U.S. 95 also passes by some agricultural areas south of Yuma. Photo taken 11/10/00.
Southbound U.S. 95 at the Truck U.S. 95 split. Truck U.S. 95 avoids downtown San Luis and feeds directly into the commercial port of entry. Mainline U.S. 95 enters downtown San Luis, provides a direct connection into the non-commercial port of entry, then turns east briefly to rejoin Truck U.S. 95. U.S. 95 then turns south into the commercial port of entry, where it ends. Photo taken 11/10/00.
Signage on southbound U.S. 95 at the International Border that guns and ammunition are illegal in Mexico. Photo taken 11/10/00.
These photos show the primary border crossing at San Luis. Another border crossing is located just to the east of this point for commercial vehicles. Although not well signed along southbound, U.S. 95 does not actually cross into Mexico at this point. It turns east to parallel the border for a few blocks, meets Truck U.S. 95, then ends as it enters the commercial port of entry. The reason it is not well-signed on southbound is clear: most travelers do not need to enter through the commercial port of entry, and they can cross into Mexico here. Photo taken 11/10/00. Second photo taken 11/10/00. Third photo taken 11/10/00. Fourth photo taken 05/01/01. Fifth photo taken 05/01/01.

Photo Credits:
  • 2000-11-10 by AARoads.
  • 2001-05-01 by AARoads.
  • 2002-10-05 by AARoads.
  • 2005-01-14 by AARoads.
  • 2006-11-10 by Kevin Trinkle.
  • 2007-01-15 by AARoads.

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Page Updated 05-04-2010.

 
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