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U.S. 199 Oregon

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U.S. 199 is short U.S. highway that connects Crescent City, California, with Grants Pass, Oregon. It follows the northernmost segment of the Redwood Highway, which follows U.S. 101 from San Francisco to Crescent City and U.S. 199 from there north to Grants Pass. Most of U.S. 199 in Oregon is a two-lane highway, passing from the foothills of Oregon Mountain north to Grants Pass.

Highway Guide

U.S. 199 North (Grants Pass Bypass Route)
While U.S. 99 was done away with by 1972, U.S. 199 remains within the federal highway system, linking Grants Pass, Oregon with Crescent City, California. The route travels 80 miles east from U.S. 101 through Gasquet, California to O'Brien, Cave Junction, and Selma, Oregon to its end at Grants Pass. Pictured here is the U.S. 199 (Grants Pass Highway) approach to its northeastern terminus at junction Interstate 5. U.S. 199 here functions as a bypass route; U.S. 199 is also signed on the 6th Street/7th Street one-way couplet, which functions like a business route. As a result, U.S. 199 has two northern termini: Exit 55 and Exit 58 of Interstate 5. Photo taken 03/31/05.
U.S. 199 traffic partitions into ramps for Interstate 5 south to Medford and Interstate 5 north to Eugene, Salem, and Portland. A trumpet interchange facilitates the movements between the two highways at Grants Pass. Photo taken 03/31/05.
U.S. 199 South (Grants Pass Bypass Route)
Shifting to the westbound beginning of U.S. 199 (Grants Pass Highway), the highway departs Exit 55 of Interstate 5 ahead of the intersection with Agness Avenue. Agness Avenue provides connections to Foothill Boulevard, a parallel roadway to Interstate 5 from Grants Pass east to Rogue River. Foothill Boulevard became discontinuous with the construction of the U.S. 199 and Interstate 5 trumpet interchange. Photo taken 03/31/05.
The first U.S. 199 reassurance marker resides between the Interstate 5 ramps and Agness Avenue on Grants Pass Highway west. U.S. 199 bypasses downtown Grants Pass to the southeast between Beacon Drive and Oregon 99 (Rogue River Highway). Downtown lies 1.6 miles to the west along the Redwood Highway (Business U.S. 199). Photo taken 03/31/05.
U.S. 199 and Oregon 99 South (Grants Pass Business Route)
Exiting Interstate 5 at Exit 58, U.S. 199 and Oregon 99 travel south into Grants Pass via 6th Street. Northbound traffic uses 7th Street, which forms a one-way couplet for traffic entering Grants Pass. The city of Grants Pass began in 1865 as the site of a stage station and post office. The site was named "Grant" in honor of Union General Ulysses S. Grant, however that would quickly be changed as another Grant, Oregon already existed at the time. At the same time a new roadway linking the area with Merlin to the north was constructed. Crews working on the project suggested calling the the road over the pass of Merlin Hill, Grant's Pass. The name caught on and eventually encompassed the post office. In 1883 the Southern Pacific Railroad line entered the valley and the community of Grants Pass grew. Expansion of Grants Pass followed as the town prospered as a shipping center. Incorporation followed in 1885 at the same time Grants Pass became the seat of government for Josephine County. Photo taken 05/28/06.
The first traffic signal on southbound U.S. 199 and Oregon 99 (6th Street) is with Morgan Lane. Motorist services such as gas stations and restaurants are located on both sides of 6th Street. Photo taken 05/28/06.
This is the first reassurance shield for U.S. 199 and Oregon 99 on southbound 6th Street. The street carries three southbound lanes. Photo taken 05/28/06.

Continuing south, the next traffic signal is with Hillcrest Drive. To Interstate 5, turn left to follow Hillcrest Drive, then turn left again to follow 7th Street north to Interstate 5. Photo taken 05/28/06.
The next traffic signal is with Savage Street. This east-west route connects with 10th Street to the east and Highland Avenue to the west. Photo taken 05/28/06.
Another set of reassurance shields for U.S. 199 and Oregon 99 is posted as 6th Street gets closer to downtown Grants Pass. Photo taken 05/28/06.
Southbound U.S. 199 and Oregon 99 (6th Street) approach Evelyn Avenue, which connects to 7th Street to the east and 2nd Street to the west. Sixth Street turns a bit to the southwest after the Evelyn Avenue intersection. Photo taken 05/28/06.
The next traffic signal is with A Street. Downtown Grants Pass ("Where the Rogue River Runs" is one of the city's mottos) comes into view. On A Street is a green guide sign for U.S. 199 and Oregon 99 south to the city center of Grants Pass. Use A Street to the Civic Center and City Hall. Photo taken 05/28/06.
Another trailblazer shield for Interstate 5 is posted after the A Street traffic signal. Home to approximately 30,930 (2006 estimate), Grants Pass is the largest city within Josephine County. The county is home to 75,726 people as of the 2000 Census. Photo taken 05/28/06.
A third set of reassurance shields for U.S. 199 and Oregon 99 is posted shortly thereafter on both sides of 6th Street. Photo taken 05/28/06.
Southbound U.S. 199 and Oregon 99 (6th Street) approach D Street and enters downtown Grants Pass. Photo taken 05/28/06.
The next traffic signal is with E Street. The control city for southbound U.S. 199 and Oregon 99 becomes Crescent City, California, although Oregon 99 does not travel in that direction (it will turn east toward Medford after crossing the Rogue River bridge). Photo taken 05/28/06.
Southbound U.S. 199 and Oregon 99 (6th Street) approach F Street one block ahead, followed by a railroad crossing. Photo taken 05/28/06.
The railroad crossing has a large overhead gantry to warn of intersecting trains. Photo taken 05/28/06.
An overhead sign welcomes all to Grants Pass: "It's the Climate." Annual rainfall in 2005 was 37.92 inches, with average July temperatures in the low 90s and average January temperatures in the upper 40s. Nevertheless, rain has caused flooding in Grants Pass, with flooding events along the Rogue River in 1997 and 1964. Excessive rain in those years both resulted in widespread flooding and related damage in southern Oregon and northwest California. Continuing south, U.S. 199 and Oregon 99 (6th Street) approach G Street next. Photo taken 05/28/06.
Downtown Grants Pass continues as 6th Street meets G Street at this intersection. Photo taken 05/28/06.
Reaching H Street, a drug store sits on the southeast corner and a bead merchant on the southwest corner. Photo taken 05/28/06.
One block south is I Street. This intersection features a bank and uniform outlet store. U.S. 199 and Oregon 99 continue south on 6th Street. Photo taken 05/28/06.
Use J Street west to the Josephine County Library, Historical Society, and Museum. Photo taken 05/28/06.
The next traffic signal is for L Street, which is part of the downtown Grants Pass street grid. Photo taken 05/28/06.
Southbound U.S. 199 and Oregon 99 (6th Street) approach M Street. From here, U.S. 199 and Oregon 99 leave downtown Grants Pass. Photo taken 05/28/06.
Shortly thereafter, U.S. 199 and Oregon 99 prepare to cross the Rogue River via the Caveman Bridge, which is a concrete through arch bridge, which comes into view after turning a bit to the south. Only two lanes cross the bridge, marking the first time the highway has less than southbound lanes. Photo taken 05/28/06.
The Rogue River bridge is partially shrouded by leafy, green trees as U.S. 199 becomes the Redwood Highway and begins its journey southwest toward Crescent City. This art deco sign provides the destinations along the Redwood Highway, including the Redwood Empire, Oregon Caves National Monument, and the Golden Gate Bridge. Photos taken 05/28/06.
A Caveman Bridge sign is posted on the northern approach to the bridge. At the south end of the bridge, U.S. 199 and Oregon 99 divide, with the left lane connecting to Oregon 99 southeast to Medford and Oregon 238 to Murphy and Jacksonville. The right lanes continue southwest along U.S. 199 to Cave Junction and Crescent City. Photos taken 05/28/06.
Like many bridges of its era, the Caveman Bridge has ornate concrete guardrail. Built in 1931, there are few remaining concrete through arch bridges left in service. Photo taken 05/28/06.
This view is afforded between the first and second arch of the Caveman Bridge on southbound U.S. 199 and Oregon 99. Photo taken 05/28/06.
This view shows the third and final arch of the Caveman Bridge as seen from the right shoulder. Photo taken 05/28/06.
After crossing the Caveman Bridge, U.S. 199 and Oregon 99 prepare to split, with the intersection visible in the distance. Photo taken 05/28/06.
The left lane continues along Oregon 99 southeast to Medford, while U.S. 199 uses the right lanes to Cave Junction and Crescent City, California. The middle lane connects to Oregon 238 en route to Murphy and Jacksonville. Photo taken 05/28/06.
At this point, Oregon 99 and U.S. 199 split ways. Oregon 99 follows the Rogue River Highway east to Medford with a two-lane left exit from U.S. 199; this is also the connection to northbound Bypass U.S. 199. Mainline U.S. 199 travels south for one more block, then turns southwest toward Cave Junction at the next traffic signal. The split with Oregon 238 (Williams Highway) is at the traffic signal ahead. Photo taken 05/28/06.
U.S. 199/Redwood Highway South
U.S. 199 travels south on 6th Street to the next traffic signal, which is the junction with Bypass U.S. 199/Grants Pass Highway and Oregon 238/Williams Highway. Go straight here (left two lanes) to follow Oregon 238 south, and turn right to continue south on U.S. 199. Photo taken 05/28/06.
The left two lanes continue south on Oregon 238 to Murphy and Jacksonville; the right lane continues southwest on U.S. 199. No left turn is permitted onto U.S. 199 Bypass north. Photo taken 05/28/06.
A trailblazer sign advises of the destinations for Oregon 238 south (Murphys and Jacksonville) and U.S. 199 south (Rogue Community College, Cave Junction, Oregon Caves National Monument, and Crescent City). Photo taken 05/28/06.
After the split from Oregon 99 and Oregon 238, U.S. 199 travels west on the Redwood Highway as it passes through suburban areas in Grants Pass. A safety corridor is in place for the first seven miles after the junction. Photo taken 05/28/06.
As U.S. 199 travels southwest past the Josephine County Fairgrounds, this mileage sign provides the distance to Cave Junction (28 miles) and Crescent City (86 miles). U.S. 199 ends just north of Crescent City, making U.S. 199 one of the shortest U.S. highways. Photo taken 05/28/06.
An old alignment of U.S. 199 splits to the right along Redwood Avenue, while the mainline continues along the divided highway segment. Redwood Avenue continues due west, while U.S. 199 turns southwest. The two route reunite again a few miles southwest of here. Photo taken 05/28/06.
No turns are permitted at the traffic signal with Redwood Avenue (old U.S. 199) after the exit ramp. Photo taken 05/28/06.
The next traffic signal is with Allen Creek Road. A shopping center is located on the south side of U.S. 199/Redwood Highway. Photo taken 05/28/06.
Another mileage sign is posted, this time for Cave Junction (27 miles), Crescent City (85 miles), and Brookings (101 miles via U.S. 101 north). Brookings is in Oregon, but a brief detour through California is required in order to reach that city on the Oregon Coast. Photo taken 05/28/06.
After the Dowell Road traffic signal, four-lane U.S. 199 approaches Willow Lane. Use Willow Lane north to Schroeder Park, which provides access to the Rogue River (boat ramp), picnic areas, and other day use activities. Photo taken 05/28/06.
After the Willow Lane intersection, U.S. 199 continues south as an undivided expressway. The next three intersections are Hubbard Lane, Dawn Drive, and Midway Avenue. This expressway segment has a painted median and is built on a level route. (Redwood Avenue, the old alignment, follows U.S. 199 to the north.) Photo taken 05/28/06.
At the Redwood Avenue intersection, U.S. 199 again meets its old alignment. Old U.S. 199 crosses mainline U.S. 199, switching from the north side of the highway to the south side of the highway. A flue crosses over the highway at this point as well (it is not a highway overpass). Photo taken 05/28/06.
After the Redwood Avenue intersection, U.S. 199 continues as an expressway. The next three intersections are: Robinson Road, Applegate Avenue, and Helms Road. At Helms Road, the old alignment of U.S. 199 (Redwood Avenue) returns to U.S. 199. The highway narrows from expressway standards to two-lane rural highway configuration. Photo taken 05/28/06.
Reaching the intersection, a left turn connects to Helms Road, and a right turn connects to Neill Road (no outlet). Turn left to Redwood Avenue (Old U.S. 199). Photo taken 05/28/06.
After passing under an overhead sign gantry, U.S. 199 reverts to a two-lane conventional highway. The speed limit is 55 miles per hour. Photo taken 05/28/06.
This mileage sign provides the distance to Crescent City (80 miles) and Brookings (96 miles), with Cave Junction omitted. Photo taken 05/28/06.
A U.S. 199 reassurance shield is posted as the federal highway crosses the Applegate River. Many of the bridges along U.S. 199 have been replaced, and it is likely that this bridge will also be replaced as part of that effort. The older guardrail is typical of this era of highway bridge. At the southwest end of the bridge is a cut off north along Riverbank Road to Griffin Park. Photos taken 05/28/06.
Southbound U.S. 199 enters Wilderville in one-half mile. An old alignment of U.S. 199 (Old Redwood Highway) is available alongside the modern highway. Photos taken 05/28/06.
Continuing southwest, U.S. 199 prepares to climb a grade before entering Illinois Valley. An old alignment of U.S. 199 is available by making a left at the intersection shown here, before the uphill climbing lanes begin. Photo taken 05/28/06.
At the top of the hill, U.S. 199 enters Illinois Valley. U.S. 199 travels south now, heading toward Selma and Cave Junction. Photo taken 05/28/06.
Continuing south, U.S. 199 approaches the turn off for Lake Selmac. Fishing, hiking, and picnicking are among the activities at the lake. Photo taken 05/28/06.
U.S. 199 approaches Selma, passing through some forested and flat areas. The highway is generally two lanes wide, with some sections wider. Photos taken 05/28/06.
Southbound U.S. 199 enters unincorporated Selma. A few shops line U.S. 199/Redwood Highway as the route passes through the very small town. Photos taken 05/28/06.
Another mileage sign is posted on southbound U.S. 199 after the highway passes through Selma. Cave Junction is two miles ahead, while Crescent City is 60 miles ahead. Photo taken 05/28/06.
At Laurel Road is this flashing beacon. A mileage sign is posted on Laurel Road for U.S. 199 north and south (the sign is visible from southbound U.S. 199/Redwood Highway). Photo taken 05/28/06.
Southbound U.S. 199/Redwood Highway enters Cave Junction. The main intersection is the junction with Oregon 46 east to Oregon Caves National Monument. Photo taken 05/28/06.
U.S. 199 south approaches Junction Oregon 46. An Oregon Visitors Center is located at the intersection with Oregon 46. Photo taken 05/28/06.
Southbound U.S. 199/Redwood Highway meets Watkins Street at this signalized intersection. A pair of older shields mark the pending junction with Oregon 46. Note the smaller size and age of the U.S. 199 shield. Photo taken 05/28/06.
Southbound U.S. 199/Redwood Highway meets Oregon 46 at this traffic signal. An overhead sign advises that Oregon 46/Caves Highway travels east to Oregon Caves National Monument. Oregon 46 ends at the national monument and does not connect with other state routes. Photo taken 05/28/06.
This mileage sign is located along southbound U.S. 199 as the federal route leaves Cave Junction. From here, the route passes through national forest land on its way toward California. Limited services are available until reaching Gasquet or Crescent City. Photo taken 05/28/06.
Several bridge replacement projects are underway along U.S. 199 in southern Oregon. For these replacements, a temporary bridge was erected next to the old bridge, and the old bridge was upgraded to current state standards. Photo taken 05/28/06.
Stacks of lumber line the highway as U.S. 199 continues south through the lumber producing forests of southwestern Oregon. Photo taken 05/28/06.
Southbound U.S. 199/Redwood Highway meets Waldo Road at this intersection. Waldo Road travels to Takilma and Happy Camp. Photo taken 05/28/06.
Entering unincorporated O'Brien, U.S. 199 approaches O'Brien Road and a single gas station on the right (west) side of the highway. Photo taken 05/28/06.
A recently completed bridge carries U.S. 199 south. Photo taken 05/28/06.
A few miles further south, U.S. 199 uses an older bridge to cross Elk Creek. This is the last reassurance shield for U.S. 199 within the state of Oregon. Photo taken 05/28/06.
The tiny Oregon sign to the left of U.S. 199 advises that the Redwood Highway leaves Oregon and enters California. Painted on the roadway surface is a "Welcome to Oregon" on the northbound lanes and "Welcome to California" on the southbound lanes. Photo taken 05/28/06.
Scenes Pertaining to U.S. 199
This view shows the Rogue River as seen from the Caveman Bridge looking west in Grants Pass. Photo taken 05/28/06.
Now looking east past the ornate concrete guardrail is this view of the Rogue River and the 7th Street Bridge, which was built in 1959 and carries northbound U.S. 199 and Oregon 99 over the river. Photos taken 05/28/06.
These views show the northernmost arch (facing east) and middle arch (facing west) of the three-arch Caveman Bridge, which was opened to traffic in 1931. Photos taken 05/28/06.
Looking north on the south bank of the Rogue River are these views of the Caveman Bridge in Grants Pass. Photos taken 05/28/06.
These views show the Caveman Bridge from the south bank of the Rogue River as seen from the park. Photos taken 05/28/06.
Now standing on the 7th Street bridge, this view shows the Caveman Bridge from the sidewalk on the 7th Street bridge, with the Rogue River passing below the busy bridge. Photo taken 05/28/06.

Continue south on U.S. 199 toward Crescent CityReturn to the Oregon Gateway


Photo Credits:
    2005-03-31 by AARoads. 2006-05-28 by AARoads and Joel Windmiller.

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U.S. Highway 101
Oregon 99 and Historic U.S. 99

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