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Routing Routing

  1. Rte 14 Seg 1From Route 1 north of the intersection of Sunset Boulevard northwest of Santa Monica to Route 5 near Tunnel Station.

    Post 1964 Signage History Post 1964 Signage History

    In 1963, this segment was defined as "(a) Route 1 northwest of Santa Monica to Route 5 near Tunnel Station." Note that this definition appears to be closer to the 1973 Route 64 adoption map terminus with Route 1, which is S of Sunset Blvd.

    In 1965, Chapter 2007 changed this to read "(a) Route 1 north of the intersection of Sunset Boulevard northwest of Santa Monica to Route 5 near Tunnel Station."

    Pre 1964 Signage History Pre 1964 Signage History

    Unconstructed By 1963, this segment was LRN 290. It was defined in 1959, but was never constructed.

    1934-1963 Route 14

    Pre-1964 Rte 14Pre-1964 State Shield In 1934, Route 14 was signed along the route from Hermosa Beach to Jct. Route 18 near Olive, via Artesia Ave. Specifically, this routing ran from LRN 43 (Route 18, US 91,present day Route 91 near Yorba Linda) to US 101A in Hermosa Beach, along Imperial Highway, Orangethorpe Avenue, Grand Avenue, Artesia Blvd, 174th Street, Redondo Beach Blvd, and Gould Avenue. It ended at Gould Avenue and Sepulveda Blvd, at the junction with US 101A. The routing was LRN 175, and was added to the state highway system in 1933.

    Originally, the route began near Imperial Highway (Route 90), but by 1959, the start had shifted S to near Jefferson St. in preparation for the new Route 91 Freeway routing. With the completion of the Riverside Freeway between I-5/US 101 (the Santa Ana Freeway) and Cypress Street, Route 14 was cut back to begin at Cypress Street at then US 91/Route 18, 4 miles west of the Route 55/US 91 junction in Placentia. The multiplex of Route 14 with I-5 and US 101 through Buena Park was still present.

    By the late 1950s, it was cosigned as Route 14/US 91 between the US 91/Route 55 junction and and the Orangethorpe/US 101 (I-5) junction (although at one point, it was pre-1964 Route 18 that was US 91). In general, US 91 ran along as much of the Riverside Freeway as was constructed, and then took the next N/S lateral down to Lincoln -- be that State College (Placentia), Brookhurst St, or Byp US 101.

    Route 14 was renumbered as Route 91 on July 1, 1964. This routing is longer than the 1935 routing, which only went E as far as Artesia and Firestone, where it joined what was then numbered as Route 10. The 1935 routing also had a discontinuity between Normandie Ave and Alameda St, where Artesia Blvd did not cross. Until Artesia was complete between Hawthorne and Alameda, the routing used a detour than ran N on Alameda to Compton, W on Compton, a S job at Avalon, then W across Redondo Beach Blvd to Hawthorne Blvd.

    Status Status

    Unconstructed Unconstructed (22 miles). There is no documented traversable local routing between US 101 and Route 1, although you can read the plans below (and note that as of 1953, Reseda Blvd actually was shown as intersecting Sunset near Will Rogers Park along Rustic Canyon, although it didn't make it all the way over the hills). The traversable local routing between US 101 and Route 118 is Reseda Blvd. There is no traversable local routing between Route 118 and I-5. There are no plans for improvement.

    The freeway and expressway system plans, both in the mid 1950's and 1960's, were that this route would be constructed to freeway standards down Reseda Blvd and across the Santa Monica Mountains to intersect with the Pacific Coast Freeway, Route 1. Currently, the only clue of this plan is that the milepost for Route 14 does not go to 0.00 at the I-5 junction.

    It is interesting to note that, at one time, Reseda (at least on paper) continued to Sunset Blvd (although not continguously), meeting Sunset at what is now Sullivan Canyon Road.

    The cross mountain roadway was first proposed in the early 1920s. By 1928, various San Fernando Valley Chambers of Commerce were showing a potential "Reseda to the Sea", that meandered through Temescal Canyon to Pacific Coast Highway. The road continued to be proposed through the 1930s and 1940s as a vital 25-mile roadway. By the 1950s, it was listed as a potential freeway, as evidenced by its definition as LRN 290.

    It became controversial in the 1960s. San Fernando Valley leaders, in the 1960s, persuaded the Los Angeles City Council to study the feasibility of building it as a toll road, but that never happened.

    It should be noted that the intersection of Temescal Canyon Road and Pacific Coast Highway was designed large enough to handle traffic at the beach end, but the construction of Palisades High School in 1961 scuttled that route. However, the planning maps make it clear that Temescal and Pacific Coast Highway was the intended terminus (creating difficulty with the "north of Sunset" in the definition).

    Opposition to the route grew in the 1970s and 1980s. In 1998, Los Angeles gave up the city's easement between Winford and Mulholland drives in Tarzana. However, the route still shows up on a few city maps. The fact that this will never be constructed is reflected in the exit numbers on the Route 14 freeway segment, which go to 0 at I-5.

    Rte 14 Rustic CanyonThe unconstructed segment left I-5 around Balboa Blvd. It crossed Route 118 just W of Balboa, and then continued W until approximately Lassen and Wilbur, at which time it ran due S along Wilbur, crossing Mullholland, intersecting Sunset at Temescal Canyon, and continuing down the Canyon to Route 1. One map published in the Los Angeles Times showed the route running a bit to the E of Temescal, meeting Sunset at Rustic Canyon closer to Will Rodgers Park. That correlates with some maps that show Reseda Blvd crossing over the hills into Will Rodgers Park. Such a crossing would have intersected PCH closer to Entrada Dr. than Temescal.
    (Source: Rustic Canyon info and map from a FB post by Anthony Pearson, 4/14/2019)

    Michael Ballard noted that there is some grading as well as some concrete (though no longer really visible as a "stub") from the planned extension of Route 14 at the Route 14/I-5 interchange. Pre-1971 earthquake plans do show the routing of the unbuilt ramps for Route 14 South (which would have had the control city of "Beach Cities"). Michael has added information on this interchange to his site at http://socalregion.com/highways/la_highways/golden_antelope_interchange/; the following is excerpted and summarized therefrom (consult the link for interchange drawings and additional details):

    In the mid-1960s, the original design was done for the main interchange between I-5 and Route 14. This interchange not only supported the current Route 14 "Antelope Valley" Freeway; it allowed for the future extension of Route 14 south of I-5 (the "Reseda Freeway"). This extension would have eventually carried Route 14 through the San Fernando Valley to Route 1 near Temescal Canyon Road. Through the pass area, the Reseda Freeway would have paralleled I-5 from the current Route 14 junction to about Balboa Blvd. From there, the route was never precisely determined (but would roughly, as the name suggests, have gone over to Reseda somehow and down). Construction on the new interchange began in 1969. This was to be a major project: including the south end of the Antelope Valley Freeway, the realignment of the Golden State Freeway, and the reconstruction of the former freeway. There was to be massive grading and extensive cuts. The support for SB Route 14 was implemented in the design. Signage showed the somewhat unique signage that was to be applied to the full interchange. Route 14 South was to have the control point of “Beach Cities”, where Route 14 North had “Palmdale”. There was to be a short connector ramp between the Route 14 SB Truck Connector and the mainline Route 14 SB to I-5 NB Connector ramp, as part of the southern Route 14 extension. It was not built but the bridges were built to accommodate it. Then the 1971 Sylmar quake occurred. Some of the tallest columns, forming the supports for the I-5 SB to Route 14 NB connector, collapsed during the quake. Changes were made to the freeway plans after the earthquake. Signage for Route 14 South was eliminated as well as the short connector near the Sierra Highway Undercrossing for I-5 South and Route 14. These changes in the design plans seem to show that, should the Reseda Freeway be built, it wouldn’t be for quite some time. Despite that, the interchange that was finally constructed did leave room for that freeway. Construction, or reconstruction in this case, was finally completed in 1975. After the 1994 earthquake when the SB Route 14 to SB I-5 connector bridge collapsed again, most of the evidence for the connection to this segment of Route 14 disappeared. All that remains are some stub ramps, such as the I-5 SB to Route 14 (Reseda Freeway) and the truck connector from Route 14 SB to I-5 NB are still visible. Michael's site has some photos showing these stubs in detail.
    (Source: Southern California Regional Rocks and Roads, "Golden State Freeway / Antelope Valley Freeway Interchange")

    Naming Naming

    If constructed, this segment would have been named the "Reseda Freeway". This is because the freeway would have traversed the community of Reseda in the City of Los Angeles. Reseda itself was named for mignonette (a herb).


  2. Rte 14 Seg 2From Route 5 at Los Angeles near Tunnel Station to Route 58.

    Note: Section 314.1 also states:

    (a) The commission may relinquish to the City of Santa Clarita all or any portion of Sierra Highway, also known as Route 14U, located within the city limits of that city, upon terms and conditions the commission finds to be in the best interests of the state, if the department and the city enter into an agreement providing for that relinquishment.

    (b) A relinquishment under this section shall become effective immediately after the county recorder’s recordation of the relinquishment resolution containing the commission’s approval of the terms and conditions of the relinquishment.

    (c) On and after the effective date of the relinquishment, both of the following shall occur:

    Post 1964 Signage History Post 1964 Signage History

    This segment is as defined in 1963. Note that the freeway version of the route was never signed as US 6.

    Pre 1964 Signage History Pre 1964 Signage History

    Route 14 LA County 1964State Shield Circa 1935, this portion of the route was numbered as Route 7. When state routes began to be shielded as US highways, this was resigned as US 6.

    The segment between Route 5 near Tunnel Station (former US 99) and Route 126 near Solemint was originally LRN 4, defined in 1910. In 1935, this segment was renumbered as an extension of LRN 23. The remainder of the segment (to Route 58) was part of the 1911 definition of LRN 23.

    On March 21, 1956, the Highway Comission adopted the segment of Route 14 (LRN 23) from 1/2 mi N of the junction with Angeles Forest Highway near the SP Railroad Vincent Y to Neeach Road as a freeway. This was locally called the "Palmdale-Lancaster Freeway". On June 21, 1955, the Highway Commission declared existing LRN 23 (future Route 14, US 6) between US 99 and Solemint to be a freeway. The Caltrans planning map to the right shows the route as of 1964.

    Here is some history of Route 14, courtesy of a misc.transport.road posting from Michael Ballard.

    The original non-freeway routing, Sierra Highway, was a four-lane divided highway its junction with US 99 at Tunnel Station to San Fernando Road. From there to Soledad Canyon Road, it was a three-lane highway (until 1968, then four lane divided). North of Solemint Junction (Soledad Canyon Road) to Palmdale it was two-lanes. Palmdale to Lancaster - Four lanes undivided. North of Lancaster to Mojave, two-lanes.

    The Antelope Valley Freeway was built in stages on a new alignment. The first was from 1/2 mi E of Solemint Junction to Red Rover Mine Road in 1963. In 1965, the freeway was constructed from Red Rover Mine Road (Ward Road OC) to Pearblossom Highway; and in 1966 from Pearblossom Highway to Ave P-8 (with a temporary connection to Sierra Highway). In 1968, the route was extended from near Ave H to about 1 mile N of Rosamond. The segment from Ave P-8 to Ave H opened in 1972 or 1970.

    In 1972, the freeway was constructed from North of Rosamond to Mojave, with the full freeway ending at Silver Queen Road. Also in 1972, the route was constructed from South of Solemint Junction to San Fernando Road. Between 1973 and 1975, the remaning portion from San Fernando Road to I-5 (quake delayed) was opened.

    Route 14U

    There is a portion of the route, off-freeway, that is signed as Route 14U. Route 14U is there because of a maintenance-intensive section of Sierra Highway from Placerita Canyon Road to Golden Valley Road that has been a problem since 1938. As a result, the County doesn't want the roadway, nor does the City of Santa Clarita, so it remains in State hands. Michael Ballard has posted information and photos on his Route 14U page. In September 2017, AB 1172, Chapter 351, Chaptered 9/28/2017, authorized relinquishment of the Route 14U segment to the city of Santa Clarita. This segment is identified in the bill as "the portion of Sierra Highway approximately between the intersection of Newhall Avenue and the intersection of Friendly Valley Parkway within the city limits of the city".

    In August 2018, it was reported that maintenance work had begun on Route 14U, in preparation for Caltrans to turn over the route to the city. Talks for this transfer have been ongoing since Gov. Jerry Brown signed AB 1172 into law in September 2017. Before the city can take over the roadway, the city requires the portion of the roadway be brought up to city standards, including improving the road’s grading, slope and environmental factors. The Fall 2018 roadwork includes a $2.4 million Caltrans road repair project that will include dig-outs, road resurfacing and striping set for multiple locations, including on the road that the city is discussing with Caltrans. Other areas include sections of Newhall Avenue to Dockweiler Drive, Dockweiler Drive to Placerita Canyon Road and Golden Valley Road.
    (Source: SCV Signal, 8/20/2018)

    Status Status

    Route 14 General

    Constructed to freeway standards. The first segment opened in 1963; the last segment opened in 1974.

    I-5 to Palmdale (Pearblossom Highway) (~ LA R25.019 to LA R54.536)

    Construction should start in winter 2008 on a $156 million project to elevate a two-lane car-pool lane to connect car-pool lanes on I-5 and Route 14. The project should be done by 2012. The project appears to have gone to bid in November 2007, with an estimate of $120M for the connectors in Los Angeles County (Santa Clarita) on I-5 from 0.2 Km South of the Balboa Boulevard overcrossing to 0.9 Km South of Weldon Canyon and on Route 14 from the I-5/Route 14 separation (~ LA R25.019) to 2.0 Km North of the Sierra Highway undercrossing (~ LA R25.419).

    In March 2013, the CTC relinquished right of way in the city of Santa Clarita along Route 14 at Newhall Avenue (~ LA R27.056), consisting of collateral facilities.

    In August 2011, the CTC approved $46,000,000 in SHOPP funding for repairs in and near Santa Clarita, from north of the Santa Clara River Bridge (LA R031.88) to north of Sierra Highway (~ LA R052.17), that will rehabilitate 120 lane miles of pavement to improve safety and ride quality. Project will replace damaged roadway slabs, place dowel bars between new and old slabs, replace approach and departure slabs at structures, grind and overlay auxiliary lane, place concrete termini at eight ramps, replace guardrail, grind and groove pavement, and seal joints and cracks.

    Route 14U - Sierra Highway

    Note that Route 14U runs along Sierra Highway. There is a portion near the 5/14 interchange (at RM T24.30, the Sierra Highway OC and the N5TRK-N14 Connector to LA 24.577), and another portion from Dockweiler Dr (T27.0) to a point W of Rainbow Glen Dr, roughly at the point of Oakspur Dr. (~ 07-LA-14U 29.848)

    Another unrelinquished portion was relinquished in September 2002 (near PM T26.8); this is the segment that was related to the Route 126 and Route 14 junction.

    In September 2017, AB 1172, Chapter 351, Chaptered 9/28/2017, authorized relinquishment of the Route 14U segment to the city of Santa Clarita. This segment is identified in the bill as "the portion of Sierra Highway approximately between the intersection of Newhall Avenue (~ R26.0) and the intersection of Friendly Valley Parkway within the city limits of the city" (~ LA 29.848).

    It appears that a portion of the route has been vacated: PM R27.0 in the City of Santa Clarita (PM 07-LA-14U T27.0 is the intersection with Dockweiler Dr.). It is signed as Route 14U (Unrelinquished) from just north of the 14 freeway undercrossing to the on ramp at Placerita Canyon Rd (~ 07-LA-14U 27.971).

    Palmdale (Pearblossom Highway) to Mojave (Route 58) (~ LA R54.536 to KER 18.983)

    In August 2011, the CTC approved $13,000,000 in SHOPP funding for repairs in and near Palmdale, from north of Sierra Highway (~ LA R052.17) to Rayburn Road (~ LA R59.152), that will rehabilitate 37 lane miles of pavement to improve safety and ride quality.

    In February 2020, it was reported that a nearly 16-month construction project to improve traffic flow has been completed. The southbound freeway was widened to add a continuous lane beginning about where it crosses Technology Drive (Avenue P-8, LA R60.698) and extending nearly to the Palmdale Boulevard exit (~LA R59.877), removing the bottleneck that can occur where the road narrows by one lane. In addition, the off-ramp from the northbound freeway at Rancho Vista Boulevard was widened to accommodate more vehicles for left- and right-turning traffic. This is intended to eliminate the back-up of vehicles onto the freeway traffic lanes. The $25 million project was designed by Caltrans and construction was completed by contractor C.A. Ras-mus-sen, under the oversight of Palmdale officials. Construction and design costs were $15.2 million. The savings from this project will be reallocated to other Measure R projects, officials said.
    (Source: AV Press, 2/19/2020)

    In December 2011, the CTC approved $350K to install 9.3 miles of metal beam guardrail to reduce the number and severity of collisions in Palmdale and Lancaster from north of Palmdale Boulevard (~ LA R59.84) to north of Avenue I (~ LA R68.975).

    In June 2013, it was reported that interchange improvements with Avenue I (~ LA R68.975) were completed in Lancaster. A collaborative effort between the Los Angeles County Metro, the City of Lancaster, and Caltrans, the $12 million project involved the widening of Avenue I to three lanes in each direction, while providing dual left turn lanes onto Route 14 from both the eastbound and westbound directions. The project also replaced the problematic stop-sign controlled southbound off ramp with a new loop ramp which now intersects with Avenue I at 23rd Street West.

    In September 2016, it was reported by Gary Richards (but echoing a response from Joe Rouse) that all the green paddle mile markers that had once been on Route 58 and Route 14 have been removed. According to Joe, Caltrans HQ Traffic Ops was approached by staff in District 9 about removing the milepost markets, for the reasons that created confusion when it came to responding to roadway incidents (for the CHP, Caltrans and local law enforcement continue to use postmiles to locate roadway incidents). Because mileposts are not a requirement in the California MUTCD, Caltrans concurred with their request. The green mile markers were located on the freeway portions of Route 58 from roughly Tehachapi to the San Bernardino County line and on the freeway portions of Route 14 in Kern County.
    (Source: Joe Rouse on AAroads, 9/8/2016)

    Naming Naming

    Antelope Valley FreewayRoute 14 from Route 5 to Avenue D, North of Lancaster (~ LA R25.019 to LA R74.029), is officially named the "Antelope Valley Freeway". It was named by Assembly Concurrent Resolution No. 57, Chapter 196, in 1957. The name comes from the fact that the freeway traverses the Antelope Valley. Antelope Valley was named for the graceful animal once found throughout California.
    (Image source: Flikr)

    Aerospace Valley PlaqueThe portion from Pearblossom Highway to US 395 (~ LA R54.56 to KER 64.416) is officially designated the "Aerospace Highway". This is because the importance of this area to the aerospace industry, which includes the area being the home to Edwards Air Force Base (EAFB), the home of the Air Force Flight Test Center (AFFTC). Additionally, NASA Dryden Air Force Rocket Propulsion Laboratory (AFRPL) at EAFB has contributed to the defense of our country since 1954 through the development of virtually all the nation's rocket propulsion technology, including the initiation of the development and testing of several rocket engines, including the first ATLAS Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) in 1956; the first full-scale Minuteman solid propellant ICBM in 1959; the Pratt & Whitney XLR-129 Rocket Engine, which served as the precursor to the Rocketdyne "Space Shuttle Main Engine" in 1964; and the Titan 34 Solid Rocket Booster from the nozzle down to return Titan 34 to the nation's launch service after the Challenger tragedy. The Edwards Rocket Site also played a role in President John F. Kennedy's "Race to the Moon" when in 1961 Rocketdyne performed the first test firing of the 1,500,000 pound thrust F-1 Engine for the Manned Lunar Launch Program; subsequently, it was used as the location for over 7,000 development and acceptance test firings of the F-1 Engine, including every engine used to launch men to the moon. The AFRPL has continued to play a role in developing space technology, helping to develop the nation's largest hydrogen rocket engine for the Boeing Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) and "Attitude Control Thrusters Systems" for satellite and space maneuvering applications. The former Palmdale Airport was converted in 1953 into Air Force Plant 42, which has supported facilities for the production, engineering, final assembly, and flight testing of many notable high-performance aircraft from Boeing, Lockheed-Martin, and Northrop Grumman, including the F-100 Super Sabre, F-104 Starfighter, SR-71 Blackbird, B-1 Lancer, Space Shuttle, F-117 Nighthawk, B-2 Spirit, and U-2S reconnaissance plane. Some of the numerous milestones in flight have taken place at the AFFTC in its 50-year history, including the following:
    (Image source: Waymarking)

    • Air Force Captain Charles E. "Chuck" Yeager piloting the rocket-powered Bell X-1 became the first man to penetrate the so-called "sound barrier" in 1947, and in 1949, he completed the first, and to this day, only ground takeoff of an experimental rocket plane in the Bell X-1.
    • The XB-70, conceived in the 1950s as a high-altitude bomber that could fly three times the speed of sound (Mach 3) and considered one of the world's most exotic airplanes, was used as a research aircraft for the advanced study of aerodynamics, propulsion, and other subjects related to large supersonic aircraft. It had its first flight at the AFFTC.
    • In 1953, Jacqueline Cochran, flying a Canadian-built (Canadair) F-86 Sabre, became the first woman to exceed the speed of sound and established a new women's absolute speed record of 652.337 mph over a low-level course at Edwards Air Force Base.
    • In 1953, the prototype North American YF-100A Super Sabre became the first aircraft in history to fly supersonic in level flight on its maiden flight from Edwards Air Force Base.
    • In 1954, test pilot Major Arthur "Kit" Murray piloted the Bell X-1A from Edwards AFB to a new altitude record of 90,440 feet and became the first man to actually see the curvature of the earth.
    • In 1958, test pilot Captain Walter Irwin set a new official world absolute speed record from Edwards AFB when he piloted a Lockheed F-104A Starfighter to an average speed of 1,404.09 mph.
    • In 1959, with test pilot Major Joe Jordan at the controls, a Lockheed F-104C became the first jet-powered (air-breathing) aircraft to climb above 100,000 feet.
    • In 1962, Major Bob White became the first man to fly an airplane above 300,000 feet, to 314,750 feet, and the first to fly an airplane in near space (above 50 miles) and was the first of eight X-15 test pilots at Edwards Air Force Base to earn their astronaut's wings by flying an airplane above 50 miles.
    • In 1967, Air Force test pilot Major William J. "Pete" Knight piloted the modified X-15A-2 to a speed of Mach 6.7 (4,520 mph) and thereby recorded the fastest speed anyone has ever flown in an airplane.
    • In 1976, Air Force Captain Eldon Joersz set a new official world absolute speed record when he piloted a Lockheed SR-71A to an average speed of 2,193.64 mph at Edwards Air Force Base.
    • In 1977, the nonorbiting Space Shuttle Enterprise demonstrated the soundness of the shuttle design and confirmed the approach and landing techniques after being launched from a 747 and landing on Rogers Dry Lake 5 minutes and 21 seconds later.
    • In 1979, at a remote location, test pilot Lieutenant Colonel N.K. "Ken" Dyson completed the final flight of Lockheed's classified Have Blue low-observables concept demonstrator flight test program, and convincingly demonstrated low observability against a wide array of the most sophisticated air- and ground-based air defense systems, and the successful conduct of these tests led to the development of the F-117A Nighthawk in the early 1980s and the beginning of the stealth revolution.
    • In 1981, the Space Shuttle Columbia landed safely on Rogers Dry Lake following its first orbital mission, and marked the first time in history an orbital vehicle had left earth under rocket power and returned on the wings of an aircraft.
    • In 1986, Dick Rutan and Jeanna Yeager piloted the experimental Voyager, and nine days, three minutes and 44 seconds after taking off from Edwards Air Force Base, the aircraft touched down on Rogers Dry Lake after completing the first-ever nonstop, unrefueled flight around the world.

    The Aerospace Highway was designated by ACR 119, Chapter 83, 6/20/2002. Additionally, an encroachment permit authorizing a specified historical monument and plaque dedicated to commemorate the major milestones in the aerospace industry that have taken place in the Antelope Valley was authorized to be erected on the vista point overlooking Palmdale Lake on Route 14 (~ LA R56.804) by ACR 120, Chapter 84, 6/20/2002.

    Steven C. OwenThe portion of Route 14 in the City of Palmdale from E. Ave. S (~ LA R58.195) to E. Ave. R (~ LA R59.157) in Los Angeles County is named the "Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Sergeant Steven C. Owen Memorial Highway". It was named after Sergeant Steven C. Owen of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, who was killed in the line of duty. Sergeant Owen was shot and killed in Lancaster, California on Wednesday, October 5, 2016, while responding to a residential burglary call that set off a manhunt for a gunman who tried to flee in the slain lawman’s cruiser and who held two teenagers hostage before he was captured. Sergeant Owen was only 53 years of age at the time of his passing, and he was a 29-year department veteran who began his career in law enforcement with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department on March 11, 1987, as part of a class of 240. Over the course of his career with the department, Sergeant Owen had the opportunity to serve as a deputy, school resource deputy, field training officer, and detective, providing expertise to the Custody Division’s East Facility, Lynwood Station, and to Transit Services in Field Ops Region II, and to the Antelope Valley and Lancaster stations in Field Ops Region I. Sergeant Owen was first assigned to the Lancaster Station in June 1996, where he was promoted to sergeant in 2011, and since that time he served the residents of Lancaster. He also served with the department’s mounted enforcement detail as both a deputy and sergeant, assisting with crowd control, parades, lost children, and various patrol activities from horseback. Sergeant Owen received numerous accolades for his efforts and achievements, including professional commendations from the Federal Bureau of Investigation of the United States Department of Justice, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, the United States Marine Corps, the California Attorney General, and the Massachusetts State Police. In 2014, Sergeant Owen was awarded the Medal of Valor, the department’s highest honor. Upon his passing, he is survived by his beloved family, including his wife, Tania, a detective assigned to the department’s Arson/Explosives Detail. Named by Assembly Concurrent Resolution 31, 8/31/2017, Res. Chapter 135, Statutes of 2017.
    (Image source: ABC7, 10/5/2017)

    Lance Cpl Javier OlveraThe portion of Route 14 in the City of Palmdale from the south junction of Route 14 and Route 138 (~ LA R59.816) to West Avenue O8 (~ LA R62.145) is named the Lance Corporal Javier Olvera Memorial Highway. It was named in memory of Javier Olvera, born in 1988 in the Sylmar, California. Mr. Olvera attended R. Rex Parris High School in the Antelope Valley, during which he participated and excelled in the Police Explorer program. While watching military programs on the History Channel, Mr. Olvera became interested in the United States Marine Corps. Hoping to take his life in a positive direction, in 2006 Mr. Olvera enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and was sent to the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego, California. Mr. Olvera graduated from Marine Corps boot camp with his platoon on February 23, 2007. Mr. Olvera was then sent to Camp Lejeune in North Carolina for training as a 0311 Infantryman, where his specialty was as a radio operator, a highly dangerous job, often targeted in battle by the enemy. On August 1, 2007, Mr. Olvera was promoted to the rank of Lance Corporal. In September 2007, Lance Corporal Olvera deployed to Iraq, where he stayed until February 2008, when he returned to the United States. Lance Corporal Olvera was again called to service in May 2009, and subsequently deployed with 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines with a contingent of 21,000 other Marines to Afghanistan. On August 8, 2009, Lance Corporal Olvera was killed in action by an improvised explosive device (IED). Named by Senate Concurrent Resolution 60, chaptered 2/3/2014, Resolution Chapter 6.
    (Image source: LA Times)

    Christopher D. LeonThe portion of Route 14 in the County of Los Angeles, between Avenue M and Avenue L (~ LA R64.681 to LA R65.697) in the City of Lancaster is named the "Marine Corporal Christopher D. Leon Memorial Highway". This segment was named in memory of Marine Corporal Christopher D. Leon, born on November 5, 1985, in Thousand Oaks, California. Corporal Leon was a 2004 graduate of Lancaster High School, and left for boot camp in the Marine Corps in San Diego shortly after graduating. Corporal Christopher D. Leon was described by fellow members of the Marine Corps as having a heart of a lion and this characteristic was displayed on many occasions, including when he broke his foot during a boot camp exercise called "the crucible" but still managed to courageously finish 10 miles of hiking and more miles of running with that broken foot. Leon made rank quickly and obtained his corporal's stripes before two years in service. He was assigned to the 5th Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company (ANGLICO), III Marine Expeditionary Force, in Okinawa, Japan and excelled in ANGLICO training and in the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program. As a liaison company member, Corporal Leon was trained to quickly pinpoint the source of enemy fire from ground troops, helicopters, or attack plans and then to direct counter-fire. On June 20, 2006, at 20 years of age, Corporal Leon died from injuries suffered in combat in the western province of Al Anbar, Iraq. Named by Senate Concurrent Resolution (SCR) 5, Resolution Chapter 70, on 7/14/2009.
    (Image source: LA Times)

    Sharon RunnerThe portion of Route 14 in the County of Los Angeles from West Avenue K to West Avenue H (~LA R66.755 to LA R69.995) in the City of Lancaster is named the "Senator Sharon Runner Memorial Highway". Sharon Runner was born in May 1954, in the City of Los Angeles. She was a lifelong resident of the City of Lancaster, California. Before embarking on her political career, Ms. Runner cofounded Desert Christian Schools, which has grown to three campuses with nearly 1,700 students. Runner served in the California State Assembly from 2002 to 2008; and was elected to the California State Senate in 2011. Senator Runner coauthored California’s version of Jessica’s Law, approved by voters in 2006, to restrict sex offenders from living near parks, schools, and other places where children congregate. Senator Runner served on the board of California Women Lead, a bipartisan organization that encourages and empowers women to run for public office. In 1998, she was appointed by Governor Pete Wilson to serve on the Antelope Valley Fair Board of Directors, where she oversaw the operations of the 50th Agriculture District. In 2009, she was appointed by Governor Schwarzenegger to the California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board. Throughout her life, Senator Runner volunteered her time on several boards and committees, including the United Way, Antelope Valley Hospital Gift Foundation, Antelope Valley Crime Task Force, Healthy Homes Advisory Council, and Care Net. In 1984, at the age of 30, she was diagnosed with limited scleroderma, also known as CREST syndrome, and received a double-lung transplant in 2012. Following her high-profile illness and recovery, Senator Runner volunteered with organizations committed to increasing organ donations. She was reelected to the California State Senate in 2015. Senator Sharon Runner passed away on July 14, 2016, after experiencing respiratory complications. Named by Assembly Concurrent Resolution (ACR) 138, Res. Chapter 160, Statutes of 2016 on September 1, 2016.
    (Image source: SCVTV)

    Grand Army of the Republic HighwayThe portion of this route that was cosigned with US 6 (i.e., this entire segment) was named the "Grand Army of the Republic Highway" by Assembly Concurrent Resolution 33, Chapter 73, in 1943. The GAR is a membership organization founded in Decatur, Illinois on April 6, 1866 by Benjamin F. Stephenson. It's membership was limited to honorably discharged veterans of the Union Army, Navy, Marine Corps or the Revenue Cutter Service who had served between April 12, 1861 and April 9, 1865. The GAR is responsible for the establishment of Memorial Day, which began in 1868 when GAR Commander-in-Chief John A. Logan issued General Order No. 11 calling for all Departments and Posts to set aside the 30th of May as a day for remembering the sacrifices of fallen comrades. The final Encampment of the Grand Army of the Republic was held in Indianapolis, Indiana in 1949 and the last member, Albert Woolson died in 1956 at the age of 109 years.
    (Source: Information on the GAR excerpted from the pages of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War; Image source: KCET).

    Named Structures Named Structures

    Clarence Wayne DeanThe I-5/Route 14 interchange (~ LA R25.019) is officially designated the "Clarence Wayne Dean Memorial Interchange". Officer Clarence Wayne Dean was a 26-year veteran motorcycle cop for the Los Angeles Police Department. He lived in Lancaster, north of the city, and worked out of the Van Nuys station in the San Fernando Valley. He joined the Los Angeles force in 1968 after four years in the Marines, leaving the military with the rank of sergeant. He had been a motorcycle officer for ten years. In November 1993 he hurt his back and took a desk job. A few weeks later, he returned to work healthy enough to go back on the street. On January 17, 1994, a 6.6 earthquake struck the San Fernando Valley's Northridge area. The Newhall Pass sections of the I-5/Route 14 freeway interchange collapsed. Officer Dean was unaware of the collapse. While rounding a turn on a soaring overpass, he sailed into space astride his motorcyle, unable to stop. The interchange was renamed the "Clarence Wayne Dean Memorial Interchange" in his honor. Named by Assembly Concurrent Resolution No. 111, Chapter 64, in 1994.
    (Image Sources: Washington Times; Find A Grave)

    Connie Worden-RobertsThe Golden Valley Road Bridge over Route 14 (~ LA R29.71) in the City of Santa Clarita, County of Los Angeles, is named the "Connie Worden-Roberts Memorial Bridge". It was named in memory of Connie Worden-Roberts, who demonstrated extraordinary service to the Santa Clarita Valley community and was known as the Santa Clarita Valley’s “Road Warrior”. In particular, Connie Worden-Roberts championed the development of the valley’s transportation network for nearly four decades, serving as the vice-chair of the City of Santa Clarita Formation Committee and serving on the city’s first planning commission. Worden-Roberts also served as chairwoman of the League of Women Voters of Los Angeles County, founder of the Valley Industry Association, former chairwoman of the board and director of the Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce, and as a member of many more community organizations. Lastly, Worden-Roberts was an early visionary and tireless advocate for the Golden Valley Road Bridge project, knowing it was necessary to meet the needs of the growing valley. Sadly, Connie Worden-Roberts passed away on August 12, 2014. Named by Assembly Concurrent Resolution 89, Resolution Chapter 187, on 09/21/15.
    (Image source: Santa Clarita City Briefs; SCV History/KHTS)

    On February 26, 2002, Caltrans unveiled its first-ever "Don't Drink and Drive" freeway sign near Acton, in memory of Callie "Joel" Buser, a Caltrans surveyor who was killed while performing survey work by a drugged driver. Joel Buser, a 55-year-old Caltrans worker, was killed July 29, 1992, by a vehicle driven by Scott Ellis III of Palmdale while Buser was surveying a stretch of freeway near Soledad Canyon Road. Ellis was later sentenced to 10 years in prison for gross vehicular manslaughter while under the influence of drugs. Since his death, Buser has been memorialized through a scholarship fund for students studying to become surveyors as well as having Caltrans' North Los Angeles Regional Survey Office renamed in his honor. (Somewhere near LA R48.515)

    Ted Hall / Arnie QuinonesThe interchange on Route 14 with the Angeles Forest Highway (Los Angeles County Sign Route N3) (~ LA R54.393) in the County of Los Angeles is officially named the "Captain Ted Hall and Engineer Arnie Quinones Memorial Interchange". It was named in memory of Fire Captain Ted Hall and Fire Figher Specialist Arnie Quinones. Fire Captain Tedmund D. "Ted" Hall first joined the Los Angeles County Fire Department in 1981 as a student worker, and graduated from the fire academy in 1983, serving as a firefighter in Lakewood, Whittier, and La Puente. In 1987, Mr. Hall joined the department's command and control team of fire dispatchers, and was promoted to Fire Fighter Specialist in 1988, serving as an engineer at various locations. He was promoted to captain in 2001, with his final assignment at Camp 16 in the Palmdale region. Fire Fighter Specialist Arnaldo "Arnie" Quinones first joined the Los Angeles County Fire Department in 1998, as a member of the department's call fire fighter program, and graduated from the fire academy in 2001, serving as a firefighter in Palmdale, Covina, and La Canada-Flintridge. In 2005, Mr. Quinones was promoted to Fire Fighter Specialist, with his final assignment as an engineer at Camp 16 in the Palmdale region. Captain Hall and Fire Fighter Specialist Quinones were both tragically killed in the line of duty on Sunday, August 30, 2009, during the Station Fire, when their emergency response vehicle went over the side and fell 800 feet into a steep canyon during fire suppression activities. Named by Assembly Concurrent Resolution 58, Resolution Chapter 108, on September 28, 2011.
    (Image source: LA County Fire on Twitter)

    Joseph C. LopezThe Rosamond Boulevard Interchange of Route 14 (~ KER R3.078) in the City of Rosamond is named the "Lance Corporal Joseph C. Lopez Memorial Interchange". Named in memory of Joseph C. Lopez, who enlisted in the Marine Corps in March 2009, and was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force at Camp Pendleton. Lance Corporal Lopez was a strong Marine, physically and mentally, who made a conscious decision to let his faith in God lead him through whatever might happen. Lance Corporal Lopez was a mentor to many younger Marines from his life experiences and helped his fellow Marine brothers simply by being a good listener. Lance Corporal Lopez was deployed to the Sangin district of the Helmand province of Afghanistan in late September 2010, with his unit. On October 14th, 2010, Lance Corporal Lopez had returned safely to his Marine camp, after successfully patrolling an area of responsibility for more than 20 hours on foot. Lance Corporal Lopez's team was then dispatched to a nearby location to assist a Marine unit taking heavy fire. The then 26-year-old Lance Corporal Lopez was killed by an improvised explosive device during that combat operation in Helmand province. In 2011, Lance Corporal Lopez's family and church established an inaugural annual five kilometer run in remembrance of him, in which members of his Marine unit participated, all proceeds of which are donated to the Wounded Warriors Project and church youth programs. Named by Senate Concurrent Resolution 80, Resolution Chapter 89, on August 24, 2012.
    (Image source: LA Times)

    National Trails National Trails

    Midland Trail Sign This segment was part of the "Midland Trail".

    Commuter Lanes Commuter Lanes

    HOV lanes are under construction or opened as follows:

    • I-5 to San Fernando Road. Construction starts in January 2001.
    • San Fernando Road/Route 26 to Sand Canyon Road.
    • Sand Canyon Road to Escondido.
    • Escondido to Pearblossom. Opened August 2, 2002.
    • Pearblossom to Avenue P-8.

  3. Rte 14 Seg 3From Route 58 to Route 395 near Little Lake via the vicinity of Antelope Valley.

    Pre 1964 Signage History Pre 1964 Signage History

    State Shield In the 1934 initial state signage, this portion of the route was numbered as Route 7. When state routes began to be shielded as US highways, this was resigned as US 6. This was also part of the 1911 extension of LRN 23.

    Status Status

    Mojave / California City (Route 58) to near N edge of Red Rock Canyon (~ KER 18.983 to KER 44)

    An interchange is being built at the south end of the Mojave Bypass for WB Route 58 to SB Route 14 and NB Route 14 to EB Route 58 movements (06-Ker-14 16.026). This will create a single stop light for those most common movements at the existing Route 14/Route 58 intersection. For other movements, you will travel north on Route 14 all the way to Route 58 through Mojave. There are currently insufficient traffic volumes aren't high enough for a Route 14 freeway to the Route 58 freeway. However, according to Joe Rouse at Caltrans, there were originally plans for Route 14 to bypass Mojave on the east. A new freeway spur would have connected with the east segment of Route 58. At the north end of the town, the mainline of the freeway would become Route 58 west and a new freeway spur would have connected with Route 14 north. These would have been large interchanges and faced community opposition. Additional funding for this interchange was considered in September 2005.

    There were once plans to build a bypass in the Mojave area to the west of town. Now, if this ever gets built, it will be to the east of town. A four-lane expressway has been completed from Mojave through Red Rock Canyon, with a full grade-separated interchange at California City Blvd, and frontage roads extending from several miles north of that down almost to the town. The 16 miles north of Red Rock Canyon remain as two-lane road.

    In January 2011, the CTC authorized relinquishment of right of way in the county of Kern along Route 14 between 4.2 miles south and 2.3 miles north of California City Boulevard (~ KER 17.084 to KER 23.584), consisting of superseded highway right of way and collateral facilities.

    In August 2010, the CTC approved relinquishment of right of way in the city of California City along Route 14, on Pesche Boulevard, California City Boulevard, and Leiman Road, consisting of collateral facilities (~ KER 21.284).

    Red Rock Canyon Bridge (KER PM 39.9)

    In August 2012, the CTC approved for future consideration of funding a project that will remove and replace the existing Red Rock Canyon Bridge (Bridge Number 50-0178) on Route 14 within Red Rock Canyon State Park (between Mojave and Inyokern). The project is programmed in the 2012 State Highway Operation and Protection Program (SHOPP). The total estimated cost is $19,485,000 for capital and support. Construction is estimated to begin in Fiscal Year 2013-14. The scope, as described for the preferred alternative, is consistent with the project scope programmed by the Commission in the 2012 SHOPP. A copy of the MND has been provided to Commission staff. The project will mitigate potential impacts to biological and aesthetic resources to a less than significant level. Proposed mitigation measures include protective fencing and best management practices for the desert tortoise, a special status species. Color and texture features incorporated into the final design will mitigate aesthetic issues.

    In March 2013, the CTC provided advance approval of $9,970,000 to replace the existing Red Rock Canyon Bridge (Bridge #50-0178) near Ridgecrest with a new longer, wider, and scour resistant bridge to reduce future bridge repair frequency and cost, and improve traffic operations and safety.

    Red Rock Canyon to Jct US 395 (~ KER 44 to KER 64.416)

    Freeman Gulch Four-Lane Project

    2007 CMIA. One project was submitted to the Corridor Mobility Improvement Account for funding: expansion of the route to 4 lanes between Redrock Inyokern (~KER 45.061) and Route 178 (~ KER 57.733) ($129,278K requested). It was not recommended for funding.

    Freeman Gulch ProjectIn April 2012, the CTC approved for future consideration of funding a project in Kern County near the community of Freeman that will convert the existing two-lane conventional highway into a four-lane divided controlled-access expressway on Route 14 from 0.8 mile north of Redrock Inyokern Road to 2.2 miles south of the junction with US 395. The "Freeman Gulch Four-Lane Project," consisting of a conversion to a four-lane expressway with a wide median, has been planned with the approval of a Project Study Report in 2001. The Project Report was approved on October 29, 2007 and the Initial Study with Mitigated Negative Declaration/Environmental Assessment with Finding of No Significance Impact was approved on October 3, 2007. A Supplemental Project Report that split the project into three segments was approved on April 12, 2010. The northern segment of this project, which includes the proposed route adoption and extends from 0.5 mile north of the Route 178 West junction to 1.7 miles north of Route 178 East junction (PM 58.3 to 62.3), is the first segment proposed to be constructed and programmed for construction capital.The project will be phased into three segments. Segment 1 is programmed in the 2012 State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) and is fully funded, at a cost of $44,888,000. Segment 2 is partially programmed in the 2012 STIP; the cost for this segment is $47,687,000, of which $10,860,000 is programmed. Segment 3 is not currently programmed nor funded; the cost for this segment is $31,544,000. The total estimated project cost for all three phases is $124,119,000 for capital and support. Construction for Segment 1 is estimated to begin in Fiscal Year 2016-17. The scope, as described for the preferred alternative, is consistent with the project scope programmed by the Commission in the STIP.

    In relation to this project, in April 2012, the CTC adopted a portion of Route 14 as a controlled access highway from 0.1 mile north of Route 178 West junction, south of the unincorporated rural community of Indian Wells, to 1.4 miles north of Route 178 East junction. A Project Report was approved on October 29, 2007. A Supplemental Project Report was approved on April 12, 2010 to phase the project into three segments to fully fund each segment. An Initial Study with Mitigated Negative Declaration was prepared for California Environmental Quality Act and the document was approved on October 3, 2007. The purpose of the adoption was to designate the remaining segment of conventional highway for Route 14 as a controlled access highway (expressway). The proposed route adoption was prepared by the Department with support from Kern County and Kern Council of Governments (KernCOG). This route adoption corresponds to the northern segment of the project referred to as the Freeman Gulch Four-Lane Project (PM 45.9 to 62.3) and runs through the unincorporated rural community of Indian Wells. The ultimate facility will be a four-lane divided controlled access highway with increased capacity and will improve traffic safety and operations of Route 14. The portion of Route 14 proposed for route adoption is a two-lane conventional highway, where as the portions directly south and north of the proposed route adoption are two-lane expressways. Just south of the proposed adoption segment, Route 14 was adopted by the California Highway Commission as a freeway in 1956 and denominated as a controlled access highway on March 30, 2012. Just north of the proposed adoption segment, Route 14 was adopted by the Commission as a controlled access highway on June 28, 1989. Following the completion of this project, Route 14 will be a continuous 4-lane facility along its entire length from its beginning at I-5 in Los Angeles County to US 395 in Kern County. It should be noted that the portion of Route 14 covered by this project is the last segment of the route that has not been converted to a 4-lane facility. This project will greatly enhance the continuity of this route and provide a continuous 4-lane expressway from I-5 through Kern County and along US 395 up to near Olancha in Inyo County (a distance of 150 miles).

    014 Freeman Gulch ConnectionsIn May 2013, the CTC authorized public road connections in the county of Kern at approximate PM 48.9, 50.2, 53.5, 58.9 and 61.2. These new connections are located between 1.1 miles north of Redrock Inyokern Road and 1.4 miles north of the Route 178 East Junction in Kern County. This is part of the Freeman Gulch Four-Lane project, which includes construction of frontage roads and new connections to Route 14 at five locations. These new public road connections are needed to provide access to clusters of private parcels on both sides of Route 14 at each location. The ultimate facility will be a four-lane divided controlled access highway with increased capacity and improved operations and safety. Route 14 within the project limits is an undivided two-lane conventional highway, whereas the portions directly south and north are four-lane controlled access highways (expressways). The Department is proposing to convert the existing Route 14 within the project limits to a multilane expressway and provide route continuity with the existing expressway at each end of the project limits. The proposed highway improvements also include construction of frontage roads and new connections to Route 14 at five locations. These new connections are required to provide access to clusters of private parcels and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) public dirt roads. Currently, there are many private parcels connecting directly to the highway via driveways. These private parcels do not have access to any other local roads. Additionally, there are a number of BLM public dirt roads, used for recreational purposes, which also have direct access to both directions of the highway. As a result of the controlled access highway project proposal, the BLM roads will be modified to connect to the frontage roads and this way continue to have access to Route 14. The proposed reduced number of access points to the highway would improve traffic operations and enhance traffic safety along Route 14 and at the Route 178 east and west junctions.

    In October 2016, the CTC approved the following STIP allocation: 06-Ker-14 58.3/62.3 | Route 14 Freeman Gulch Widening - Segment 1. Near Ridgecrest, from 0.5 mile north of Route 178 west to 1.7 miles north of Route 178 east. Convert from 2-lane conventional highway to 4-lane expressway. $31,088,000

    In December 2017, it was reported that, after nearly a decade of planning and six months of construction, a stretch of Route 14 from just before the Inyokern Road/Route 178 to just before the Indian Wells Brewing Company and Lodge have been transformed. The Freeman Gulch project, a multi-million dollar project, will convert the stretch of highway from two lanes to a four-lane expressway meant to improve traffic flow and safety, according to Caltrans District 9. The northbound portion is already done, including a part of the new turnoff/turnon at Inyokern Road. The first stage was to build the new northbound lane and now that is done, and traffic is on those. The ultimate goal of the Freeman Gulch widening will close the final 2-lane ‘gap’ on Route 14 between Mojave and the junction with Route 395. Improvements include grading and drainage, which is also halfway done, something attributed to extended shifts and working on Saturdays. For now, however, traffic will still be considered a two-lane highway until the southbound lanes are completed. Currently, construction crews are working on the second phase, which goes south from the US 395 turnoff. Caltrans has established a detour that shunts traffic onto the already-finished northbound lanes. Caltrans Resident Engineer Sam Dhaliwal added that the lanes are a little wider, and includes a four-foot “soft” median distinguished by double yellow lines. The shoulders are also consistent going through the current route. New lighting has already been installed at the Inyokern Road intersection, which utilizes LED bulbs he described as “super bright.” Traffic will be separated by permanent medians. The project has been supported by Kern Council of Governments (KERNCOG) and Inyo and Mono counties. Segment 1 has a construction cost of approximately $27.9 million. Caltrans is currently working with the KERNCOG, Inyo and Mono counties to program funding for the second and third segments. Segment 2 “will upgrade approximately 6.2 miles of two-lane conventional highway to a four-lane expressway from 4.8 miles south to 0.5 miles north of Route 178 West,” according to segment two fact sheet. Segment 3 will “upgrade 7.1 miles of two-lane conventional highway to four-lane expressway from north of Red Rock State Park to 4.8 miles south of Route 178,” according to segment three fact sheet.
    (Source: Ridgecrest Daily Independent, 12/5/2017)

    The 2018 STIP, approved at the CTC March 2018 meeting, appears to close out Segment 1 of PPNO 8042A, the Freeman Gulch widening Segment 1 (PM KER 58.3/62.3): Near Ridgecrest, from 0.5 mile north of Route 178 west to 1.7 miles north of Route 178 east. Convert from 2-lane conventional highway to 4-lane expressway. It restores $1,960K in funding for PPNO 8042B, for segment 2, KER 53.0/58.3, Near Ridgecrest, from 4.8 miles south of Route 178 west to 0.5 mile north of Route 178 west. Convert from 2-lane conventional highway to 4-lane expressway.

    In June 2018, it was reported that a year of construction, four miles of moving dirt and asphalt, and decades of planning came to fruition when transportation officials cut the ribbon on the new four-lane expressway on Route 14. The Freedom Gulch four-lane project breaks down into three segments in an attempt to turn Route 14 into a four-lane expressway over 16.4 miles. The collaborative $28 million project received funding from Caltrans, Kern Council of Governments (KernCOG), and the counties of Inyo and Mono. Forty percent of the funding came from each KernCOG and Caltrans, and 10 percent each from Inyo and Mono counties. The first segment (which just opened) goes from a half mile north of the Route 178 west/Route 14 intersection to 1.7 miles north of Route 178 east/Route 14 intersection. Senate Bill 1, the transportation package that included the state gas tax, will help fund the next two segments. The first segment was already programmed through construction prior to SB 1′s passage in 2017. About 600,000 cubic yards of dirt have been moved, or about 50,000 truckloads, flattened out hills and involved 100,000 tons of aggregate base underneath the 100,000 tons of asphalt, all of which was transported from Lancaster. A mile and a half of pipe help improve the water runoff during storms. Despite the wind and brutal heat, the project was finished ahead of schedule and below budget. This was done thanks to the help of Caltrans' partners, namely ones like KernCOG and Kern County, Mono and Inyo counties, the Caltrans team and construction companies like Granite Construction, who worked on the Freeman Gulch program in record time and under budget.
    (Source: Ridgecrest Daily Independent, 6/13/2018)

    The Winter 2019 Mile Marker provided more information on this project. It noted that Segment 2 will upgrade 6.2 miles of two-lane conventional highway to four-lane expressway. This segment is currently in design, with construction expected to begin in 2020. Segment 3 will close the final gap and upgrade the last 7.1 miles of conventional highway to four-lane expressway, completing the long anticipated vision for an Eastern Sierra Corridor
    (Source: Winter 2019 Mile Marker)

    In January 2019, the CTC authorized relinquishment of right of way in the county of Kern (County) along Route 14, from 1.4 miles south of and 0.5 mile north of the junction with Route 178 (4 segments, 09-Ker-14-PM 59.0/61.2), consisting of collateral facilities. The County, by controlled access highway agreement dated April 23, 2013, agreed to accept title upon relinquishment by the State. The 90-day notice period expires January 8, 2019.
    (Source: January 2019 CTC Minutes, Agenda Item 2.3c)

    In March 2020, the CTC approved the 2020 STIP, which appeared to deallocate the remaining programmed closeout funding for the Inyo County portion of PPNO 8042A "Freeman Gulch wideng, Seg 1 (w/Mono)(CCA 6-19)", and corresponding Kern County funding. It does include the programmed, prior year, Kern County funding for PPNO 8042B "Freeman Gulch widening-Segment 2 (RIP 40%) ". Mono County is also contributing a share of its STIP funds, with its prior year closing funding continued. It also included PPNO 8042A, Freeman Gulch widening - Sgmt 1 (IIP 40%)(CCA 6-19) c, in the Interregional portion of the STIP with no change in programming: $3,974K in prior year funding for closeout; as well as PPNO 8042B Freeman Gulch widening - Segment 2 (IIP 40%), with $1,481K in prior year programming.
    (Source: March 2020 CTC Agenda, Item 4.7, 2020 STIP Adopted 3/25/2020)

    Naming Naming

    Grand Army of the RepublicThe portion of this route that was cosigned with US 6 (i.e., the entire segment) was named the "Grand Army of the Republic Highway" by Assembly Concurrent Resolution 33, Chapter 73, in 1943.

    Historically, this segment was part of "El Camino Sierra" (Road to the Mountains).

    National Trails National Trails

    Midland Trail Sign This segment was part of the "Midland Trail".

    Scenic Route Scenic Route

    [SHC 263.3] Entire portion.


Historical Route Historical Route

ACR 26 requested the Department of Transportation, upon application by an interested local agency or private entity, to identify any section of former U.S. Highway Route 6 that is still a publicly maintained highway and that is of interest to the applicant, and to designate that section as Historic U.S. Highway Route 6. Chaptered July 3, 2007. Resolution Chapter 67.

Classified Landcaped Freeway Classified Landcaped Freeway

The following segments are designated as Classified Landscaped Freeway:

County Route Starting PM Ending PM
Los Angeles 14 R66.19 67.60

Interstate Submissions Interstate Submissions

In December 1957, the designation I-14 was proposed for what is now I-210. This was a side-effect of California accepting an Arizona proposal to number I-10 as I-12, and I-8 as I-10. This forced a renumbering of I-12 (the proposal for current I-210), and the number I-14 was chosen. The numbering was rejected by AASHTO.

Exit Information Exit Information

Note: As the first segment of this route will never be constructed, exit numbering begins at the start of the second segment.

Other WWW Links Other WWW Links

Statistics Statistics

Overall statistics for Route 14:

Freeway Freeway

[SHC 253.1] Entire route. Defined as part of the Freeway and Expressway system in 1959.

Interregional Route Interregional Route

[SHC 164.11] Entire route.

Pre-1964 Legislative Route Pre-1964 Legislative Route

The route that would become LRN 14 was first defined in the 1909 First Bond Act as running from Albany to Martinez. It probably was the original routing of US 40, and included portions of I-80 and perhaps Route 4. It remained unchanged until 1935, when it was codified into the highway code as:

[LRN 14] is from Oakland to Martinez

It was considered a primary highway from Martinez to the junction of San Pablo Avenue and Thirty-eighth Street in Emeryville.

In 1953, Chapter 1787 truncated the routing from Martinez to “[LRN 7] near Crockett”. It was further truncated in 1957 by Chapter 36 to end in Richmond, leaving the definition as “from Oakland to [LRN 7] in Richmond at Cutting Blvd”.

LRN 14 is the former US 40 when it ran to Martinez, then, via ferry, to Benicia briefly before the opening of the Carquinez Bridge in 1927. That would have been (in modern street names), from W to E, San Pablo Ave, Pomona St, Carquinez Scenic Drive, running along the shore through Oleum, Vallejo Junction, Selby, Tormey, Valona, Crockett, Eckley, Port Costa and into Martinez.

LRN 14 started near LRN 5 (US 50, now I-580) near San Pablo and Peralta and ran to US 40 (LRN 7) near Cutting. Before US 40's rerouting onto Eastshore Highway, this was US 40. After the rerouting, this route was signed as Business US 40. This is present-day Route 123.


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