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US Highway 95

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  1. U.S. 95 Seg 1From Route 10 near Blythe to Route 40 near Needles.

    Post 1964 Signage History Post 1964 Signage History

    This segment is unchanged from its 1963 definition.

    Pre 1964 Signage History Pre 1964 Signage History

    This route was originally signed as Route 195, and renumbered as US 95 upon the definition of US 95 in the late 1930s (at which point the original 1934 Route 95 (see below) was renumbered as US 395). This segment was LRN 146, defined in 1933.

    Status Status

    In June 2012, the CTC approved $272,000 to install median rumble strip to improve safety by reducing crosscenterline collisions on Route 95 from 12 miles south of Havasu Lake Road (~ SBD 25.276) to 9 miles south of Route 40 (~ SBD 48.165).

    In January 2018, the CTC amended the following into the SHOPP: 08-SBd-95 40.0/40.4 Route 95 Near Needles, from 2.7 miles to 3.1 miles north of Havasu Lake Road. Widen shoulders and install ground-in rumble strips. PA&ED: 4/10/2017 R/W: 2/15/2018 RTL: 6/30/2017 BC: 6/15/2018 Total Cost: $1,676,000.
    (Source: CTC Agenda, January 2018, Agenda Item 2.1a(1))

    In March 2013, the CTC approved for future consideration of funding a project in San Bernardino County (08-SBd-95, PM 51.22/51.65) that will realign the vertical profile of US 95, construct two 12-foot lanes with 8-foot shoulders, and restripe the centerline for a no passing zone. The project is programmed in the 2012 State Highway Operation and Protection Program. The total estimated cost is $5,735,000 for capital and support. Construction is estimated to begin in Fiscal Year 2013-14.

    Freeway Freeway

    [SHC 253.5] Entire portion. Added to the Freeway and Expressway system in 1959.


  2. U.S. 95 Seg 2From Route 40 west of Needles northerly to the Nevada state line.

    Post 1964 Signage History Post 1964 Signage History

    This segment is unchanged from its 1963 definition.

    Pre 1964 Signage History Pre 1964 Signage History

    This route was originally signed as Route 195, and renumbered as US 95 upon the definition of US 95 in the late 1930s (at which point the original 1934 Route 95 (see below) was renumbered as US 395). This segment was LRN 146, defined in 1933.

    Status Status

    Needles Rumble Strips

    In May 2018, the CTC approved for future consideration of funding the following project for which a Negative Declaration (ND) has been completed: US 95 in San Bernardino County. Construct roadway improvements including shoulder widening and rumble strip installation on a portion of US 95 near the city of Needles. (PPNO 399Y) (08-SBd-95, PM 65.4/66.0). This project is located on US 95 near Needles in San Bernardino County. The project proposes to improve safety by widening shoulders and installing rumble strips. The project proposes to reduce the incidence of cross-centerline and run-off road accidents from motorists drifting from their lane. The proposed project is estimated to cost $1.6 million in capital construction. The project is fully funded and is currently programmed in the 2018 SHOPP for $4.3 million which includes Construction (capital and support) and Right-of-Way (capital and support). The project is estimated to begin construction in FY 2018-19. The scope, as described for the preferred alternative, is consistent with the project scope programmed by the Commission in the 2016 SHOPP.
    (Source: CTC Agenda, May 2018 Agenda Item 2.2c(1))

    In October 2018, the CTC received a report of funding from the department, on 7/24/2018, of $2,383,000 for the following SHOPP project: San Bernardino 08-SBd-95 65.4/66.0. US 95 Near Needles, from 1. 4 miles to 2.0 miles north of Goffs Road. Outcome/Output: Widen shoulders and install ground-in rumble strips. This will reduce the number and severity of collisions.
    (Source: October 2018 CTC Agenda Item 2.5f.(3) Item 10)

    In January 2018, it was reported that paper signs placed over the existing sign that listed emergency contact information and phone numbers on the "Welcome to California" signs at the border had been removed. The signs, first noticed by a handful of Twitter users, read "Official Sanctuary State," and "Felons, Illegals, and MS13 Welcome! Democrats Need The Votes!" California became a sanctuary state on January 1, 2018, following a bill signed by Governor Jerry Brown in October. The bill prevents state law enforcement officers from inquiring about a person's immigration status, from arresting persons because of civil immigration warrants, or from participating in a joint task force with federal officials to enforce immigration laws. The intent is to not discourage undocumented immigrants from working with law enforcement due to fear that their cooperation would get them deported. One sign was found and promptly removed Monday on Interstate 15 near Mountain Pass, just west of the California-Nevada border. Another was removed from I-40 in the Needles area near the California-Nevada border. Caltrans has also received unconfirmed reports of up to three more fake signs — two of which are reported to be near the Oregon border — but they have not yet been able to verify the existence of those. The Twitter photo included a white paddle indicating at least one sign was on Route 95 near Palm Gardens (the paddle shows "CL", likely referring to Clark County, and the point where US 95 transitions from California to Nevada).
    (Source: SFGate, 1/2/2018; Snopes, 1/2/2018)

    Note that there is a parallel AZ 95 on the Arizona side; directional signs near Blythe are provided by Arizona. AZ 95 runs from Needles North. Specifically, the road leading from Topock AZ thru Golden Shores AZ to Courtwright Jct (where it rejoins AZ 95 coming from the Needles bridge) was posted as AZ 95 until the early 90s, ADOT having taken over the road from the county. When ADOT found out that there was not clear title to the right of way (and that the Native landowners wanted some hefty compensation), the road was relinquished back to the county and AZ 95 was rerouted, with ADOT-furnished trailblazing in California from I-40 to the Needles bridge (specifically, all the signs for AZ 95 in Needles were furnished by ADOT; the I-40 signs were installed by Caltrans; and the street signs in Needles were placed by ADOT under permit). However, Caltrans does not permit trailblazing of AZ 95 along I-40 in California, because there is too much potential for confusion with US 95. Caltrans also doesn't officially recognize AZ 95's "hitchhiking" along I-40, but agrees that it's a better route than old AZ 95.


Pre 1964 Signage History Pre 1964 Signage History

State Shield US Highway Shield The current route of US 95 was originally signed as Route 195 in the original state signage of routes in 1934. In that definition, Route 195 ran from Palo Verde to Blythe (present-day Route 78), and from Blythe to the Nevada state line (present-day US 95). This was all LRN 146.

AZ 95 actually predates US 95 in this region. US 95 reached Blythe in 1940, but didn't enter Arizona until 1960, when it took over AZ 95 down to San Luis. AZ 95 was established from San Luis to Yuma in 1936, and extended to Bouse in 1938. In 1954 it was put on a more direct route to Parker, and took over a bit of AZ 72 in the process. It was extended north starting in 1962. It was also constructed south from I-40 in the late 60s, and finally finished between the two by 1970.

Pre-1964 State Shield In the original state signage of routes in 1934, Route 95 was signed along the route from US 66 near Cajon to Route 7 (US 395) near Little Lake. This was later resigned as US 395, and was LRN 145, defined in 1933.

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Interregional Route Interregional Route

[SHC 164.15] Between Route 10 and the Nevada state line.

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Pre-1964 Legislative Route Pre-1964 Legislative Route

In 1933, the route from "[LRN 23] near Coleville to the California-Nevada state line" was defined as a state highway. This route was codified in 1935 as LRN 95, and retained that routing until the 1963 renumbering. LRN 95 ran from Route 89 near Coleville to the Nevada state line, an was signed as US 395.


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