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California State Route 1 from Interstate 10 in Santa Monica to San Luis Obispo

A recent trip to California State Route 1 in Malibu spurred my interest in revisiting a trip I did in 2014 which included following the highway from Interstate 10 in Santa Monica northward to California State Route 68 in Monterey.  Since I have covered the segment of CA 1 through Big Sur northward to Monterey County so many times I thought it was time to tell the tale of the rest of the highway southward.


This article specifically will cover two segments of CA 1:

-  What was formerly the first CA 3 and later US 101A from San Juan Capistrano north to Oxnard.
-  CA 1 between Oxnard northward to San Luis Obispo.

As stated above the route of CA 1 has been extensively covered on Gribblenation previously.  The previous articles pertaining to CA 1 can be found below.  Suffice to say that CA 1 is highly intertwined with the history of US 101 and has a ton of roadside lore.

California State Route 1/Big Sur Slide Special Part 3; Ragged Point Closure south to US 101 in San Luis Obispo

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"Governor Hunt Cuts Ribbon on Doomsday" - The drawnout legal battle to build the I-95 Fayetteville Bypass

It is Monday, December 15, 1980.  North Carolina Governor Jim Hunt and many other dignitaries take part in a ribbon cutting ceremony opening a new 17 mile stretch of Interstate 95 in Cumberland County.  The new road bypasses Fayetteville to the east and completes Interstate 95 in North Carolina - closing a significant gap in what many consider the backbone highway of the East Coast.  The new road moved Interstate traffic from an at-grade, four lane US 301 lined with numerous motels and restaurants onto a fully controlled and traffic light-free limited access freeway. 

Meanwhile at a Quality Inn along US 301 in Fayetteville, a billboard read "Governor Hunt Cuts Ribbon on Doomsday."(1)

The ribbon cutting put an end to over a decade long heated battle over the routing of Interstate 95 around Fayetteville.  One that made it all the way to the steps of the United States Supreme Court.



Interstate 95 in North Carolina History:

The 181 mile Interstate 95 has a unique story in Nort…

California State Route 126; from CA 23 east to Santa Clarita

This past month I drove a segment of California State Route 126 from CA 23 in Fillmore east to Santa Clarita.


CA 126 in present form is a 47 mile east/west State Highway which has a western terminus in Ventura at US 101 and an eastern terminus on Newhall Ranch Road in Santa Clarita.  CA 126 was created on Legislative Route Number 79 in 1934.  LRN 79 was created in 1931 which followed the Santa Clara River between LRN 2/US 101 in Ventura east to LRN 4/US 99 in Castaic.

CAhighways.org on LRN 79

1934 Department of Public Works Guide announcing the State Highways

The original route of CA 126 as defined in 1934 used the following alignment from Ventura eastward:

-  From US 101/LRN 2 in Ventura east on modern day Telegraph Road to Steckle Drive in Santa Paula.
-  Steckle Drive to Main Street in Santa Paula.
-  Main Street to Telegraph Road.
-  Telegraph Road to Ventura Street in Fillmore.
-  Ventura Street to Telegraph Road.
-  Telegraph Road to Edwards Canyon Road.
-  Edwards Canyon Road to…