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California State Route 14 on the Antelope Valley Freeway from CA 14/CR N2 to I-5 in Newhall Pass

This past weekend I drove a section of California State Route 14 on the Antelope Valley Freeway from CA 138/CR N2 near Palmdale to I-5 in Newhall Pass.


The present CA 14 is a 117 mile north/south State Highway which begins at US 395 and ends at I-5 near Newhall Pass.  Present day CA 14 is tied to numerous historically important Californian highways dating back to the times of wagon routes up to the era of the US Route System.

CAhighways.org on CA 14

A great deal of early history of what became modern day CA 14 was discussed in the "Legend of the Ridge Route" regarding the realignment of State Highways in Newhall Pass:

"Chapter 3; practicality leads to Ridge Route Alternate through Piru Gorge

US 99/LRN 4 from the south end of the Ridge Route at Castaic Junction through Newhall Pass originally had been routed on; (what is now) Magic Mountain Parkway, Railroad Avenue, Newhall Avenue, and San Fernando Road.  In 1931 a new routing of US 99/LRN 4 bypassing Newhall Pass, Saugus and Newhall to Castaic Junction was constructed through Weldon Canyon on what is now known as The Old Road.  The former alignment of US 99/LRN 4 from Castaic Junction through Saugus and Newhall was partially reused as part of CA 7/LRN 23 and later by US 6 when it was routed to Long Beach in 1937.  US 6/LRN 23 entered Saugus via Soledad Canyon Road on the south bank of the Santa Clara River to Bouquet Canyon Road.  From Bouquet Canyon Road US 6 turned south towards Railroad Avenue and downtown Newhall.  US 6/LRN 79 followed Railroad Avenue and Newhall Avenue to San Fernando Road to reach Newhall Pass.  Former LRN 4 in from Castaic Junction to US 6/LRN 23 in Saugus was assigned to LRN 79 in 1939 according to CAhighways.org.  In 1940 US 6/LRN 23 bypassed Saugus and Newhall on a more more direct route to Newhall Pass on the new Sierra Highway.   Although the legislative definition of LRN 79 wasn't extended to Sierra Highway and US 6/LRN 23 until 1957 it was maintained as a State Highway through Newhall nonetheless.  LRN 79 was reassigned as part of CA 126 in 1964 and remained in the State Highway system until 2001."

Understanding highways in a historical context through Newhall Pass is incredibly complex and lengthy.  Newhall Pass has been a major corridor of transportation since Spanish Las Californias.  Given the large historic scope, I would highly suggest reading the full Legend of the Ridge Route blog for proper historical context regarding Newhall Pass.

Legend of the Ridge Route; a history of crossing the mountains between the Los Angeles Basin and San Joaquin Valley

The current designation of CA 14 was created during the 1964 State Highway Renumbering.  CA 14 from US 395 south to Newhall Pass was carved out of what was US 6 on LRN 23.  The unbuilt portion of CA 14 south to CA 1 in Pacific Palisades was defined as LRN 290 in 1959.  The change from US 6/LRN 23/LRN 290 to CA 14 can be seen by comparing the 1963 State Highway Map to the 1964 Edition.

1963 State Highway Map 

1964 State Highway Map

The 1964 State Highway Map above shows part of CA 14 shifted to the Antelope Valley Freeway east of Saugus.  By 1966 the Antelope Valley Freeway was extended east to the planned junction with CA 249 and CA 122.  The planned route of the Antelope Valley Freeway through Palmdale also appears on the 1966 State Highway Map.

1966 State Highway Map

The 1967 State Highway Map shows the Antelope Valley Freeway completed between Saugus and Palmdale.  A small stub of the Antelope Valley Freeway is shown completed east of I-5 in New Hall Pass to Newhall Avenue/CA 126

1967 State Highway Map

The alignment of CA 14 north of Lancaster to Rosamond is shown shifted to a new expressway alignment on the 1969 State Highway Map.

1969 State Highway Map

The 1970 State Highway Map shows the Antelope Valley Freeway completed between I-5 in Newhall Pass to Palmdale.

1970 State Highway Map

Sometime between 1970 and 1975 the Antelope Valley Freeway was completed north of Palmdale to Lancaster.

1975 State Highway Map 

It should be noted that part of Sierra Highway between Placerita Canyon Road and Golden Canyon Road is still under State Maintenance as CA 14U.  Presently Caltrans is attempting to repair the CA 14U section of Sierra Highway to turn over to the City of Santa Clarita.

Also of note, I recently drove a portion of CA 14 on the Antelope Valley Freeway north from Palmdale to Avenue D north of Lancaster.  Said portion of the Antelope Valley Freeway is co-signed as CA 14/CA 138.

California State Route 138

My approach to CA 14 south on the Antelope Valley Freeway was from CR N2 on Elizabeth Lake Road.  Elizabeth Lake Road becomes CA 138 east on Palmdale Avenue directly past the Antelope Valley Freeway.  Palmdale lies at an approximate elevation of 2,600 feet above sea level on the edge of the Mojave Desert.




Access to Lake Palmdale via Avenue S is signed from Exit 33.  CA 14 south of Palmdale crosses the California Aqueduct and is signed as a Safety Corridor.






At Exit 30 CA 14 south has a junction with CR N3 on National Forest Highway and Pearblossom Highway.  CR N3 essentially exists on part of the corridor of the planned CA 249 which would have continued south to CA 2 on the Angeles Crest Highway.  Pearblossom Highway exists partially on the corridor of the planned CA 122.   There is also access to former US 6 on Sierra Highway from Exit 30.  CA 14 south also begins to follow the Santa Clara River at Exit 30.




Santa Clarita is signed as 27 miles away on CA 14 south on the Antelope Valley Freeway past CR N3.


Exit 27 on CA 14 south provides access to Soledad Canyon Road and Sierra Highway.




Exit 26 on CA 14 south accesses Santiago Road.  Exit 24 accesses Sierra Highway, Crown Valley Road and Red Rover Mine Road.





CA 14 south Exit 19 accesses Escondido Canyon Road.






CA 14 south begins to descend downhill approaching Exit 15 Aqua Dulce Canyon Road.











CA 14 south descends below 2,000 feet above sea level and at accesses Soledad Canyon Road.








CA 14 south enters Santa Clarita and begins to descend towards Newhall Pass.



At Exit 9 CA 14 south accesses Sand Canyon Road.



CA 14 south crosses the Santa Clara River and meets Via Princessa at Exit 6.



CA 14 south at Exit 5 meets Golden Valley Road.



At Exit 3 CA 14 south has signed access to Placerita Canyon Road.



CA 14 south descends to Exit 2 at Newhall Avenue which was up until recently part of CA 126.





CA 14 south descends into Newhall Pass where it terminates at I-5.  There is signed access to Old US 99 from Exit 1A on what is now known as the "Old Road."












Comments

Russ said…
An additional short segment north of Mariposa from the high school back to hwy 140.

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