California State Route 22 is an urban State Highway located in the greater Los Angeles metropolitan area. California State Route 22 begins at California State Route 1 in Long Beach via 7th Street. California State Route 22 eastbound becomes a freeway near the city limit of Long Beach and begins a multiplex on Interstate 405/San Diego Freeway in Orange County. California State Route 22 eastbound departs Interstate 405 onto the Garden Grove Freeway towards a terminus at California State Route 55 in Orange. California State Route 22 contains the notable Orange Crush Interchange which junctions Interstate 5/Santa Ana Freeway and California State Route 57/Orange Freeway. Featured as the blog cover photo is the Orange Crush Interchange shortly after it was completed as depicted in the November/December 1964 California Highways & Public Works.
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Part 1; the history of California State Route 22
During 1933 the State Legislature removed the barriers preventing the Division of Highways from maintaining roads in incorporated cities. This change led to a significant amount of highway mileage being added to the State inventory during 1933. Legislative Route Number 179 (LRN 179) was brought into the State Highway System with the following definition:
"LRN 60 near Long Beach to Santa Ana"
The initial run of Sign State Routes were announced in the August 1934 California Highways & Public Works. California State Route 22 (CA 22) followed the entirety of LRN 179 and carried the following definition:
A map depicting CA 22 can be seen in the August 1934 California Highways & Public Works.
The 1935 Division of Highways Map of Orange County shows the eastern terminus of CA 22/LRN 179 jogging to Ocean Avenue to US Route 101/LRN 2 at Main Street in Santa Ana via Memory Lane, Flower Avenue and 17th Street.
CA 22 can be seen following LRN 179 largely on Ocean Avenue (now mostly Garden Grove Boulevard) from US Route 101A/LRN 60 in Long Beach to US Route 101/LRN 2 at Main Street in Santa Ana on the 1938 Division of Highways Map.