Brawley is a city located in Imperial Valley of the Sonoran Desert of Imperial County, California. US Route 99 through its history in Brawley was largely aligned on Main Street and 1st Street until it was truncated to downtown Los Angeles in 1963. This blog will explore the history of US Route 99 in Brawley. Pictured as the blog covered is the dedication ceremony along US Route 99 on the then new New River Bridge in Brawly on July 17, 1953. Below US Route 99 can be observed on the 1935 Division of Highways Map of Imperial County passing through Brawley.
The history of US Route 99 in Brawley
During 1902 the Imperial Land Company plotted out a town site that was to become Brawley. The Imperial Land Company intended the new town to be known as "Braly" to honor the previous owner J.H. Braly. Braly refused to have the town Imperial Land Company town site named after him and the community's name was changed to "Brawley." Brawley incorporated as a city on April 6, 1909.
The initial draft of the US Route System was approved by the Secretary of Agriculture during November of 1925. The US Route System within California was approved by California Highway Commission (CHC) with no changes recommended which can be seen in January 1926 California Highways & Public Works. US Route 99 is shown departing San Bernardino via LRN 26 towards El Centro via Brawley.
Thusly planned US Route 99 appears on the 1925 Rand McNally Map of California following LRN 26 through Brawley.
The September/October 1928 California Highways & Public Works noted the paving of US Route 99/LRN 26 between Brawley-El Centro had been budgeted during the September California Highway Commission meeting.
The Brawley Bypass opened during 2012 which saw California State Route 78 realigned off the multiplex of California State Route 86 on Main Street in Brawley. California State Route 86 within Brawley was authorized for relinquishment by way of 2013 Senate Bill 788/Chapter 525. To date the relinquishment of California State Route 86 in Brawley has not been acted upon by the California Transportation Commission.
Continuing north on US Route 99 to Westmorland?
Continuing south on US Route 99 to Imperial?
"Former US Route 99 in Imperial publishes on November 20, 2022.