US Highway 199

Redwood Highway

[US 199]

US 199 shield near Patrick Creek

US 199 was one of the original US highways commissioned in 1926 and constitutes the northern portion of the Redwood Highway. It is the only US highway left related to US 99, and was the northernmost of the three x99 lateral highways. It is an important road since it provides the only link from the coast to I-5 between Coos Bay, Oregon and Arcata California, which is especially important for the lumber industry in the area. It has remained marked as a US highway, despite the fact it is only 84 miles long since it goes through two states: California and Oregon.  According to AASHTO regulations, it will remain marked as a US highway unless California and Oregon petition to have it decommissioned, which remains an unlikely event.

US 199 at a Glance

Original Routing

US 199 goes from north of Eureka, California to Grants Pass, Oregon via the Smith River.

Current Status Outside of California

US 199 remains virtually unchanged in Oregon. The only routing change is the extension of US 199 from its former terminus at US 99 to its current terminus at I-5 along a section of former US 99.

Current Status in California

Like it is in Oregon, US 199 remains almost unchanged in California since 1964. The only modification of note was a realignment east of US 101 over the Smith River and the conversion of its interchange at US 101 into a grade separation. US 199 is one of the three US highways in California that were not truncated in 1964 (US 95 and US 97 were the others.)

Intersections With Other US Highways

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