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The definition of this route is unchanged from 1963.
Route 119 was not defined as part of the initial state signage of routes in 1934. It is unclear what (if any) route was signed as Route 119 between 1934 and 1964.
In October 2011, the CTC approved for future consideration of funding a project that will construct a four-lane bypass near the city of Taft (~ KER 0.017). The project is not fully funded. The project is programmed in the 2010 State Transportation Improvement Program for Project Development only. The total estimated cost is $67,716,000 for capital and support. Depending on the availability of funding construction can begin as early as Fiscal Year 2015- 16. The scope as described for the preferred alternative is consistent with the project scope programmed by the Commission in the 2010 State Transportation Improvement Program. A copy of the MND has been provided to Commission staff. The project will mitigate potential impacts to biological and paleontological resources to a less than significant level. Potential impacts to biological resources in the project area will be mitigated in accordance with the Biological Opinion rendered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Potential impacts to paleontological resources would be mitigated by implementing a paleontological resource plan. As a result, an MND was completed for this project.
The state is planning a $70 million upgrade along seven miles of Route 119 E of Taft, as phase one of a $250 million, 30-year road-widening project (~ KER 0.017 to KER 7.000).
In August 2019, it was reported that SB1 will contribute $940,000 to
construct left turn lanes on Route 119 from north of Gardner Field Road (~
KER 0.041) to south of Ash Street (~ KER 1.061) in the city of Taft. The
total cost of the project is $5.2 million.
(Source: Sun Gazette, 8/21/2019)
Truck Passing Lanes - Tupman Road to Elk Hills Road (06-Ker-119 R10.0/R13.3)
In August 2015, the CTC authorized 6,814,000 for a project along Route 119 (06-Ker-119 R10.0/R13.3) near Dustin Acres, from Elk Hills Road to Tupman Road. Outcome/Output: Construct truck climbing lanes to reduce congestion and improve highway operations and mobility.
In April 2016, it was reported that construction was
starting on the new truck passing lanes on Route 119. More information was
provided in an article from Bakersfield Now. The construction project will
add an additional "truck climbing" lane on westbound Route 119 from Tupman
Road to Elk Hills Road, that will connect with two lanes currently in the
area. Shoulders will be widened on the north side of Route 119, an
eastbound passing lane will be extended to Elk Hills Road, and Caltrans
will add a rumble strip along the center line. Engineers say that will
give trucks more space to climb the hills, and give other drivers more
room to pass. The entire project will take about 7 months. As part of the
construction, a 3½ mi long, bright orange fence has been erected
along the north side of the road. The purpose of the fence is to protect
three endangered species: the San Joaquin antelope squirrel, the Giant
kangaroo rat, and San Joaquin kit fox. The long, fabric fence was
installed a foot below ground, and 2-and-a-half feet above. It also has an
8-inch flap ("lip") that folds over away from the highway side. Both the
giant kangaroo rat and antelope squirrel are pretty good climbers, and the
lip may keep them from getting into the construction zone. On the other
hand, the barrier actually helps the kit fox get over the fence. The kit
fox can likely jump over the fence on its own, but Caltrans has added
ramps to provide additional access to the other side of the fence if a kit
fox finds itself in the construction zone at night-- when the species is
(Source: Taft Midway Driller, 4/7/2016; BakersfieldNow, 4/14/2016)
In May 2016, the CTC approved for future consideration of funding a project that will construct a roundabout at the intersection of Route 43, Route 119, and Enos Lane near the city of Taft (~ KER 18.037). The project is programmed in the 2014 State Highway Operation and Protection Program. The total programmed amount is $9,761,000 for capital and support. Construction is estimated to begin in Fiscal Year 2017-18. The scope, as described for the preferred alternative, is consistent with the project scope programmed by the Commission in the 2014 State Highway Operation and Protection Program. A copy of the MND has been provided to Commission staff. The project will result in less than significant impacts to the environment after mitigation. The following resource area may be impacted by the project: biological resources. Avoidance and minimization measures will reduce any potential effects on the environment. These measures include, but are not limited to, environmentally sensitive areas will be established for the Giant kangaroo rat, Tipton kangaroo rat, San Joaquin kit fox, and the Blunt-nosed leopard lizard, pre-construction field surveys will be conducted, and ESA fencing will be used.
The portion of Route 119 between Enos Lane and Route 99 (~ KER 18.222 to KER 31.198),
and continuing along Taft Hwy/Panama Road to Route 184, in the County of
Kern is officially designated the "Vietnam Veterans Memorial Highway".
It was named to recognize the strong commitment and courage demonstrated
by veterans of the Vietnam War. It was spearheaded by The Veterans of the
Vietnam War, Inc. and The Veterans Coalition, who welcome members from all
branches of service, Navy, Marines, Army, Air Force or Coast Guard, from
all eras, wars and conflicts. The Bakersfield Post of The Veterans of the
Vietnam War, Inc. was established in 1993 and the first Commander was
Barney Cadena and The Bakersfield Post of The Veterans of the Vietnam War,
Inc. was named in his honor in April 2004. The members of The Bakersfield
Post of The Veterans of the Vietnam War, Inc. have been involved in the
Kern County Honor Guard for veteran's funerals and have attended over 750
funerals in 2005. Named by Senate Concurrent Resolution (SCR) 68,
Resolution Chapter 95, on 8/15/2006.
(Image source: Gribblenation)
The interchange of Route 99 and Route 119 (~ KER 31.198) is named the "Deputy
Daniel Lee Archuleta Memorial Interchange". Named in memory of
Daniel Lee Archuleta, who was born in Huntington Beach, California. Daniel
Lee Archuleta attended Golden West College, where he received an Associate
of Arts degree on October 20, 1996, and subsequently attended California
State University at Long Beach, where he received a bachelor's degree on
May 28, 1999. Daniel Lee Archuleta attended, and graduated from, the
academy of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department at East Los Angeles
College on February 20, 2001, and began employment with the Los Angeles
County Sheriff's Department in February of 2001. Archuleta was hired by
the Kern County Sheriff's Department on October 5, 2002, and was assigned
to the Support Services Bureau, the Training Division, and the Resource
Pool, and also worked temporarily in the Court Services Division. Daniel
Lee Archuleta transferred to the Law Enforcement Bureau, South Area
Substation Division, Taft Court on November 2, 2002, and on May 27, 2003,
he entered the Field Training Officer Program and was promoted to Deputy
Sheriff II on October 4, 2003. Daniel Lee Archuleta was killed on
September 12, 2004, when his patrol vehicle rolled over on Tupman Road,
just north of the west Kern County town of Tupman, while he was traveling
south on Tupman Road responding to an emergency call. A deputy from the
Kern County Sheriff's Department driving north on Tupman Road found the
battered patrol vehicle in the southbound lane of Tupman Road, and Daniel
Lee Archuleta was found dead at the scene. California Highway Patrol
investigative units from Bakersfield and Fresno were called to the scene
but were unable to ascertain the cause of the accident. Named by Senate
Concurrent Resolution 50, Resolution Chapter 86, on August 24, 2012.
(Image source: National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund)
Overall statistics for Route 119:
In 1933, Chapter 767 defined the route from "State Highway near Gilroy to [LRN 10] in Priest Valley" as part of the state highway system. In 1935, it was codified in the highway code as LRN 119 with that definition. In 1953, Chapter 1836 changed the definition to clarify the origin and relax the terminus, making it "[LRN 2] near Gilroy to [LRN 10]".
Acronyms and Explanations:
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