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Post-1964 Legistlative Route Graphic

Former State Route 159

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Routing Routing

Former Rte 159No current routing.

Post 1964 Signage History Post 1964 Signage History

Post-1964 Legistlative Route Graphic As defined in 1963, Route 159 consisted of two parts:

  1. From Route 5 near the Los Angeles River to Route 134
  2. From Route 134 to Route 210 near La Cañada

In 1965, Chapter 1372 deleted (a) and added a condition: "This route shall cease to be a state highway when Route 210 freeway is completed from Route 134 to Linda Vista Avenue and the commission relinquishes that portion of present Route 210 from Route 134 to Linda Vista Avenue."

In 1992, part (2) was deleted per AB 3090, Chapter 1243. The route had been relinquished on 7/14/1989.

Pre 1964 Signage History Pre 1964 Signage History

Part (1) of the 1964 Route 159 was Figueroa Blvd between I-5 and Route 134, and was originally signed as Route 11 and US 66 (and later, as US 66A). Part 2 was Linda Vista Avenue between Route 134 and eventual I-210 (likely, it ended at Foothill Blvd before). This was signed as Route 11. Both segments were part of LRN 165, defined in 1933.

One 1939 map shows Route 159 as being signed along the route along Lankershim Blvd between Route 134 (Alameda Avenue before the freeway) and US 99 (San Fernando Road). This appears to coincide with Lankershim's designation as LRN 159. Signed Route 159 was not defined in the 1934 initial set of state signed routes.

Historical Route Historical Route

Former part (1) of this route is signed as part of "Historic Highway Route 66", designated by Assembly Concurrent Resolution 6, Chapter 52, in 1991.

National Trails National Trails

Arrowhead Trail Sign The former part (1) of this route (Figueroa) was part of the "Arrowhead Trail (Ocean to Ocean Trail)". It was named by Resolution Chapter 369 in 1925.

National Old Trails Road Sign The former part (1) of this route (Figueroa) was part of the "National Old Trails Road".

National Park to Park Highway Sign Pikes Peak Ocean to Ocean Highway Sign The former part (1) of this route (Figueroa) appears to have been part of the "National Park to Park Highway", and the "Pikes Peak Ocean to Ocean Highway".

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Pre-1964 Legislative Route Pre-1964 Legislative Route

In 1933, the route from "Lankershim Blvd from [LRN 2] near Universal City to [LRN 4]" was defined as a state highway. In 1935, it was added to the highway code as LRN 159 with that routing.

In 1951, Chapter 1562 truncated and clarified the definition to be "[LRN 2] near Vineland Ave to [LRN 4] near Tujunga Wash"

In 1957, Chapter 1911 changed the origin to "[LRN 2] near Riverside Drive to …"

This route was Lankershim Blvd between US 101 and San Fernando Road. Some maps show it signed as Route 159, but that is clearly an error confusing the LRN with the signed rout number. The LRN was also applied to the present-day Route 170 freeway routing. Lankershim Boulevard was named for the town of Lankershim (first called Toluca, now North Hollywood) and its founding family. Isaac B. Lankershim grew wheat in a wide swath of the Valley.

Acronyms and Explanations:

Back Arrow Route 158 Forward Arrow Route 160

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