California State Route 119

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State Route 119

Taft Highway
SR 119 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by Caltrans
Length29.783 mi[1] (47.931 km)
Existed1934 as US 399
1964 as SR 119–present
Major junctions
West end SR 33 in Taft
Major intersections I-5 near Old River
East end SR 99 in Bakersfield
CountryUnited States
Highway system
SR 118 SR 120

State Route 119 (SR 119), named as the Taft Highway along its entire length, is a state highway in the U.S. state of California that runs in an east–west direction from State Route 33 in Taft to State Route 99 in Bakersfield. SR 119 is part of the former U.S. Route 399, which ran along SR 33 and State Route 166 before ending at SR 99 (known as US 99 before 1964). Today, it serves as the main connector between the extreme southwestern corner of the San Joaquin Valley and Bakersfield.

Route description

SR 119 starts at SR 33 near the southern end of Taft. It travels north on Taft Highway on the eastern edge of the city. Leaving the city, the road continues north through the oil producing foothills of the western San Joaquin Valley. The road then turns northeast and enters the valley. Here it passes through the towns of Valley Acres and Dustin Acres. Unlike most of the San Joaquin Valley, little farming is done in this portion of the valley. The road then turns east, and crosses I-5. The route enters agricultural land as it continues east. It then terminates at SR 99 in southern Bakersfield. Taft Highway continues as a county road to Union Avenue (old US 99 and SR 99 Business), where it becomes Panama Road.

Highway 119 is commonly known as Taft Highway. It passes through some of Kern County's most famous oil fields, including the Midway-Sunset, the third-largest oil field in the United States; the Buena Vista Oil Field; and runs adjacent to the Elk Hills Oil Field, formerly the Naval Petroleum Reserve No. 1, infamous as one of the two illicit leases – the other being Teapot Dome – that were part of the scandal which marred the administration of President Warren G. Harding in the 1920s.

SR 119 is not part of the National Highway System,[2] a network of highways that are considered essential to the country's economy, defense, and mobility by the Federal Highway Administration.[3]


SR 119 was created in 1933 as a state route as Legislative Route 140. Originally, its definition was from Taft to Legislative Route Number (LRN) 4 (currently SR 99) in Greenfield (not to be confused with Greenfield in Monterey County), and from LRN 4 to LRN 58 (currently SR 58) via Arvin. The western portion was signed as part of US 399, the eastern portion was unsigned. In 1959, the eastern portion was dropped from LRN 140 and became its own state route, defined as LRN 264, and later as the signed route SR 223. After the California renumbering of state routes in 1964, LRN 140 would become SR 119. US 399 was decommissioned that year, so the route was also signed SR 119.[4]

Major intersections

Except where prefixed with a letter, postmiles were measured on the road as it was in 1964, based on the alignment that existed at the time, and do not necessarily reflect current mileage. R reflects a realignment in the route since then, M indicates a second realignment, L refers to an overlap due to a correction or change, and T indicates postmiles classified as temporary (for a full list of prefixes, see California postmile § Official postmile definitions).[1] Segments that remain unconstructed or have been relinquished to local control may be omitted. The entire route is in Kern County.

Taft0.00 SR 33 – MaricopaWest end of SR 119; former US 399 south
2.14Harrison Street – Ford City, TaftServes Taft College
R13.29Tupman Road – Tupman, Tule Elk Reserve
SR 43 north (Enos Lane) – Shafter, Wasco
Roundabout; southern terminus of SR 43
19.77 I-5 (West Side Freeway) – Sacramento, Los AngelesInterchange; I-5 exit 244
Bakersfield31.28 SR 99Interchange; SR 99 exit 18; east end of SR 119
31.28Taft HighwayContinuation beyond SR 99; former US 399 north
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. ^ a b c California Department of Transportation. "State Truck Route List". Sacramento: California Department of Transportation. Archived from the original (XLS file) on June 30, 2015. Retrieved June 30, 2015.
  2. ^ Federal Highway Administration (March 25, 2015). National Highway System: California (South) (PDF) (Map). Scale not given. Washington, DC: Federal Highway Administration. Retrieved September 30, 2017.
  3. ^ Natzke, Stefan; Neathery, Mike & Adderly, Kevin (June 20, 2012). "What is the National Highway System?". National Highway System. Washington, DC: Federal Highway Administration. Retrieved July 1, 2012.
  4. ^ Route 113-120. Accessed: 11-18-2009.
  5. ^ California Department of Transportation (July 2007). "Log of Bridges on State Highways". Sacramento: California Department of Transportation.
  6. ^ California Department of Transportation, All Traffic Volumes on CSHS, 2007

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