California State Route 19

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State Route 19

SR 19 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by Caltrans
Length26.2 mi[1] (42.2 km)
(prior to relinquishments)
Major junctions
South endRose Street at the Lakewood-Bellflower border (State Maintenance)
Major intersections
North endFoothill Boulevard in Pasadena (State Maintenance)
CountryUnited States
CountiesLos Angeles
Highway system
SR 18 SR 20
SR 163SR 164 SR 165

State Route 19 (SR 19) is a state highway in the U.S. state of California, running along Lakewood Boulevard and Rosemead Boulevard in the Los Angeles area. An additional "hidden" state highway, State Route 164 (SR 164), is also signed as part of SR 19, despite having a legal description separate from Route 19. The combined route is a north–south four-to-six lane suburban roadway, lying east of the Long Beach Freeway (Interstate 710) and west of the San Gabriel River Freeway (Interstate 605), and connecting the eastern parts of Long Beach and Pasadena via the Whittier Narrows. Under their legal descriptions, SR 19 runs north to Gallatin Road in Pico Rivera, then SR 164 goes from Gallatin Road to Pasadena. Since 1998, several pieces have been relinquished to local governments, and more transfers are authorized by state law.

Route description

Lakewood Boulevard passing under I-405 and the Long Beach Airport (top of image)

Locals generally refer to the combined SR 19/164 route as either Lakewood Boulevard or Rosemead Boulevard, not by its numerical designation. The two highways are part of the National Highway System,[3] a network of highways that are considered essential to the country's economy, defense, and mobility by the Federal Highway Administration.[4]

The original official southern terminus of SR 19 was at the Los Alamitos Circle in Long Beach, where Lakewood Boulevard, State Route 1 (Pacific Coast Highway), and Los Coyotes Diagonal converge. SR 19 then proceeded north along Lakewood Boulevard through Long Beach and the City of Lakewood, intersecting with Interstate 405, passing under a runway of the Long Beach Airport[5] (the part through the airport has been relocated to the east; parts of the old alignment remain as airport service roads), then running to the west of Lakewood Center Mall before passing through the neighborhood of Mayfair.

Since the California Legislature relinquished segments of the highway, state control of SR 19 now officially begins at the point where Lakewood Boulevard crosses the Lakewood–Bellflower city limits at Rose Street (SR 19 in Bellflower is also planned to be relinquished by the state[6]). SR 19 then intersects State Route 91 before straddling the city border between Bellflower and Paramount and later Bellflower and Downey. State control of SR 19 then ends north of Gardendale Street when Lakewood Boulevard fully enters into Downey.

Lakewood Boulevard continues north through Downey, intersecting with Interstate 105 before passing by the large site formerly occupied by North American Aviation, Rockwell International and Boeing Reusable Space Systems and interchanging with Interstate 5. At Telegraph Road at the Downey-Pico Rivera city limits, Lakewood Boulevard turns into Rosemead Boulevard.[7] Rosemead Boulevard continues north through Pico Rivera (where this segment of SR 19 has been relinquished to the city as well[8]) to Gallatin Road.[9]

The hidden SR 164, but signed as part of SR 19, begins north of Gallatin Road, traveling along Rosemead Boulevard across Whittier Narrows Dam before entering the Whittier Narrows Recreation Area and intersecting with State Route 60. After this, the road enters South El Monte before crossing the Rio Hondo and straddling the city boundary between Rosemead and El Monte. It then intersects with Interstate 10. This portion of Rosemead Boulevard between Gallatin Road and Interstate 10 is still maintained by the state and built to expressway standards.

State maintenance ends again at the Rosemead–Temple City city limits near Grand Avenue. Rosemead Boulevard then continues north through Temple City and the unincorporated areas of East San Gabriel and East Pasadena and into the City of Pasadena. (The highway was relinquished to Temple City,[10] and those portions in the unincorporated areas were transferred to Los Angeles County.)[11] In Pasadena, the state still maintains the short portion of Rosemead Boulevard from Interstate 210 to Foothill Boulevard, with SR 164's legal northern terminus at the latter. Rosemead Boulevard continues northwest under Pasadena's control from Foothill Boulevard to Sierra Madre Villa Avenue.[9]

Bus service is provided by Metro Local line 266 (between Foothill Boulevard and Del Amo Boulevard) and Long Beach Transit line 111 (south of Del Amo Boulevard) throughout Rosemead Boulevard and Lakewood Boulevard. The Metro C Line is also provided by a station in the median of Interstate 105 under Lakewood Boulevard.


Former Douglas, McDonnell Douglas and Boeing facilities along Lakewood Boulevard in Long Beach, 2002

Before the present SR 19 was constructed, San Gabriel Boulevard, which extended from Lamanda Park south to Downey, and was widened and repaved by an assessment tax in 1925,[12] was the main road through the Whittier Narrows, requiring several turns to stay on it and to continue south to Long Beach.[13][14][15] The state legislature added Route 168 to the state highway system in 1933, which followed this general alignment between Route 60 (SR 1) in Long Beach and Route 9 (Foothill Boulevard, then US 66) near Lamanda Park.[16][17] SR 19 was later designated out of the 1964 state highway renumbering.

State Route 164

LocationPico RiveraPasadena
Length9.56 mi (15.39 km)

The 9.56-mile (15.39 km) piece of SR 19 north of Gallatin Road in Pico Rivera has legally been State Route 164 since the 1964 renumbering, but has always been signed as SR 19. Original plans for SR 164 took it southeast to Interstate 605 from the present transition between SR 164 and SR 19, and it was originally planned as the Rio Hondo Freeway.[18]

Many segments of SR 19 have since been relinquished to the cities that they run through. Caltrans relinquished Long Beach's portion of SR 19 to the city on January 27, 1999,[5] and Downey's segment of SR 19 was relinquished to the city on July 3, 2001.[7] However, the segment in Pico Rivera was not relinquished to that city until June 22, 2004.[8] On October 27, 2006, the northern portion of SR 164 that went through an unincorporated area of the county from Callita Street to I-210 was relinquished to the county.[11] In April 2008, the section of SR 164 through Temple City was relinquished to that city.[10] On April 9, 2012, the section of SR 19 through Lakewood was relinquished to that city.[19] In 2017, the relinquishment process in Bellflower has started.[6]

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).[20] Segments that remain unconstructed or have been relinquished to local control may be omitted. The entire route is in Los Angeles County.

Long Beach0.00[a] SR 1 (Pacific Coast Highway) / Los Coyotes Diagonal – Newport Beach, Long Beach, BellflowerLos Alamitos Traffic Circle; original south end of SR 19; former US 101 Alt.
1.06[a] I-405 (San Diego Freeway) – San Diego, Santa MonicaI-405 exit 27; interchange; former SR 7
1.97 Donald Douglas Drive to Long Beach Airport / Wardlow Road
Long BeachLakewood line2.97[a]Carson StreetFormer SR 214; serves Long Beach City College
3.98[a]Del Amo Boulevard
LakewoodBellflower lineN/ARose StreetSouthern end of state maintenance on SR 19
Bellflower5.89Artesia Boulevard – Bellflower, Long BeachFormer SR 91
6.05 SR 91 (Artesia Freeway) – Riverside, Manhattan BeachSR 91 east exit 15, west exit 15A; interchange
ParamountDowney line8.37Gardendale StreetNorthern end of state maintenance on SR 19
Downey8.57 I-105 (Century Freeway) – Norwalk, LAX AirportI-105 exit 16; interchange
8.89Imperial HighwayFormer SR 90
N/ABellflower BoulevardFormer Legislative Route 169 (1933-1945)
10.38Firestone BoulevardFormer SR 42
12.08 I-5 (Santa Ana Freeway) – Santa Ana, Los AngelesI-5 exit 125; interchange; former US 101 Bypass south
DowneyPico Rivera line12.31Telegraph RoadNorth end of Lakewood Blvd.; south end of Rosemead Blvd.; former US 101 Bypass north / SR 26
Pico RiveraN/ASlauson Avenue
N/AWashington Boulevard
15.52Whittier Boulevard – Whittier, MontebelloFormer SR 72
Gallatin RoadSouthern end of state maintenance on SR 164
South El Monte2.41[b]San Gabriel Boulevard, Durfee Avenue
3.34[b] SR 60 (Pomona Freeway) – Pomona, Los AngelesSR 60 exit 10A; interchange
4.81[b]Garvey Avenue – El Monte, Monterey ParkFormer US 60/US 70/US 99
El MonteRosemead line5.60[b] I-10 (San Bernardino Freeway) – San Bernardino, Los AngelesI-10 exit 26B; interchange
Rosemead6.22[b]Valley Boulevard – El Monte, Los AngelesFormer SR 212
RosemeadTemple City line6.89[b]Northern end of state maintenance on SR 164
Temple City7.78[b]Las Tunas Drive
N/A[b]Callita Street
East San GabrielEast Pasadena line9.65[b]Huntington Drive
East Pasadena10.74[b]Colorado BoulevardFormer SR 248 (US 66 post-1933)
Pasadena10.88[b] I-210 (Foothill Freeway) – San Bernardino, PasadenaI-210 exit 30; interchange; southern end of state maintenance
10.95[b]Foothill BoulevardNorthern end of state maintenance; former Route 210 (US 66 pre-1933)
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
  •       Route transition
  1. ^ a b c d Postmiles are measured from SR 19's original southern end at SR 1, before that segment north to Rose Avenue was deleted and relinquished to local control.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m Indicates that the postmile represents the distance along SR 164 rather than SR 19.


  1. ^ California Department of Transportation, State Truck Route List, updated April 1, 2004
  2. ^ California Highways: State Route 19
  3. ^ Federal Highway Administration (March 25, 2015). National Highway System: Los Angeles, CA (PDF) (Map). Scale not given. Washington, DC: Federal Highway Administration. Retrieved October 19, 2017.
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ a b " State begins transfer of Lakewood Boulevard
  6. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2017-04-29. Retrieved 2017-07-29.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ a b "Minutes Of The City Council" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2005-02-12. Retrieved 2008-02-16.
  8. ^ a b "Caltrans relinquished the piece of Rosemead Boulevard in Pico Rivera - Google News Archive Search
  9. ^ a b Los Angeles and Orange Counties Street Guide and Directory (Map). Thomas Brothers. 1999. p. 566, 596, 636, 676, 706, 736, 766, 796.
  10. ^ a b SB910[permanent dead link]
  11. ^ a b CPY Document[permanent dead link]
  12. ^ Los Angeles Times, Celebrate Paving of Boulevard, November 4, 1925
  13. ^ Ben Blow, California Highways: A Descriptive Record of Road Development by the State and by Such Counties as Have Paved Highways, 1920 ( or Google Books), p. 165
  14. ^ Rand McNally & Company, Los Angeles and Vicinity Archived 2011-07-26 at the Wayback Machine, 1933
  15. ^ Division of Highways, Los Angeles and Vicinity, 1934
  16. ^ California State Assembly. An act to amend sections 2, 3 and 5 and to add two sections to be numbered 6 and 7 to an act entitled 'An act to provide for the acquisition of rights of way for and the construction, maintenance... Fiftieth Session of the Legislature. Statutes of California. State of California. Ch. 767, p. 2040.: "State Highway Route 60 near Long Beach to State Highway Route 9 near Lamanda Park."
  17. ^ California State Assembly. An act to establish a Streets and Highways Code, thereby consolidating and revising the law relating to public ways and all appurtenances thereto, and to repeal certain acts and parts of acts specified herein. Fifty-first Session of the Legislature. Statutes of California. State of California. Ch. 29, p. 286.: "Route 168 is from Route 60 near Long Beach to Route 9 near Lamanda Park."
  18. ^ California Highways: Unsigned State Route 164
  19. ^ All articles with bare URLs for citations[bare URL PDF]
  20. ^ a b 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.
  21. ^ California Department of Transportation (July 2007). "Log of Bridges on State Highways". Sacramento: California Department of Transportation.
  22. ^ California Department of Transportation, All Traffic Volumes on CSHS Archived July 21, 2011, at the Wayback Machine, 2006
  23. ^ California Department of Transportation, All Traffic Volumes on CSHS Archived 2012-02-09 at the Wayback Machine, 1999 (the last year before it was updated to remove the relinquished part)

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