In 2001, the California State Legislature passed Assembly Concurrent Resolution 98, declaring that a monument be placed to commemorate the Historic Ridge Route. This monument, in the form of a plaque, was placed at the I-5 / State 126 interchange at the southeast corner. We hope to expand this declaration by having them declare the entire roadway as historic, not just for a plaque at the south end.
BILL NUMBER: ACR 98 CHAPTERED BILL TEXT RESOLUTION CHAPTER 150 FILED WITH SECRETARY OF STATE OCTOBER 2, 2001 ADOPTED IN SENATE SEPTEMBER 14, 2001 ADOPTED IN ASSEMBLY SEPTEMBER 4, 2001 INTRODUCED BY Assembly Member Runner JULY 20, 2001 Assembly Concurrent Resolution No. 98--Relative to the 1915 Ridge Route Highway Historical Monument. LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST ACR 98, Runner. 1915 Ridge Route Highway Historical Monument. This measure would request the Department of Transportation to grant, without charge, an encroachment permit authorizing an appropriate historical monument and plaque to commemorate the 1915 Ridge Route Highway, to be placed within the rights-of-way of State Highway Route 126 and Interstate Highway 5, where those highways converge. WHEREAS, Begun in 1914 and completed in late 1915, the Ridge Route Highway, officially named the "Castaic-Tejon Route," connected Castaic Junction in Los Angeles County to Bakersfield; and WHEREAS, The 1915 Ridge Route Highway was one of the first products of the newly formed State Bureau of Highways, paid for through the passage of a 1910 bond act; and WHEREAS, The 1915 Ridge Route Highway was considered an engineering marvel of its day and was the first mountain highway built in California; and WHEREAS, Many credit the 1915 Ridge Route Highway, which opened up travel and commerce between the Los Angeles basin and the San Joaquin Valley, with having prevented California from separating into two separate states; and WHEREAS, Workers carved out the original 20-foot wide roadway by using horse and mule drawn scrapers and graders, going from ridge top to ridge top across the western San Gabriel mountains; and WHEREAS, Originally completed as an oiled, graded gravel road, the 1915 Ridge Route Highway was paved in 1919; and WHEREAS, The 1915 Ridge Route Highway was well known for its 697 curves, the most notorious of which was Deadman's Curve near Tejon, that if added together, would make 110 complete circles; and WHEREAS, The 1915 Ridge Route Highway was replaced in 1933, by a straighter, three-lane highway, which was later widened and became State Highway 99; and WHEREAS, On September 25, 1997, 17.6 miles of the 1915 Ridge Route Highway south of Gorman, was accepted into the National Registry of Historic Places; and WHEREAS, The Ancient and Honorable Order of E Clampus Vitus has proposed to construct and dedicate, at no cost to the public, a monument and plaque in honor of the historical significance of the 1915 Ridge Route Highway; now, therefore, be it Resolved by the Assembly of the State of California, the Senate concurring, That the Department of Transportation is requested to grant, without charge, the necessary encroachment permit authorizing an appropriate historical monument and plaque dedicated to commemorate the 1915 Ridge Route Highway, to be placed within the rights-of-way of State Highway Route 126 and Interstate Highway 5, where those highways converge; and be it further Resolved, That the Chief Clerk of the Assembly transmit a copy of this resolution to the Director of Transportation, the Director of Parks and Recreation, the Ridge Route Preservation Organization, and to the Platrix Chapter No. 2, Queen of the Cow Counties of the Ancient and Honorable Order of E Clampus Vitus.