(Victor Valley)- – On the eve of the 85th anniversary of Rt. 66, San Bernardino County Supervisor Brad Mitzelfelt will hold an official unveiling ceremony of the first installed “County Route 66” sign. The dedication ceremony will take place on Friday, November 11, 2011 at 12:30 p.m. on National Trails Highway in Oro Grande, just north of the Mojave River Bridge.
Supervisor Mitzelfelt initiated the County Route Marker program after seeing route markers used effectively in other counties.
“Marking County Route 66 is one of several steps I am planning to celebrate, promote and protect this road and to make county highways more user-friendly,” Mitzelfelt said.
More than 250 miles of the iconic highway runs the length of San Bernardino County from Needles through Upland, making Route 66 the most appropriate place to launch the County Route Marker Program, the first to be added in the state since 1983. The signs, placed at various intervals along the route, will serve as “bread crumbs” for travelers to follow as they explore the route within the nation’s largest county.
County Route 66 will initially begin on National Trails Highway in the unincorporated community of Oro Grande, just north of the City of Victorville’s northern border, the location of Friday’s ceremony, and will continue north onto Main Street in the City of Barstow, continue east on Interstate 40, travel north on Nebo Street near Barstow, head east on National Trails Highway, and then north on Goffs Road to its junction with US-95.
Cultural and historic sites along this alignment include the City of Barstow and the communities of Daggett, Newberry Springs, Ludlow, Amboy, Cadiz, Chambless, Essex, and Goffs, as well as the Mojave National Preserve. This alignment can be expanded to include additional portions of or the entire Route 66 at a later date. The remainder of the signs on this first leg will be installed by the end of December.
The California County Route Marker Program was established in 1958 to mark county routes of major importance and public interest that are constructed and marked to sufficient safety standards. San Bernardino County is the 43rd of California’s 58 counties to participate in the program.
The program requires the county and cities, in which the routes pass through, to adopt resolutions formally establishing a specific county route. The City of Barstow adopted a resolution to establish County Route 66, which authorized the posting of signs within the city, which was then adopted by the County Board of Supervisors.