Description - Route 5 in California's Central Valley parallels the Delta-Mendota Canal and the California Aqueduct, which transformed semi-desert lands into a thriving agricultural area. Route 580 offers panoramic views of the San Joaquin Valley to the east and Coast Range to the west.
Copyright: - California Scenic Highway Program
Diverse views await along this 60-mile drive: Delta-Mendota Canal, California Aqueduct, San Joaquin Valley, and the Coast Range
- Route 5 & 580--West Side Freeway feature primarily agricultural views but it also generally parallels the Delta-Mendota Canal and the California Aqueduct.
From Route 152 to the Merced-Stanislaus County line, the Coast Range is visible to the west. Near the southern boundary of Stanislaus County, the freeway traverses the side hill slopes of the Coast Range.
Vista points are located at two points in Stanislaus County. One is located just south of Shiells Road Undercrossing and the other about a half-mile south of Salado Creek. Pairs of Safety Roadside rests - one for each direction of traffic - provide comfort stations and picnic tables at two locations.
Recreation - The Route 5 & 580--West Side Freeway is known for it's cultural and scenic attractions.
Climate - A generally warm, dry climate prevails in the Central Valley, it is hot in the summer, mild in the winter. In the Central Valley precipitation falls mainly from October through April. Winter temperatures well below freezing producing frost, however, snow is very rare. Summer temperatures above 100 degrees F are part of the normal pattern.
This byway is located in the Central Valley Region of California. The south end is near Santa Nella on Interstate 5. It follows Interstate 5 northeast until it splits with Interstate 580. Follow 580 to the junction with Interstate 205, where the byway terminates.
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