From Route 25 near Paicines to Route 5.
In 1963, the first two segments were defined as "(a) Route 101 near Gilroy
to Route 156. (b) Route 156 to Route 99 near Fresno passing near Paicines and
In 1965 Chapter 1371 split (b) into two segments: "(b) Route 156 to Route 5
passing near Paicines. (c) Route 5 to Route 99 passing near Mendota."
In 1984, Chapter 409 deleted (a), truncated (b), and clarified (d): "(b)
Route 156 Route 25 near Paicines to Route 5. [...] (d)
The General Grant Grove section of Kings Canyon National Park to Kings
Canyon River Kings Canyon National Park boundary near Cedar
Grove." The former (a) and the segment removed from (b) were transferred to
Route 25. This resulted in the current definition of (a)
This routing was only a proposed routing in 1963, and was part of LRN 263,
defined in 1959.
Unconstructed; may be signed as County Route J1. The traversable
route is Panoche Road with no plans for improvement.
[SHC 253.7] Entire portion. Added to the Freeway and Expressway system in
From Route 5 to Route 99 passing near Mendota.
In 1963, the second segment of this route was defined as “(b) Route 156 to
Route 99 near Fresno passing near Paicines and Mendota.”
In 1965 Chapter 1371 split (b) into two segments: “(b) Route 156 to Route 5
passing near Paicines. (c) Route 5 to Route 99 passing near Mendota.”
In 1984, Chapter 409 deleted (a), making this (b)
Between I-5 and Route 33, this routing was only a proposed routing in 1963,
and was part of LRN 263, defined in 1959.
Between Route 33 and Route 99, this was part of LRN 41, defined in 1919. It
has been part of signed Route 180 since 1934.
Unconstructed between Route 5 and Route 33; may be signed as
County Route J1. The traversable route is Panoche Road with no plans for
improvement. However, in the February 2001 CTC Agenda, there was a funding
request to complete the environmental study for this segment. Additionally,
there is a Caltrans information sheet stating that Caltrans proposes to conduct
a Route Adoption Study on State Route 180 for the unadopted segment from
Mendota to I-5 (this is TCRP Project #93). The study could begin as soon as
funding is available and would take approximately four years to complete, at an
estimated cost of $7 million. The project would will add a needed east-west
connection to I-5 with a new interchange that would enhance the farm to market
shipping opportunities for the region, as well as closing a gap between Route
180, Route 33 and I-5.
According to the CTC in February 2006, work on Project #93 was initially to
be limited to the environmental studies and preliminary engineering required
for a Route Adoption Study for a segment of Route 180 between I-5 and Route 33,
near Mendota. In February 2003, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)
expressed their concern that Route 33 was not a logical terminus point for the
project. Based on this concern, the Project Development Team stopped work on
the Route Adoption Study and began work on the alternative of a “traversable
highway”. However, in January 2004, the Council of Fresno Governments (Fresno
COG) formed the Route 180 Steering Committee to consider a regional look at the
entire Route 180 corridor and the concept of creating a four-lane expressway
between Fresno and Interstate 5. The possibility of this new expressway
required various alternatives to again be considered and, in July 2004, the
Steering Committee re-initiated the Route Adoption Study extension from I-5 to
Brawley Avenue, not to Route 33, as originally recommended by FHWA. In February
2006, the CTC reconsidered the allocation.
In April 2006, the CTC had a
report on a study to evaluate a range of alternative route alignments for Route
180, between I-5 and the vicinity of Valentine Avenue, west of Route 99 in
Fresno County. Upon completion of the Environmental Impact Report (EIR), a
route adoption will be requested from the California Transportation Commission.
The adopted route will eventually be developed into a transportation facility
as demand for improvements become known, and as funding becomes available. The
environmental document is anticipated to be completed in Fiscal Year 2007-08.
The alternatives being considered are: (•) An existing alignment between Route
33 and the eastern project limit, (•) A new northern alignments between Route
33 and the eastern project limit, (•) Three new alignments between I-5 and
By March 2007, construction was to begin on
Segment 2 of this western extension, which includes construction of 2.5 miles
of a six- lane freeway from the Route 99/Route 180 Interchange to Marks Avenue,
then a four-lane freeway to Brawley Avenue. There will be a full interchange at
Marks Avenue. There will be a signalized intersection at Brawley Avenue and
cul-de-sacs at Whitesbridge Road, Valentine and Hughes Avenues. Construction
should be completed by late March 2008.
As of 2004, the Route 180/Route 99 interchange is now complete, although the
Route 180 freeway only extends as far west as Hughes Avenue. However, because
of this finished constrution, Route 180 no longer follows Route 99 south and
Stanislaus Street to reach Whitesbridge Avenue, instead using Hughes Avenue to
connect to Whitesbridge Avenue westbound.
2007 CMIA. Three projects on Route 180 in Fresno County were
submitted to the Corridor Mobility Improvement Account for funding. These
projects were braided ramps between Route 41 & Route 168 ($30M requested);
construction of an expressway from Academy to Trimmer Springs ($45.2M), and
construction of an expressway from Trimmer Springs to Frankwood ($46.5M) .
None of these projects were recommended for funding.
The SAFETEA-LU act, enacted in August 2005 as the reauthorization of TEA-21,
provided the following expenditures on or near this route:
High Priority Project #287: Rehabilitation, repair, and/or
reconstruction of deficient two-lane roads that connect to I-5, Route 180,
Route 41 and Route 99 throughout Fresno County. See also HPP #3798.
High Priority Project #1511: Route 180 Freeway Improvements in
High Priority Project #3798: Rehabilitation, repair, and/or
reconstruction of deficient two-lane roads that connect to I-5, Route 180,
Route 41 and Route 99 throughout Fresno County. This seems to be
supplemental funding for HPP #287. $1,500,000.
The segment from Route 99 to Route 33, and upon completion, from Route 33 to
I-5, is officially named the "Deran Koligian Memorial Highway". Deran
Koligian, the son of Armenian immigrants, was born in Fresno County and raised
on his family farm in the Kearney Park community. He served in the South
Pacific in World War II, and after the war, returned home to attend Fresno
State College and to manage his family's farm. He began his public service in
1957, spending 24 years on school boards in western Fresno County, including
the Madison Elementary School Board and the Central High School Board. He was
elected to the Fresno County Board of Supervisors in 1982. Deran Koligian was a
strong supporter of agriculture and a protector of agricultural lands from
urban encroachment; and also was a vocal supporter of Measure C, which provided
local augmentation for the construction and maintenance of state highways and
local roads. As a member of the Fresno Transportation Authority, he was
instrumental in securing funds for numerous road and highway transportation
projects, including the extension and widening of Route 180 in western Fresno
County. He was an active member of St. Paul's Armenian Church and was the first
Armenian-American to be elected to office in Fresno County. He served with
distinction until he death on December 11, 2001. Named by Senate Concurrent
Resolution 94, Chapter 158, September 11, 2002.
[SHC 253.7] Entire portion. Added to the Freeway and Expressway system in
From Route 99 near Fresno to the General Grant Grove section of the Kings
Canyon National Park.
This segment remains as defined in 1963. In 1963, the segment from Brawley
Avenue (west of Route 99) to 0.1 mile west of Highland Avenue (east of Route 99
and of City of Fresno) was adopted as a freeway and as a part of the California
Freeway and Expressway System by the California Highway Commission. In 1995,
the Commission adopted 12.3 miles of Route 180 as controlled access highway
from 0.1 mile west of Temperance Avenue to Frankwood Avenue in the county of
Fresno. A portion of the controlled access highway alignment from 0.1 mile west
of Temperance Avenue to 0.1 mile west of Highland Avenue runs parallel to the
adopted freeway but did not connect to the freeway alignment on the western
end. In 1996, the Commission adopted as a freeway a segment of the 1995
controlled access highway corridor, from N. Fowler Avenue to 0.2 mile west of
DeWolf Avenue and rescinded a portion of the 1963 adopted freeway from N.
Fowler Avenue to 0.1 mile west of Highland Avenue, thus modifying the
controlled access highway corridor to begin at 0.2 miles west of DeWolf
This has been signed as Route 180 since 1934. It was LRN 41, defined in
1919. Before its present routing was established, Route 180 entered Fresno via
Whitesbridge and B, then after US 99, it ran continued south on US 99/Broadway
to Ventura Street, and then continued east on Ventura. It was formerly a county
Part (3) is constructed to freeway standards from Fresno to Chestnut Avenue,
past Route 41. It looks like the planned freeway routing will go east as far
Leonard Avenue. This freeway bypasses the original routing along Ventura Avenue
(in fact, the signs have been removed from Ventura between Route 99 to Chestnut
Avenue. Some of the original routing has been relinquished. For example, the
California Transportation Commission, at its June 2000 meeting, discussed
relinquishing the old routing of Route 180 from PM 58.0-61.4 in the City of
Fresno (Agenda Item 2.3c). Curb ramps had to be constructed before this was
done (at at cost of $317K).
In September 2009, the CTC approved relinquishment of right of way in the
city of Fresno along Route 180 from the west city limits, near South Valentine
Avenue, to Hughes West Diagonal, consisting of superseded highway right of way
and collateral facilities.
In August 2012, the CTC approved relinquishment of right of way in the
county of Fresno along Route 180 at Locan Avenue, consisting of collateral
In May 2011, the CTC approved relinquishment of right of way in the city of
Fresno along Route 180 between South Clovis Avenue and Temperance Avenue,
consisting of superseded highway right of way and collateral facilities
In April 2012, the CTC authorized relinquishment of right of way in the
county of Fresno on Kings Canyon Avenue (Route 180) and along realigned Route
180 between Clovis Avenue and Locan Avenue, consisting of superseded highway
right of way and collateral facilities.
In October 2012, the CTC authorized relinquishment of right of way in the
county of Fresno along Route 180 between De Wolf Avenue and Quality Avenue,
consisting of collateral facilities.
In May 2001, the CTC considered TCRP Project #91 to build a new expressway E
of Clovis, Clovis Avenue to Temperance Avenue in Fresno County. In August 2004,
the CTC has a request to amend the proposal to update project schedule and
funding plan previously approved.
According to Joe Rouse, in May 2001:
It is fully signed as Route 180. On Route 99, the exit to Route 180 used to
be signed as "To Route 41 North", but it is now signed as Route 180 East,
Kings Canyon. They used greenout on those signs, and the letters on the
greenout are not button copy and although it is not reflective greenout, it
has the state shield shape found on the new reflective signs. On Route 41,
the exit used to be signed as "To Route 99 North", but now it is signed as
"Route 180, Kings Canyon, Mendota". These are new button copy sign panels,
not greenout. The Route 180 freeway mainline ends at Cedar Ave. You can see
where the future mainline lanes will be. Traffic is forced onto ramps that
end at Chestnut Ave. and traffic continuing east on Route 180 is directed
south onto Chestnut to Kings Canyon Rd. This routing is well signed for both
east and westbound traffic. No "TEMPORARY" plates are used over the Route 180
shields on Chestnut.
There are no Route 180 shields on the Route 99/Route 180 multiplex between
the Route 180 freeway and Stanislaus St. The Route 180 shields at the exit to
Ventura St. on Route 99 in downtown Fresno have been removed (not greened
out). Interestingly, the connector from the new Route 41 to NB Route 99 has a
sign for Ventura St. with a large green space on it for a Route 180 shield.
However, I didn't see any residue or greenout that indicated that a shield
had been on there.
In June 2012, the Fresno Bee reported on an upcoming project that will
improve the merges on Route 180 between Route 41 and Route 168. The goal of the
$49 million project is to build "braided" ramps intended to reduce the weaving
and ease congestion for drivers. Specifically, a pair of bridges -- one on each
side of the freeway -- will eliminate the need for merging drivers to swerve
across each other's paths to get where they want to go. The major features of
the work are the two bridges. On the north side of the highway, one bridge will
carry cars coming from southbound Route 168 onto westbound Route 180 over the
motorists that want to get off Route 180 onto Route 41. The other bridge will
be for drivers on eastbound Route 180 who want to get onto northbound Route
168. That traffic will be carried over the drivers coming off Route 41 trying
to get onto eastbound Route 180. Another feature of the work will include
bypass lanes so that drivers going from Route 41 to Route 168, or from Route
168 to Route 41, can do so without merging onto the main lanes of Route 180,
further reducing traffic congestion. Metering lights to control the flow of
traffic merging onto the freeways are a third part of the plan. The Cedar
Avenue on-ramp to westbound Route 180 is being widened to two lanes to allow
metering lights, and metering also is planned on the ramp from westbound Route
180 to southbound Route 41.
Construction began in Summer 2002 on Route 180 through Southeast Fresno,
going as far as Clovis Ave, according to a June 25, 2002 report in the
Fresno Bee. This involved four miles of new road, six lanes, and 65 tons
of asphalt. According to a map in the article, the segment from Chestnut Ave to
Clovis Ave cost $80 million, and construction started in August 2002, with
completion expected in 2½ years. The segment from Clovis Ave to Locan Ave cost
$48 million, with construction beginning in August 2004. The expressway from
Locan Ave to Academy Ave will cost $47 million, and construction begins in
2005. The expressway from Academy Ave to Trimmer Springs Rd in Centerville will
cost $29 million, and construction starts in 2006. Lastly, the segment from
Trimmer Springs Road to Frankwood Ave will cost $23 milllion, with construction
also beginning in 2006. This extension will be called the Sequoia
According to the Fresno Bee, in late September 2005, the Sequoia
Freeway from the Route 168 junction east to Clovis Avenue opened. The new
road has already set off a frenzy of new home development in southeast Fresno,
where about 5,000 houses are under construction, approved or awaiting review
east of Clovis Avenue. The project also includes a final pair of ramps
connecting Freeway 168 and Freeway 180 at their interchange east of downtown
Fresno. Work is scheduled to in 2006 on the $47 million western segment from
the Hughes-West Diagonal to Brawley Avenue, where the new freeway will rejoin
the existing rural Route 180. The
project will include an overpass at Hughes/West and is scheduled to be
finished in 2008. The final freeway segment east of the new section, from
Clovis Avenue to a junction with the existing highway at Temperance Avenue, is
further out, as funding for that segment has been delayed by the state's budget
crisis, and work is scheduled to begin in 2008-09.
In December 2009, the segment between Clovis and Temperance avenues opened.
This completion also marked the start of construction for the next project on
Route 180: widening it from two to four lanes between Temperance and Academy
avenues, a more than six-mile stretch. Federal stimulus funds approved by
Congress in February are covering $18.3 million of the $29.6 million
construction cost for the Temperance-Academy segment. The rest is mainly from
Measure C, Fresno County's half-cent transportation sales tax. The stimulus
money allowed Caltrans to move up construction from 2012 to 2009.
In April 2002, the CTC considered (Agenda Item 2.5b.(1)) STIP Project #4,
which would construct new six lane freeway on eight lane freeway alignment from
Route 168 to Fowler Avenue.
In September 2005, the CTC considered relinquishement of former Route 180
right of way in the City of Fresno, at G Street and Divisadero Street,
consisting of reconstructed and relocated city streets.
In December 2005, the CTC considered relinquishment of rights of way (1) in
the County of Fresno, from North Winery Avenue to Sunnyside Avenue, consisting
of reconstructed and relocated county roads, frontage roads, and cul-de-sacs,
and (2) in the City of Fresno, between Chestnut Avenue and Clovis Avenue,
consisting of reconstructed and relocated city streets, frontage roads, and
In July 2007, the CTC relinquished right of way in the city of Fresno,
between Chestnut Avenue and Clovis Avenue, consisting of superseded highway
right of way, and right of way in the county of Fresno, between Peach Avenue
and Clovis Avenue, consisting of superseded highway right of way. In Feburary
2008, there was a similar relinquishment, between Peach Avenue and Minnewawa
Avenue, consisting of superseded highway right of way that is appurtenant to a
previously relinquished superseded highway and inadvertently omitted from said
In October 2008,
the CTC considered a route adoption for a future freeway from Temperance to
DeWolf Avenue near Fresno. This mitigated negative declaration in Fresno County
will update the Department’s freeway agreement and identify an interchange for
future construction. This project for the freeway agreement and subsequent
route adoption only is fully funded. Funding for the interchange has yet to be
identified. A separate project and environmental evaluation will be conducted
once a future build project is proposed. Segment 1 of the Kings Canyon
Expressway project, in eastern Fresno County, from Locan Avenue to Quality
Avenue, is expected to start construction in August 2009. Traffic studies for
the Kings Canyon Expressway project projected that the Level of Service (LOS)
at DeWolf Avenue intersection will become level F (breakdowns of traffic flow,
recurring points of congestion, peak hour flow rates are at highway capacity)
in 2019, less than 10 years after completion of the proposed expressway
project. The Supplemental Project Report for the expressway project, approved
on December 20, 2007, recognized the need for an interchange at DeWolf Avenue.
However, due to funding constraints, construction of a new interchange at
DeWolf Avenue is not feasible at this time. In the meantime, the Kings Canyon
Expressway Project will improve and signalize this intersection and will
include two through lanes in each direction on Route 180, right-turn lanes, a
westbound left-turn lane and dual eastbound left-turn lanes at DeWolf Avenue. A
subsequent project will construct an interchange to provide adequate capacity
for a 20-year design period.
In January 2013, the
CTC approved for future consideration of funding a project that will construct
a four lane expressway on the existing alignment on Route 180 from Quality
Avenue to Smith Avenue. The project is programmed in the 2012 State
Transportation Improvement Program for right of way. At the January 2013 CTC
meeting, the project will be programmed in the Proposition 1B State and Local
Partnership Program. The total estimated cost for capital and support is
$23,000,000. Construction is estimated to begin in FY 2012-13. The scope, as
described for the preferred alternative, is consistent with the project scope
programmed in the 2012 State Transportation Improvement Program and the State
and Local Partnership Program.
with the above project, in January 2013 the CTC authorized of a new public road
connection as a temporary connection to Route 180 from Kings Canyon South
Frontage Road at Post Mile (PM) 73.8, in the county of Fresno. The proposed
temporary new public road connection is necessary to provide access to Route
180 from properties adjoining the Kings Canyon South Frontage Road during the
construction of segment 2. The Kings Canyon Expressway project, Segment 2,
proposes to improve safety and increase highway capacity by converting Route
180 from a two-lane conventional highway to a four-lane expressway starting at
0.2 mile west of Quality Avenue to just east of Trimmer Springs Road. This
segment will connect with the previously constructed Segment 1, west of Quality
Avenue. In mid-2012, it was determined that environmental permits necessary for
project delivery could not be obtained for the Centerville Kingsburg Canal,
also known as Kingsberg Canal, and China Slough locations to meet the
accelerated project schedule needed for Corridor Mobility Improvement Account
(CMIA) funding. Therefore, the Segment 2 project scope was revised to meet the
CMIA funding deadline. The eastern project limit was moved from east of Trimmer
Springs Road to a location west of the Centerville Kingsburg Canal.
Unfortunately, the project did not receive the CMIA funding requested but it
was decided to move forward with the revised project scope. Local Measure
funding and State and Local Partnership Program funding (Proposition 1B) will
be used to fully fund this project. Construction of Segment 2 is expected to
start August, 2013. Project scope for Segment 3 will be revised to include the
area from the revised Segment 2 project limit to the China Slough location east
of Trimmer Springs Road. Due to the Segment 2 project limit change, a temporary
new public road connection is proposed to Route 180 from Kings Canyon South
Frontage Road on the south side of Route 180. The connection is necessary to
provide access to properties adjoining the frontage road to Route 180 during
the Segment 2 construction period. The temporary connection will be in service
starting July 2013 until the transition to Segment 3 is constructed
(approximately July 2016). The frontage road associated with the new public
connection will be relinquished to Fresno County upon completion of Segment
In May 2009, the CTC relinquished right of way in the county of Fresno along
Route 180 from South Brawley Avenue to South Marks Avenue, consisting of
superseded highway right of way and collateral facilities.
In August 2010, the CTC approved for future consideration of funding a
project that will replace the Kings River Overflow Bridge near the town of
Minkler. The project is fully funded in the 2010 State Highway Operation and
Protection Program. Construction is estimated to begin in Fiscal Year 2013-14.
Total estimated project cost is $6,403,000 for capital and support.
The Route 180 interchange at Fowler Avenue in the City of Fresno is named
the “Kimberly Marie Hamilton Memorial Interchange”. It was named in
memory of Kimberly Marie Hamilton, born August 14, 1987, in Fresno, California.
She attended Clovis East High School in Fresno, California, and was an avid
golfer and hockey fan. Kimberly spoke often of becoming a teacher, and was
loved and respected by family and friends. On May 7, 2004, Kimberly was the
victim of a car accident that occurred on Fowler Avenue near Belmont Avenue in
the City of Fresno under tragic circumstances involving a construction vehicle.
Her death has affected and touched many people's lives, and has increased the
call for better safety practices in and around roadway construction sites.
Named by Assembly Concurrent Resolution (ACR) 139, Resolution Chapter 136, on
The segment of Route 180 from the intersection with Brawley Avenue to the
Intersection with Highland Avenue is named the Sequoia-Kings Canyon
Freeway. It was named for its terminus in the Sequoia National Park and the Kings
Canyon National Park. This park is the home to immense mountains, deep
canyons, and huge sequoia trees. Thanks to their huge elevational range, 1,500'
to 14,491', these parks protect stunningly diverse habitats. The Generals
Highway climbs over 5000 feet from chaparral and oak-studded foothills to the
awe-inspiring sequoia groves. From there, trails lead to the high-alpine
wilderness which makes up most of these parks. Beneath the surface lie over 200
fascinating caverns. The park was named after the Giant Sequoia tree, the
Sequoia gigantia. The name is traced to Indian Chief Sequoya, creator of
the Cherokee alphabet, whose name means "opossum." In volume of total wood, the
giant sequoia stands alone as the largest living thing on Earth. Its nearly
conical trunk, like a club, not a walking stick, shows why. At least one tree
species lives longer, one has a greater diameter, three grow tall, but none is
larger. In all the world, sequoias grow naturally only on the west slope of the
Sierra Nevada, most often between 5,000 and 7,000 feet. There are some 75
groves in all. The General Sherman tree is between 2,300 and 2,700 years old.
Its largest branch is almost seven feet in diameter. Each year the General
Sherman adds enough wood growth to make a 60-foot-tall tree of usual
proportions. Named by Senate Concurrent Resolution 25, Chapter 85, in 1997.
The section of Route 180 between Clovis Avenue and General Grant Grove Park,
in the County of Fresno, is named the “Senator Chuck Poochigian
Highway”. This segment was named in honor of Charles S. "Chuck" Poochigian,
a third generation resident of central California who was born and raised on a
family farm in the Lone Star area of eastern Fresno County, between Fresno and
Sanger, near the Route 180 corridor. Chuck and his wife, Debbie, were married
in 1977 and have three grown children, a daughter-in-law, and a grandson. Chuck
Poochigian received his bachelors degree in Business Administration from
California State University, Fresno, in 1972, and his law degree from the Santa
Clara University School of Law in 1975, he served for six years as a member of
the California Air National Guard, and he practiced general civil and business
law from 1975 until November, 1988. In 1988, Poochigian was chosen by Governor
George Deukmejian to serve on his senior staff, and assisted the Governor in
the selection of key administration officials and members of over 375 state
boards and commissions, as well as certain judicial appointments. In 1991,
Governor Pete Wilson named Poochigian as his Appointments Secretary, with the
primary focus on assisting the Governor in his selection of judges for
California's trial and appellate courts. Poochigian was elected to the
California State Assembly in 1994, and to the California State Senate in 1998,
and over the course of his legislative career he represented eastern parts of
central California from Bakersfield to Lodi. As a legislator, Poochigian
focused his energy on major public policy issues while being attentive to the
particular needs of his constituents in the rich agricultural region of central
California, and held key positions including serving as the Chair of the
Appropriations Committee, as the Assistant Republican Leader in the Assembly,
as the Republican Caucus Chair and the Assistant Republican Leader in the
Senate, and as a legislative appointee to the Little Hoover Commission
appointed by both Democratic and Republican leaders. Poochigian received
numerous awards and recognition for outstanding public service, including an
Outstanding Senator Award, numerous Legislator of the Year Awards, a Technology
Leader Award, a Distinguished Legislator Award, a Distinguished Service Award,
two President's Recognition Awards, a Distinguished Alumnus Award, and a 2007
Distinguished Service Award with his wife Debbie. Poochigian was a highly
respected leader in Sacramento and a staunch advocate for sound fiscal
planning, living within our means, and ensuring that the people of central
California received a fair share of infrastructure funding, including the
distribution of moneys for transportation and school construction. Poochigian
authored numerous bills that involved comprehensive reform and required
bipartisan consensus, including laws dealing with the expansion of higher
education opportunities, special education funding, workers' compensation
system reform, and public safety. Poochigian worked tirelessly to support the
rights of crime victims and their families, led the fight against identity
theft, worked to protect children from dangerous sexual predators, authored
bills to incarcerate felons with firearms, and was an advocate for tough
penalties for repeat offenders. Poochigian's reputation for strong leadership
and hard work was recognized by the California Journal magazine, which ranked
him Assembly Republican "Rookie of the Year" for 1996, and he was also ranked
among the top five legislators in the 80-member State Assembly in the following
separate categories: effectiveness, integrity, intelligence, problem solving,
potential, and overall. In ratings released in March of 1998, Poochigian was
recognized as one of the top five Assembly Members in the categories of
integrity and hard work, in the June 1999 California Journal he was described
as "A voice of reason highly respected for his problem-solving skills," and in
August of 2004, the California Journal selected him as the Senate recipient of
its "Minnie Award" for integrity. As of 2008, Senator Poochigian now practices
law with the Fresno-based firm of Dowling, Aaron and Keeler. Named by Senate
Concurrent Resolution (SCR) 103, Resolution Chapter 87, on 7/10/2008.
The segment between Route 99 and Chestnut Avenue, as well as any future
freeway extension between Chestnut Avenue and Clovis Avenue is named the
"Senator Jim Costa Highway". Jim Costa was elected to the California
State Assembly in 1978 at the age of 25. He had a background in farming (he
grew up in a farming family of Portuguese descent and was raised on his
family's farm in western Fresno County), and focused intently on the issues of
water, agriculture, transportation, housing, and problems of the San Joaquin
Valley. In the Assembly, he served as Chair of the Assembly Water, Parks, and
Wildlife Committee and the Subcommittee for the Assembly Ways and Means
Committee. In 1994, he was elected to represent the 16th
Senatorial District. In the Senate, Senator Costa served on the Agriculture and
Water Resources Committee, the Banking, Commerce and International Trade
Committee, the Housing and Community Development Committee, and the
Transportation Committee. Senator Costa's major accomplishments include
obtaining $26M for a UCSF-Fresno Medical Education and Research Center to ease
the San Joaquin Valley's shortage of physicians; forging historic agreements
that protected the water supply; moving the primary to the first Tuesday in
March of even-numbered years; helping child protective services and improving
response to abuse complaints; writing agricultural land conservation laws;
authoring "Three Strikes, You're Out" standard; authoring reform of the
Endangered Species Act; coauthoring legislation that equalized special
education funding and support for county offices of education; authoring
legislation that requires local agencies to give greater consideration to the
availability of water when considering major new development; advocating for
reduction of Bay Area smog blowing into the San Joaquin Valley and working to
switch San Joaquin Valley truck fleets to cleaner fuels by gaining approval of
a first-of-its-kind program to create LNG terminals; creating the San Joaquin
River Conservancy to establish a parkway along the San Joaquin River; authoring
legislation that encourages investment in construction of affordable housing
for low and moderate income families; leading the effort to save and improve
Amtrak passenger rail service in California and to create the California High
Speed Rail Authority; and bringing to fruition the construction of eight
prisons built in local communities that requested them, providing over 10,000
permanent jobs. This resolution was a "Thank You for your Years of Service".
Named by Senate Concurrent Resolution 102, Chapter 130, on August 23, 2002.
The Route 41/Route 180 interchange is named the "Rose Ann Vuich"
Interchange. Rose Ann Vuich was the state senator that secured the funding for
completion of Route 41 and Route 180. Named by Senate Concurrent Resolution 25,
Chapter 85, in 1997.
Portions of this route appear to have been part of the
"National Park to Park Highway".
[SHC 263.7] From Route 65 near Minkler to General Grant Grove section of
Kings Canyon National Park.
[SHC 253.7] Entire portion. Added to the Freeway and Expressway system in
From the General Grant Grove section of the Kings Canyon National Park to
the Kings Canyon National Park boundary near Cedar Grove.
In 1963, this segment was defined as “(d) The General Grant Grove section of
Kings Canyon National Park to Kings River Canyon.”
In 1984, Chapter 409 clarified this segment to be “(d) The General Grant
Grove section of Kings Canyon National Park to
River Kings Canyon National Park boundary near Cedar Grove.”
This has been signed as Route 180 since 1934. It was part of a 1959
extension of LRN 41.
This segment has historically been called the "Kings River Highway".
[SHC 263.7] Entire portion.
Portions of this route were part of the National Park to Park