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Click here for a key to the symbols used. "LRN" refers to the Pre-1964 Legislative Route Number. "US" refers to a US Shield signed route. "I" refers to an Eisenhower Interstate signed route. "Route" usually indicates a state shield signed route, but said route may be signed as US or I. Previous Federal Aid (pre-1992) categories: Federal Aid Interstate (FAI); Federal Aid Primary (FAP); Federal Aid Urban (FAU); and Federal Aid Secondary (FAS). Current Functional Classifications (used for aid purposes): Principal Arterial (PA); Minor Arterial (MA); Collector (Col); Rural Minor Collector/Local Road (RMC/LR). Note that ISTEA repealed the previous Federal-Aid System, effective in 1992, and established the functional classification system for all public roads.


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Unconstructed

Post 1964 Legislative Route 249



Routing

From Route 2 north of La Cañada to Route 14 south of Palmdale.

 

Post 1964 Signage History

This route is as defined in 1963. This was originally planned as freeway, meeting up with Route 118 in the forest. This route runs through the Angeles National Forest.

 

Pre 1964 Signage History

This routing was LRN 266, defined in 1959.

 

Status

Ells Tunnel, from 1969 mapUnconstructed It is currently unsigned and unconstructed. The traversable road is Angeles Forest Highway, Los Angeles County Route N3. There are no plans for Caltrans to adopt this route, as it has insufficient tunnel clearances.

It appears that in 1953 there were plans to construct this as a tunnel. A toll tunnel was originally proposed in 1953 by a civil engineering consultant to El Monte, Joe C. Ells. At the time, newspaper reports quoted Ells as saying the route "would bring Palmdale to within . . . practically commuting distance of Los Angeles." He also said the tunnel would be a "new escape route" in the event of an enemy attack, not too farfetched for a city then possessed with building bomb shelters. Tolls could recover the tunnel's cost, then estimated at $200 million, Ells suggested. Critics, however, said it could take 10 to 15 years to complete.
(Source: Los Angeles Times, 7/29/2001)

Although not quite Route 249, there do appear to be plans to explore a Palmdale to Los Angeles tunnel that approximates the route that might have been used for Route 249. According to the LA Daily News, in 2004, Los Angeles County and Palmdale will spend $125,000 on the third study in five years into building a highway across the Angeles National Forest by tunneling through the San Gabriel Mountains. The last study, in 2002, looked at building the highway as a privately financed toll road and concluded that it could could cost $2.2 billion and was unlikely to pay for itself with tolls low enough to be acceptable to motorists. Previous plans have looked at creating a 21-mile-long highway that would branch off the Antelope Valley Freeway south of Palmdale and head south and a little west to the Foothill Freeway at its intersection with the Glendale Freeway.

 

Freeway

[SHC 253.1] Entire route. Added to the Freeway and Expressway system in 1959.

 


Overall statistics for Route 249:

  • Total Length (1995): 14 miles unconstructed.
  • Milage Classification: Rural: 14; Sm. Urban: 0; Urbanized: 0.
  • Counties Traversed: Los Angeles.

 

Pre-1964 Legislative Route

In 1959, Chapter 1062 defined LRN 249 as “[LRN 10] near Exeter to [LRN 17] near Roseville on a route along the easterly side of the San Joaquin Valley to be selected by the California Highway Commission, which route may include all or portions of any existing state highway route or routes”. This was a proposed freeway routing for Route 65 that ran roughly parallel to and east of Route 99.


Post-1964 Legistlative Route Graphic

Former State Route 250



Routing

No current routing.

 

Post 1964 Signage History

Post-1964 Legistlative Route Graphic In 1963, Route 250 was defined as “Route 5 near Orange County Hospital northerly to Route 91.”

In 1965, Chapter 1372 added a condition to the route definition: “This route will cease to be a state highway when Route 57 freeway is completed from Route 5 to Route 91.”

In 1981, Chapter 292 deleted this route.

 

Pre 1964 Signage History

This was LRN 180, defined in 1933. It ran along State College Boulevard.

 

Pre-1964 Legislative Route

In 1959, Chapter 1062 defined LRN 250 as “[LRN 104] near Forestville to [LRN 1]”. This is present-day proposed Route 181 from Route 12 near Forestville to US 101.


Unconstructed

Post 1964 Legislative Route 251



Routing
  1. From Route 580 near Point San Quentin to Route 101 near Greenbrae.


    Post 1964 Signage History

    As initially defined in 1963, this segment was the entire route, and was defined as “Route 101 near Greenbrae to Route 17 near Point San Quentin.”

    In 1984, Chapter 409 reordered this segment and changed "Route 17" to "Route 580".

    Originally, this was to have been the "Point Reyes" Freeway. It was originally part of Route 17 from 1963 to the mid 1980's, when Route 17 was deleted in Marin County as part of the renumber of Route 17 to I-580 and I-880. The Pt. Reyes Freeway was one of many new routes created in the State Freeway and Expressway System, which was approved by the Legislature in 1959. This route has all but been killed by environmental concerns and costs. It would have connected with Route 37.

    In 2002, the Traversable Highways report showed this as "to be improved" in 5 years, but this appears to never have happened. The traversable route is Sir Francis Drake Road. There is a 4-lane section for 1.0 mile, and a 40' section for 0.5 mile. The existing underpass has only a 14' clearance. This is used as a cut-off between US 101 and the Richmond-San Rafael bridge.

     

    Pre 1964 Signage History

    This segment corresponds to pre-1963 LRN 251, defined in 1959. This is one of the few whose sign routes equals their pre-1963 legislative routes.


  2. From Route 101 near San Rafael to Route 1 near Point Reyes Station.


    Post 1964 Signage History

    In 1984, Chapter 409 added segment (b) as a result of a transfer from Route 17, giving: “(a) Route 580 near Point San Quentin to Route 101 near Greenbrae. (b) Route 101 near San Rafael to Route 1 near Point Reyes Station.”

     

    Pre 1964 Signage History

    This was a proposed (routing determined) segment of Route 17. It was part of LRN 69, defined in 1933. This appears to correspond to Francis Drake Blvd. There is an interchange with several flyover ramps at the junction with US 101; this may have been planning for a future freeway Route 251.

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Freeway

[SHC 253.1] Entire route; unconstructed. Added to the Freeway and Expressway system in 1959.

 

Scenic Highway

[SHC 263.8] From Route 37 near Nicasio to Route 1 near Point Reyes Station.

 

Status

This routing is unconstructed. For the US 101 to I-580 segment, the traversable route is Sir Francis Drake Blvd. The remainder of the traversable local routing includes Petaluma Pt. Reyes Road, and Nicasino Valley Road. These roads are not constructed to state standards. There are no plans for Caltrans to adopt this routing.

 


Overall statistics for Route 251:

  • Total Length (1995): 24 miles
  • Milage Classification: Rural: 17; Sm. Urban: 0; Urbanized: 7.
  • Counties Traversed: Marin.

 

Pre-1964 Legislative Route

In 1959, Chapter 1062 defined LRN 251 as “[LRN 1] near Greenbrae to [LRN 69] near Point San Quentin.” This is one of the few routes that retained the same number post-1963. It is still Route 251.


Post-1964 Legistlative Route Graphic

Former State Route 252



Routing

No current routing.

 

Post 1964 Signage History

252 routingPost-1964 Legistlative Route Graphic In 1963, Route 252 was defined as “Route 5 to Route 805 near the north city limits of National City.”

This routing was deleted in 1994 by AB 3132, Chapter 1220.

This was supposed to act as the north end of an I-5 bypass around National City and Chula Vista, utilizing I-805. According to Andy Field, the huge flyover and approach ramps at the I-805 43rd Street exit are the beginnings of this planned freeway, which was killed locally in 1980. A redevelopment project later resulted in a grocery store at the terminus of the off-ramp. Behind this shopping area lies abandoned right-of-way that not been developed. Overgrown with weeds, this swath of land clearly shows the path Route 252 would have taken across the Southcrest community to meet I-5. These ramps were built around 1974-75, long before the rest of the California 252 project would have been started. These ramps still show up as part of Route 252 in the CalTrans Photologs in 2001. Several widened bridges and ramps at the I-15/Route 15 junction clearly show that future expansion for the Route 252 connection was envisioned.

 

Pre 1964 Signage History

This was part of LRN 283, defined in 1959. It appears to have been near 8th Street.

 

Naming

El Toyon Freeway, Southcrest Freeway

 

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Freeway

Originally to have been freeway; later deleted from SHC 253.1.

 

Pre-1964 Legislative Route

In 1947, Chapter 1449 extended the definition of LRN 252 to include “the highway from San Leandro to Oakland via Alameda and the Posey Tube”, noting that this segment “is part of [LRN 252]”. However, the problem was that LRN 252 did not exist at the time. In 1949, Chapter 1422 repealed the erroneous section, and created the route as an extension of LRN 226.

The real LRN 252 was created in 1959 by Chapter 1062, with the definition “[LRN 69] near Nicasio to [LRN 1] near Novato”. This runs from present-day Route 251 to US 101, and is an unconstructed portion of Route 37.


State Shield

State Route 253



Routing

From Route 128 near Boonville to Route 101 near Ukiah.

 

Post 1964 Signage History

This route was added in 1963 by Chapter 2155 as “Route 128 near Boonville to Route 101 near Ukiah.”

 

Pre 1964 Signage History

This route was not part of the state highway system before 1963. This is "Ukiah-Boonville" Road.

 

Status

In August 2011, the CTC approved $1.54 million to repair two slipouts near Boonville, from 4.1 to 4.3 miles east of Soda Creek Bridge, that occurred in the winter of 2005-2006 and to build a retaining wall.

 

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Overall statistics for Route 253:

  • Total Length (1995): 17 miles
  • Average Daily Traffic (1992): 1,600 to 2,300
  • Milage Classification: Rural: 17; Sm. Urban: 0; Urbanized: 0.
  • Previous Federal Aid Milage: FAP: 17 mi.
  • Functional Classification: Minor Arterial: 17 mi.
  • Counties Traversed: Mendocino.

 

Pre-1964 Legislative Route

In 1959, Chapter 1062 defined LRN 253 as:

  1. [LRN 68] near the south city limits of San Francisco to [LRN 224] near the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge
  2. [LRN 68] near Alemany Boulevard to the route described in subdivision (a) of this section.

In 1959, Chapter 1841 added the condition “Construction on either portion of [LRN 253] described in subdivisions (a) and (b) may be commenced when the City and County of San Francisco has acquired all rights of way necessary for the construction of such portion and has conveyed these rights of way to the State of California for highway purposes.”

In 1961, Chapter 1010 reworded the construction amendment: “Notwithstanding the provision of Section 89 of Chapter 1062 of the Statutes of 1959, construction of any or all portions of [LRN 253] may be commenced at any time, if the City and County of San Francisco has has conveyed or does convey to the State of California, without charge, all real property presently acquired by it for the construction of such route or portion thereof.”

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This route was signed as follows:

  1. From LRN 68 (Route 1) near the S city limits of San Francisco to LRN 224 (former Route 480) near the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.

    This is the I-280 "Southern Freeway" through San Francisco. At times it was considered an extension of the Embarcadero Freeway (Route 480)

  2. From LRN 68 (Route 1) near Alemany Boulevard to the route described in part (1).

    This is also part of I-280.


State Shield

State Route 254



Routing

A portion of the former Redwood Highway through and connecting a number of state park units, from Route 101 near the Sylvandale interchange to Route 101 south of Stafford.

 

Post 1964 Signage History

This route was added in 1963 by Chapter 890 as “the Avenue of the Giants, comprising a portion of the former Redwood Highway through and connecting a number of state parks, from Route 101 near the Sylvandale interchange to Route 101 near the Redcrest interchange.” A duplication section defining this was added by 1963 Chapter 901, but repealed by 1965 Chapter 155. Note that these chapters also added this route as LRN 296, but that definition did not take effect.

In 1967, Chapter 1331 extended the definition: “the Avenue of the Giants, comprising a portion of the former Redwood Highway through and connecting a number of state parks, from Route 101 near the Sylvandale interchange to Route 101 near the Redcrest interchange one-tenth of a mile north of Jordan Creek.” This change added the portion from the Redcrest interchange to one-tenth of a mile north of Jordan Creek.

In 1968, Chapter 282 relaxed the definition: “the Avenue of the Giants, comprising a portion of the former Redwood Highway through and connecting a number of state parks, from Route 101 near the Sylvandale interchange to Route 101 one-tenth of a mile north of Jordan Creek.

In 1990, Chapter 1187 clarified the definition: “the Avenue of the Giants, comprising a portion of the former Redwood Highway through and connecting a number of state park units, from Route 101 near the Sylvandale interchange to one-tenth of a mile north of Jordan Creek south of Stafford.” This change added the portion from one-tenth mile north of Jordan Creek to Route 101 south of Stafford.

In 1992, Chapter 1243 relaxed the definition: “the Avenue of the Giants, comprising a portion of the former Redwood Highway through and connecting a number of state park units, from Route 101 near the Sylvandale interchange to Route 101 one-tenth of a mile north of Jordan Creek south of Stafford.”

This route is a former segment of US-101 that has been bypassed by freeway.

 

Pre 1964 Signage History

This was part of LRN 1, defined in 1909.

 

Status

In July 2010, the CTC vacated right of way in the county of Humboldt along Route 254 at 0.15 miles north of Trouble Lane near Miranda, consisting of highway right of way no longer needed for State highway purposes. The County of Humboldt was given a 90-day notice of intent to vacate, without protesting such action.

In August 2011, the CTC approved $729,000 in SHOPP funding to repair slipout and failed drainage facilities damaged by heavy rainfall near Redcrest, 1.7 miles north of South Fork Eel River Bridge and at 2.9 miles south of Bear Creek Bridge. They also approved $1,662,000 to reconstruct embankment, construct Tie- Back Slope Protection wall, repair drainage system and dewater and fill the voids in the roadway prism at 1 location to repair washed out embankment cause by heavy rain near Miranda, 0.6 mile south of Post Office.

 

Naming

This segment is named the "Avenue of the Giants". It was named by Assembly Concurrent Resolution 10 in 1960

 

Scenic Highway

[SHC 263.1] Entire route.

 

Blue Star Memorial Highway

This route was designated as a "Blue Star Memorial Highway" by Assembly Concurrent Resolution 61, Chapter 61 in 1996.

 

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Overall statistics for Route 254:

  • Total Length (1995): 32 miles
  • Average Daily Traffic (1993): 540 to 1,200
  • Milage Classification: Rural: 32; Sm. Urban: 0; Urbanized: 0.
  • Previous Federal Aid Milage: FAS: 32 mi.
  • Functional Classification: Collector: 32 mi.
  • Counties Traversed: Humboldt.

 

Pre-1964 Legislative Route

In 1959, Chapter 1062 defined LRN 254 as:

  1. [LRN 235] to [LRN 75] near Orinda
  2. [LRN 75] near Orinda to to [LRN 69] in Richmond via San Pablo.

This was all signed as part of proposed Route 93.


State Shield

State Route 255



Routing

From Route 101 in Eureka to Route 101 in Arcata via the Humboldt Bay Bridge and the Samoa Peninsula.

 

Post 1964 Signage History

In 1963, Chapter 1898 defined Route 255 as “Route 101 in Eureka across Humboldt Bay to the Samoa Peninsula” (note: this act added the same route as LRN 294, but that change did not take effect)

In 1970, Chapter 881 extended the route: “Route 101 in Eureka across Humboldt Bay to the Samoa Peninsula to Route 101 near Arcata via the Humboldt Bay Bridge and the Samoa Peninsula” Chapter 1473 that year also redefined the route, but made no changes.

In 1994, Chapter 1220 clarified the routing: “Route 101 in Eureka to Route 101 in near Arcata via the Humboldt Bay Bridge and the Samoa Peninsula”

 

Pre 1964 Signage History

This route would have been LRN 294.

 

Status

In March 2011, the CTC authorized relinquishment of right of way in the county of Humboldt along Route 255, at Jackson Ranch Road, consisting of a collateral facility.

In mid-January 2012, residents of the community of Manila installed signage at both entrances to Manila off Route 255 urging motorists to drive safely. Route 255 divides Manila in half. The Pacific Ocean, the beach and dunes, community center, Manila Dunes Recreation Area, the Humboldt Coastal Nature Center and Family Resource Center lie west of the highway. Half of Manila’s population, two churches, the Manila Park and access to Humboldt Bay lie to the east. It is difficult to cross the highway safely because of the high rate of speed of oncoming vehicles and also because of the curves on Route 255 at the Dean Avenue/Pacific Boulevard and the Young Lane/north Peninsula Drive intersections. Manila residents have expressed their safety concerns to representatives of Caltrans at least since the 1970s.
(Source: Arcata Eye, 1/13/2012)

 

Named Structures

The "Humboldt Bay Bridge" (unofficial reference) consists of three separate structures: the "Eureka Channel Bridge" (04-230), the "Middle Channel Bridge" (04-229) and the "Samoa Channel Bridge" (04-228). All three structures together were named the "Samoa Bridge" by Senate Concurrent Resolution 52, Chapter 47, in 1971. Individually, the structures have the following additional names:

  • Bridge 04-230 (Eureka Channel) is named the "Meyer Bistrin Memorial Bridge. Meyer Bistrin, who emigrated to Oakland, California, in 1926, owned quality clothing stores in Eureka, Arcata, and Garberville and used his civic influence to prevent the building of a freeway through downtown Eureka.. It was named by Assembly Concurrent Resolution 23, Chapter 91, in 1977.

  • Bridge 04-229 (Middle Channel) is named the "Carl L. Christensen Memorial Bridge", named by Assembly Concurrent Resolution 23, Chapter 91, in 1977. It was built in 1971. Carl L. Christensen, Jr., served the people of Humboldt County in the California State Assembly from 1957 to 1966.

  • Bridge 04-228 (Samoa Channel) is named the "Richard R. Denbo Memorial Span", named by Assembly Concurrent Resolution 132 in 1980. Richard F. "Dick" Denbo (d. 1980) Manager of the Eureka Chamber of Commerce for 20 years, worked tirelessly for the creation of the Samoa Bridge, a span of which bears his memorial.

 

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Overall statistics for Route 255:

  • Total Length (1995): 9 miles
  • Average Daily Traffic (1992): 4,600 to 15,800
  • Milage Classification: Rural: 6; Sm. Urban: 3; Urbanized: 0.
  • Previous Federal Aid Milage: FAP: 9 mi.
  • Functional Classification: Prin. Arterial: 2 mi; Minor Arterial: 5.5 mi; Collector: 1 mi.
  • Counties Traversed: Humboldt.

 

Pre-1964 Legislative Route

In 1959, Chapter 1062 defined LRN 255 as “[LRN 235] near Burton to [LRN 107] near Alamo”. This ran from Route 77 near Burton to Route 21 near Alamo. This is not currently part of the state highway system. It was 1963 Route 93 Segment (a), which has since been deleted.


Post-1964 Legistlative Route Graphic

Former State Route 256



Routing

No current routing.

 

Post 1964 Signage History

Post-1964 Legistlative Route Graphic In 1965, Chapter 1372 defined this route as “Route 80 southwest of Roseville to Route 65 north of Roseville”

This routing was deleted in 1994 by AB 3132, Chapter 1220.

 

Pre 1964 Signage History

US Highway Shield This was originally signed as part of Route 65. It was originally part of US 99E through Roseville. This was part of LRN 3, defined in 1909.

 

Freeway

Originally to have been freeway; later deleted from SHC 253.1.

 

Pre-1964 Legislative Route

In 1959, Chapter 1062 defined LRN 256 as “[LRN 75] near Walnut Creek to [LRN 75] near Pittsburg.” This is the proposed freeway routing for Route 24. It follows Willow Pass road from Walnut Creek to just outside of Antioch.



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