County Sign Route R2
[Click here for a key to the symbols used.
Some county routes were constructed with federal funds.
These routes are indicated as FAP (Federal Aid Primary), FAU (Federal Aid Urban), or FAS (Federal Aid Secondary).
If no funding source is shown, no federal funds were used.
Note that while some segments seem to have the same attributes,
they may differ in the county-local road number assigned to the segment,
or in the Caltrans Map Sheet number.]
Kaiser Road from Route 177 to Eagle Mountain (11.26 mi)
History and Signage Information
This route was defined in 1964.
The route was constructed to Eagle Mountain as Kaiser had a huge mining
operation there, north of Desert Center, until it ran dry about 25 years
ago -- complete with a dedicated rail line (the Eagle Mountain Railroad)
which ferried the loads from the mine to the SP (now UP) main line on the
northeast shore of the Salton Sea. The product of this mining was used on
the local roads in the area. The high concentration of iron particles
accounts for the reddish tint to the rock materials sourced locally.
Currently, Eagle Mountain is boarded up and fenced -- you can tell it was
a company mining town and some of the machinery can still be seen west of
Desert Center on I-10. The local gossip was that the Marines out of 29
Palms were using the site for urban combat exercises, which would explain
why it was boarded up and fenced so well.
(Source: Sparker and Max Rockatansky, discussion on
Acronyms and Explanations:
- "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 Note that ISTEA repealed the previous Federal-Aid System, effective in 1992, and established the functional classification system for all public roads.
- Other frequently used terms: California Transportation Commission (Commission or CTC), California Department of Transportation (Department or Caltrans), Regional Improvement Program (RIP), Interregional Improvement Program (IIP), State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP), State Highway Operation and Protection Program (SHOPP), Traffic Congestion Relief Program (TCRP), Clean Air and Transportation Improvement Act of 1990 (Proposition 116), High Speed Passenger Train Bond Program (Proposition 1A), Highway Safety, Traffic Reduction, Air Quality, and Port Security Bond Act of 2006 (Proposition 1B), Corridor Mobility Improvement Account (CMIA), State Route 99 Bond Program (RTE or SR 99), Local Bridge Seismic Retrofit Account (LBSRA), Trade Corridors Improvement Fund (TCIF), Highway-Railroad Crossing Safety Account (HRCSA), State-Local Partnership Program (SLPP), Environmental Phase (PA&ED), Design Phase (PS&E), Right of Way (R/W), Fiscal Year (FY), Active Transportation Program (ATP), Trade Corridor Enhancement Program (TCEP), Local Partnership Program (LPP), Local Streets and Roads Program (LSRP), Solutions for Congested Corridors Program (SCCP).
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