State Route 137
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From Route 43 near Corcoran to Route 65 near Lindsay via Tulare.
Post 1964 Signage History
In 1963, this was defined as the route from "Route 43 at Corcoran to
Lindsay via Tulare." Note that, although defined in 1963, it appears that
a small portion (between Route 99 and Route 63) was signed as Route 63,
possibly instead of or in addition to Route 137 signage.
In 1965, Chapter 1371 clarified the terminus to be "…to Route 65 near Lindsay via Tulare."
Pre 1964 Signage History
This route was LRN 134, defined in 1933. It was not signed before 1964.
Route 137 was not defined as part of the initial state signage of routes
in 1934. It is unclear what (if any) route was signed as Route 137 between
1934 and 1964.
Caltrans is exploring creating a roundabout on this
route at the intersection of Route 43/Route 137 in Corcoran (137 KIN 0.0).
Other potential/planned roundabout locations in the San Joaquin Valley
include Route 145/Jensen near Kerman, Route 168/Auberry Road in Prather,
Route 155/Browning Road in Delano, Route 216/Route 245 in Woodlake, Route 190/Road 284 east of Porterville, and Route 190/Road 152 east of Tipton. A
2007 study of 55 roundabouts in the U.S. found a 35% reduction in
accidents and a 90% reduction in fatal accidents when intersections with
stop signs or signals were converted to roundabouts. It costs about the
same to build a roundabout as to put up traffic signals, and they need
significantly less maintenance than traffic signal intersections -- about
60% to 90% less, depending on how much landscaping work is required.
In May 2016, the CTC approved for future consideration
of funding a project in Kings County that will construct a roundabout at
the intersection of Route 43 and Route 137 near the city of Corcoran. The
project is programmed in the 2014 State Highway Operation and Protection
Program. The total programmed amount is $4,400,000 for capital and
support. Construction is estimated to begin in Fiscal Year 2016-17. The
scope, as described for the preferred alternative, is consistent with the
project scope programmed by the Commission in the 2014 State Highway
Operation and Protection Program. A copy of the ND has been provided to
Commission staff. The project will result in less than significant impacts
to the environment.
[SHC 253.7] From Route 99 near Tulare to Route 65 near Lindsay. Added to
the Freeway and Expressway system in 1959.
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Overall statistics for Route 137:
- Total Length (1995): 29 miles
- Average Daily Traffic (1992): 1,850 to 16,900
- Mileage Classification: Rural: 24; Sm. Urban: 5; Urbanized: 0.
- Previous Federal Aid Mileage: FAP: 11 mi; FAU: 3 mi.
- Functional Classification: Prin. Arterial: 5 mi; Minor Arterial: 24
- Counties Traversed: Kings, Tulare.
Pre-1964 Legislative Route
In 1933, Chapter 767 added the route from "[LRN 2] near Santa Margarita
to Moro-Fresno Road near Creston" to the highway system. In 1935, this was
added to the highway code as LRN 137, with the definition:
"[LRN 2] near Santa Margarita to [LRN 125] near Creston"
In 1957, Chapter 36 changed the origin to "[LRN 58]
[LRN 2] near Santa Margarita to …"
This route ran from Route 178 near Santa Margarita to present-day Route 41 (US 466) near Creston. It was Route 229 until 1994.
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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