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State Route 184

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Routing Routing

Rte 184From Route 223 near Weed Patch to Route 178.

Post 1964 Signage History Post 1964 Signage History

This route is as defined in 1963.

By 1965 the route of Route 223 was shifted and Route 184 was extended south on Weedpatch Highway to Bear Mountain Boulevard. Sometime between 1970 and 1975 the Route 178 freeway and expressway were extended north off of Niles Street. Route 184 was extended onto Kern Canyon Road to the current terminus at Route 178. The change can be seen by comparing the 1970 and 1975 State Highway Maps.
(Source: Tom Fearer, Gribblenation Blog, "California State Route 184; the Weedpatch Highway")

Pre 1964 Signage History Pre 1964 Signage History

This route was LRN 143, defined in 1933. It was not signed before 1964.

Originally LRN 143 ran from Route 178 (LRN 57) south to LRN 140 which was at Buena Vista Boulevard. The original alignment of LRN 143 can be observed on the 1935 California Division of Highways map of Kern County.
(Source: Tom Fearer, Gribblenation Blog, "California State Route 184; the Weedpatch Highway")

Route 184 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 184 between 1934 and 1964.

Status Status

The 2020 SHOPP, approved in May 2020, included the following new Mobility item of interest: 06-Kern-223 PM R16.0 PPNO 6758 Proj ID 0614000057 EA 0R190. Route 223 near Weedpatch, at Route 184 (Wheeler Ridge Road)  intersection. Construct roundabout. (Additional $1,500,000 from local contribution). Programmed in FY22-23, with construction scheduled to start in January 2023. Total project cost is $3,700K, with $2,700K being capital (const and right of way) and $1,000K being support (engineering, environmental, etc.),
(Source: 2020 Approved SHOPP a/o May 2020)

Sunset Blvd Roundabout (6-Ker-184 L0.9/L1.1)

Rte 184 Sunset Bl RoundaboutIn October 2016, the CTC amended the following into the SHOPP: 6-Ker-184 L0.9/L1.1 | Route 184 Near Lamont, from 0.1 mile south to 0.1 mile north of Sunset Boulevard. Construct roundabout at intersection of Route 184/Sunset Boulevard. Allocation: $950K (R/W), $3.6MM (C), Support (PA & ED $1.1MM / PS & E $1.3MM / RW Sup $530K / Con Sup $970K / Total $3.9MM). FY 19/20.

The following project was included in the final adopted 2018 SHOPP in March 2018: PPNO 6791. 06-Kern-184 L0.9/L1.1. Route 184 Near Lamont, from 0.1 mile south to 0.1 mile north of Sunset Boulevard. Construct roundabout at intersection of Route 184/Sunset Boulevard. Begin Con: 8/1/2020. Total Project Cost: $8,450K.

In December 2018, the CTC approved for future consideration of funding a project located at the intersection of Route 184 and Sunset Boulevard in Kern County. The project proposes to replace a four-way stop intersection with a single lane roundabout. The proposed project will also include sidewalks, ramps and crosswalks for pedestrian traffic, appropriate lighting, flashing beacons, drainage ditches and utility relocation. The proposed project is estimated to cost approximately $8.6 million. This project is fully funded and currently programmed in the 2018 SHOPP for approximately $8.5 million. Construction is estimated to begin in 2020. The scope, as described for the preferred alternative, is consistent with the project scope programmed by the Commission in the 2018 SHOPP. The CTC also made the following allocation: 06-Ker-184 L0.9/L1.1. PPNO 6791. Project No. 0616000124. Route 184 Near Lamont, from 0.1 mile south to 0.1 mile north of Sunset Boulevard. Construct roundabout at intersection of Route 184/Sunset Boulevard. PS&E $1,286,000. R/W Support $127,000. Construction capital was increased to $4,200K in June 2019, due to the addition of two retaining walls that will reduce R/W acquisitions needs at two basins, and thereby reduce environmental impacts.
(Source: December 2018 CTC Minutes, Agenda Item 2.2c(1); December 2018 CTC Minutes, Agenda Item 2.5b(2a), Item 23; June 2019 CTC Minutes, Agenda Item 2.1a.(1) Scope Item 77)

In September 2011, it was reported that the intersection of Route 184 and Kimber Avenue (~ KER 7.828) has been allocated $600,000 for work that will allow safer access, improve traffic flow and eliminate the need for U-turns.

In December 2018, the CTC relinquished right of way in the city of Bakersfield (City) on Route 184 from realigned Route 184 to Route 178 (06-Ker-184-PM 11.7/12.1), consisting of superseded highway. The City by relinquishment agreement dated September 6, 2017, and by amendment no. 1 to agreement dated February 21, 2018, agreed to waive the 90-day notice requirement and accept title upon relinquishment by the State.
(Source: December 2018 CTC Minutes, Agenda Item 2.3c)

Naming Naming

The route was traditionally named "Weedpatch" Highway.

Deputy James Throne Memorial HighwayRoute 184 has also been designated the "Deputy James Throne Memorial Highway" It was named in memory of Deputy James Throne, born on September 6, 1978 in the small central valley town of Shafter. Deputy Throne graduated from Shafter High School where he played football. Following his high school graduation, Deputy Throne worked in the Kern County oilfields. Deputy Throne put himself through the Kern County Sheriff' s Department Academy, graduating in 2002, because he wanted more out of his life. Deputy Throne joined the Kern County Sheriff's Department on February 8, 2002, as an extra help deputy. In August 2003, Deputy Throne joined the Taft Police Department where, within less than one year, he was assigned to CAL-MMET, a multijurisdictional, specialized unit targeted at street-level methamphetamine use and sales. Deputy Throne's desire to excel, innate abilities, and work ethic made him a very successful, trusted, and well-liked member of the team. Deputy Throne rejoined the Kern County Sheriff's Department fulltime on September 10, 2005, where he was initially assigned to the Court Services Division. After completing a field training program on June 24, 2006, he was assigned to a patrol position at the Lamont Substation, where he would spend the rest of his career. Because of Deputy Throne's prior experience, he was able to assist his colleagues with their narcotics investigations. Deputy Throne also served the department through teaching in-service classes and defensive tactics, and as an involved member of the Sheriff's Activity League. He often read to children in afterschool programs and presented classes on drug and gang awareness. In recognition of his law enforcement capabilities and contributions to his colleagues and community, the Bakersfield Optimist Club honored Deputy Throne as the 2007 Officer of the Year. On May 23, 2008, while assisting another deputy in pursuit of a suspect, Deputy Throne's patrol car was struck by another deputy's patrol car, and Deputy Throne died at the accident scene. Named by Assembly Concurrent Resolution (ACR) 48, Resolution Chapter 80, on 7/17/2009.
(Image source: Kern County District 3 Photo Gallery; Officer Down Memorial Page)

Freeway Freeway

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

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Statistics Statistics

Overall statistics for Route 184:

Pre-1964 Legislative Route Pre-1964 Legislative Route

In 1933, Chapter 767 added the route "[LRN 60] near Corona Del Mar to Santa Ana via Main Street" to the highway system. In 1935, this was added to the highway code as LRN 184 with that definition.

In 1961, Chapter 1770 split the routing at [LRN 158]: "(a) [LRN 60] near Corona Del Mar to [LRN 158]; (b) [LRN 158] to Santa Ana via Main Street"

Signage was as follows:

  1. From Route 1 near Corona Del Mar to present-day I-405.

    This segment is the original routing of the Route 73 freeway.

  2. From present-day I-405 to US 101 in Santa Ana via Main Street.

    This was originally part of Route 73, but was deleted in 1965.


Acronyms and Explanations:


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