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From Route 5 near Anderson to Route 299 in Redding.
From Route 299 in Redding to Route 5 northeast of Redding.
I-5 almost bypassed Redding entirely. Early plans would have had the freeway skirt the town near what is now Redding Municipal Airport. News reports from 1962 say that as many as four routes originally were considered, but residents, city leaders and business owners chose the one nearest to Redding. Cypress Avenue and Hilltop Drive soon became the main pit stops for travelers, leaving many businesses on former Route 99 in south Redding, downtown and the Miracle Mile to wither away.
In 2002, a highway location routing for Route 299 was adopted along Lake Boulevard from Route 273 to I-5. Concurrent with this action, the segment of Route 273 from Route 299 at Market Street to Route 273 at Lake Boulevard will be cosigned Route 273/Route 299.
In 2007, an effort was begun to have this segment signed as "Historic Route 99". The groups hope to have the black-and-white historical Route 99 signs up by October. They'll be placed from North Market Street in Redding down to where Interstate 5 meets Highway 273 south of Anderson.
In January 2017, it was reported that Route 273 is getting another close
look from the California Department of Transportation. Officials have been
talking to local transportation, police, fire and public health
departments, hospitals, schools and the Good News Rescue Mission. They
also want to hear from the public and will hold three workshops to get
feedback on how to make the route better for anyone who drives, walks or
bikes. This comes after preliminary collision figures show 2015 —
the most recent available — was the deadliest year for people who
traveled on Route 273. Of 28 reported collisions on the corridor
stretching from north Redding to Anderson, seven people were killed and 37
were injured, according to data compiled by the University of California,
Berkeley Transportation Injury Mapping System. Alcohol and unsafe speed
played a role in more than half of the collisions in 2015. Poor lighting
was a factor in a quarter of the cases. Two pedestrians were killed
crossing the street and a third was killed while walking on the road and
its shoulder, perhaps highlighting the lack of sidewalks in parts of the
corridor and the prevalence of pedestrians who dart from one side of the
road to the other, particularly in south Redding. Over the past three
years, three safety projects on Route 273 caught the attention of those
who use the corridor. It started with the reduction in southbound lanes
and addition of bike lanes in downtown Redding. Caltrans also added a
crosswalk for pedestrians trying to get to the Rescue Mission. Last year,
crews put in sidewalks on the east side of the road from Parkview Avenue
to Grange Street.
(Source: Redding Record Searchlight, 1/23/2017)
In the right of way for Route 273 in Shasta County is
the "CHP Officer George W. Redding Memorial". On August 17, 1988,
CHP Officer George W. Redding, died in the line of duty as a result of
injuries sustained when struck by a utility pole guy wire while
investigating a traffic collision on Route 273. Officer Redding joined the
CHP in January 1966, graduated from the patrol academy and was assigned to
the San Leandro area on May 25, 1966. He transferred to the Redding area
on September 15, 1969. He demonstrated steadfast and selfless dedication
to the citizens of the State of California, and was commiteed to the
safety of the motoring public. Named by Senate Concurrent Resolution 86,
Chapter 126, on August 21, 2002.
(Image source: California Assn of Highway Patrolmen)
The Sacramento River Bridge (06-0014, SHA 017.08) located on Route 273 as it crosses the Sacramento River into downtown in
the City of Redding is named the Redding Police Officer Owen
“Ted” Lyon Memorial Bridge. It was named in memory of
Police Officer Owen “Ted” Lyon,born in 1931, in Socorro, New
Mexico. He graduated from Red Bluff High School in 1949 and went on to
junior college for one and one-half years to study electrical engineering.
He worked for the Paul Bunyan Lumber Company in Anderson, California, from
April 1957 to September 1961, inclusive. On September 7, 1961, he joined
the Redding Police Department. Officer Lyon was killed in the line of duty
on May 18, 1967. He and his partner, Jon Kelbaugh, had responded to the
address of 1047 Gilbert Street in the City of Redding on a domestic
violence incident where it had been reported that a drunk man had been
fighting with his wife in an apartment and had threatened her with a gun.
As both officers approached the front door on foot, a man stepped out from
behind the door firing a .32 caliber handgun and Officer Lyon was shot in
the abdomen by the suspect and fell to the ground still holding his
service weapon and Officer Kelbaugh was also shot in the abdomen and the
back. After retreating, Officer Kelbaugh, who survived the assault engaged
the suspect in a gun battle using a shotgun and the suspect was killed.
Officer Kelbaugh loaded Officer Lyon into a police unit and drove him to
the Redding Medical Center where he died approximately 24 hours later.
Officer Lyon was 35 years of age, had six years of service with the
Redding Police Department. Many officers from the Redding Police
Department and the Shasta County Sheriff’s Department responded to
the hospital to donate blood and nearly 60 pints of blood were collected
in an effort to save the life of Officer Lyon. On September 18, 2012, the
Redding City Council unanimously approved authorization for the Redding
Police Department to proceed with this request to create the Redding
Police Officer Owen “Ted” Lyon Memorial Bridge. Named by
Senate Concurrent Resolution 13, August 29, 2013. Resolution Chapter 86.
(Image source: Redding PD on Facebook)
Some reports indicate that this route was once signed as Business Route I-5 in its entirety. Recent reports indicate it is signed as Route 273.
Overall statistics for Route 273:
In 1959, Chapter 1062 defined LRN 273 as “[LRN 60] near Huntington Beach to [LRN 179] near Santa Ana”. This is the part of present-day Route 57 from Route 1 near Huntington Beach to Route 22 near Santa Ana.
Acronyms and Explanations:
Route 272 Route 274
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