A bit delayed, but I’m finally getting around to another update. Again, I’m using Amaya, although I have Blue Griffon standing by if I need it. The blog is also progressing well, so I do encourage everyone to follow it. As always, you can keep up to date on the latest headlines related to California Highways by friending the California Highways Facebook group. I’ve set it up to get the regular Metro.Net headline posting, and I regularly highlight any highway related articles I find on the net. It is also your place to share news about California Highways, and I pick up that news from there for these updates.
On to the update… Entries for the following routes were updated based on my reading of the papers (which are posted to California Highways Facebook group) as well as any backed up email changes. I also reviewed the the AAroads forum and misc.transport.road, but didn’t find any updates there. This resulted in changes on the following routes, with credit as indicated [my research(1), contributions of information or leads (via direct mail or Usenet) from Anneliese Ågren(2), Michael Ballard(3), Andrew Leung(4), David Markowitz(5), Oscar Voss(6), Tom & Millie(7)]: Route 1(1,2),Route 4(1,3), I-5(1), Pre-1964 Route 7(1), Route 7(6), I-8(1), I-10(1), Route 12(1), Route 17(2), Route 20(1), Route 24(1), Route 39(1), Route 46(3), Route 47(1), US 50(1), Route 65(3), Route 66(4), Route 68(5), I-80(1), Route 91(1), Route 99(1,3), US-101(1), Route 103(1), Route 111(6), Route 121(1), Route 160(1), Route 190(1), I-210(1), Route 237(1), I-405(1), I-580(1),I-605(1), I-710(1), I-880(1), Siskiyou County Route A12(7).
Added the book Where the Road Begins: The Saga of Big Sur’s Pioneer Families by Peter Gray Scott to the recommended reading list, based on a recommendation from Anneliese Ågren. Also added a link to Pacific Electric and the Growth of the San Fernando Valley, which I picked up recently and has wonderful information and pictures of the San Fernando Valley.
Updated some information on the theft of mission bells along El Camino Real in Ventura.
Alexis Tate provided some reports of broken links on one of the links pages. As a reminder, if you ever discover a broken link on any page, please report it to me so I can correct it or remove it. In other link changes, Bridget Summers submitted DistractedDrivingHelp, which is an omnibus site that collects a number of resources to help in the fight against distracted driving. Given the importance of that fight, I added it to the Other Links page, and included links to the sites on distracted driving from the AAA Foundation and the California Highway Patrol. The students at Pinewood Elementary School also submitted a link for the history page–they found a good site with the history of the transcontinental railroad. As a reminder: I always welcome link updates or link suggestions, but I don’t just link to help people advertise. Links must be highway related, and I review every link I add. Note that “highway related” does not mean “travel related”.
Based on information provided by Charlie McCoy, added information on Classified Landscaped Freeways. A Classified Landscaped Freeway is a section of freeway with planting that meets the criteria of the Outdoor Advertising Regulations. It is used in the control and regulation of Outdoor Advertising Displays. A full list of such freeways may be found here, supposedly there are regular additions that can be found here. Classified Lanscaped information was added to the following routes: Route 1, Route 2, Route 4, I-5, I-8, I-10, Route 12, Route 13, Route 14, I-15,Route 17, Route 20, Route 22, Route 23, Route 24, Route 29, Route 30, Route 33,Route 37, I-40, Route 41, Route 44, Route 47, Route 49, US 50, Route 51, Route 52, Route 54, Route 55, Route 56, Route 57, Route 58, Route 60, Route 65, Route 67, Route 68, Route 71, Route 73, Route 78, I-80, Route 84, Route 85, Route 86, Route 87, Route 90, Route 91, Route 92, Route 94, Route 99, US 101, I-105, I-110, Route 113, Route 118, Route 120, Route 125, Route 126, Route 134, Route 135, Route 154, Route 160, Route 163, Route 168, Route 170, Route 178, Route 180, Route 198, US 199, I-205, I-210, I-215, Route 217, Route 237, Route 238, Route 241, Route 242, Route 244, Route 259, Route 260, Route 261, Route 275,I-280, Route 299, Route 330, I-380, I-405, I-580, I-605, I-680, I-710, I-780, I-805, I-880, Route 905, I-980.
Checked the Calnexus page, but I don’t think they are updating the exit number lists anymore.
Reviewed the Pending Legislation page. Noted the passage of the following item:
- AB 610 (Solorio) Vehicles: specialized license plates: Veterinary Medical Board: pilot program.
Under existing law, the Department of Motor Vehicles issues environmental and other specialized license plates. The issuance of some of those license plates is subject to additional fees. Existing law prohibits the department from establishing a specialized license plate program for a state agency until the department has received not less than 7,500 applications for the plates within 12 months after the date of the department’s approval of the agency’s initial application to sponsor a specialized license plate program. This bill would authorize the Veterinary Medical Board to contact the department by June 30, 2012, and indicate its intent to undertake collection of additional applications and fees or deposits for an additional period of 12 months in order to obtain the minimum 7,500 applications for a special license plate the board is seeking to sponsor pursuant to existing law. The bill would make this provision inoperative on July 1, 2013, and would repeal this provision on January 1, 2014.
Chaptered April 26, 2012. Statute Chapter 9.
I was also amused by the title of SJR 27, the “Are You Dense Day”. Alas, it wasn’t what I was hoping for, instead being focused on Breast Cancer density testing (not that such testing is a bad thing; rather, I was hoping for a day where we could go around to people saying, “What? Are you dense?!?”.
Noted that one of the CTC items below identified that portions of former US 99W (that are neither Route 99 nor I-5) may still be in the state highway system. This is best seen starting around Williams, CA, where there is a road roughly parallel to I-5 that appears to be called “Old Hwy 99W”, “County Road 99W”, “Highway 99W” (as in Williams, CA), “99W Highway”, “State Highway 99W”, and “Road 99W”. The latter designation is co-signed with Tehama County Route A8 north of San Benito Avenue near Red Bluff, CA. It is unclear if these portions have postmiles. Information on this was added to the “SUFFIXED” section of the Route 99 entry.
I checked the CTC Liaison page for the results of the February, March, April, and May meetings. The following items were of interest (note that the results from the May meeting were not yet posted):