Routes 25 through 32
Click here for a key to the symbols used. "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 Note that ISTEA repealed the previous Federal-Aid System, effective in 1992, and established the functional classification system for all public roads.
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(b) (1) Upon a determination by the commission that it is in the best interests of the state to do so, the commission may, upon terms and conditions approved by it, relinquish to the City of Hollister the portion of Route 25 that is located within the city’s jurisdiction between Sunnyslope Road and San Felipe Road prior to the relocation of that portion of Route 25 through adoption of the proposed new easterly bypass alignment of Route 25, if the department and the city enter into an agreement providing for that relinquishment.
(2) The terms and conditions imposed pursuant to paragraph (1) shall include a requirement for the City of Hollister to maintain within its jurisdiction signs directing motorists to the continuation of Route 25 until such time as the new easterly bypass alignment is adopted and opens to traffic.
(3) A relinquishment under this subdivision shall become effective immediately following the recording by the county recorder of the relinquishment resolution containing the commission’s approval of the terms and conditions of the relinquishment.
(4) On and after the effective date of the relinquishment, both of the following shall apply:
(A) The relinquished former portion of Route 25 shall cease to be a state highway.
(B) The relinquished former portion of Route 25 may not be considered for future adoption under Section 81.
(5) Upon a determination by the commission that it is in the best interests of the state to do so, the commission shall, upon terms and conditions approved by it, adopt into the state highway system the proposed easterly bypass alignment for Route 25 that is located between Sunnyslope Road and San Felipe Road in the City of Hollister. The adoption may occur at any time after the effective date of the relinquishment pursuant to paragraph (3).
In January 2014, the CTC authorized relinquishment of right of way in the city of Hollister on Route 25 (Tres Pinos Road, Nash Road, San Benito Street, and San Felipe Road) between Sunnyslope Road and Bolsa Road, under terms and conditions stated in the letter dated December 18, 2013, determined to be in the best interests of the State. Authorized by Chapter 523, Statutes of 2013, which amended Section 325 of the Streets and Highways Code.
In 1984, the route was divided into two segments, "(a) Route 198 to Route 156 in Hollister. (b) Route 156 in Hollister to Route 101 near Gilroy." The portion from Route 25 in Paicines to Route 101 near Gilroy was transferred from Route 180. Originally, Route 180 was to have been much longer, and would have continued from its present terminus to Route 5, and had a segment from Route 5 to Route 25, and the Route 180 would have continued on into Gilroy. This routing for Route 180 was deleted in 1984. There is some discussion of Route 180 being signed as Route 25 (and vice-versa) on the Route 180 pages.
In 2001, the discontinuity in Hollister was removed by SB 290, Chapter 825, 10/12/2001.
In 2013, SB 788 (Chapter 525, 10/9/13) added the language permitting relinquishment to the City of Hollister of the portion of Route 25 that is located within the city’s jurisdiction between Sunnyslope Road and San Felipe Road prior to the relocation of that portion of Route 25 through adoption of the proposed new easterly bypass alignment of Route 25.
This segment was originally LRN 119, and had the same routing. It was defined in 1933. In 1934, Route 25 was signed along the route from Jct. Route 198 near Priest Valley to Jct. US 101 near Gilroy, via Hollister.
It appears that Lewis Creek Road was part of Route 25 until 1956, when the
modern alignment of the highway adopted. The change can be seen on from the 1955 to 1956 state map. At the time Lewis Creek
Road was shown as a completely dirt section of Route 25.
(Ref: Max R @ AARoads, 11/28/2016)
Route 198 to Pinnacles National Park
State Route 25 Curve Restoration Project (SBT 18.8/19.1)
2016, it was reported that a cave-in of a $2.1 million realignment of Route 25
could keep the new portion of the road closed for two years. The plan was to
address safety issues along Airline Highway/Route 25 (officially part of the
State Highway Scenic System), just below the Route 146 entrance into Pinnacles
National Park (approx SBT 21.159), at a hard left turn that a five-year Highway
Patrol study supposedly identified as a site of numerous fatal crashes. When
Caltrans began designing a cut across land that was the designated habitat of
the California Tiger Salamander, as well as numerous blue oaks, the agency was
determined to do the job to protect human lives while doing as little damage to
wildlife habitat as possible. A few months later, the new road is closed, and
could stay that way for two years or more; the old road is now the new road
again; and the California Tiger Salamander will surely lose more of its
habitat. After Caltrans engineers designed the new, flatter, slower turn, the
$2.1 million contract went to the John Madonna and Company out of San Luis
Obispo. The construction company followed Caltrans’ engineering plan to
the letter. The only problem was those plans were wrong regarding soil
conditions, and soon after the road was completed in December 2015, the slopes
began to give way and landslides continually blocked the new road. Caltrans has
since instituted an emergency project to open up the old highway again and the
(Source: BenitoLink, 3/30/2016)
In August 2017, the CTC approved the following SHOPP addition: 05-SBt-25 18.8/19.1 Route 25: Near Pinnacles National Park, from 0.7 miles north of San Benito Lateral/Old Hernandez Road to 2.4 miles south of Route 146. Improve curve and flatten slope. $363K (R/W) $4,265K (C) $4,788K (Support) PA&ED: 11/13/2018 R/W: 02/19/2020 RTL: 04/06/2020 BC: 10/28/2020. The project was also included in the final adopted 2018 SHOPP in March 2018.
In February 2019, it was reported that Caltrans is
gearing up to repair a rerouted portion of Route 25 that collapsed in 2016. The
agency expects the new work to be completed by the end of 2022. The
State Route 25 Curve Restoration Project has an estimated cost
of $9.5 million and is funded through the State Highway Operations and
Protection Program. This is the second attempt to remove a dangerous curve in
Route 25 in South County. Caltrans previously contracted out work to remove the
curve and cut through a hill turned to San Luis Obispo-based John Madonna
Company for $2.1 million. Work was completed in 2015, but after three months
both sides of the road collapsed from winter storms. That forced the highway to
be rerouted back to its previous alignment. The straighter route has been
closed since. According to Caltrans, the project will attempt to restore the
straight route and remove the old alignment, along with temporary signals and
stop signs. The project’s environmental impact on flora and fauna still
needs to be considered as Caltrans goes about fixing the road for a second
time. The original design for the reroute called for steep-cut slopes to
minimize oak tree removal, protect vulnerable California Tiger Salamander
habitat and limit land acquisition. Caltrans must complete a yearlong
environmental study, after which a new reroute design is expected in December
2021. Construction could commence by March 2022, with the road scheduled to
reopen in November 2022.
(Source: BenitoLink, 2/13/2019; Rte 25 Curve Restoration Project Fact Sheet)
In March 2019, it was reported that, at a March
community input meeting, Caltrans indicated that the project cost was
increasing 18.95 percent, from the previously reported $9.5 million to $11.3
million; they also learned that engineering plans were already drawn up. The
severe grade of the original cut through a hillside came about because of
habitat concerns for the California Tiger Salamander, a grove of large oaks,
and a Native American site which federal law prevents Caltrans from publicly
identifying out of concern for theft or vandalism. For the new project,
environmental studies must be completed, and there is the need to determine the
future of a “cultural resource” or Native American site. There are
two curve restoration project designs. One had a gentler slope than the present
cut, leaving much of the hill still intact. The second was flat, totally
removing the hill and whatever may be buried there. The second design could
only be used if the cultural resource was exempt from protection. Caltrans
engineers designed the original hillside cut and contracted the work out to
John Madonna Construction in San Luis Obispo. The cut hill collapsed a few
months after it was completed, at which point Caltrans rerouted traffic around
the hill along the same path of the original road. According to rancher Steve
Taylor, Madonna told him and others that the design was bad, the two slopes
were unstable, and that Caltrans would not listen to him. During the March 18
meeting, both Rider and engineer Steve McDonald said the collapse was
Caltrans’ fault because engineers did not take deep enough core samples
and assumed the hill was made up of similar rock as nearby hills.
(Source: BenitoLink, 3/20/2019)
In May 2019, the CTC approved the following SHOPP
Amendment: 05-SBt-25 18.8/19.1. PPNO 2697. ProjID 0516000164. Route 25 Near
Pinnacles National Park, from 0.7 miles north of San Benito Lateral/Old
Hernandez Road to 2.4 miles south of Route 146. Improve curve and flatten
slope. Update total est. cost to $11,301K and completion to FY20-21. Note:
Geotechincal investigations determined flatter slopes than previously assumed
would be required. This results in additional impacts to culturally sensitive
areas delaying the schedule to perform additional cultural studies. PS&E
and R/W support are in current year so a Time Extension to Allocate will be
submitted for approval in the June 2019 CTC meeting. Construction capital
increase is due to additional earthwork not in original estimate.
(Source: May 2019 CTC Agenda Item 2.1a.(1) Amend Item 48)
In September 2019, it was reported that repairs to
an 800-foot stretch of Route 25 just five miles south of Pinnacles National
Park have been delayed until at least 2022, according to Caltrans Project
Manager Brandy Rider. The delay is primarily because of a Native American site
detected near the project. According to Caltrans, “A variety of field
tests must be conducted, meetings in the field with Native American partners to
better understand the nature of the site, and an eligibility determination can
often take 12 to 24 months.” Additionally, the California Office of
Historic Preservation requires Caltrans to coordinate with its Native American
(Source: BenitoLink 9/13/2019)
Pinnacles Naional Park to the S limits of Hollister
In March 2017, the CTC approved for future consideration of funding a project located near Hollister in San Benito County (well, not really, 05-SBt-25, PM 25.9/26.3, which puts it between Pinnacle National Park and Paicines) proposes to correct deficiencies on Route 25. To improve safety and reduce collisions, the proposed project will correct deficiencies in the non-standard curve radius, realign the highway, widen shoulders, construct rumble strips and extend one culvert. This project is programmed in the 2016 SHOPP for $7,069,000 in Construction (capital and support) and Right of Way (capital and support). Construction is estimated to beginning in Fiscal Year 2017-18. The scope, as described for the preferred alternative, is consistent with the project scope programmed by the Commission in the 2016 State Highway Operation and Protection Program.
In October 2013, the CTC considered for future approval of funding a project in San Benito County that will realign and straighten a portion of Route 25 near the town of Paicines (approx SBT 39.496). The project is programmed in the 2012 State Highway Operation and Protection Program. The total estimated cost is $4,205,000 for capital and support. Construction is estimated to begin in Fiscal Year 2014-15. The scope, as described for the preferred alternative, is consistent with the project scope programmed by the Commission in the 2012 State Highway Operation and Protection Program.
Vicinity of Hollister
This project constructed a 2.7 mil urban arterial with 6 lanes from Sunnyslope Road (approx SBT R49.918) to East Park Street, and a 4 lanes from East Park Street to Bolsa Road. It included grading, paving, traffic signals, bike lanes, signing, striping, and sound walls. The total cost was $43.3 million. Environmental work started in December 2004, and the project was opened in November 2008.
Route 25 Rerouting in Hollister (~ SBT R49.937 to SBT R52.275)
In March 2014, the CTC considered a route adoption in the city of Hollister. The purpose of the route adoption was to restore the connectivity of Route 25 by establishing a new alignment for a portion of Route 25 east of downtown city of Hollister. A portion of Route 25 through the City was relinquished by the California Transportation Commission (Commission) on January 29, 2014. Senate Bill 788, approved by the Governor on October 3, 2013, allowed the relinquishment to precede the bypass route adoption by amending Section 325 of the Streets and Highways Code. Route 25 traverses the entire north-south length of San Benito County.
From the southern county boundary at the junction of Route 198 near King City, Route 25 extends north through the unincorporated communities of Paicines and Tres Pinos, and through the City to the northern county boundary near Gilroy where it connects to US 101. This route is classified as a minor arterial, and it is primarily a rural facility. Within the City, the relinquished portion of Route 25 is a two-lane facility with no shoulders except for a section through downtown Hollister. The one-mile long section along San Benito Street and San Felipe Road between 7th Street and Bolsa Road is four lanes wide and the shoulders are used for parking. Speed limits range from 25 mph to 40 mph and increases to 55 mph when Route 25 connects to Bolsa Road north of downtown.
The City, through the Council of San Benito County Governments (SBtCOG), initiated and built a bypass and requested that the Department adopt the bypass as the new location of Route 25. Additionally, the City desired to control the existing Route 25 within the city limits and accept relinquishment of the route through downtown Hollister (per City Council of City of Hollister Resolution No. 2013-180). In 2006, the Department and SBtCOG entered into a cooperative agreement for the construction of the Route 25 City of Hollister bypass with the intention of transferring it to the Department through a future Transfer of Highway Location Commission action item. The agreement indicated that SBtCOG would design and construct the bypass in accordance with state highway standards, policies and practices.
The route transfer would consist of two actions: 1) the adoption of the newly constructed bypass facility as the new Route 25 and 2) the relinquishment of the existing Route 25 within the city of Hollister to the City. The bypass project construction was completed, and the roadway opened to travel in February 2009. The bypass was constructed as an urban arterial 2.63 miles long with five at-grade intersections. It begins at the intersection of Sunnyslope/Tres Pinos Roads and Airline Highway (Route 25) and extends north as a six-lane facility with signalized intersections at Sunnyslope/Tres Pinos Roads and East Park Street. North of East Park Street, the bypass continues as a four-lane facility with signalized intersections at Hillcrest Road, Meridian Street, and Santa Ana Road. North of Santa Ana Road, the four-lane facility turns westward to intersect with San Felipe Road and connect to the two-lane Bolsa Road (Route 25). The bypass provides an improved level of service and better serves regional traffic than the existing Route 25, which is located in a congested downtown and commercial area.
However, this facility presents a number of deficiencies that do not comply with Department standards. The Route Transfer Report (RTR) approved on April 2, 2012, identified these deficiencies and did not recommend the route transfer until corrective action was taken. The bypass non-standard features included deficiencies with the hydraulic-drainage systems (improper construction of drainage inlets, type of dike used, etc.), roadway geometrics (super-elevation rate is insufficient for the posted speed), storm water management (the project did not comply with the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Permit), roadway pavement (longitudinal cracks in the shoulder section and concrete dikes), soundwall (separation along the expansion joints), and signal loops (advance loops at the signals are at the wrong locations).
With the proposal from the Department to program a SHOPP project to address the deficiencies, the City agreed to accept relinquishment of the existing Route 25 within the city limits at no cost to the Department. The City pursued enabling legislation to allow the Commission to approve the relinquishment of Route 25 to the City. In June 2013, the Project Study Report (PSR) was approved to allow the Department to program the SHOPP project and address the deficiencies identified in the RTR. The estimated cost of the project is approximately $ 9,235,000, which includes construction and Right of Way costs escalated to the year of construction. The project is scheduled to begin construction in Fiscal Year 2017-18.
On October 3, 2013, the Governor approved Senate Bill 788, allowing the relinquishment to precede the bypass route adoption by amending Section 325 of the Streets and Highways Code. On January 29, 2014, the Commission approved relinquishment of a portion of Route 25 to the City. The relinquished alignment through downtown Hollister runs along Tres Pinos Road and San Benito Street, to the intersection of San Felipe Road and Bolsa Road (Route 25). The bypass benefits to the state include: a new facility with access control between intersections, no parking allowed, and a striped bike lane within the eight-foot wide shoulder. All bypass intersections are projected to be at Level of Service (LOS) C or better in 2025, with the exception of the intersection at San Felipe Road. It will be at LOS D, but improved from the existing condition of LOS F. In comparison, the relinquished Route 25 route serves local traffic at lower levels of service, allows parking, functions as a minor arterial with multiple access points between intersections, and does not provide for a bike lane. The expected ten-year bypass maintenance cost is comparable to the maintenance cost for the relinquished Route 25. The route adoption has the support of all local agencies. Resolutions requesting the Department to transfer Route 25 to the bypass have been passed by the City, the County of San Benito, and SBtCOG.
In June 2015, it was reported
that Hollister Mayor Ignacio Velazquez was fed up with the long-running
standstill regarding a planned Route 25 widening. He’s at the point where
he’s willing to consider a locally built alternative if Caltrans
doesn’t find a way to get the project moving soon. Velazquez suggested
that building a county road along the current highway route (with a truck ban),
from Hollister to the county line, might solve the problem. He hoped that local
government leaders could work with Caltrans to widen the two-lane commuter
highway, a primary gateway to and from Hollister where two Hollister men
recently died in vehicle accidents; but he was unsure whether the county could
count on Caltrans to provide the hundreds of millions of dollars needed to
accomplish the widening project, which has been discussed locally for more than
a decade due to safety issues and fatalities. The San Benito COG expressed some
optimism and said there had been “a lot of progress” on the
widening issue in the past six to eight months at the COG board level. Since
September the agency and its board have been taking steps needed to pursue an
amendment to a regional transportation plan to place Route 25 on a list of
constrained projects, viewed as a necessary precursor to receive significant
state funds for the road. The proposed plan to widen Route 25 to a four lanes
from the San Benito County line to Hollister would cost about $300 million.
Santa Clara County is responsible for the portion of the highway from the San
Benito County line to US 101 and its officials are examining possible solutions
for that section in their plans as well.
(Source: Free Lance, 6/23/2015)
In May/June 2019, it was reported that Caltrans
initiated construction on a roadway safety improvement project to correct the
super elevation and widen the existing shoulders along Route 25 from
Sunnyslope/Tres Pinos Rd. to San Felipe Road in Hollister. Caltrans notes that
the state-funded project will improve alignment consistency, traffic flow, and
safety. Improvements will include: constructing a curve correction, widening
shoulders, flattening and seeding embankment slopes, improving drainage
facilities, adding sidewalks and reconstructing curb ramps, and replacing
signal loop detectors. The project is expected to be complete in December 2019.
Specifically, the work between Santa Ana and Sunset Drive includes the
(Source: San Benito Live, 6/6/2019)
Northern End of Hollister to Gilroy/US 101
Gilroy to Hollister Highway (05-SBt-25, PM 51.5/60.1, 04-SCl-25, PM 0.0/2.6)
In August 2016, the CTC approved for future consideration of funding the following project for which a Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR) has been completed: Route 25 (05-SBt-25, PM 51.5/60.1, 04-SCl-25, PM 0.0/2.6) in San Benito and Santa Clara Counties that will select a corridor for Route 25 near the cities of Hollister and Gilroy. This project in San Benito and Santa Clara counties is for route adoption only, for portions of Route 25 near the cities of Hollister and Gilroy. The project is locally funded for the Project Approval and Environmental Document phase only for approximately $7,000,000.
In October 2016, the CTC approved a resolution to adopt a new corridor for Route 25, to enhance interregional system connectivity and regional traffic operations. This new corridor will run from US 101 to San Felipe Road, where it will connect with the Hollister Bypass approved in 2014. The existing Route 25 will become a frontage road. The route adoption map makes it appear that an intersection with Route 156 will be removed; if the new route is freeway, there could be an interchange there. A California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) - Environmental Impact Report (EIR), which serves as a planning document, was signed on June 6, 2016. The Project Report recommending the route adoption was approved on July 8, 2016. The approved Project Report scoped constructing Route 25 on a new alignment that will be near parallel to the existing Route 25 alignment. Nearly all of the existing Route 25 conventional highway alignment witihin the project limits will be relinquished upon construction of the four-lane expressway, thereby separating terminal access (farmland, business and residential) trips from interregional trips. Relinquishment of the existing Route 25 would not occur until the pavement is brought to a state of good repair. The Project Report recommending the controlled access highway route adoption was approved on July 8, 2016. The environmental document for the Route Adoption Study was approved at the August 2016 Commission meeting with Resolution E-16-60. Controlled access highway agreements will be executed with the City of Hollister, San Benito and Santa Clara Counties.
In July 2017, Mr. Roadshow noted that the sales tax
approved by Santa Clara County voters last year will pay for new ramps at the
Route 25-US 101 interchange, which some day will be the start of a four-lane
freeway on Route 25 to that would hook north near Route 152 or Route 156. The
current two lanes of Route 152 from US 101 to Casa de Fruta would likely remain
as a frontage road. The cost of this isn’t known, but it’s not
going to be cheap. However, the gas and car fee hikes approved by Gov. Brown
and the state Legislature this year include $500 million annually for congested
corridors and truck routes.
(Source: Mercury News, 7/2/2017)
Note: There is a major project to improve the Route 101/Route 25 corridor. See the detailed discussion with US 101.
In March 2019, it was reported that
instead of just adding two lanes to the existing Route 25 between Hollister and
Gilroy, state officials are proposing the construction of a new four-lane
expressway, using the current two-lane highway as a parallel frontage road.
Caltrans revealed in detailed maps in March 2019 they are proposing the
eventual replacement of 11.2 miles of the existing Route 25 two-lane highway
with a four-lane expressway in San Benito and Santa Clara counties. The project
would ease a big strain on the commuting route for the more then 12,000 San
Benito residents who commute daily on Route 25 to Santa Clara County. The Route
25 project is a shared responsibility between state and federal transportation
agencies and San Benito County. The $241 million cost will be shared with Santa
Clara County. Traffic impact fees charged to new construction will pay a
portion of the project cost, up to $88 million. The plan includes a future new
interchange at the Route 25 / Route 156 intersection, would require widening
Route 156 between just northwest of Hollister, and would involve the
construction of a new bridge over the Pajaro River. Caltrans is the lead agency
for this project under the California Environmental Quality Act. The Final
Environmental Impact Report (EIR), completed in June 2016 evaluated a proposed
route adoption and includes a route adoption study (a broad Tier I
environmental analysis), according to CalTrans.
(Source: SanBenito.Com 3/20/2019; Hollister to Gilroy State Route 25 Route Adoption, 05-SBt-25 (PM 51.5/60.1), 04-SCl-25 (PM 0.0/2.6),Final Environmental Impact Report, Volume I of II, June 2016)
According to the 2016 FEIR, both of the route adoption alternatives—Alternatives 1 and 2—are 11.2 miles long and share the same alignment from ˝ mile south of Shore Road in San Benito County to US 101 in Santa Clara County. Between ˝ mile south of Shore Road and the southern end of the proposed project at San Felipe Road, the two proposed route adoption alternatives separate. Alternative 1 proposes to align the future four-lane expressway generally to the east of the existing highway. Alternative 2 would be aligned mostly to the west of the existing two-lane highway. Both alignments would be wide enough to accommodate a future four-lane expressway. Alternative 1 would be 342 feet wide including the median, but not including the frontage roads on one or both sides. Alternative 2 would be 240 feet wide, including the median, but not including frontage roads. The alignments would also be wide enough to accommodate an interchange near the existing intersection of Route 25 and Route 156 and a replacement Route 25/US 101 interchange north of the existing interchange.
Both route adoption alternatives would accommodate the following in the future:
Alternative 1 would be 342 feet wide including the median, but not including the frontage roads on one or both sides. This alternative would provide Flynn Road with direct access to the expressway. The alignment of Alternative 1 would begin at San Felipe Road and follow the existing alignment of Route 25 to the northern intersection of Briggs Road and Route 25. The new alignment would remain east of the existing route from that point until just past Hudner Lane, where it would cross the existing Route 25. The new alignment would be west of the existing highway for only a short distance before crossing the highway again between Hudner Lane and Shore Road. From that point, the new alignment would stay east of the existing Route 25 until just past Carnadero Creek where it would realign with the existing Route 25 until reaching US 101.
Alternative 2 would be 240 feet wide, including the median, but not including frontage roads. With this alternative, Briggs Road would be extended westward to a T-intersection with the expressway. The median would widen to 86 feet at the unsignalized crossroads (Wright Road, a connector at Grant Line, and the new Bolsa Road intersection) to allow room for large trucks to stop in the middle of the expressway before turning left into the stream of traffic. The alignment of Alternative 2 would begin at San Felipe Road and run west of and parallel to the existing Route 25 before crossing the route south of Shore Road. From that point, the new alignment would be the same as for Alternative 1, remaining east of the existing Route 25 until just past Carnadero Creek where it would realign with the existing Route 25 until reaching US 101. For Alternative 2, some of the proposed frontage roads have been eliminated or reconfigured in response to public comments. In some locations, instead of new frontage roads, 40-foot-wide private access easements are planned to provide access to farm fields. Southeast of the Route 25/Route 156 intersection, the proposed west side frontage road was eliminated; instead, two private access easements are now proposed. A new west side frontage road would have a cul-de-sac south of Hudner Lane instead of extending to McConnell Road, and would run northwestward to a point approximately 1.7 miles south of Shore Road. The segment of the east side frontage road between the Grant Line and Shore Road is no longer proposed; a short private access easement would provide farm field access. North of Shore Road, the east side frontage road would be replaced by private access easements.
Note that the Final EIR selected the Alternative 2 as the preferred alternative for route adoption. In October 2016, Caltrans submitted documentation to the California Transportation Commission for the route adoption of the preferred route adoption alignment, which was subsequently approved.
Safety Improvements (~ SBT R52.33 to SCL 2.413)
There have been a number of changes made to this route to improve safety. In 2000, a dozen people were killed on the flat, two-lane 11-mile stretch between Gilroy and Hollister. By 2003, Caltrans had installed a four-foot median rumble strip flanked by double yellow stripes; widened the shoulders with more rumble strips placed there; banned passing; and set the speed limit at 55 mph. This has made it safer: 97 people on the stretch from 2000 to 2002, 56 have been injured from 2003 to 2006. Crashes have fallen 39%.
The SAFETEA-LU act, enacted in August 2005 as the reauthorization of TEA-21, provided the following expenditures on or near this route:
In 2010, work continued on making Route 25 safer. The first phase of construction included work on the western side of Route 25 and the project area. The primary work that was completed includes paving the western roadway shoulders and construction of private driveway access roads. The second phase of construction included work on the eastern side of Route 25. Phase II work included excavation, grading, and shoulder widening. The net goal is driveway consolidation.
Route 25 / Route 156 Roundabout (~ SBT 54.035)
In August 2018, it was
reported that Caltrans plans to build a roundabout at the intersection of Route
25 and Route 156, scheduled for completion in August 2021. It will eventually
get replaced by an interchange when the Route 25 expansion project moves
forward at an undetermined time. The roundabout project with a $7.7 million
construction cost, to go with $3 million in “support costs”, will
be funded by the state as a safety improvement project through the State
Highway Operations and Protection Program, or SHOPP. The project remains in
initial planning stages. There is “concept layout” and it is
heading into the design and then construction phases, said roundabout Project
Manager Brandy Rider. Plans presented to the local COG board in recent months
show Caltrans will be ready to list the roundabout project for bidding in late
August 2020, and it is set for a target end construction date at the end of
October 2021. The roundabout is separate, however, from the Route 25 expansion.
The timing and financing of that will depend on whether San Benito County
taxpayers approve a 30-year, 1 percent sales tax on the November ballot. Under
long-term Route 25 expansion plans, the roundabout would be replaced by an
interchange. That replacement would happen many years down the road, and Rider
said it could be 15 years or so until such a change might occur. While Caltrans
is paying for the roundabout, the state has made it clear local taxpayers would
have to cover the majority of the expansion funding, which would come from the
ballot measure if approved. The nearly $300 million expansion would result in a
four-lane, 11.2-mile commuter highway from Hollister to Santa Clara County.
(Source: San Benito Live, 8/15/2018)
In August 2018, the CTC amended the SHOPP to add
the following project: 05-SBt-25 54.0 PPNO 2746, Project 0517000185, EA 1J480.
Route 25 Near Hollister, at the intersection of Route 25 and Route 156. Improve
safety by constructing a roundabout. Est. cost: $10,628,000. Est. construction
(Source: August 2018 CTC Agenda Item 2.1a.(1))
In June 2019, it was reported that Caltrans
District 5 will hold a public information meeting/open house about a proposed
safety roundabout project for the intersection of Route 25 and Route 156.
(Source: BenitoLink, 6/20/2019)
[SHC 263.3] Entire portion.
Portions of the route through Hollister are signed as Business Route 25.
This route is part of the De Anza National Historic Trail.
Overall statistics for Route 25:
The route that would become LRN 25 was first defined in the 1909 First Bond Act as running from Nevada City to Downieville. In 1933, it received two extensions: [LRN 37] near Colfax to [LRN 17] near Grass Valley, and [LRN 25] at Downieville to Blairsden-Truckee Road near Sattley. In 1935, it was codified into the state highway code as:
The portion from Nevada City to Downieville was considered a primary route. This definition remained unchanged until the great renumbering in 1963.
Signage on the route was as follows:
This signage of this segment pre-1964 is unclear, but it is currently signed as Route 174.
From Route 99 in Stockton to Route 12 at Valley Springs.
In 1963, this segment was defined as two segments: “(a) Route 4 to Route 99 near Stockton” and “(b) Route 99 near Stockton to Route 12”. In 1994, Chapter 1220 deleted segment (a), and changed this segment to be “Route 99 in Stockton to Route 12 at Valley Springs."
What happened in 1994 is that a portion of Charter Way west of Route 99 was designated as Route 26 (up to where Mariposa Road meets up with Charter Way). Charter Way west of that point is now signed as Business Route 99 and was US 99/Route 4, with Mariposa Road southwest to Farmington Road also a part of US 99/Route 4).
This segment was signed as Route 8 before the 1964 renumbering, and was LRN 5, defined in 1933. Information on the original routing signed as Route 26 may be found below. Some additional history may be found in Tom Fearer's blog entry: California State Route 26.
In September 2011 and October 2011, the CTC approved vacation of right of way in the county of San Joaquin along Route 26 at 0.4 mile north of North Escalon Bellota Road (near 26 SJ R15.46), consisting of superseded highway right of way no longer needed for State highway purposes. The County of San Joaquin was given a 90-day notice of intent to vacate, without protesting such action.
In April 2012, the CTC approved for future consideration of funding a project in San Joaquin County near the town of Linden that will realign two existing curves and replace the Sandstone Creek Bridge (26 SJ 18.78) with a triple box culvert. The project is programmed in the 2012 State Highway Operation and Protection Program (SHOPP). The total estimated project cost is $6,049,000 for capital and support. Construction is estimated to begin in Fiscal Year 2012-13. The scope, as described for the preferred alternative, is consistent with the project scope programmed by the Commission in the 2012 SHOPP.
In June 2007, the CTC considered a project in San Joaquin and Calaveras Counties that would make roadway improvements near Linden from Wimer Road/Ospital Road (26 SJ 20.316) to Savage Way (26 CAL 3.068). This project is fully funded in the 2006 State Highway Operation and Protection Program (SHOPP). The total estimated project cost is $21,008,000. Construction is estimated to begin in FY 2008-09. The project will involve construction activities in the environmentally sensitive habitat of the California tiger salamander and the Western spadefoot toad. Three archaeological sites that are eligible for the National Register of Historic Places are located within the project area. In addition, farmland and relocation issues resulted in a Mitigated Negative Declaration being completed for this project.
In December 2017, it was reported that Caltrans would be funding the Valley
Springs Complete Streets Capital Infrastructure Plan & Project
Prioritization. The Plan provides the community level planning needed to
develop conceptual complete streets transportation improvements that build upon
operational investments on Route 26 and the Route 12/Route 26 intersection
(approx. 26 CAL 10.228), incorporates community aesthetic, and provides safe
travel options for residents and students to schools and community centers. The
project is a collaborative partnership of the School, Caltrans, CHP, and
Calaveras Council of Governments, Calaveras County, and community.
(Source: My Mother Lode.Com, 12/9/2017)
[SHC 253.3] Entire portion (Stockton to Valley Springs). Added to the Freeway and Expressway system in 1965.
From Route 12 to Route 88 near Pioneer Station via Mokelumne Hill and West Point.
In 1963, this segment was first defined (by Chapter 385) as "Route 12 to Route 49 near Mokelumne Hill.". Before the year was out the routing was extended by Chapter 2155 to be "to West Point via Mokelumne Hill." In 1984, it was extended by Chapter 409 to terminate at "Route 88 near Pioneer Station via Mokelumne Hill and West Point" by a transfer of a segment from Route 104.
The remainder of this segment of Route 26 was originally Route 104. Route 104 was defined in 1970; the segment was transferred to Route 26 in 1986.
Some additional history may be found in Tom Fearer's blog entry: California State Route 26.
The segment between the
community of Mokelumne Hill (approx 26 CAL 18.045) and West Point (approx 26
CAL 34.474) is named the "Stephen P. Teale Highway". It was named in
memory of State Senator Stephen P. Teale, who was born in June 1916, in San
Francisco and moved to the community of West Point in Calaveras County in 1945,
where he lived until his death in 1997. Teale chose to become a physician and
surgeon in 1932, graduating from the California College of Osteopathic
Physicians and Surgeons in 1943, and he served two years of internship and
residency at Los Angeles County General Hospital. A few years after "Doc" Teale
settled in the foothills, he established his medical practice in Calaveras
County and quickly became a legendary figure, having won the respect and
loyalty of the citizens of Calaveras County and the Mother Lode Country. In
1948, the people of Calaveras County elected him to the county board of
supervisors, where he served for five years, having been re-elected in 1952. In
a special election in 1953, "Doc" Teale was overwhelmingly elected to the State
Senate representing Calaveras, Mariposa, and Tuolumne Counties, and, until his
retirement in 1972, served there with distinction, being recognized as one of
the Legislature's most influential and effective members. "Doc" Teale was also
remarkable for his continued interest in technology and, in recognition of his
efforts to establish computer technology in the Legislature, the Senate named
the state's computer center the "Stephen P. Teale Data Center". That name
lasted until 2005, when the Stephen P. Teale Data Center, Health and Human
Services Agency Data Center and the Department of General Services Office of
Network Services were consolidated to form a new agency: The Department of
Technology Services (DTS). As part of the new agency, Teale Data Center became
the Gold Camp Campus. Teale (as Chair of the Senate Reapportionment Committee)
and Don A. Allen Sr. (as Chair of the Assembly Elections and Reapportionment
Committee) were the two legislators responsible for the 1966 Senate
reapportionment following the Reynolds v. Sims court decision. Between 1974 and
1993, he served as a Member, California Post Secondary Education Commission.
Named by Senate Concurrant Resolution 43, Chapter 106, in 1997.
(Image source: Center for Sacramento History)
Bridge 30-0052 (26 CAL
R033.65), crossing the Middle Fork of the Mokelumne River, near West Point, is
named the "Tom Taylor Bridge". Tom Taylor, a lifetime resident of
Calaveras County, served as a County Supervisor and was instrumental in
securing funding for the construction of the bridge that bears his name. A
third generation resident of Calaveras County, Taylor was born Nov. 25, 1919,
to Maurice and Ruby Ames Taylor in Rail Road Flat, where he lived most of his
life. He was married for more than 60 years to his childhood schoolmate Mary
McPherson Taylor. Taylor attended Rail Road Flat School and graduated from
Calaveras High School. He attended College of the Pacific before serving with
the Naval Construction Battalion (SeaBees) during World War II, when he was
stationed in Okinawa, Dutch Harbor, Alaska, and Port Hueneme, Calif. He
operated Taylor Logging Company and was a logging contractor throughout the
Mother Lode area and Lassen County until he retired in 1975. He also was a land
developer in Calaveras County. In 1980, Taylor was elected county supervisor
for District 2 n the position his uncle Tom Taylor had held in the 1920s and
was sworn into office on Jan. 5, 1981. He served 16 years on the board of
supervisors, and retired in 1996. Several projects were begun or completed
during his time on the board, including the Rock Creek Solid Waste Landfill
near Milton, a new bridge for Route 26 over the Middle Fork of the Mokelumne
River near West Point and a new bridge on Rail Road Flat Road over the South
Fork of the Mokelumne. He was instrumental in securing funding for construction
of the new Middle Fork bridge. He and his wife donated to the community the use
of the property which became known as Taylor Park in Rail Road Flat. He lived
in Sonora from 1962 to 1969, and at the time of his death, had lived in San
Andreas for five years. It was named by Assembly Concurrent Resolution 105,
Chapter 107 in 1998.
(Bio information: Calavas Enterprise obit; Image source: Bridge of the Week)
Overall statistics for Route 26:
In 1934, Route 26 was signed along the route from Route 3 (US 101A, later Route 1) near Seal Beach to US 101 near Santa Ana along Bolsa Avenue. This was LRN 183, defined in 1933, and deleted by 1951. The Route 26 signage appears to have been dropped before the printing of the 1938 state highway map.
By the time the 1938 state highway map was printed, LRN 173 (defined in
1933), the route originally signed as Route 6 was resigned as Route 26. The
original signed Route 6 ran from Santa Monica to Jct. Route 39 in Fullerton
along roughly Olympic and Whittier. In Los Angeles, it ran between US101A
(Lincoln Blvd) and US101 along 10th Street, later renamed Olympic Blvd (in
1939, the route ran along Pico between Lincoln and Robertson). Evidently, the
original plan was to call this Route 6, but that went away when US 6 was
assigned to a different route. It used the McClure Tunnel now used for I-10.
Olympic Boulevard was built (widened and realigned) in two stages. By 1938,
major improvements were completed. The jog at Figueroa Street was eliminated.
Near Alvarado Street, Hoover Street and Arlington Avenue, Olympic Boulevard was
realigned away from 10th Street to provide continuity. Westerly of Lucerne
Boulevard, Country Club Drive was renamed Olympic Boulevard, widened throughout
and extended through the 20th Century Fox movie studio property. Further
improvements were disrupted by World War II. In 1948, the final links of
Olympic Boulevard were constructed between Crenshaw Boulevard and Lucerne
Boulevard and between Centinela Avenue and Lincoln Boulevard. The latter
project was built as a landscaped divided parkway with no driveways through the
City of Santa Monica. Before the construction of the freeway in downtown LA,
the route continued along Olympic Blvd and 9th St. to Atlantic Blvd (Route 15;
LRN 167). A 1942
map shows that Route 26 was cosigned with Bypass US 101 from approximately
the Olympic/Telegraph junction to Route 19. A 1948 map shows the route running
along Olympic, 9th St, Anaheim, Telegraph, Los Nietos, Whittier Road, La Mirada
Road, and La Habra Road, terminating at the intersection of Manchester Blvd
(then Bypass US 101) and La Habra Road in Buena Park. It was later replaced by
I-10, the Santa Monica Freeway, but early plans show this as the
Olympic Freeway. The signage for Route 26 may have been down by
[Some historical information on 10th St/Olympic Blvd was derived from "Transportation Topics and Tales: Milestones in Transportation History in Southern California" by John E. Fisher, P.E. PTOE, available at http://ladot.lacity.org/pdf/PDF100.pdf]
The route that was to become LRN 26 was first defined in the 1916 Second Bond Issue, together with LRN 27. The wording was "an extension of the San Bernardino county state highway lateral to the Arizona State Line near the town of Yuma, Arizona, via the cities of Brawley and El Centro in Imperial County by the most direct and practical route...". Given that the "San Bernardino county state highway lateral" was LRN 9 (from LRN 4 (US 99) in San Fernando to San Bernardino, this means that LRN 26 initially started near former US 66 in San Bernardino. The 1944 map to the right shows the spur of LRN 26 into San Bernardino along E Street. From there, the route continued to Colton, then to Indio, down along the south shore of the Salton Sea to Heber and Brawley, where it met LRN 27 in El Centro. LRN 27 (US 80, later I-8) then continued easterly from El Centro to Yuma Arizona.
It was extended again on both ends in 1931. On the northwestern end, there was a significant extension west of Colton, adding a segment that ran from [LRN 26] near Colton via Pomona to Los Angeles. Specifically, segment (i) of Chapter 82 defined it as "[LRN 26] near Colton via Pomona to Los Angeles". The April 1931 also discussed the proposal for the route, which referred to it as "a highway from Los Angeles to a connection with [LRN 26] E of Colton". The confusing part here is that the extension did not start in Los Angeles; rather, it started from the eastern border of Los Angeles (roughly the LA River, just E of Eastern Avenue), near Ramona and Garvey. The routing utilized Garvey (much of which was later subsumed by I-10) and Holt Avenue. The rationale for the extension was to provide a mid-point route between LRN 9 (US 66) to the north, and the eventual US 60 routing to the south.
The 1931 act also extended the route on the southeastern end, extending it from El Centro and the junction with LRN 27 (US 80) to the border at Calexico. The extension's norther end was near the junction of LRN 12 (US 80 - El Centro to San Diego), LRN 27 (El Centro to Yuma), and LRN 26 (El Centro to Los Angeles) in the center of the intensely cultivated irrigation district of the Imperial Valley. The southern terminus was the only important entrance to California from Mexico E of the Pacific Coast.
In 1933, the route was extended from "Los Angeles (Aliso Street) to [LRN 26] near Monterey Park via Ramona Blvd", which completed LRN 26 into downtown Los Angeles. This was the eventual Ramona Expressway that became the San Bernardino Freeway (I-10).
By 1935, LRN 26 was codified into the highway code as:
It was primary state highway from San Bernardino to El Centro.
In 1959, Chapter 1841 deleted the connection from Colton to San Bernardino from the route (which ran along E street). Chapter 1062 earlier that year had added LRN 275, which was a routing from LRN 26 to LRN 190 (Route 30), so the connection was effectively transferred from LRN 26 to LRN 275.
In 1961, Chapter 1146 relaxed the description of segment (a) to eliminate a
specific routing (and thus permitting the Interstate routing): "Los Angeles
(Aliso Street) to Calexico via Ramona
Boulevard, Monterey Park, Pomona, Colton, Brawley, and El Centro."
Signage along this route was as follows:
From LRN 2 in Los Angeles to Calexico via the vicinity of Montery Park, Pomona, Colton, Brawley, and El Centro. This segment was the eventual route of the San Bernardino Freeway (and ran along Ramona Blvd and Garvey Blvd before freeway construction). It was cosigned as US 99/US 60/US 70 from its junction with US 101 (LRN 2) in downtown LA (the present I-5/I-10 east junction) to the junction with CA 71 (LRN 77) near Pomona.
The connection into San Bernardino from Colton, which was part of this route until 1959, was signed as Route 18.
From Indio, LRN 26 diverged from US 60/US 70, and continued S along the present-day Route 86 to Brawley, and then to El Centro. It continued through El Centro to cross US 80 (LRN 12) to Route 111 (LRN 201) near Heber. This was signed as US 99.
In 1965, Chapter 2007 simplified the wording of the origin: "Route 1 near
north of the intersection of Sunset Boulevard and Route
1...". In 1981, Chapter 292 simplified the wording of the terminus:
"Route 118 at or near Chatsworth".
Topanga Canyon originally terminated at Santa Susana Pass Road (in fact, it was known as Santa Susana Road N of Devonshire). The extension N of Devonshire St. from just S of the SP Railroad "S" curve to the new freeway was completed in 1966; this extension climbs an 8% grade to an elevation of 1,232'. Topanga Canyon Blvd was rerouted sometime in the 1960s between Plummer and Marilla Street. The original routing was along what is now Topanga Canyon Place, and went first W of the current route, crossed the current route, and then looped E and back to the current route shortly N of Marilla Street. This was to avoid a hill that was later taken down. However, the Plummer to Topanga intersection was constructed in the 1980s or 1990s.
There also appears to be rerouting between Roscoe and Nordhoff, as well as slightly around Oxnard. The original terminus was Devonshire Street, where it met Route 118 and continued N and then W as Santa Susana Ave.
There is an "Old Topanga Canyon Road" that splits off Topanga Canyon Road in the community of Topanga, and continues on a more westerly and winding route, meeting Mullholland Drive near Valley Circle. This does not appear to have ever been a part of Route 27 or LRN 156.
In April 2013, it was reported that the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has asked the state to designate the portion from Route 1 to the Ventura County line as a state scenic highway (essentially, the entire route).
In August 2016, the CTC approved $31,477,000 for Los Angeles 07-LA-118 R0.0/R14.4 Route 118 in the city and county of Los Angeles, from Ventura County line to Route 210; also on Route 27 (Topanga Canyon Boulevard) from Devonshire Street to Route 118. Outcome/Output: Rehabilitate 65.0 lane miles of roadway to extend pavement surface life and improve ride quality. Replace approach slabs and upgrade curb ramps to meet current ADA standards.
[SHC 263.3] From Route 1 to Mulholland Drive.
In June 2017, it was reported that Topanga Canyon Blvd
had received a state scenic highway designation: "Topanga Canyon State Scenic
Highway, a 2.5 mile (although another article says 3.5 mi) segment of Route 27,
runs through the county and city of Los Angeles in the Santa Monica Mountains
National Recreation Area near the Pacific coast." The LA Times clarified that
the designation is from Mile 1 to Mile 3.5 (near Old Topanga Blvd), putting it
within the SHC 263.3 designation. The new scenic highway runs parallel to
Topanga Creek, with views of massive rock formations, valleys, mountains, and a
diversity of plants and animals. California’s scenic state highway
program was implemented in 1963 in order to “add to the pleasure of state
residents,” and “encourage the growth of recreation and tourist
industries.” Designated scenic highways, along with adjacent scenic
corridors, require special conservation treatment. Scenic corridors consist of
land that can be seen from the scenic highway and is next to the highway, even
if it is outside the highway right-of-way. The legislation lets the state
assign responsibility for the regulation of land use and development along
scenic highways to the appropriate state, local and county agencies. “The
city or county must also adopt ordinances, zoning and/or planning policies to
preserve the scenic quality of the corridor or document such regulations that
already exist in various portions of local codes,” Caltrans specifies.
According to Westways magazine, this was the first LA County road to receive
the state scenic highway designation in 45 years. It was reported as the
culmination of a five-year effort by Topanga Chamber of Commerce members Joseph
Rosendo and Roger Pugliese, along with the Topanga Association for a Scenic
Community working with county and city officials to develop a scenic corridor
protection program. The new Topanga Canyon State Scenic Highway travels through
a portion of Topanga State Park, which features 36 miles of trails through open
grassland and live oaks, and spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean,” it
said. “The park is one of the world’s largest wildlands within the
boundaries of a major city.”
(Source: OneTopanga, 6/17/2017; LA Times, June 2017; Caltrans; Malibu Times, 10/20/2017)
This route is Topanga Canyon Blvd.. Topanga is an Indian name referring to "above place" or even sky or heaven. It may refer to Indian village site located above Topanga Creek.
Overall statistics for Route 27:
The route that was to become LRN 27 was first defined in the 1916 Second Bond Issue as part of the "extension of the San Bernardino county state highway lateral to the Arizona State Line near the town of Yuma, Arizona, via the cities of Brawley and El Centro in Imperial County by the most direct and practical route...". LRN 26 took the portion from the San Bernardino County lateral (LRN 9) down through Brawley and El Centro. LRN 27 then continued E-ly from El Centro to Yuma Arizona. (LRN 26 continued S to Calexico as part of LRN 26's 1931 extension)
In 1935, LRN 27 was codified into the highway code as running from El Centro to Yuma, and was all primary state highway. The definition remained unchanged until 1963 and the great renumbing. This route was signed as US 80, and is present-day I-8.
From Route 89 at Tahoe City along the northern boundary of Lake Tahoe to the Nevada state line at Crystal Bay.
The current definition of Route 28 is unchanged from the 1963 definition.
The present-day routing of Route 28 is not the original routing. In 1934, Route 28 was signed along the route from Jct. Route 1 near Albion to Jct. US 40 near Davis, vis Sage Canyon. This corresponded to the following routes:
In 1952, the original routing for Route 28 was renumbered as Route 128.
The present routing was LRN 39 (defined in 1915), and has been signed as Route 28 since 1952. Prior to 1952, the route was unsigned. The Route 28 designation permitted the route along the north shore of Lake Tahoe between Tahoe City and the California-Nevada boundary to join Nevada Sign Route 28 at the state line.
This route continues into Nevada as Nevada 28.
Kings Beach Commerical Core Project (~ PLA 9.366 to PLA 10.215)
In 2007, the CTC did not recommend using the Corridor Mobility Improvement Account to fund the Kings Beach commercial core.
In June 2012, the CTC approved for future consideration of funding the Kings Beach Commercial Core Improvement Project (project) in Placer County, which will include roadway improvements to Route 28 to accommodate anticipated future transit and pedestrian needs which will include installing sidewalks; constructing curbs, gutters, storm drains, and water quality facilities at specific locations; streetscaping; designating specific road sites as on-street parking; and construction of new, off-street parking lots at specific locations within the action area in Placer County.
[SHC 253.1] Entire route. Added to the Freeway and Expressway system in 1959.
[SHC 263.1] Entire route.
[SHC 164.11] Entire route.
Overall statistics for Route 28:
The route that would become LRN 28 was first defined in the 1909 First Bond Act as running from Redding to Alturas. It was also part of the "Lassen State Highway" established in 1911 by Chapter 498 as follows:
"That certain highway known as the county road and beginning on the boundary line between Shasta and Lassen Counties in the NE corner of T37N R6E and running and extending through T38N R6E, T38N R7E, T38N R8E, to the Modoc County Line...shall be designated and known as the Lassen State Highway"
It was seemingly extended in 1915 when Chapter 765 authorized the survey, location, and construction of a route "from Surprise valley, in Modoc county, to the Nevada state line." However, this authorization was rescinded in the 1935 act that created the state highway code.
In 1921, it was more directly extended with Chapter 888, which provided an appropriation “...for the survey, plans and estimates and for the construction of the highway from the town of Alturas in Modoc county to the Nevada-California state line by the most direct and practical route via Cedarville in connecting with the proposed Nevada state highway...”
By 1935, the route had been codified into the highway code as running "from Redding to the Nevada line via Alturas and Cedarville". It was primary state highway from Redding to Alturus. The 1935 definition remained unchanged until the great renumbering in 1963. The entire route was signed as US 299 between Redding and US 395. The signate E of US 395 to the Nevada border before 1964 was unclear.
In 1963, Route 29 was defined as “from Route 80 near the Carquinez Bridge to Route 20 near Upper Lake via the vicinity of Napa, via Calistoga, via Lower Lake, passing south of Kelseyville and via Lakeport.” In 1965, Chapter 1371 reworded the origin of the route to be "near Vallejo" instead of the Carquinez Bridge.
In the 1980s, the Napa River Bridge and the new freeway bypassed the segment of Route 29 near Napa from Route 29 near Soscol Road to Route 121 at Imola Avenue. The bypassed segments were transferred to Route 121 and Route 221, changing their definitions (Chapter 409, 1984), but no change was necessary in Route 29's definition.
Route 29 between Lakeport and Kelseyville was given an adopted freeway routing, which is now an expressway. The old route is now Soda Bay Road (Route 281), Big Valley Road to Kelsey Creek, Finley Road south to the Kelseyville city limit, and Main Street back to Route 29.
In 1909, the first bond act funded LRN 8, which included the portion of eventual Route 29 from 4 mi S of Napa (the present Route 12/Route 29 junction) to Napa (present-day Route 121). The future Route 29 was extended again in 1931, when the routing from LRN 8 (now Route 12) near Cordelia (which is 4 mi S of Napa) via American Canyon to LRN 14 (US 40, now I-80) was added to the state highway system. This later portion became part of LRN 74. The situation in 1931 was that traffic between the Sacramento Valley and the bay cities could not find the direct and most advantageous passage from LRN 8 to LRN 14 over connected state highways. LRN 7 (roughly today's I-580) was available via the Martinez Ferry, but a better road and bridge facility implied almost exclusive use of a county highway from the Napa Wye to the Carquinez Straits. It was felt that a state route should be established to service the through traffic which was forced onto county roads. The route proposed for LRN 74 was a favorable route from Cordelia south to LRN 14 by way of American Canyon. This route was 5 miles shorter than the route using the Napa Wye and 9 miles shorter than the routing through Martinez. The new route avoided the disadvantageous passage over steep intersecting streets in Vallejo. It was considered appropriate to add it to the state highway system as it would serve a very large volume of state traffic now carried over a county highway.
In 1931, the portion between Route 12 and I-80 was at one time signed as (temp) US 40. In 1934, Route 29 was signed along this route from Vallejo to Upper Lake, via Calistoga and Lakeport. The portion between I-80 near Vallejo to Curtola Parkway in Vallejo was defined in 1937, the remainder to 4 mi S of Napa in 1931.
From 4 mi S of Napa (present-day Route 12) to Napa (present-day Route 121), Route 29 was LRN 8. Portions of this were cosigned with Route 12; the cosigned portion is now present-day Route 221 (signed as Route 121). The small portion between Route 221 and Route 121 in Napa was not part of the highway system until 1984 when the Napa River Bridge and a freeway bypass were constructed.
Between Route 121 in Napa and Middletown, near Lower Lake, Route 29 was LRN 49. The portion between Napa and Calistoga was defined in 1993, from Calistoga to Middletown was defined in 1919. Before 1964, Route 29 ran from Middletown to Lower Lake through Whispering Pine and Cobb (present-day Route 175); this was LRN 89, defined in 1933. It rejoined the present-day Route 29 5 mi SE of Kelseyville.
The present-day Route 29 runs along what was Route 53 (LRN 49, defined in 1919) between Middletown and Lower Lake. The route continued as Route 29 (but was LRN 243, defined in 1959) between Lower Lake and the present-day Route 175 5 mi SE of Kelseyville. The Route 53 segment was renumbered as Route 29 in 1964.
Vallejo to Yountville, through the City of Napa
On the north end of Vallejo, Route 29 meets Route 37 (04-SOL-29, PM 4.869), which is a stub freeway from I-80 east to this intersection. Caltrans is building a freeway interchange here, where Route 37 will fly over Route 29.
In May 2011, the Napa County Board of Supervisors requested that Caltrans perform a corridor study on Route 29 between Route 37 in Vallejo and Napa Junction Road north of American Canyon (~ SOL 5.034 to NAP R2.053). The study would look for both long- and short-term solutions to the traffic problems on Route 29, a main thoroughfare clogged with morning and evening rush-hour traffic.
Highway 29 Gateway Corridor Improvement / American Canyon (~ NAP 0.685 to NAP 10.333)
In August 2011, it was reported that the CTC awarded $300,000 to the county’s transportation planners to study the Route 29, focussing on Route 29's southern segment from American Canyon (NAP 0.685) to the city of Napa (approx NAP 10.333). In 2010, the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) awarded the American Canyon $540,000 for planning development along the Route 29 corridor.
In March 2013, it was reported that the first results from the first “visioning” phase of a Caltrans-funded Highway 29 Gateway Corridor Improvement Plan study were released. The study focuses on a 13-mile stretch of the state-owned road from the Solano County line north to Trancas Street in Napa (NAP 13.051), an often congested thoroughfare during morning and evening rush hours. The report recommended a multi-faceted road into the renowned Napa Valley that encourages walking, bicycling and public transit while providing access for local residences and businesses and smooth, uncongested traffic-flow for commuters. The goal of the study is to come to a consensus on ways to improve mobility and decrease congestion, while remaining sensitive to adjacent land uses and following the state’s “complete streets” guidelines.
In March 2017, it was reported that Napa County
transportation leaders are weighing whether adding Route 29 lanes in the south
county is a congestion-easing solution or an expensive way of running in place.
The NVTA in 2014 approved a $349 million vision for Route 29 in American Canyon
and Napa. Among other things, this plan calls for someday widening the highway
through American Canyon to the Route 12/Jameson Canyon entrance from four lanes
to six lanes, if the money can be found. NVTA Executive Director Kate Miller
broached the topic of rethinking that vision and sticking with today’s
four lanes, two going each direction. The lane-widening portion of the Route 29
plan could cost more than $80 million, not counting right-of-way purchases.
Miller said the Metropolitan Transportation Commission has restrictions on
funding road expansions. Plus, a new state environmental law requires taking a
look at how road expansion projects would increase vehicle miles traveled. With
all of these factors, she doesn’t foresee federal and state money flowing
to Napa County for the widening project. Miller also talked about self-driving
vehicles that can communicate with each other easing traffic congestion. These
vehicles will virtually eliminate the 25 percent of delays caused by accidents
and braking/acceleration decisions, she said. They will increase opportunities
for sharing vehicles. Another project in the 2014 Route 29 plan is to build an
interchange at the signalized, Route 12 entrance to Jameson Canyon leading to
Fairfield. But Miller said the $80 million design proposed by the state
Department of Transportation would only marginally ease the bad congestion at
this chokepoint. Transportation leaders need to rethink this project, she said.
The signal at Route 29 and Route 221 intersection is another chokepoint. The
NVTA for years has planned to build a $50 million flyover there, with
environmental studies well underway. A new, and possibly cheaper, version of
the project calls for ditching the flyover. Instead, Route 29 would cross over
Route 221/Soscol Ferry Road. Two roundabouts, one on each side of the overpass,
would route Route 221 and Soscol Ferry Road vehicles to their desired
destinations. The northernmost Route 29 chokepoint addressed in the 2014 vision
is the signalized, three-way Route 121 intersection, where Route 121 goes west
to Sonoma County. The NVTA has a $500,000 reconfiguration plan that would leave
traffic in Route 29 northbound lanes always flowing.
(Source: Napa Valley Register, 3/16/2017)
In June 2017, it was reported that — for the
second — a construction project in American Canyon has encountered delays
or higher costs because contractors were too busy with other work to bid. In
early June 2017, Public Works Director Jason Holley asked the City Council for
permission to reject bids for a project expanding the eastern portion of the
Route 29 and Napa Junction Road intersection. Holley’s reason for the
request: only one company submitted a bid. Ghilotti Brothers, Inc. said they
could do the work — adding turn lanes and widening curbs — for
$1.43 million. The Public Works Department felt the estimate was a little high,
citing an engineer’s calculation that pegged the construction cost at
(Source: Napa Valley Register, 6/4/2017)
In October 2018, there was an
update on American Canyon. Relief will not be immediate, according to a panel
on the congestion, and near-term answers will be modest, such as installing new
technology to adjust traffic signals at highway intersections during peak
commutes. Longer term and bigger projects — like extending Newell Drive
and Devlin Road — will take years to bring about and require more
development in American Canyon in order to help pay for these
multi-million-dollar efforts. The objective is to create “capacity and
flexibility” as part of a new network of roads, including those
paralleling Route 29. Two segments must be built — one by the city and
the other by Napa County, totaling $14 million in costs — to make Devlin
an alternative route west of the highway for cars and particularly commercial
trucks to utilize. A fully connected Devlin could be available within three
years, giving motorists another way of traveling between American Canyon and
Napa. Another parallel road east of Route 29 is also planned with the northward
extension of Newell Drive so it will connect either with the highway or South
Kelly Road. However, that segment will take money and years before it is fully
built out. The city alone can’t afford to build the extension and is
relying on developers to pay large portions of the cost. The developers behind
Watson Ranch have agreed to extend Newell to the northern boundary of the
project. But more construction will still be necessary to connect Newell to the
highway or South Kelly Road. Another developer, currently unnamed, has agreed
to help pay for the final extension as part of new development being discussed
for northeastern American Canyon. Once Newell and Devlin are fully completed,
motorists will have two ways to bypass the highway through American Canyon,
which should reduce traffic congestion. The city also wants Route 29 through
most of town expanded to six lanes. But that costly project is largely up to
Caltrans because it controls the highway. Caltrans, for its part, is working
with the city to install new equipment that will allow the agency to monitor
traffic on the highway and adjust the timing of traffic signals when things get
clogged in American Canyon.
(Source: American Canyon Eagle, 10/17/2018)
In December 2018, the CTC was presented with an
information item regarding the Devlin Road extension, where the Napa Valley
Transportation Authority (NVTA) and the City of American Canyon, in concurrence
with Metropolitan Transportation Commission, proposed to amend the STIP to
program an AB 3090 cash reimbursement project (PPNO 2130S) to use local funds
for the construction of Devlin Road and Vine Trail Extension Class I Path,
(PPNO 2130D) in Napa County, with reimbursement to be scheduled over a three
year period beginning in FY 20-21. They indicated that this project is integral
to improving the transportation network on Route 29, especially for truck
traffic; Devlin Road is a local collector road which parallels the heavily
congested Route 29. The project will extend Devlin Road by constructing two new
travel lanes, a new median, and improve existing drainage. The project also
includes an extension of the Vine Trail, a Class I bike facility which will
eliminate conflicts between truck and auto traffic in the corridor and improve
the safety of bicyclist and pedestrians. When completed, the project will
improve traffic circulation within the southern portion of Route 29 in the
county of Napa and the city of American Canyon. The project was originally
programmed for construction in the 2014 STIP for delivery in 2017-18. However,
construction funding was deleted in the 2016 STIP due to funding constraints.
This project is currently programmed in the 2018 STIP with Construction funding
in 2020-21. Design is complete and the project is ready to proceed.
(Source: December 2018 CTC Minutes, Agenda Item 2.1b(1))
In January 2018, it was reported that American
Canyon was preparing to build the Devlin Road extension. Someday, the road is
to extend 3.5 miles from Green Island Road in American Canyon to Soscol Ferry
Road near Route 29 at the Butler Bridge. Two key sections are missing. American
Canyon is preparing to build the half-mile, southern terminus from Green Island
Road to Middleton Way, complete with a roundabout. That will connect the
city’s Green Island Road Industrial area with the county’s airport
industrial area. The City Council on Jan. 15, 2019 approved the project’s
environmental study. The wait is on to bring out the bulldozers and get to work
on what’s expected to be about a nine-month project -- hopefully by
Summer 2019. That will depend in part on the California Transportation
Commission. The city in March 2019 will ask the state to advance $4.1 million
in funding targeted for 2021-22. Instead of doing an environmental impact
report to satisfy state law, the city completed a less-involved
“mitigated negative declaration” because there are no significant
impacts expected. Even so, this document by GHD consultants tops 300 pages. A
single-lane, 140-foot diameter roundabout is to be built at the intersection
with a future road to Napa Logistics Park. This is part of a trend in Napa
County and the state to use roundabouts instead of stop signs or traffic
signals at certain intersections. A new Napa Valley Vine Trail segment is set
to run along the new Devlin Road section. Plans call for an 8-foot-wide bike
path with 2-foot shoulders. That would add another half-mile to a
bike-and-walking path that is to someday extend 47 miles from Vallejo to
Calistoga. The other key gap in Devlin Road is in the unincorporated county.
The county could begin work on this project in Feburary 2019.
(Source: Napa Valley Register, 1/20/2019)
In March 2019, it was reported that American Canyon
is continuing efforts to annex 87 acres on its northeast edge, in part to
someday extend Newell Drive to Route 29 and take some of the city traffic off
the congested highway. This land is north of the planned Watson Ranch, which is
to have 1,250 homes, parks, a hotel, stores, a school and a town center on
almost 300 acres. That kind of expected growth makes the Newell Drive extension
a priority. Newell Drive presently runs from American Canyon Road north for
less than a mile. The goal is to extend the road about two miles, north past
the Watson Ranch property and through the targeted annexation land, then west
to Route 29 near Green Island Road. “Eventually, Newell Drive will
provide a parallel alternative route on the east side of (Route) 29,”
says a recent Local Agency Formation Commission of Napa County growth study for
the area. On March 19, 2019, the American Canyon city council approved a
pre-annexation agreement for the 31-acre Paoli property, which is part of the
87 acres. Among other things, the owners agree to dedicate right-of-way for
Newell Drive. Land on the Paoli property would be zoned light industrial with a
commercial overlay in parts nearer to Route 29. This development would help
fund a Newell Drive extension. Other properties in the targeted 87-acre
annexation area are not to have pre-annexation agreements. Those are the Watson
Lane area, which has rural homes, the 3.8–acre Gonsalves property and 8.6
acres owned by Union Pacific. More work must be done to bring the 87 acres into
American Canyon borders, such as an environmental study. A tax-sharing
agreement must be reached with Napa County. Then the city must submit an
annexation application to the Local Agency Formation Commission of Napa County,
which decides whether to approve annexations. Additional costs to move ahead
are likely $250,000 to $350,000, with a proportional share to be paid by the
Paoli landowners after annexation, a city report said. The city’s
upcoming 2019-20 budget will need to include the upfront expenses to move ahead
with the annexation application. The American City Council directed staff to
begin work on the 87-acre annexation project in September 2017.
(Source: Napa Valley Register, 3/27/2019)
In March 2019, the CTC
approved for future consideration of funding a project that will construct a
0.58-mile extension to Devlin Road, including the installation of municipal
utilities and a segment of the Napa Valley Vine Trail.
(Source: March 2019 CTC Minutes, Agenda Item 2.2c.(4))
In April 2019, it was reported that there are a
number of changes target for Route 29. By the end of 2019, Caltrans intends to
have what it calls an “adaptive signal control project” up and
running. Five Route 29 traffic signals in American Canyon will be tied into the
Caltrans District 4 Traffic Management Center in Oakland, Caltrans officials
said. Changes to signal timing will be made according to real-time traffic
conditions using algorithms. There is also an upcoming Route 29 Comprehensive
Multimodal Corridor Plan. That plan is needed for American Canyon highway
projects to tap into funding from the state Senate Bill 1 fuel and vehicle tax
hikes. The Multimodal Corridor Plan could include better crosswalks, more
convenient bus stops, improvements along parallel corridors and
bike-and-walking paths. The idea from the 2014 Route 29 Gateway Corridor
Improvement Plan of expanding Rolute 29 from four lanes to six lanes in
American Canyon – three lanes running in each direction –
isn’t in the mix due to several significant problems. For example, many
potential highway improvement funding sources don’t pay for expanding
capacity. Caltrans has trouble maintaining its existing infrastructure.
Widening a bridge over Paoli Loop Road and the railroad tracks would be
expensive. One project that might help is improving the connector ramp from
eastbound Route 12 through Jameson Canyon to eastbound I-80 near Fairfield.
Turning this one-lane connector ramp into a two-lane ramp would help remove a
rural Jameson Canyon afternoon rush-hour bottleneck. That, in turn, might
encourage more I-80-bound drivers to take Route 12 through Jameson Canyon
instead of Route 29 through American Canyon. Construction of the improved Route
12/I-80 ramp is to begin in summer of 2020, according to the Solano
Transportation Authority. Lastly, there is the project to finish off Devlin
Road. The city and Napa County are taking the final steps to complete this
3.5-mile parallel route from American Canyon to Route 29 near the Grapecrusher
statue. American Canyon had sought to begin construction this summer on the
half-mile segment between Middleton Way and Green Island Road. Work would
finish in 2020. That hinged on the California Transportation Commission (CTC)
advancing $4.1 million in state funds scheduled to be released for the project
in 2021-22. After talking with CTC staff, American Canyon has decided to seek a
shorter advance that will allow construction to begin in 2020, but in such a
way that takes advantage of the entire summer construction season. This could
still allow the project to finish by the end of 2020. However, a completed
Devlin Road parallel route also raises a question. The American Canyon general
plan shows a link ultimately being made from Devlin Road to residential areas a
short distance away, creating American Canyon’s long-planned west side
connector. But a west side connector is controversial. Some residents fear it
will increase the number of motorists fed up with Route 29 congestion who seek
traffic relief by driving through their neighborhoods.
(Source: Napa Valley Register, 4/4/2019)
In July 2019, it was reported that a lawsuit claims
American Canyon’s ideas to transform car-centric Broadway (Route 29) into
a pedestrian-and-cyclist-friendly main drag with more residences and businesses
has flaws that need mending. City officials at a June 18 City Council meeting
praised the Broadway District Specific Plan. They talked about creating over
two decades a coherent, appealing look amid what is now a hodgepodge of
highway-fronting developments and vacant lots. But Davis-based California Clean
Energy Committee claims the Broadway plan vision would generate too much
traffic and provide too little affordable housing. It wants a Napa County
Superior Court judge to tell the city to do more work on the project’s
environmental impact report. American Canyon wants to widen Route 29 from two
lanes each direction to three lanes and to lower the speed limit from 55 mph
and 50 mph to 35 mph. Lower speeds would allow for narrower lanes. Features
such as landscaped medians would be added.
(Source: Napa Valley Register, 7/16/2019)
Soscal Flyover/Junction (~ NAP 5.702 to NAP 10.333)
In February 2014,the Napa County Transportation and
Planning Agency provided updated results from the study. The draft Route 29
Gateway Corridor Improvement Plan calls for expanding the highway from four to
six lanes from American Canyon Road to Route 12/Jameson Canyon, as well as new
interchanges at Route 12/Jameson Canyon and Route 221 and improvements to the
juncture of Route 29 and Route 12/Carneros Highway. In American Canyon, the two
new lanes would be built as frontage roads to siphon off local traffic from the
highway. The plan also adds miles of bicycle paths and sidewalks, and a link to
the future Vine Trail multi-use path that’s planned to run from Calistoga
to the Vallejo Ferry. The character of the 17-mile stretch of roadway (from the
Vallejo ferry to Trancas Street in Napa) would transition from landscaped
freeway to “boulevard” in American Canyon to rural highway further
north to align with the residential, commercial and undeveloped surroundings.
The complete draft is online at nctpa.net/sr-29-corridor–study.
(Source: American Canyon Eagle)
In October 2014, Napa County Transportation and
Planning Agency voted to accept the Gateway Corridor Improvement Plan -- a $349
million plan to improve Route 29 in south Napa County. This plan would include
having six lanes in American Canyon, building a Soscol flyover at Route 221 and
reconfiguring lanes at the Sonoma County turnoff. The plan also calls for
giving Route 29 a look and character in keeping with the areas it passes
through, be it rural or city. Out of the various projects included in the plan,
a $48 million Soscol flyover at Route 221 near the Butler Bridge is listed as a
priority. That’s because this proposal, which has been around for years,
is closest to having environmental work completed, the plan says. An elevated
ramp would take southbound Route 221 traffic to southbound Route 29 and a new
connector ramp would take southbound Route 221 traffic to northbound Route 29.
Soscol Ferry Road would be limited to right turns in and right turns out. The
traffic signal would be eliminated. Another project would turn Route 29 from a
four-lane road to a six-lane road through central American Canyon. Landscaping,
a bike path and safety improvements for pedestrians would be added. The
estimated cost is $25.5 million. The plan also considers keeping Route 29 four
lanes through American Canyon and adding such improvements as lanes for local
traffic separated from the highway by a landscape strip. This concept
acknowledges that American Canyon uses the road as a Main Street, but that the
six-lane option does more to ease traffic congestion. The state Department of
Transportation plans to hold a meeting in December 2014 to open the 30-day
comment period on the draft environmental report. No money is available yet for
(Source: Napa Valley Register, 10/16/2014)
2016, it was reported that the proposed Soscol Junction flyover at Route 29
(NAP R6.168) and Route 221 southeast of the grape crusher statue might become
the proposed Soscol Junction roundabouts. Although the $40 million flyover
joining southbound Route 221 to southbound Route 29 remains the preferred
option to unsnarl the rush-hour backups caused by traffic signal red lights at
this key intersection, Caltrans will allow the Napa Valley Transportation
Authority and city of Napa to spend a few month exploring whether a
double-roundabout design could handle the traffic. The roundabouts would be on
either side of Route 29 and serve as the onramps and offramps. They would also
allow traffic to take a road passing under or above Route 29 as a link between
Route 221 and Soscol Ferry Road. NTVA will spend about $40,000 studying the
roundabouts option, with the city of Napa providing the engineering work.
(Source: Napa Valley Register, 4/23/2016)
In August 2018, it was reported that Caltrans and
the Napa Valley Transportation Authority were looking for opinions on the
particular roundabout approach to take at Soscol Junction. The issue is: one
large roundabout or two smaller ones. No roundabouts would be on Route 29
itself. The highway would rise up on an overpass, no longer burdened with the
traffic signals that cause long backups. Underneath the overpass is where the
roundabout or roundabouts would be. They would control traffic as it enters
Route 29 either northbound or southbound or travels between Soscol Ferry Road
and Route 221. California created Soscol Junction in 1981 as part of its
Southern Crossing project when it opened the nearby Butler Bridge for Route 29.
Before that, highway traffic traveled up the east side of the Napa Valley, took
Imola Avenue west and then continued on to Sonoma County or Upvalley. The
original idea in the 1970s was to have an interchange from the start at Soscol
Junction. But money for the project proved tight and transportation officials
settled for the cheaper solution of traffic signals. By 2002, Napa County
officials were talking about the flyover solution. Now the idea has turned into
roundabouts, with the two possible configurations.
(Source: Napa Valley Register, 8/19/2018)
In October 2019, it was reported that a steep rise
in the estimated cost for the proposed, congestion-busting Soscol Junction
project isn’t sinking building plans. The estimated price has risen from
$40 million to $64 million. Napa Valley Transportation Authority Executive
Director Kate Miller said the plan is still to break ground in 2021. The longer
Soscol Junction is delayed, the more the project will cost, an agency report
said. Soscol Junction is the intersection of Route 29 and Route 221/Soscol
Ferry Road east of the Butler Bridge and Grapecrusher statue. The plan is to
raise Route 29 on an overpass and remove the traffic signals so traffic keeps
flowing. Route 221/Soscol Ferry Road beneath the overpass would have two
roundabouts to regulate through traffic and traffic entering and leaving Route
29. Route 29 would not have a roundabout. NVTA for several years has listed a
price estimate of $35 million to $40 million. A new report pegs it at $64
million, with $50 million needed for construction. The project has been in the
environmental phase for years and construction costs rise 3 percent to 6
percent annually. Caltrans recently released the draft environmental document,
so that phase is nearing an end. Additionally, competition for construction
engineering companies that do this type of work is adding to the estimated
cost. The NVTA Board of Directors last week authorized Miller to seek a
$20-million advance in regional transportation improvement program money for
Soscol Junction. This state money comes to the county in two-year cycles for
local transportation projects. The 2020 cycle has $2 million available for new
projects. Napa County would tie up several cycles of funding. It would forgo
using this money source for other, smaller transportation projects for years to
come in exchange for the large, signature Soscol Junction project. Another
potential Soscol Junction funding source is regional state bridge toll hikes
approved by voters in 2018, though this money is frozen because of a court case
challenging the increases. Still another possible source is a grant related to
2017’s Senate Bill 1, which raised state fuel taxes and vehicles fees.
(Source; Napa Valley Register, 10/30/2019, updated 11/6/2019)
In November 2016, it was reported that Caltrans will be out with cranes and
other equipment installing new, highly reflective signs along Route 29 in and
near the city of Napa. Locations includes stretches of Route 29 and various
ramps from Route 12 near Napa County airport (29 NAP 4.693) north to Trower
Avenue (29 NAP 13.848) nine miles away.
(Source: Napa Valley Register, 11/5/2016)
Carneros Junction Improvements (29 NAP R8.615)
In July 2017, a
new proposal emerged for the Carneros Junction (29 NAP R8.615): Where Route 29
meets Route 12/Route 121. No massive interchange is proposed to replace traffic
signals at the T-intersection for Napa and Sonoma flows. Instead, the
three-year-old idea is to add merge lanes, give some lanes a constant green
light and reap a little congestion relief. The NVTA took a close look at the
Carneros intersection in its 2014 Highway 29 Gateway plan. This study concluded
an interchange with on-ramps and off-ramps is the ultimate solution, but that
such a structure would be costly and could have big environmental impacts. One
alternative is building the Carneros interchange roundabout, either with or
without traffic signals. This wouldn’t make a big congestion-easing
difference in the long run, the plan concluded. That leaves the $1 million idea
to ease congestion on the (relative) cheap. Northbound Route 29 traffic
presently stops at a red light when Route 121 traffic coming from the Sonoma
direction turns left toward Napa. The proposed change – have northbound
traffic always flowing through the intersection. And what happens when the
Highway 121 traffic makes a left turn in front of it? A long merge lane would
be created so these divergent traffic streams have space to come together. The
same concept would be used so southbound Route 29 traffic turning right onto
Route 121 toward Sonoma could always have a green light. A long merge lane
would be the buffer when northbound Route 29 traffic makes a left turn onto
Route 121. This proposed project wouldn’t necessarily make Carneros
intersection a motorist’s paradise. There would still be a red light
during the southbound Route 29 morning commutes. The bigger, more expensive
project for the more congested Soscol Junction a few miles south along Route 29
remains the NVTA’s priority. The agency and Caltrans are working on that
project’s environmental impact report. Still, the smaller Carneros
intersection project is at least in the agency’s sights, even if there is
no timeline to build it and no state-required environmental report has yet been
launched. If all had gone as planned in the 1970s, both the Carneros and Soscol
Junction intersections would already be interchanges today. Caltrans during
that decade was figuring out the huge Southern Crossing project. Route 29 at
that point went north on Route 221 and then cut across the valley on Imola
Avenue. Route 29 then continued north up Napa Valley and Route 121 went west to
Sonoma. All of that led to congestion near Napa State Hospital and on Imola
Avenue. Caltrans and county officials wanted a Southern Crossing bridge –
today’s Butler Bridge – so Route 29 could bypass the city of Napa
several miles to the south. The Southern Crossing project approved in 1974
included interchanges at both entrances. But in 1975, state transportation
officials pleaded poverty and proposed installing traffic signals instead. The
state would return to build interchanges “when traffic warrants
them.” By 1977, the state didn’t even have money to connect Route
29 to the bridge it was already building over the Napa River. County officials
went from worrying about having interchanges to keeping the Southern Crossing
from becoming a bridge to nowhere. In 1981, the state finally opened the
several miles of connecting highway that made the Butler Bridge part of Route
29. But the interchanges had dropped from the plans, replaced by the traffic
(Source: Napa Valley Register, 7/15/2017)
Napa - First, Second, and California Street Connection Improvements (~ NAP 11.432)
In May 2016, it was
reported that the City of Napa was considering a conceptual plan to build three
traffic circles joining California Boulevard, First and Second Streets, and
Route 29 (approx NAP 11.432). The roundabouts would control traffic flow from
the freeway and California onto the two major east-west routes into downtown,
which also would have their directions reversed; First would channel eastbound
vehicles while Second would carry drivers toward the highway. The plan combines
improvements earlier sought by the city and Caltrans, which agreed to use a
rotary instead of a traffic light for its redesign of the Route 29 interchange
(Source: Napa Valley Register, 5/16/2016)
In June 2016, the CTC approved for future consideration of funding a project that will construct a roundabout at First Street/California Boulevard and Second Street/California Boulevard, and will reverse the one-way couplet of First and Second Streets. A second roundabout will be constructed at the Northbound Off-ramp of Route 29 and First Street. On May 17, 2016, the City adopted the final MND for the project and found that the project will not have a significant effect on the environment after mitigation. Impacts that require mitigation measures to be reduced to less than significant levels relate to biological resources, hazardous materials, cultural resources and noise abatement. Mitigation measures include, but are not limited to: require revegetation strategies to be included in the final specifications, conduct nesting surveys, require the consultation of a qualified archaeologist if cultural materials are unearthed and limit construction activities to reduce noise levels from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM. The project is estimated to cost $11,942,000 and is fully funded through construction with State Highway Operation and Protection Program (SHOPP) Funds ($5,454,000), Local Funds ($2,524,000), Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) Funds ($2,463,000) and Regional Improvement Program (RIP) Funds ($1,501,000). Construction is estimated to begin in Fiscal Year 2016/17.
The following project was included in the final adopted 2018 SHOPP in March 2018: PPNO 1488P. 04-Napa-29 11.4. Route 29 In Napa, at northbound ramps and 1st Street. Construct roundabout. Begin Con: 2/22/2019. Total Project Cost: $6,950K.
In September 2018, it was reported that starting in
October 2018 and continuing for just over a month, a contractor will remove
about 60 trees in the vicinity of First Street and California Boulevard,
according to Eric Whan, Napa’s interim public works director. The
removals will clear space needed to start demolition and grading for
construction of three traffic hubs that will connect Route 29 with First and
Second streets and California Boulevard, eliminating traffic signals at an
interchange that funnels visitors into central Napa. Construction of the
roundabouts is scheduled to begin in spring 2019 and last 18 to 20 months, with
the new traffic pattern going into service by the end of 2020, said Whan. The
project also will reverse the one-way flow of First and Second streets,
carrying motorists leaving Route 29 eastbound onto First Street into downtown
and channeling westbound vehicles onto Second Street toward the freeway and the
Browns Valley area. Capping the roundabout project will be a re-landscaping of
the streets connected to Route 29. That phase will include planting 73 new
trees and 2,489 shrubs and smaller plants, according to senior civil engineer
John Ferons. When complete, the traffic realignment – jointly designed by
Napa and Caltrans and estimated to cost $6 million – is meant to improve
driver safety and relieve congestion to and from four-lane Route 29. Rotary
hubs will replace the freeway’s interchange with First Street as well as
the First-California and California-Second intersections. Drivers will pass
through the roundabouts counterclockwise in a pattern intended to keep traffic
flowing slowly but steadily, reducing the chances of dangerous broadside
collisions. With the reversal of one-way traffic on First and Second streets,
motorists currently leaving the freeway will no longer follow First south to
California before turning left on Second, but take two circles to continue east
on First. Those who take Second on their way out of downtown will pass through
all three circles en route to Route 29 or neighborhoods in west Napa.
(Source: Napa Valley Register, 9/30/2018)
In June 2019, it was reported that transportation
officials have broken ground on what will be roundabouts at First Street/Route
29, First Street/California Boulevard and California Boulevard/Second Street.
Before the roundabouts come the workarounds. Since these are major roads, the
plan is to keep traffic moving through the construction zone as intersections
are transformed. Construction will initially focus on the roundabout targeted
for the northbound Route 29 entrance and exit at First Street. Drivers next
week might see flagging and traffic shifts while workers do such things as
remove a median, transportation officials said. Then drivers for a year or so
will see traffic lane configuration shifts, concrete K-rails and the occasional
delay as big equipment moves around. They’ll be driving emerging
roundabouts before the entire project is finished. The roundabout project also
calls for First Street and Second Street between California Boulevard and
Jefferson Street to switch their one-way directions. This should take place
about halfway to two-thirds into the project, transportation officials said.
Construction crews are to complete the $11.4 million project between late
spring and fall of 2020, depending on weather. O.C. Jones & Sons is the
(Source: Napa Valley Register, 6/3/2019)
In September 2019, it was reported that as part of
the roundabout construction project, both the northbound Route 29 off-ramp and
loop on-ramp at First Street will be closing for two months in October 2019.
The ramps are expected to reopen at the end of November when a working
roundabout should be ready at this location. The roundabout on First Street at
the Route 29 on- and off-ramps should be operational at the end of November
2019 if things go according to schedule. The roundabout at First and California
should be working by the end of 2019, with completion of the roundabout at
Second and California set for early 2020. When the roundabout at First and
California begins carrying traffic, First and Second streets will be flipped.
First between California and Jefferson Street will carry vehicles into downtown
while Second carries them out.
(Source: Napa Valley Register, 9/26/2019)
In November 2019, it appears the first of the new
roundabouts were open, as the City of Napa was advising people on how to
navagate them. Specifically, the roundabout at the First Street/Route 29
juncture opened -- this roundabout will carry motorists east and west on First
and also reopen old connections to Route 29. This is the western-most
roundabout, just below the Route 29 overpass. Another at First and California
Boulevard should open in late December, while a third at California and Second
Street is scheduled for early next year. The city’s roundabouts are
designed for vehicles moving 15 mph.
(Source: City of Napa FB Post, 11/19/2019; Napa Valley Register, 11/19/2019)
In June 2015, it was reported that the City of Napa was moving ahead with a
project that would build a proper, paved path along Napa Creek, below the four
lanes of Route 29, at an estimated $600,000 cost (near 29 NAP 11.664). Skirting
the creek’s north bank in a U-shaped pattern, the 600-foot-long underpass
would connect the south end of Coffield Avenue west of Route 29 to a future
trail section planned to run east to California Boulevard and D Street.
Retaining walls would strengthen the path and its slope would be kept below 8%
to meet federal standards for wheelchair access. The route of the bike path won
City Council approval in early June 2015. Two Caltrans grants totaling $97,000
will cover most of the $100,000 design and engineering cost, with construction
estimated to cost $500,000. Although a narrow dirt track currently connects the
two sides of the freeway, a fully finished hard-surface path would remove one
of the stiffest roadblocks to casual cycling.
(Source: Napa Valley Register 6/6/2015)
In September 2011, the CTC approved relinquishment of right of way in the city of Napa along Route 29 on Redwood Road, Trancas Street, California Boulevard, and Permanente Way, consisting of collateral facilities. (approx 29 NAP 13.033)
In December 2017, it was reported that frustrated motorists will potentially
see some traffic improvements along the Route 29 traffic signal gauntlet of
Salvador, Wine Country and Trower avenues (approx 29 NAP 13.852 to 29 NAP
14.61). Changes came earlier in 2017 with a new Napa Valley Vine Trail segment
sandwiched between Route 29 and adjacent Solano Avenue. Trail users cross
Salvador, Wine Country and Trower avenues and traffic lights were added to help
them do so safely. The result: drivers complained that the new signal timing
regime caused them more rush-hour delays on both Route 29 and Solano Avenue.
Noting that Caltrans controls the traffic signal timing along this highway
stretch, city officials agreed to work with Caltrans and a traffic consultant
to see if something could be done. Caltrans discovered some of the vehicle
detection loops in the pavement needed repairs, city Deputy Public Works
Director Eric Whan said. Those loops are being fixed. The next step is trying
out an adjusted timing pattern for the traffic signals based on simulations and
traffic modeling. The goal is to create the optimum traffic flow and avoid
undue delays for any one direction.
(Source: Napa Valley Register, 12/1/2017)
In July 2016, it was reported that a local permitted project was adding a
left-turn lane and other improvements N of the City of Napa to serve the
planned Ashes & Diamonds winery. When the project is finished, southbound
Route 29 drivers will have a left-turn lane onto Howard Lane (near 29 NAP
14.82). They’ll be able to use it to reach not only the winery-to-be, but
the existing Bistro Don Giovanni restaurant and Senza Hotel. Other changes will
include an expanded northbound Route 29 deceleration lane. Vintner Darioush
Khaledi, who applied for the Ashes & Diamonds Winery permit, said the Route
29 project will cost the winery more than $1 million.
(Source: Napa Valley Register, 7/6/2016)
Yountville through the vicinity of Calistoga (Route 128/Route 29 split near Woodleaf)
In May 2011, the CTC approved relinquishment of right of way in the city of St. Helena along Route 29, between Charter Oak Avenue and 0.1 mile west of Pratt Avenue, consisting of non-motorized transportation facilities, namely sidewalks. (approx 29 NAP 28.316)
Route 29 Channelization Project (~ NAP 25.507 to NAP 28.316)
It was also reported in June 2015 that Caltrans
launched a project to improve safety and shorten travel times in St Helena and
Napa County. This project will widen two-lane Route 29 between Mee Lane in Napa
County (approx 29 NAP 25.507) and Charter Oak Avenue (approx 29 NAP 28.316) in
St. Helena. Caltrans and its project partners, including the Napa County
Transportation and Planning Agency, Napa County, the city of St. Helena and the
Napa Valley Wine Train, broke ground on the project in early June 2015, expect
to complete it by early 2017. The road is used by about 22,000 drivers a day.
$19 million from the State Highway Operations and Protection Program is paying
for a major portion of the improvements. San Rafael-based construction
contractor Ghilotti Brothers is doing the work.
(Source: KRON, 6/10/2015)
In June 2016, it was reported that Caltrans and its
local stakeholders were continuing construction of the Route 29 Channelization
Project near St. Helena. This work included roadway excavation and storm drain
installation between Dowdell Lane and Charter Oak Avenue in the southbound
shoulder, as well as sidewalk and curb and gutter construction between
Inglewood Avenue and Charter Oak Avenue in the southbound shoulder; and
Infiltration trench construction in the southbound shoulder, with locations to
(Source: Napa Valley Register, 6/20/2016)
In September 2016, it was reported that local
dignitaries and Caltrans representatives gathered for a ceremonial ribbon
cutting celebrating improvements to Route 29. The project included a new center
turn lane to make left turns safer, wider shoulders, new railroad crossings,
new underground utility lines to replace unsightly power poles, a long-planned
traffic signal at Grayson Avenue, and safety improvements for cyclists. The
work took place along three miles at the southern entrance to St. Helena, from
Mee Lane to Charter Oak Avenue. The Route 29 Channelization Project was funded
by $16.7 million in federal money set aside for state highway improvements. The
project had been in the works since 1983, and a portion south of Rutherford was
completed in 1998. However, the northern stretch was delayed by right-of-way
issues that took years of negotiations to resolve. One of the most important
components of the project was putting utility lines underground. Pacific Gas
& Electric poles on the east side of Route 29 were replaced with
underground lines on the west side of the road.
(Source: Napa Valley Register, 9/1/2016)
In the December 2017 Caltrans Mile Marker, it was reported that, as part of the Napa State Route 12 Channelization Project, improvements were made to the railroad crossing at Route 29 and Whitehall Lane (~ NAP 26.143), and the bikeway realigned so that bicyclists cross the railroad tracks in a safer direction. Caltrans also incorporated green pavement marking, striping, raised medians or islands, markers and signs.
In May 2015, the CTC approved for future consideration of funding a project in Napa County that will replace the existing Napa River Bridge (Bridge 21-0018, 29 NAP 37.03, dating back to 1919, widened in 1952) in the City of Calistoga. The project is programmed in the 2014 State Highway Operation and Protection Program. The estimated cost is $15,918,000 for capital and support. Construction is estimated to begin in Fiscal Year 2015-16. 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. The replacement Napa River bridge opened in mid-April 2019, according to a tweet from Caltrans.
Garnett Creek Bridge (NAP 39.08)
In September 2012, it was reported
that plans to replace the decaying Garnett Creek Bridge (Bridge 21-0005, 29 NAP
39.08) on Route 29 are on hold in the face of budget constraints and opposition
from Calistoga residents. The bridge, between Calistoga city limits and Tubbs
Lane, was built in 1902 and is one of a dwindling number of examples of stone
arch bridges built in Napa County in that period. It is a well-known landmark
and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Caltrans caused a stir in
late 2011 when it published a preliminary study that suggested that the bridge
should be replaced. The agency said the bridge would either need to be
demolished to make way for a new one or else preserved by rerouting the highway
about 80 feet downstream to a new span. Either option would be controversial.
Preservationists don’t want to see the historic structure demolished, but
nearby landowners and agriculture groups don’t want to see the state
converting any of Napa Valley’s iconic vineyards into new roadways.
Caltrans noted that the bridge is close to the bottom of the scale in terms of
safety and structural integrity. On the 9-point scale the agency uses, a new
bridge in perfect condition would rate a 9, while a bridge that scored a 1
would be judged to be an immediate threat to public safety and would be closed.
The Garnett Creek Bridge now rates a 3, largely because the stream has been
steadily eroding the pillars and foundation, and heavy modern trucks are
causing cracking. The bridge is also dangerously narrow by modern standards:
just 19 feet wide, too narrow to safely accommodate two full-sized trucks at
highway speeds. Trucks account for about 9 percent of the 4,000 vehicles that
use the bridge daily, an unusually heavy concentration of big vehicles that is
putting enormous strain on the structure. The option of rerouting Route 29 up
Foothill Boulevard (Route 128) and across Tubbs Lane is not impossible, but
would require expensive upgrades to Tubbs Lane before the state could accept it
as a new highway route.
(Source: Weekly Calistogan, 9/29/2012)
Calistoga through Middletown (Route 175 Junction)
According to Robert Cruickshank, above Calistoga, Route 29 becomes a very winding road. The Calistoga Grade (approx 29 NAP 39.905) appears to have been cut quite a while ago, with a number of switchbacks up to the summit. This lasts for somewhere between 10 and 15 miles. Once you cross into Lake County the roadway straightens out as it descends into some of the area valleys.
Troutdale Creek Bridge (NAP 46.47)
In October 2013, the CTC considered for future consideration of funding a project in Napa County that will replace the existing Troutdale Creek Bridge (Bridges 21-0099 at 29 NAP 46.47, which dates to 1923, widened in 1986), on Route 29 near the city of Calistoga. The project is programmed in the 2012 State Highway Operation and Protection Program. The total estimated cost is $21,475,000 for capital and support. Construction is estimated to begin in Fiscal Year 2014-15. The scope, as described for the preferred alternative, is consistent with the project scope programmed by the Commission in the 2012 State Highway Operation and Protection Program.
In November 2015, it was reported that Caltrans has
completed construction of the new Route 29-Troutdale Creek Bridge (Bridge
21-0113 at 29 NAP 47.20) one year ahead of its late 2016 schedule. The bridge
is in northwest Napa County between Calistoga and Middletown. Caltrans started
construction of the new Troutdale Creek Bridge in May 2015. The new bridge has
wider northbound and southbound approaches. The existing bridge was replaced
because of years of wear at its base from the Troutdale Creek. The new
approaches have been realigned to improve sightlines for motorists, according
to a Caltrans press release.
(Source: Napa Valley Register, 11/24/2015)
In October 2013, the CTC relinquished right of way in the county of Lake on Route 29 in the unincorporated Town of Middletown at Wardlaw Street (approx 29 LAK 5.974), consisting of superseded highway right of way.
In January 2018, the CTC received an information report on a SHOPP project
on 01-Lak-29 9.6/10.3. Near Middletown, from Putah Lane to 0.3 mile north of
Spruce Road. Outcome/Output: Construct roundabout to reduce the number and
severity of traffic collisions. Funding was allocated 12/14/2017, and the
report was an increase in the construction engineering allocation to
(Source: January/February CTC Meeting, Agenda, Item 5.f(3))
In March 2019, the CTC approved for future consideration of funding a
project on Route 29 between Middletown and Lower Lake in Lake County
(01-Lak-29, PM 12.7/14.5). The project proposes to widen shoulders. The
proposed project includes replacing or repairing drainage facilities, extending
existing and installing new guardrail, installing rail element walls, applying
asphalt overlay, installing centerline and rumble strips and high visibility
striping. The project proposes to address the need to reduce the frequency,
type and severity of collisions. This project is fully funded and currently
programmed in the 2018 SHOPP for approximately $14.97 million, construction is
estimated to begin in Fiscal Year 2019-20. 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 approved the following support
allocation: 01-Lak-29 12.8/14.4 PPNO 3102 Proj ID 0115000003Route 29 Near Lower
Lake, from north of Spruce Grove Road to south of Hofacker Lane. Widen
shoulders. (Concurrent consideration of funding under Resolution E-19-17; March
2019.) Allocation: PS&E $1,119,000 R/W Sup $88,000.
(Source: March 2019 CTC Minutes, Agenda Item 2.2c.(1); March 2019 CTC Minutes, Agenda Item 2.5b.(2a) Item 2)
Lake 29 Shoulder Widening and Truck Climbing Lane Project (01-Lak-29, PM 17.74/20.73)
In December 2018, the CTC
approved for future consideration of funding a project located on Route 29 in
Lake County that proposes to widen shoulders along three segments of Route 29.
The project also proposes to construct a 12-foot wide northbound truck climbing
lane, extend and repair existing drainage facilities, and install metal beam
guardrail. This proposed project addresses the need to reduce the frequency and
severity of collisions at these three segments of Route 29. The proposed
project is estimated to cost approximately $13.2 million. This project is
currently funded and programmed in the 2018 State Highway Operations and
Protection Program (SHOPP) for approximately $10.8 million. Construction is
estimated to begin in Fiscal Year (FY) 2019-20. The scope, as described for the
preferred alternative, is consistent with the project scope programmed by the
Commission in the 2018 SHOPP.
(Source: December 2018 CTC Minutes, Agenda Item 2.2c(1))
In June 2019, the CTC approved the following scope
amendment to the SHOPP: 01-Lak-29 PPNO 3203 Proj
0115000004. Route 29 Near Lower Lake, at various locations . Widen for truck
climbing lanes and shoulders. Note: Increased construction capital is due to
significant cost and quantity increases to roadway excavation, asphalt,
culverts, and mobilization. Temporary railing, erosion control items, and
structural concrete were originally not accounted for. Reduce R/W capital due
to reduction in environmental mitigation and permitting fees. Update post miles
to refine the project limits. Correct the performance to correlate with
original reporting during project initiation. Updated total cost: $12,331K.
(Source: June 2019 CTC Minutes, Agenda Item 2.1a.(1) Scope Item 9)
In December 2019, the CTC had the following SHOPP
Safety allocation on its agenda: 01-Lak-29 17.7/20.7 PPNO 3203 Proj ID
0115000004 EA 0E730. On Route 29 Near Lower Lake, at various locations from 0.1
mile south of C Street to 0.2 mile north of Bell Park Avenue. Outcome/Output:
Improve safety by widening for shoulders and truck climbing lanes. This project
will reduce the number and severity of collisions $9,529,000
(Source: December 2019 CTC Agenda, Agenda Item 2.5f.(3) #1)
In June 2011, the CTC approved $6.1 million to repave stretches of Route 29 and Route 53 in Lake County. The Route 29 work will go from just south of the junction with Route 53 (approx 29 LAK 20.29) in Lower Lake to just north of it. For Route 53, the work will go from Route 29 to just north of 40th Avenue in Clearlake.
Kelseyville/Lower Lake Expressway (~ LAK 20.37 to LAK R35.466)
As of February 2000, the Route 20 corridor is a hot spot. Mendocino, Lake, and Colusa Counties have all agreed that they would like to see four lane road all along the corridor, which is considered a rural principal arterial. In Lake County, rather than upgrading Route 20 along the North shore of the lake, the principal arterials will be Route 29 and Route 53 along the South side of the lake. Project Study Reports in progress for the following:
The SAFETEA-LU act, enacted in August 2005 as the reauthorization of TEA-21, provided the following expenditures on or near this route: High Priority Project #3803: Expansion of Kelseyville/Lower Lake Expressway in Lake County. $5,000,000.
The upgrading of the route near Kelseyville was the subject of a draft EIR at the November 2007 CTC meeting. The basic issue is how to adjust the centerline of the widened route.
In 2007, the CTC considered a request for funding from the Corridor Mobility Improvement Account (CMIA), which was not recommended for funding. This request was to construct an expressway from Diener Dr. (LAK 23.676) to Route 175 near Lakeport (LAK 30.964).
On AAroads, it was noted that the freeway bypass of
Lakeport was more to provide a section of improved Route 29 between Lower Lake
and Route 20 to serve as a through commercial route to bypass the section of
Route 20 that follows the north shore of Clear Lake. That segment of Route 20
would be difficult and impractical to expand because of both physical
limitations (it's on a narrow ledge wedged in between the lake and the mountain
along much of that stretch). Using Route 29 along the south shore and the
previously enhanced Route 53 to return to Route 20 provides an alternative
that's not significantly longer than Route 20 itself -- and is much more
conducive to capacity enlargement -- hence the 4-laning project under
discussion. There may note be any feasible way to effectively increase capacity
on Route 29 from Calistoga to at least Middletown because of the topology
around Mt. St. Helens.
(Source: Sparker at AAroads, 7/4/2016)
In May 2016, it was reported that CalTrans is
planning to widen a section of Route 29 to four lanes. The proposal presented
at a public meeting in early June discussed a widening that would extend eight
miles, the Kit’s Corner intersection in Kelseyville all the way to Diener
Drive in Lower Lake. There is some concern the project would infringe upon
wetlands areas. It will also require new right-of-ways. It was reported that an
environmental impact report had been drafted and was available for public
review. If approved, the project is planned to begin construction in summer
(Record Bee Community News, 5/31/2016)
In January 2017, the CTC approved adoption of a portion of Route 29 as a freeway to be able to construct an expressway project in the State highway system. This project will reconfigure a portion of the existing two-lane conventional highway to a four-lane divided expressway with access control. The project will improve east-west connectivity, relieve congestion, reduce delays and improve safety for interregional traffic on Route 29. A final Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Assessment and De Minimis Section 4(f) were prepared pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act and the National Environmental Policy Act on November 23, 2016, and a project report was prepared by the Department and approved on November 30, 2016. In August 2016, the CTC approved $459K for right of way acquisition and $5,646K in construction for various locations along Route 29 near Lower Lake to widen the route for truck lanes and shoulders. Route 29 from the community of Lower Lake to 3.5 miles north of Route 175, near Kelseyville, was adopted as a State Highway by Resolution of the California Highway Commission (CHC) in July 1956 and November 1959. The segment north of this location was adopted as a freeway by CHC on July 24, 1956. From Lower Lake to Kelseyville, Route 29 is primarily a mix of open space scenic corridor with some low to moderate density residential land use. Property adjacent to the project is primarily zoned as Rural Lands and Agriculture under the Lake County General Plan and it traverses rolling to semi-mountainous terrain. Within the project limits, Route 29 is a traversable two-lane conventional highway with narrow shoulders, generally only two-feet wide. There are many at-grade intersections and road approaches within the project limits. The majority of the project length is currently barrier striped, which restricts passing. Consequently, there are long queues of cars following slowermoving vehicles or trucks, creating congestion and unstable traffic flow. The lack of passing opportunities is expected to create greater congestion and increase delays as traffic volumes increase. This project proposes to convert an eight-mile segment of two-lane conventional highway between the communities of Lower Lake and Kelseyville, to a four-lane expressway with access control. The alignment generally follows the existing highway corridor. The design improves the horizontal and vertical alignment, adds lanes to create safer passing opportunities, widens the shoulders, and provides a 46-foot wide median. Safety benefits include increases to sight distances, enhancement of recovery areas, separation from opposing traffic, and minimization of exposure to fixed objects. Additionally, many existing at-grade road approaches to Route 29 will be consolidated and portions of the realigned existing highway will be used as frontage roads. These frontage roads will eventually be relinquished to Lake County. The proposed four-lane expressway will significantly improve overall safety to motorists and provide a modern four-lane facility that meets current design standards. In 1988, the Department approved two Project Study Reports (PSR) to upgrade this facility in two segments. Both PSRs recommended proceeding with an expressway alternative. In 1999, a supplemental PSR was prepared to study additional improvements and alternatives. Stakeholder meetings were held with the Federal Highway Administration, where it was agreed that the two Route 29 improvement projects would be combined for environmental study purposes and include the study of a freeway alternative. In 2001, after two years of studies on various highway, expressway, and freeway alternatives on varying alignments with differing median widths, the freeway alternatives were eliminated from further study due to funding constraints, as construction cost for a four-lane freeway was estimated to be nearly twice the cost of the expressway alternatives. In 2002, the two projects were officially combined in the 2002 STIP, the project description and post miles were updated, and environmental studies for the combined segments were initiated. In March 2003 the NEPA/404 process was initiated. Due to funding constraints, the project will be constructed in two phases. It is proposed to first construct the three-mile segment of four-lane expressway beginning approximately 0.6 mile north of the Route 281/Route 29 intersection. As funding becomes available, the remaining portion of the project will be programmed and constructed. The total cost for construction of the first phase is estimated at $76.3 million. SHOPP funding is from the Highway Safety Improvement Program, and STIP funding is by the Regional Improvement Program, the Interregional Improvement Program, and by Demonstration Funds from Transportation Equity Act-21 and Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users. Shortly after the Commission’s approval of the Route 29 freeway route adoption, the Department will approve the denomination of Route 29 freeway as a controlled access highway, within the project limits. The Department will then execute a Controlled Access Highway Agreement (CAHA) with the County of Lake following the Commission’s approval of this route adoption. Portions of the existing Route 29 alignment serving as frontage roads for the new alignment will be relinquished to the County of Lake after construction completion.
The approval for future consideration of funding noted: This project in Lake County will widen the existing two-lane highway to a four-lane divided highway with access control. The project will begin near Diener Drive and end just west of the Route 29/Route 175 Intersection. The project is programmed in the 2016 State Highway Operation Program for $46,200,000 in capital and support. In addition, the project is programmed in the 2016 State Transportation Improvement Program for $70,527,000 for capital and support. Construction is estimated to begin in Fiscal Year 2018-19. The scope, as described for the preferred alternative, is consistent with the project scope programmed by the Commission in the 2016 State Highway Operation and Protection Program and the 2016 State Transportation Improvement Program.
The 2018 STIP, approved at the CTC March 2018 meeting, appears to increase the funding for PPNO 3100 (Widen to 4 lanes, Rt 281-Rt 175, Seg 2C) [LAK 28.5/31.6] from $14,767K to $15,087K, which appears to be construction in FY18-19. This segment is described as "In Lake County near Kelseyville from 0.6 mile north of the Junction of Route 29/Route 281 to 0.6 mile north of the Junction of Route 29/Route 175. Construct Segment 2-C, an approximately 3.1 mile portion of the 8-mile long, 4-lane Expressway Project. It also provided $900K for PS&E for PPNO 3122, Segment 2A, and $118K for PS&E for PPNO 3121, Segment 2B. Segment 2B also gets $792K in Advance Project Development Element (APDE) funds. The project report notes: The project would likely be constructed in phases (segments) as full funding sources have not been identified. The recommended sequence of construction will be to construct the 8.0 miles in three segments, proceeding from west to east. It is proposed to first construct the segment from approximately PM 28.5 to 31.6, then the segment from PM 26.1 to 29.1, and lastly the segment from PM 23.6 to 26.9. These segments are referred to herein as Segments 2C, 2B and 2A, respectively.
In June 2019, the CTC approved the following
construction allocation: $52,157,000. 01-Lake-29 28.5/31.6 ProjID 0114000043.
Route 29 Near Kelseyville, from 0.6 mile north of Route 29/Route 281 Junction
to north of Route 29/Route 175 Junction. Improve safety by realigning curves
and upgrading shoulders throughout project limits. This project will reduce the
number and severity of collisions. Const. $44,128,000 Const Engr. $8,029,000
(Source: June 2019 CTC Minutes, Agenda Item 2.5b.(1) Item 2)
Additionally, in June 2019, the CTC approved an
allocation of $28,240,000 for two STIP projects: $27,858,000 for Lake-29
Expressway Project (01-LAK-29 28.5/31.6) - Segment 2C (PPNO 01-3100, ProjID
0114000044). The project is on Route 29 in Lake County near Kelseyville from
0.6 mile north of the Junction of Route 29/Route 281 to 0.6 mile north of the
Junction of Route 29/Route 175. Construct Segment 2-C, an approximately 3.1
mile portion of the 8-mile long, 4-lane Expressway project. The ~27.8M is from
two accounts: RIP (CON ENG $999,000, CONST $11,313,000) and IIP (CON ENG
$1,250,000, CONST $14,296,000). There was also an allocation of $382,000 for
the associated mitigation child project (PPNO 01-3100M), divided into RIP (CON
ENG $55,000, CONST $132,000) and IIP (CON ENG $55,000, CONST $140,000).
(Source: June 2019 CTC Minutes, Agenda Item 2.5c.(1))
Lakeport (Route 175) to Upper Lake (Route 20)
Manning Creek Bridge No. 14-0067 (LAK R38.91) / Robinson Creek Bridge No. 14 -0030 (LAK PM 50.82)
In June 2019, the CTC approved the following SHOPP
scope amendment: 01-Lak-20
Var PPNO 3098 ProjID
0113000122. Route 20 Near Upper Lake, at Polk Jones Cattlepass Bridge No.
14-0034 (PM 9.41) and Morrison Creek Bridge No. 14-0004 (PM 16.81);
also, on Route 29 at Manning Creek Bridge No. 14-0067 (PM R38.91). Replace and
upgrade bridge rails and widen one bridge. The need to widen
Morrison Creek Bridge to provide raised pedestrian sidewalks on both sides
requires cultural analysis, resulting in a schedule delay. Transfer the scope
and associated cost and performance of this bridge to project EA 0E081/PPNO
01-3130, which has a schedule that aligns with this delay. Adjusted total cost:
(Source: June 2019 CTC Minutes, Agenda Item 2.1a.(1) Scope Item 7)
In June 2019, the CTC also approved the following
SHOPP scope amendment: 01-Lak-29 50.8 PPNO 3130 ProjID 0118000172. Route 29
Near Upper Lake, at Robinson Creek Bridge No. 14 -0030 (PM 50.82); also on
Route 175 at Kelsey Creek Bridge No. 14-0044 (PM 19.48); . Widen bridge and upgrade
bridge rails at Robinson Creek Bridge and
replace existing Kelsey Creek Bridge. Remove Morrison Creek Bridge from project
EA 0E080/PPNO 01-3098 and add to this project. The need for cultural analysis
delayed the Morrison Creek Bridge delivery schedule and it now better aligns
with this project. Further cost increases are associated with additional piles,
retaining wall, and required environmental mitigation. Updated total cost:
(Source: June 2019 CTC Minutes, Agenda Item 2.1a.(1) Scope Item 11)
There was a movement to
name parts of Route 29 after Robert Mondavi. The
Napa News reported in December 2004 that the plan was to put the legendary
91-year-old vintner's name on Route 29 through Napa County (~ NAP 0.000 to NAP
48.557). Sen. Wes Chesbro is sounding out local cities and wine industry groups
to find out if they would support dedicating this wine highway to the Napa
Valley's most famous winemaker. The Napa County Board of Supervisors has
unanimously supported the idea, has have elected city leaders serving on the
Napa County Transportation Planning Agency, as long as the wine industry goes
along. However, it appears that no resolution was ever introduced to do the
(Image source: NAIF Blog)
The portion of this route
in Lake County that is between the Napa county line and Route 175 (~ NAP 0.0 to
LAK 5.749) is named the "Earle W. Wrieden Memorial Highway". Earle W.
Wrieden was born in Middletown, California on February 8, 1910, and, except for
one year in Berkeley, lived most of his life in Middletown. He was appointed to
the Lake County Board of Supervisors in 1949, where he served for 24 years and
where he was instrumental in many changes, advances, and improvements for the
people of Middletown, Lake County, and northern California. He was heavily
involved in water issues in Lake County, especially relating to Cache Creek and
Putah Creek. However, his prime interest was in roads, including securing funds
for the construction and maintenance of county roads and facilitating the
adoption of highly traveled county roads into the state highway system. Wrieden
spearheaded the creation of passing lanes on Route 29 over Mount St. Helena.
Named by Senate Concurrent Resolution 18; Resolution Chapter 80, 7/1/2001.
(Image source: Middletown History)
The interchange of Route 29 and Trancas Road in Napa County (~NAP 13.051) is named the John Castro Memorial Interchange. It was named in memory of John Castro, a life-long resident of the City of Martinez. John Castro contributed to the City of Martinez in many ways, including raising cattle and goats, farming corn and hay, and by helping the less fortunate people. He served two duties in Vietnam, returning home to work serving the public by constructing bridges. In particular, he helped many individual's commute time by working on Route 4 improvements between the City of Martinez and the City of Hercules. He also worked on the Route 29/Trancas Road Project in Napa County in order to tunnel the highway under the wine train in order to avoid traffic delays. It was while completing the overcrossing and railroad transferring on July 3, 2003, that a fatal accident took the life of John Castro at the age of 54. Named by Senate Concurrent Resolution 68, July 16, 2004, Chapter 119.
The portion of this route in the City of Yountville in the County of Napa from Darms Lane to Yount Mill Road (NAP 16.5 to NAP 21.614) is named the "Veterans’ Memorial Highway". It was named to honor the men and women who have served in the Armed Forces of the United States of America, who have defended our country, and who have suffered disabilities and injuries in protecting the freedom, rights, and privileges enjoyed by all Americans. Nearly two million veterans reside in the State of California, and the County of Napa is home to many of these brave and honorable individuals. Napa Valley residents were some of the first United States military veterans from California, and in 1884 the Veterans’ Home of California, Yountville (Veterans’ Home), in the County of Napa, became the first facility for veterans in the United States;. The Veterans’ Home is home to 1,200 veterans, including men and women who have served in World War II, the Korean and Vietnam wars, the Gulf War, and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Veterans’ Home has grown to be the largest veterans’ home in the United States and is an integral part of the Napa Valley community. The Veterans’ Home provides for the future health care of its resident veterans, including facilities that provide residential care for the elderly, skilled nursing care, and a memory care center for veterans with various forms of dementia. Over its 133 years of operation, the Veterans’ Home has become a focal point for the Napa Valley community with its 1,200 seat Lincoln Theater, a 9-hole golf course, the Borman Field baseball stadium, bowling lanes, a swimming pool, and a military base exchange branch store. All of these facilities are available for use by resident veterans at no additional cost and include a fitness center, a resident-operated television station, an auto hobby shop, a 35,000 volume library, a creative arts center, and a multifaith chapel. Named by ACR 67, Res. Chapter 159, 8/21/2018.
The portion of Route 29
from NAP 37.9 to NAP 39.5 in Napa County is named the "Robert Louis
Stevenson's Historic Trail to Silverado. " This segment was named to
commemorate the history of "Silverado". In the 1850s, volunteers built the Old
Bull Trail from what is today the City of Calistoga over Mount St. Helena in
Napa County to what is today Middletown in Lake County. Due to grades exceeding
35% along the Old Bull Trail, which prevented wagon travel, the Legislature, in
1866, authorized John Lawley to construct a private toll road to replace most
of the Old Bull Trail starting approximately 1.5 miles north of the City of
Calistoga. The toll road over Mount St. Helena was completed in 1868 with
grades of just 12%. This toll road is still in use today as a public road and
is known both as the "Old Toll Road" and as "Lawley Road". In 1872, John
Lawley, along with William Montgomery and William Patterson, founded the
Monitor Ledge Mine on Mount St. Helena just off the Old Toll Road and later
renamed that mine and the surrounding community "Silverado". During one point
in its short three-year life, the mining town of Silverado housed over 1,000
people. Many more people came and went during that time in search of fortunes,
every one of whom traveled the toll road and the 1.5 mile remnant of the Old
Bull Trail that connected that toll road to Calistoga and to the rest of the
Napa Valley. In the summer of 1880, a young author, running low on cash, and
his new bride left their honeymoon suite in the resort town of Calistoga to
become squatters in the mining town of Silverado, which had been abandoned five
years earlier. One hundred twenty-five years ago, Robert Louis Stevenson's The
Silverado Squatters, a travelogue detailing the young author's trip to Napa
Valley, was published for the first time. In The Silverado Squatters, the
best-selling author of Treasure Island and Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr.
Hyde introduced the world to the beauty of the Napa Valley and the quality of
its wine, famously describing it as "bottled poetry". In a chapter of The
Silverado Squatters entitled "Starry Drive," Robert Louis Stevenson recounted
the brilliant night sky above the 1.5 mile remnant of the Old Bull Trail as he
rambled back to his honeymoon perch one summer evening. Few roads have ever
been described so vividly. In 1921, a local farm bureau successfully petitioned
the County of Napa to name a series of rough roads and trails running along the
eastern spine of the Napa Valley, known collectively as the "Old Back Road,"
the Silverado Trail after the mining town Robert Louis Stevenson made famous.
Although that collection of roads running along Napa Valley's eastern spine
ended at Tubbs Lane just north of the Old Toll Road, the County of Napa ended
the newly named Silverado Trail 1.5 miles short of the Old Toll Road because
the county was making arrangements to turn that 1.5 mile stretch of road over
to the state to incorporate it into a new modern highway to be built by Lake
County. As a result of Napa County's decision to incorporate this stretch of
historic road into a modern highway, the history of this pioneer pathway,
Robert Louis Stevenson's "Starry Drive" and the last leg of the trail to
Silverado, has been lost until now. That stretch of road predates John Lawley's
Old Toll Road, was originally built by California pioneers in the 1850s,
shortly after California's statehood, as part of the Old Bull Trail, and is now
memorialized by a historical marker in Middletown, Lake County. That stretch of
road also predates the City of Calistoga, which was formed in 1867, and Lake
County, which was carved out of Napa County in 1861. Named by Senate Concurrent
Resolution (SCR) 37, Resolution Chapter 93, on 8/20/2010.
(Image source: Wikipedia)
Portions of this are "Lower Lake" Road. (~ LAK 20.349 to LAK 31.034)
The portion of Route 29 from the intersection of Route 175 in the City of Lakeport (LAK R40.144) to the 11th Street Undercrossing (LAK R42.677) in the County of Lake is named the "Deputy Sheriff Robert Rumfelt Memorial Highway". It was named in memory of Deputy Sheriff Robert Rumfelt, who was born in Napa on December 1966, as the first of three children born to Robert and Juanita Rumfelt. Robert Rumfelt was raised in the County of Lake, where he attended Minnie Cannon Elementary School in Middletown, Burns Valley Elementary School in Clearlake, Oak Hill Elementary School in Lower Lake, and Terrace Middle School in Lakeport, and graduated from Clear Lake High School in Lakeport in 1985. Robert Rumfelt, immediately upon graduation, answered the call to serve his country by enlisting in the United States Marine Corps where he learned honor, courage, and commitment, traits which he carried throughout his life. Robert Rumfelt served with distinction as a United States Marine Corps infantryman assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Division in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, until he was honorably discharged as a sergeant in 1992. Robert Rumfelt, while enlisted as a United States Marine, was awarded the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon, the Good Conduct Medal, the Navy Unit Commendation Medal, the National Defense Ribbon, the Southwest Asia Service Medal, the Kuwait Liberation Medal, and the Rifle Sharpshooter Badge. Robert Rumfelt was employed as a seasonal “hotshot/wilderness ranger” with the United States Forest Service in Upper Lake from 1993 to 1994. Robert Rumfelt put himself through the Napa Valley Junior College Police Academy, graduated from the Academy in 1994, and continued his education, earning a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice Management from Union Institute and University in 2004. Robert Rumfelt worked as a police officer for the City of Lakeport in the County of Lake from 1995 to 2009, inclusive, as a patrol officer and K-9 handler. Robert Rumfelt was awarded basic, intermediate, and advanced certificates from the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training. From 2006 to 2009, inclusive, Robert Rumfelt took a leave of absence from the Lakeport Police Department to serve as a police advisor to Iraqi law enforcement agencies in Ramadi, Baghdad, Kurdistan, and Mosul. Robert Rumfelt was recognized by United States Army Lieutenant Colonel Kirk C. Dorr as “the most accomplished Law Enforcement Professional in [his] forward-deployed Army Division” after the rescue of a soldier on March 3, 2010, following an improvised explosive device attack on their convoy in which three soldiers were injured. While still in contact with the enemy, Robert, at great personal risk, ran from the last vehicle in the patrol to the front of the convoy, and personally extracted a grievously injured soldier. Due to Robert’s heroic efforts, the soldier was medically evacuated in just enough time for doctors to save his life. Robert Rumfelt was known for having a tough exterior, steel-eyed, penetrating gaze, and a caring, compassionate heart, who would help any friend or stranger in need. Robert Rumfelt was hired as a deputy sheriff for the County of Lake Sheriff’s Office in 2014, and served as a patrol deputy, firearms instructor, field training officer, and gang task force member. Robert Rumfelt dedicated countless hours to mentoring at-risk youth, and coaching the Clear Lake High School football team where he had a lasting impact on the character, development, and maturity of dozens of athletes and countless youth. Robert Rumfelt was known for his direct style of communication in which nobody left a conversation with him wondering what was on Rob’s mind. Robert Rumfelt loved the United States Marine Corps, his law enforcement family, his friends, the Oakland Raiders, hunting with his dogs, scuba diving, skydiving, good rum, and above all, his family. Robert Rumfelt died in the line of duty on August 22, 2017. Named by Senate Concurrent Resolution (SCR) 92, Res. Chapter 116, 7/6/2018.
Bridge 21-0049, at the
Napa River in Napa county (NAP R006.99), is named the "George F. Butler
Memorial Bridge". It was built in 1977, and was named by Assembly
Concurrent Resolution 23, Chapter 48, in 1991. George F. Butler was a CHP
officer who was killed in the line of duty at the age of 52. He was flying as
an observer in a CHP helicopter that was taking aerial photographs of a double
traffic fatality on Interstate 80 near Dixon. After finishing the photographs,
the helicopter then set down a short distance from the accident scene in an
open field adjacent to an irrigation canal. Butler exited the left side of the
aircraft and proceeded to walk up the edge of the canal’s raised berm
when he was struck by the helicopter's main rotor and hurled into the empty
irrigation canal. The 21-year veteran of the CHP was killed instantly.
(Image source: California Assn of Highway Patrolmen)
Bridge No. 21-0047 on Route 29 at the City of Yountville (NAP 019.04) is officially designated the "Veterans' Home Memorial Bridge". It was built in 1959, and was named by Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 30, Chapter 127, in 1994. It was named after the Veterans Home of California in Yountville CA, which is a community of and for veterans located in the heart of scenic Napa Valley. The home provides residential accommodations and a wealth of recreational, social and therapeutic activities for independent living; plus the added security of five levels of nursing and medical care. Some 1,200 Veterans (both men and women) live at the Home. Veterans desiring to be considered for membership must be residents of California, age 62 or older (or younger if disabled), and have served honorably.
Bridge 14-0016, the St.
Helena Bridge (LAK 006.31), is the "Robert H. "Bob" Weatherwax Memorial
Bridge. It was named in memory of Robert H. ‘‘Bob’’
Weatherwax, a resident of Middletown, Lake County for 44 years, who died at the
age of 66 in May 1996. During those 44 years, Mr. Weatherwax was appreciated by
the entire community as a willing volunteer and contributor in the efforts to
develop and construct the Cobb Mountain Elementary School. The Middletown
Unified School District recognized him for those efforts with a Certificate of
Appreciation in September 1985. Bob Weatherwax assisted in reviving and
renewing the Middletown Boosters Club for the Middletown Athletic Program. Mr.
Weatherwax’s efforts earned him a Certificate of Recognition in 1991 from
Lake County as the Middletown Volunteer Citizen of the Year. Mr. Weatherwax
served as a past President of the Middletown Luncheon Club and the Middletown
Lions Club, and was a founder of the Middletown Merchants. He donated land for
the treatment plant now used by the Callayomi Water District and served as head
cook for the spring high school field trips and chaperon for senior field
trips, as well as many other unselfish acts of serving the community he loved.
Mr. Weatherwax was considered the ‘‘Honorary Mayor’’ of
Middletown. Named by Senate Concurrent Resolution 34, Chapter 71 in1997.
(Image source: Ingress intel)
The bridge located on Route 29 six miles north of Middletown, is named the "Frank and Elly Hartmann Bridge" (Bridge 14-0014, over Putah Creek, LAK 009.74). Named in honor of Frank and Elly Hartmann, who were pioneers in Middletown and the Coyote Valley area. They established and operated the Hartmann Ranch and many significant contributions to Middletown and the Coyote Valley area. Named by Senate Concurrent Resolution 45, Chapter 52, May 5, 2004.
The following segments are designated as Classified Landscaped Freeway:
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According to an article in April 2017, the portion of Route 29
through American Canyon near I-80 was part of the "Lincoln Highway". The
somewhat tangled tale of how Napa County belatedly secured a section of the
Lincoln Highway has its roots a century ago with a bespectacled man in Indiana
named Carl Fisher. Fisher owned the Prest-O-Lite headlight company and helped
establish the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. In 1912, he and other auto
enthusiasts plotted a transcontinental route from New York’s Times Square
to San Francisco’s Lincoln Park. This original, Napa-less coast-to-coast
route for the most part stitched together existing roads. A 1916 Lincoln
Highway guidebook said motorists should be able to make an enjoyable
cross-country trip in 20 to 30 days, as long as rain didn’t bog them down
on the unpaved sections. The westernmost section of the original Lincoln
Highway went from Sacramento to San Francisco by way of Stockton and the
Altamont Pass to avoid water barriers (i.e., former US 50). But in 1916, the
completion of the Yolo Causeway west of Sacramento removed one of those
barriers. Napans began hoping a more direct route might pass through the city
of Napa, where tourists would stop and spend money. By 1923, efforts to create
an alternate Lincoln Highway route focused on Vallejo, taking the city of Napa
out of the picture. That alternative route became a reality after the Carquinez
Bridge was completed in 1927 to take motorists over the Carquinez Strait. This
alternative Lincoln Highway segment extends west from Sacramento using the same
route as long-gone US 40. It goes through Davis, Vacaville and Fairfield, and
then through Jameson Canyon on today’s Route 12, where it enters south
Napa County. Until a few years ago, most of this Jameson Canyon section was two
lanes and narrow and still had the ambiance of the old Lincoln Highway. Safety
and traffic congestion concerns led to the road being widened to a four lanes
in 2014. From Jameson Canyon, the Lincoln Highway heads south along what is now
Route 29 past the county industrial center and city of American Canyon. Then,
at American Canyon Road, it swings up to Broadway Street and heads past
today’s Veterans Memorial Park to enter Vallejo and Solano County. Some
in the Lincoln Highway Associate dispute that the alternate Lincoln Highway
route through Yolo, Solano and Napa counties is legitimate. But Kinst said Gail
Hoag, an official with the Lincoln Highway Association, in 1928 authorized Boy
Scouts to erect markers along it. Napa County’s moment of Lincoln Highway
sun soon faded, for all practical purposes. The state in 1933 began building a
new US 40 route that went through the hills between Fairfield and Vallejo,
creating a much more direct route than the local Lincoln Highway. That route
became today’s I-80.
(Source: Napa Valley Register, 4/1/2017)
[SHC 253.3] From Route 80 near Vallejo to Oak Knoll Avenue north of the City of Napa; and from the Napa-Lake county line to Route 20. The portion from Route 121 to north of Napa and from Route 175 to north of Lakeport is constructed to freeway standards.
As for the timing of the additions to the F&E system, the 1959 statutes used the older route numbers, so it is harder to follow given a route as disjointed as this. It is clear that the 1959 Chapter 1062 defined the portion between Vallejo and Route 221 S of Napa, and the portion from Napa to Upper Lake as part of the F&E system. By 1963, all of the original definition of Route 29 was considered Freeway and Expressway. Chapter 998 in 1971 deleted the segment from Oak Knoll Avenue to the Napa-Lake County Line from the Freeway and Expressway system.
On 7/18/1974, the freeway routing between Yountville and Calistoga was rescinced, per CHC Resolution HRU 74.3:
the California Highway Commission, by resolutions dated September 20, 1955, September 27, 1960 and July 22, 1953 established a freeway location on State Highway Route 29 in Napa County from 1 mile south of Yountville to Calistoga and;
the Legislature at its 1971 Session deleted from the California Freeway and Expressway System the unconstructed portion of Route 29 from 1 mile north of' Yountville to 3 miles south of Calistoga; now, therefore
BE IT RESOLVED, that the California Highway Commission declares that the presently maintained location between 1 mile north of Yountville and 3 miles south of Calistoga shall be the only established location for Route 29; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Department of Transportation is directed and authorized to dispose of rights of way previously acquired for freeway purposes on said segment of Route 29 from 1 mile north of Yountville to 3 miles south of Calistoga.
In 1984, a new freeway bypass was created in Napa, and with the changes involved with the redefinition of Route 121 and Route 221, the portion from Route 221 S of Napa to Route 121 in Napa was added (Chapter 409).
[SHC 164.11] Entire route.
Overall statistics for Route 29:
The route that would become LRN 29 was originally defined in the 1909 First Bond Act running from Red Bluff to Susanville. In 1919, the Third Bond Act extended the route from Susanville to the Nevada State Line. In 1933, it was extended further, from [LRN 35] to [LRN 3] near Red Bluff. It was codified in the 1935 state highway code as:
This was primary state highway from Red Bluff to Susanville.
This definition remained until the 1964 signed/legislative route alignment. Signage was as follows:
From Red Bluff to the Nevada line via Susanville.
This was signed as Route 36 between Red Bluff and Susanville.
No current routing. At one point, portions of the former routing were signed as Route 30, but upon the connection of Route 210 from San Dimas to Route 215, the Route 30 portion was finally renumbered as Route 210.
In 1972, the portion from the junction with former Route 106 to Route 18 was renumbered as Route 330, and what remained of former Route 106, from the Route 106/Route 30 junction to I-10 became part of Route 30, changing the definition to "Route 210 near San Dimas via the vicinity of Highland to Route 10 near Redlands.".
In 1998, AB 2388 renumbered this route as Route 210. With the completion of the freeway segment, the signage was changed from Route 30 to Route 210, although it is still state shields. Interstate shielding requires AASHTO approval. Until connection of the original I-210 portion to I-215, there were places where the route still appears to be signed as Route 30 (as of December 2009, in Claremont and Upland along Baseline Ave and on 19th Street in Rancho Cucamonga), as well as the freeway portion in San Bernardino.
Note that a big numbering switch also occured in 1964. Prior to 1964, Route 18 ran N from San Bernardino. At Running Springs, it joined with Route 30 (now Route 330) up from Highland, and continued cosigned Route 18/Route 30 to the W end of Big Bear Lake. At this point, Route 30 ran along the S edge of the lake, and Route 18 ran along the N end. When the new definitions went into place, Route 18 was rerouted to the S side of Big Bear Lake (replacing what had been signed as Route 30). The cosigning that existed between the W end of Big Bear Lake and the Route 30 (now Route 330)/Route 18 junction was eliminated, and the route was just signed as Route 18. The old Route 18 routing on the N side of the lake was signed as Route 38.
Route 30 started life as LRN 190, defined in 1933. The initial set of state signed routes in 1934 did not include Route 30. Route 30 was first signed on the 1952 state highway map running between Los Angeles and the Big Bear resort. By 1953, Route 30 was being signed between San Dimas and Redlands, Route 30, located in San Bernardino County, followed Highland Avenue and City Creek Road, with a temporary western terminus as of 1953 in Upland at the junction of Euclid Avenue and Foothill Boulevard (US 66). The eastern end of Route 30 is at Running Springs on Route 18 west of Big Bear Lake. At the time, it was noted that eventually Route 30 would follow Highland Avenue all the way from its western terminus near Glendora, in Los Angeles County. That designation was pending until the portion of Highland Avenue between Glendora and Upland had been improved.
The former portion of Route 30 that was later re-numbered as Route 330 was signed as Route 30, and was LRN 207 (defined in 1937). CHPW noted that since the improvement of City Creek Road around 1950, more and more cars from the Los Angeles area were using the Route 30 (Route 330) route as an alternate way of getting to Lake Arrowhead and Big Bear Lake.
The routing from I-210 near San Dimas to I-10 in Redlands was submitted for inclusion in the interstate system in 1968, but not accepted. See I-210 for a history of submissions of this segment as part of Route 210.
The designation I-30 was proposed in December 1957 for what is now I-40; this was rejected by AASHTO.
Cameron Kaiser reports that as of May 2009, most of the Business Route 30 signs on Highland in San Bernardino are still up, even amidst recent street work (including a set of new red light cameras at Waterman and Highland).
[Note: Route 30 postmiles were renumbered into Route 210 postmiles when the highway was renumbered. This should be nominal change for SBD postmiles, as they both started from 0 at the same point. For LA postmiles, 030 LA 0.0 should be ~ 210 LA 43.904)
In August 2005, the CTC considered relinquishment of the Route 30 right of way in the City of Upland, along the old alignment of State Route 30, from the westerly city limits to 0.25 mile east of the westerly city limits, consisting of superseded highway right of way. (~ 210 SBD 0.0 to SBD 3.935)
The non-freeway routing is unsigned on 19th Street from Mountain Avenue to Haven Ave (~ 210 SBD 1.502 to SBD 6.913). in Upland and Rancho Cucamonga.
According to one correspondant, within the city of Upland (~ 210 SBD 2.698), all Route 30 shields have come down. There remain, however, shields for Route 30 in Rancho Cucamonga, Fontana, and Claremont and La Verne (although recently the freeway entrance shields for the ramps at Lone Hill and San Dimas Avenues have been changed from Route 30 to Route 210).
In November 2000, the California Transportation Commission had two Route 30 projects on its agenda (yes, as Route 30, not Route 210!). One was a $17.5 million request from SANBAG (San Bernardino Associated Governments) for Route 30 from Cucamonga Canyon Wash to Hermosa Avenue (~ current 210 SBD 3.387 to 210 SBD 6.407) for a 6-lane freeway and two HOV lanes (with $7.44 million to be requested later, and $21.007 million from other sources. The $17.5 million is $2.008M state, $15.492M Federal). The second proejct was segment 4 from Hermosa Ave to Milliken Avenue (~ 210 SBD 6.407 to 210 SBD 7.909). This is also 6-lanes plus 2 HOV. The cost for this is $10.166M ($1.167M state, $8.999M Federal), with $10.7M from other sources.
A 5˝-mile stretch of the new freeway, from Rancho Cucamonga to Fontana, opened in July 2001. The new stretch extends from Day Creek Boulevard in Rancho Cucamonga to Sierra Avenue in Fontana (~ 210 SBD 9.17 to 210 SBD 14.945). The eight lane thoroughfare, including two carpool lanes, is expected to handle between 115,000 and 120,000 vehicles each day. According to Don Hagstrom in May 2002, Route 210 (former Route 30) is open from Day Creek Bl. to Sierra Ave. The portion from Foothill Bl. in La Verne (connecting to the current open portion once known as Route 30) to Sierra opened on November 24, 2002, and will be numbered as Route 210. The rest of the freeway into Rialto and San Bernardino, connecting with the stub portion west of I-215 will be complete by 2007.
In June 2002, the CTC had on its agenda the relinquishment of 08-Sbd-30-PM 9.6/9.9 and PM 9.4/9.9 in the City of Rancho Cucamonga. This is likely original routings bypassed by the new freeway. In November 2002, they considered relinquishing 08-SBD-30-PM 0.0/4.0 in the City of Upland,a portion bypassed by the new Route 210.
In April 2003, the CTC considered relinquishment of quite a few segments of what was presumably the old routing: 08-SBd-15, 30-PM 9.2/9.4 Routes 15, 30 in the City of Rancho Cucamonga; 08-SBd-30-PM 9.4/9.6 Route 30 in the City of Rancho Cucamonga; 08-SBd-30-PM 12.7/15.0 Route 30 in the City of Fontana; 08-SBd-30, 210-PM 4.0/9.4 Routes 30, 210 in the City of Rancho Cucamonga; and 08-SBd-30, 210-PM 9.2/12.6 Routes 30, 210 in the City of Fontana.
Current planning maps show Route 30 continuing from the terminus of Route 210 and Route 30 to San Bernardino, using Highland Ave. As of about 1996, a section of freeway existed from Route 215 to approximately 5 miles east to Highland Ave (currently 210 SBD 11.716 to 210 SBD 13.854), in San Bernardino. This will be renumbered as Route 210 once the currently existing Route 210 portion is completed to I-215.
It appears that as of 2018, Highland Ave from Juniper Ave (210U SBD 15.537), continuing along Renaissance Parkway and Easton St and Highland St to California Ave (210U SBD 21.769) is in the database as unrelinquished Route 210, meaning former Route 30.
As of December 2008, field reports confirmed that Route 30 is now completely resigned as Route 210 on all overhead signs and trailblazers, as well as on approaching routes. In some cases, a Route 210 shield was pasted over an Route 30 shield on the overhead signs, but in many cases, an entirely new sign panel was put up. About half of the postmila bridge ID signs at the overcrossings and undercrossings have been changed from SBD-30 to SBD-210. The postmile markers that showed the route as Route 30. There appears to be one exception, on the short Route 259 connector that links NB I-215 with eastbound Route 210. There is one interchange on that route at Highland Avenue. The shield on the freeway entrance sign at Highland for NB Route 259 (which defaults into EB Route 210) is still an Route 30 shield, rather than Route 210, and the sign designating it as the business route for Route 18 and Route 30 is still there approaching the Highland offramp.
In June 2011, the CTC authorized relinquishment of right of way in the city of Highland along Route 30 on Victoria Street, consisting of collateral facilities (~ SBD 11.92).
The following segments are designated as Classified Landscaped Freeway:
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Overall statistics for Route 30, before renumbering as Route 210:
The segment of this route from Route 210 to Route 10 is named the "Foothill" Freeway (although it is not all constructed to freeway standards). It was officially named by Senate Concurrent Resolution 29, Chapter 128, in 1991.
Bridge 54-0592 on I-10, the I-10/Route 30 interchange in San Bernardino county, is designated the "Chresten Knudsen Interchange". It was built in 1962, and was named by Assembly Concurrent Resolution 21, Chapter 47, in 1991.
The portion above was part of the "National Old Trails
The portion above was part of the "New Santa Fe Trail".
The portion above also appears to have been part of the "National Park to Park Highway", and the "Pikes Peak Ocean to Ocean Highway".
HOV lanes are under construction or planned as follows:
[SHC 253.1] Entire route; the portions from Route 210 to Route 66 and from Route 215 to Route 10 are constructed to freeway standards. Added to the Freeway and Expressway system in 1959; references were corrected to Route 210 in 1999.
The routing that was to be LRN 30 was defined in the 1909 First Bond Issue as running from Oroville to Quincy. This was likely the Oroville-Quincy Highway. In the 1919 Third Bond Issue, the route was abandoned as a state highway and LRN 21 extended to cover the mileage to Quincy.
Tom Fearer notes the following in his Gibblenation Blog entry on LRN 30, California State Route 162 to the Bidwell Bar Bridge (both the 1965 and 1856 variants): The route of LRN 30 east of Oroville used the following route:
In 1959, Chapter 2089 added a new definition for LRN 30, running from LRN 31 near Devore to LRN 26 near Millikan Avenue. This was a duplication with part of LRN 193. This is the routing of the present-day I-15, and for a time was signed as part of Route 31 (Temporary I-15).
No Current Routing.
In 1974, Chapter 537 transferred this segment to Route 15. Hamner Avenue was
signed as "Temporary I-15" once I-15 was constructed south to Route 60 in 1980
(it had reached I-10 a year earlier). Prior to that Route 31 signage existed
along Hamner as well as its Milliken Ave. extension in eastern Ontario north of
there. Route 31 signage was largely removed (except for a few "straggler" signs
in Corona and Norco) when the temporary I-15 signage was erected. That
temporary signage extended south of Route 91 as well along then-Route 71 to the
original 4-lane freeway section from south Corona to north of Lake Elsinore.
That segment got actual I-15 signage circa 1979-80. One of the last Route 31
signs was a trailblazer just before the EB 91>NB 31/Temp 15 loop ramp (prior
to the interchange's reconstruction as a wide diamond in the late '80's); that
sign had been there since first erected back in 1968.
(Source: Sparker on AARoads, July 2018)
Some significant history of this route is discussed under I-15. The following is an excerpt:
Sparker on AAroads provided an even more detailed history in a post on 7/12/2016:
It all started with the I-15 extension south to San Diego, part of the 1968 1500-mile Interstate expansion legislation. Originally, the concept was to take I-15 directly south from the original I-10 junction at Colton, continue south on the ridge betwen Reche Canyon and Pigeon Pass, and then descend the mountain near the present east junction of Route 60 and I-215, and then segue onto what was then US 395 south past March AFB and on to San Diego. That concept didn't last long -- just as long as it took to do a detailed survey of the proposed route -- the mountains in that area are basically a pile of unstable compressed sandstone "rocks"; a construction nightmare. A more "flatland" approach was explored to the west, diverging from US 395 between Grand Terrace and Highgrove (both between Colton and Riverside), heading south east of Iowa Avenue, then following the Santa Fe rail line along the base of the mountains -- directly behind UC Riverside -- and merging with Route 60/US 395 (now Route 60/I-215) just north of the present route split in Moreno Valley. You can guess how that went over with the UC Riverside community -- it would have wiped out a whole nest of apartments serving as student housing -- not to mention being across the street from the Chancellor's official residence! By the end of 1969, that option was also kaput.
Early in 1970 District 8 planners came up with an alternate that solved more than a few issues -- the proposed Route 31 freeway, extending north from Corona through eastern Ontario before turning northeast along the base of the San Gabriel mountains to intersect I-15 at Devore, the point where the route started climbing Cajon Pass. Realigning I-15 over this route would cut about 23 miles off the Los Angeles-Las Vegas I-10/I-15 routing by eliminating the "backtracking" route via San Bernardino. And, lo and behold, the south end of the Route 31 freeway continued south of Corona as the Route 71 proposed freeway (actually, about 10 miles of it had been constructed circa 1967 between Corona and Lake Elsinore), which itself merged with US 395 at Murietta, just north of Temecula. While about ten miles longer than the existing I-15/US 395 route through Riverside and Perris, this reroute concept drew not only attention from the local press but also that in L.A. -- virtually all favorable to the idea. By mid-1970 the Division of Highways had decided to strongly pursue the Route 31 option. AASHTO (at that time, without the first "A") concurred, and the matter reached FHWA by the beginning of fall.
At first, FHWA raised an objection to the funding of the former Route 31 section from I-10 north to the existing I-15 at Devore because of the existence of the in-place I-15 through San Bernardino, which had been previously the receipient of chargeable Interstate funds. But a perusal of the records showed that the segment between I-10 and 5th Street in San Bernardino had commenced construction in early 1956 -- almost a year before Interstate funds were first disbursed; only the segment north of there was actually part of chargeable construction. Negotiations commenced, and an agreement was finally made near the end of 1970 whereby California would waive any rights to Interstate maintenance or reconstruction funds for the original I-15 segment between I-10 and Devore in exchange for full funding of the entire Route 31/Route 71 corridor as the realigned I-15. Once that agreement was finalized, the Division accelerated construction of the Devore freeway-to-freeway interchange, already in progress as part of the I-15 Cajon realignment, along with the first couple of miles of the new (then) Route 31 alignment, which opened by the spring of 1971 (this was pre-STIP days, when the Division could do such things without much in the way of outside interference).
However, as soon as the dust had settled on the reroute, the cities of San Bernardino and Riverside voiced concerns that this new routing, which completely bypassed their city centers, would have a negative effect on their development plans. Together, these cities had devised a plan whereby the new western route via Corona and Ontario would become I-15W, while US 395 would be renumbered I-15E, regardless of the actual non-Interstate status of the latter route -- but keeping an Interstate route through their midst. AASHTO quickly shot down the full E/W split, but reserved the notion of at least keeping US 395 through San Bernardino signed as an Interstate until the Ontario-Devore segment of the new alignment could be completed. And as this was several years prior to the decision to eliminate suffixed Interstate numbers, they approved the signage of the I-10 to Devore segment as I-15E (the Division had the entirety of US 395 from Murietta to Devore redesignated as an unsigned Route 194, a number previously decommissioned elsewhere). Initially, I-15E was intended to be a purely temporary designation -- but that it existed at all (signed as such in late 1972) placated the city of San Bernardino for the time being.
However, the city of Riverside did not hesitate to voice their objections to being left out of the Interstate network. They "lucked out", however due to inadvertently good timing: the Nixonian "block grant" legislation, passed in early 1973 prior to that administration's functional crippling in the wake of the Watergate scandal, introduced the concept of "chargeable/nonchargeable" Interstate delineation. Now the 15E concept could, with AASHTO/FHWA consent, be extended south along US 395, rejoining the new I-15 at Murietta, as a nonchargeable route. With a major push from the local Congressional delegation, this was done by the spring of 1974. I-15E was signed in place of US 395 as far south as the Route 60 split at Moreno Valley; the remainder of the route south to Murietta was signed, by mid-1975, as "Temporary I-15E" and south of the Route 71 merge at Murietta as "Temporary I-15". This configuration lasted for a few years until the decision to eliminate suffixes was made.
Renumbering of the completed and uncompleted
portions of I-15E was proposed circa 1979; Caltrans made one of their rare
appropriate renumbering decisions: to reinstate the number 215, which was an
urban surface-street connector in Pomona before it was deleted from the state
highway system in 1965. AASHTO and FHWA vetted the 15E to 215 change by 1981;
the renumbering in the field took place in 1982. Although some sections were
technically substandard, the route was by that time mostly full freeway; a
short segment between Sun City and Perris still featured a couple of at-grade
crossing roads, while the segment from Perris to Route 60 was still a divided
facility with numerous at-grade and/or signalized intersections [Ed: I remember
this segment from numerous trips to OERM in Perris]. The "temporary"
designation concept had been dropped by Caltrans at that point; the section
between the Murietta I-15 divergence and Route 60 was (IMO somewhat absurdly)
signed as "TO I-215" northbound, and as Route 215, complete with green shields,
southbound. This unwieldly situation persisted until the two sections featuring
cross traffic were upgraded to full freeway in 1995. The in-city Riverside
segment of I-215 featured one of the most underpowered Interstate "Turn Off To
Stay On" (TOTSO) interchanges (in both directions, including a 25mph loop
southbound) until 2004, when the southbound I-215 2-lane flyover was completed;
the northbound outside ramp still shrinks to a single lane before merging with
lanes continuing from the terminating Route 91. It's still a TOTSO -- but not
quite as obnoxious as before!
(Source: Sparker @ AAroads, "Re: Interstate 15E signage in San Bernardino and Riverside Counties?", 7/12/2016)
The route of 1964-1974 Route 31 was LRN 193, defined in 1933.
Route 31 was not defined as part of the original set of state signed routes. It is unclear what, if any, routing was signed as Route 31 before 1964.
The route that would become LRN 31 was first defined in the 1916 Second Bond Act as "an extension of the San Bernardino county state highway lateral to Barstow in San Bernardino County by the most direct and practical route..." (i.e., US 66 to Barstow). In 1925, the route was extended to Nevada by Chapter 369, which authorized and directed "the California highway commission to acquire necessary rights of way, and to construct and maintain a highway, which is hereby declared to be a state highway, extending from Barstow...to a point...on the boundary line between the state of California and the state of Nevada...which said highway is commonly known and referred to as the Arrowhead trail.". In 1933, the route was extended again with a segment from "[LRN 26] near Colton to [LRN 9] near San Bernardino via Mt. Vernon Ave".
In 1935, LRN 31 was codified into the state highway code as:
This was primary state highway from San Bernardino to the Nevada State Line.
In 1957, Chapter 1911 removed the branch on Mt. Vernon Avenue, which appears to have been signed as US 395/US 91. That segment was subsequently rerouted onto a new alignment (presumably the eventual I-15 alignment).
Signage on the route was as follows:
From Route 5 near Orland to Route 99 near Chico.
In 1934, Route 32 was signed along the route from Orland at Jct. US 99 to Jct. Route 36 near Deer Creek Meadows, via Chico. It was LRN 47 between US 99W (LRN 7; present-day I-5) and US 99E (LRN 3; present-day Route 99). This portion of LRN 47 was defined in 1919.
[Note: There is a brief section of L and R postmiles before GLE 0.0, which is at old 99W.]
In July 2008, the CTC relinquished right of way in the city of Orland between postmile L0.30 and the westerly right of way of the Southern Pacific Railroad (~ GLE L0.30 to GLE 0.049) consisting of superseded highway right of way, and relocated and reconstructed city streets, sidewalks, and landscape areas.
In July 2002, the CTC considered for funding and future adoption a realignment of Route 32 in the City of Orland. This new route adoption runs from 0.06 mi W of Eighth St to Sixth St (~ GLE R0.335 to GLE 0.0).
In March 2013, the CTC relinquished right of way in the city of Orland along Route 32 at 8th Street (~ GLE R0.395), consisting of collateral facilities inadvertently omitted from a previous relinquishment.
Chico Roundabouts (BUT 7.72/7.794)
The following project was included in the final adopted 2018 SHOPP: PPNO 2114. 03-Butte-32 7.6/7.9. On Route 32, In Chico, from West Sacramento Avenue (East) to West Sacramento Avenue (West). Construct two roundabouts. Begin Con: 7/30/2020. Total Project Cost: $6,755K.
In August 2018, Caltrans District 3 held a meeting regarding a proposal to construct roundabouts on Route 32 (Nord Avenue) and West Sacramento St. in Chico.
In August 2019, the CTC approved the following
project for future consideration of funding: 03-But-32, PM 7.6/7.9. Route 32 in
Butte County. Construct roadway and intersection improvements on Route 32 in
the city of Chico. (PPNO 2114). This project is located on Route 32/Nord Avenue
in the city of Chico in Butte County. The project proposes to construct two
roundabouts: Nord Avenue/West Sacramento Avenue (East) to Nord Avenue/West
Sacramento Avenue (West). The proposed project addresses the need to reduce the
high number of accidents and collision severity at this project location. This
project also proposes to improve and update synchronizing stop light phases,
upgrade sidewalks and curb ramps to comply with current Americans with
Disabilities Act standards and update the Class II Bike lanes and conflict
points. The project is currently programmed in the 2018 State Highway Operation
Protection Program (SHOPP) for an estimated total of $6.8 million which
includes Construction (capital and support) and Right-of-Way (capital and
support). Construction is estimated to begin in 2022. The scope, as described
for the preferred alternative, is consistent with the project scope programmed
by the Commission in the 2018 SHOPP.
(Source: August 2019 CTC Agenda/Minutes, Agenda Item 2.2c.(1))
In August 2019, the CTC approved the following
allocation: 03-But-32 7.6/7.9. PPNO 2114 Proj ID 0317000084 EA 2H240. Route 32
In Chico, from West Sacramento Avenue (East) to West Sacramento Avenue (West).
Construct two roundabouts. PS&E $663,000 RW Sup $756,000.
(Source: August 2019 CTC Agenda, Agenda Item 2.5b.(2a) #6)
From Route 99 near Chico to Route 36.
In 1934, Route 32 was signed along the route from Orland at Jct. US 99 to Jct. Route 36 near Deer Creek Meadows, via Chico. Before 1964, this segment of Route 32 was LRN 47 between US 99W (LRN 3) and Route 36 (LRN 29). This portion of LRN 47 was defined in 1933.
In a discussion on AARoads in June 2017, it was noted that there appears to have been a major change in Route 32 from the original highway alignment northeast out of Chico. It would seem that originally Route 32 originally met US 99 East at Park Avenue but used Humboldt Avenue instead of 8th and 9th Street to exit the city. It also seems that Humboldt Avenue is the original alignment directly to the hill climb into the Sierras east of Chico. The original alignment can be seen on the 1935 Butte County Road Map. North to Forest Ranch there doesn't appear to be really any major realigments, whichis interesting considering much of modern Route 32 is 65 MPH, sussing much of the original road grade was used. There appears to be a minor older alignment on Toll Gate Way but really it is too small to pick up on any map. Really everything north of Forest Ranch to Route 36/Route 89 appears to be mostly on the original alignment of Route 32.
East Chico Widening (BUT 10.3/11.3)
In 2007, the CTC did not recommend using the Corridor Mobility Improvement Account (CMIA) to fund widening from Route 99 to Yosemite Dr. (~ BUT 10.24R to BUT 12.38). However, in May 2011, the CTC approved for future consideration of funding a project that will widen and improve approximately 2.6 miles of Route 32, beginning at Route 99 and extending past Yosemite Drive. The project will widen Route 32 from two to three lanes in each direction from the east side of the Route 99 interchange to just east of Fir Street. The roadway will then be widened from two to four lanes (two in each direction) from east of Fir Street to Yosemite Drive, where the roadway width will transition down from four lanes to the existing two lanes. The project will also modify the ramp terminal intersections and the couplet at the Route 99/Route 32 Interchange. The Route 32 intersections with Forest Avenue, El Monte Avenue and Bruce Road will be widened and the existing signals will be modified. The Route 32 intersections with Fir Street and Yosemite Drive will be widened and new signals will be installed. The project scope also includes open graded asphalt, shoulder, median, guardrail (timber barrier), landscaping, signal and bridge improvements as well as sound barrier installation along select rear yards of residential properties that abut Route 32. The proposed project will relieve traffic congestion, increase capacity, improve signal operations and enhance safety.
In May 2011, the CTC amended the CMIA baseline agreement for the Route 32 Widen Phase 1 project (PPNO 2107) in Butte County to remain within budget. This included revising the project limits from Post Mile 10.1 - 11.1 to Post Mile 10.3 - 11.3 to accommodate scope change. The purpose of this project is to add a lane in each direction on the section of Route 32 from the Route 32/ Route 99 intersection eastward approximately one mile to the Forest Avenue intersection, which will improve safety, relieve congestion and mitigate traffic queues at the Forest Avenue/Route 32 intersection. During the design phase, it was discovered that the limits of the project would need to be shifted to just east of the Forest Avenue intersection, in order to accommodate the roadway transition from four lanes back down to two lanes. Furthermore, it was discovered that the work to build these roadway design tapers for the transition from four to two lanes, impacts the nearby Dead Horse Slough Bridge, which will now need to be widened. The additional scope and costs related to the widening of Dead Horse Slough Bridge were not part of the original baseline agreement. In order to remain within budget, the project was changed to widen the Dead Horse Slough Bridge to accommodate roadway tapers at Forest Avenue, and to eliminate signal, roadway and widening work at the intersection of Route 32 and Route 99 as well as at Fir Street.
In August 2011, the CTC approved an allocation of $3.425 million to a project to widen to four lanes a stretch of Route 32 in east Chico. The city of Chico will be kicking in $3 million to the Route 32 work, which will stretch east from the park and ride lot at Route 99, to just past the Dead Horse Slough bridge east of Forest Avenue. The work will also extend down Forest to Humboldt Road, and will improve northbound left turns from Forest onto Route 32 by adding a second dedicated left turn lane. The work will include widening the Dead Horse Slough bridge to four lanes. The ultimate plan is to widen the highway to four lanes as far east as Yosemite Drive.
In April 2012, the CTC approved revising the project schedule. The Route 32 Widen Phase 1 project originally proposed to widen Route 32 from Route 99 (BUT 10.1) to east of Forest Avenue (BUT 11.1). The project is needed to improve traffic operations on a portion of Route 32 in an urbanized area of Chico feeding Route 99. The completed improvements will mitigate queues of traffic, relieve congestion, increase capacity, and improve safety. The project was programmed at the Commission’s May 2010 meeting to be funded with a combination of Corridor Mobility Improvement Account funding and local funding. A construction allocation was approved by the Commission at its August 2011 meeting; however a contract award has been delayed due to a recent court decision which affected the project funding. Specifically, the recent California Supreme Court decision that eliminated all re-development agencies and related funding impacted the City’s financial plan for the Route 32 Widen Phase 1 project. Additional time to award the contract wass needed for the City to revise its financial plan in which the City will re-allocate City development impact fees and gas tax revenues to the project. Once the revised financial plan has been approved by the City Council, the City Manager will be able to move forward with awarding the contract which was anticipated by June 30, 2012. Closeout is now estimated for May 2014.
In April 2018, it was reported that construction was starting on the Colby
Curves Realignment Project, on Route 32 in Tehama County (TEH 8.6 to TEH 9.3).
The goal of the realignment is to improve drainage and install new roadway
(Source: District 2 Tweet, 4/2/2018)
There is an historical plaque in Butte County commemorating the 14 Mile House (~ BUT R21.897). In June 1864, the Chico and Humboldt Wagon Road Company was incorporated, and John Bidwell and other Chicoans received the franchise to construct a road to connect the City of Chico with the Idaho Mines. Nick Spires built accommodations on that road at a site located on the rim of Little Chico Creek Canyon for travelers and their livestock. Paul Lucas bought the land from Nick Spires, and Paul Lucas' son, John Lucas, built a fine two-story hotel. The hotel, a slaughter house, and a hide house, which later served as a school for Chico Canyon children, were collectively referred to as 14 Mile House. Soon after the turn of the 19th century, the toll house that was adjacent to the road was moved four miles north, nearer to today's Forest Ranch, and the last remaining 14 Mile House building, the old barn, disappeared in the 1960's. In 2001, a historical plaque commemorating the 14 Mile House was authorized in the right-of-way of Route 32 in Butte County at a site that is located along Route 32, lying approximately 12.7 miles east of the junction of Route 32 and Route 99, at the site of the 14 Mile House. Authorized by Senate Concurrent Resolution 59, Chapter 101, 9/4/2001.
[SHC 253.1] Entire route. Added to the Freeway and Expressway system in 1959.
Overall statistics for Route 32:
The route that would become LRN 32 was originally defined in the 1915 Second Bond Act as "an extension connecting the San Joaquin valley trunk line at a point between the city of Merced in Merced County and the city of Madera in Madera County with the coast trunk line at or near the city of Gilroy in Santa Clara County, through Pacheco Pass, by the most direct and practical route." In 1933, it was extended from "Coast Road near Watsonville to [LRN 2] in Santa Clara Valley via Hecker Pass". Thus, by 1935, it was codified as:
In 1959, Chapter 1062 combined the segments and extended the routing to LRN 249, which was the proposed "Easterly" freeway, Route 65. This made the definition "LRN 56 near Watsonville to LRN 249 near Sharon via Hecker Pass and Pacheco Pass."
This is currently signed as Route 152. As with present-day Route 152, the portion of the routing E of US 99 (LRN 4; present-day Route 99) due E to the Fresno River, where it intersects unconstructed Route 65 (LRN 249) is unconstructed.
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