Routes 281 through 288
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 Note that ISTEA repealed the previous Federal-Aid System, effective in 1992, and established the functional classification system for all public roads.
281 · 282 · 283 · 284 · 285 · 286 · 287 · 288
This routing is unconstructed from Route 29 south of Lakeport to Konocti Bay (Konocti Bay Road), although Soda Bay Road and County Road 502 appear to cover the route. According to the traversable highways report, improvement of the existing county road to state standards is planned for the distant future (PM 13.2 through PM 14.0). It does show as Route 281 on the postmile tool.
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 #1085: Widen South Main St.-Soda Bay Rd. (Route 281) between County Road 400A (mile marker 0. 0–mile marker 0.7) and County Road 502 (mile marker 0.0 and 0.9). $3,200,000.
Overall statistics for Route 281:
In 1959, Chapter 1062 defined LRN 281 as “[LRN 2] near the south end of San Diego Bay to east of the United States Naval Auxiliary Air Station, Brown Field”
In 1963, Chapter 1698 changed the east end to LRN 282, but that change was overtaken by the Chapter 385 "great renumbering".
From Route 75 to the Naval Air Station at North Island in Coronado.
In 1967, Chapter 1483 defined Route 282 as “Route 75 to the Naval Air Station at North Island in Coronado via Fourth Street. This section shall not become operative until the portion of Route 75 from Orange Avenue in Coronado to Route 5 in San Diego via the San Diego-Coronado Toll Bridge is completed and open for traffic.”
In 1968, Chapter 1139 added a segment from Route 75: “(a) The San
Diego-Coronado Ferry to Fourth Street via Orange Avenue. The portion of this
route described in subdivision (a) shall cease to be a state highway when the
San Diego-Coronado Toll Bridge and approaches are completed and open for
traffic. (b) Orange Avenue
Route 75 to the Naval Air
Station at North Island in Coronado.”
In 1972, Chapter 1216 deleted segment (a), returning the definition to “Orange Avenue to the Naval Air Station at North Island in Coronado.” This runs along the 3rd and 4th street couplet.
In 1976, Chapter 1354 changed "Orange Avenue" to "Route 75"
Note: This is one of five routes in California with "backward" postmiles: Most routes have postmiles that run West to East; this route has postmiles that run West from Route 75 to the NAS.
High Priority Project #866: Planning, design, engineering and construction of the Naval Air Station, North Island access tunnel on the Route 75/Route 282 corridor, San Diego. Additional funding provided by HPP #3789. $4,000,000.
High Priority Project #3789: Planning, design, engineering and construction of the Naval Air Station, North Island access tunnel on the Route 75/Route 282 corridor, San Diego. This seems to be additional funding for construction. $5,000,000.
In March 2015, it was reported that the Third and
Fourth Street Planning Community (TAF) recieved a report that Caltrans was
preparing a feasibility report to assess the potential to relinquish Route 282
to the city of Coronado. This was because Route 282 is the portion of Third and
Fourth Streets that runs from Orange Avenue to Naval Air Station North Island
(NASNI), including the portion of Alameda Avenue between Third and Fourth
Streets (also known as the Avenue of Heroes neighborhood loop). The process of
"relinquishment is the removal of a State highway, either in whole or in part
from the State Highway System (SHS)," and a contractual turning it over to
another jurisdiction—in the case of Route 282 this would be the city of
Coronado. Currently, all of Third and Fourth Streets are part of the National
Highway System, and are under the jurisdiction of Caltrans, District 11. While
Third and Fourth Streets are not under the jurisdiction of the city of
Coronado, there are areas where both jurisdictions intersect, like cross
streets and sidewalks, light posts, and signage. The intersecting jurisdictions
has led to neglect of the entire Third and Fourth Streets corridor. This
sustained neglect is rooted in a lack of a designated pipeline for reporting
maintenance issues to Caltrans. The city assumed Caltrans was monitoring the
roadway for maintenance issues. Caltrans assumed the city works would notify
them of maintenance issues. When TAF residents began policing the roadway in
early 2014, both the city of Coronado and Caltrans stepped up to investigate
and/or resolve challenges to transportation, maintenance, and roadway safety.
For relinquishment to be considered it must first be deemed appropriate,
meaning that Caltrans must first determine whether the relinquishment makes
sense from a transportation system perspective. A significant factor is that
Route 282 is a military installation route; an additional factor is whether or
not the highway in question serves "regional or statewide transportation
needs." Relinquishment could result in an increase in highway speeds on the
route. However, it could result in the loss of the prohibition of trucks over
65'. Even though this designation was hidden from recent resolutions and has
not been enforced, this was an opportunity to quiet the traffic and prevent
truck groundings at NASNI entry.
(Source: eCoronado.com 3/21/2015)
In February 2019, there was an update on the
relinquishment question. The broad brush details include Caltrans, the State of
California’s Transportation Agency would pay the city $16.95 million to
repair Route 282 or Third and Fourth Streets west of Orange Avenue; Route 75
from the Toll Plaza to Tulagi Road; and Route 75 from Tulagi Road to the
southern City Limit with Imperial Beach, to adequate levels. The city of
Coronado would then take over all operations of highways. The deal would be in
perpetuity, the highways could not be returned to State control and turning the
highways over to Coronado would require legislative action at the state level.
There’s a lot more to Relinquishment than that. There is past history
which could charitably be described as ‘fractious,’ and there is a
very real fear of the unknown. The financial risk cannot be quantified at this
time, and information gathering is just now underway. Early discussions on
Relinquishment have found Councilmembers Bill Sandke and Mike Donovan on
opposite ends of the thought spectrum on the issue, at least during council
discussions on the topic.
(Source: Coronado Eagle and Journal, 2/22/2019)
In September 2019, it was reported that the topic
of relinquishment was discussed at the September 2019 Coronado Council meeting.
This relates to negotiations for Coronado to acquire control and operation of
Route 75 and Route 282. Approved was an item that would authorize City Manager
Blair King to engage in negotiations with Caltrans for the 9.79 miles of
roadway in question: specifically, Route 75 from Tulagi Road to the Southern
City limits; Route 75 from Glorietta Boulevard to Tulagi Road; and the full
portion of Route 282 including Third, Fourth, and Alameda between Third and
Fourth Streets. The staff recommendation was to pursue the relinquishment of
all three segments of roadway. State Senator Toni Atkins (D-39th District) has
agreed to facilitate the transaction, which ultimately requires legislative
action, with the bill signed by Governor Gavin Newsom. The big turnaround for
this council from the stance taken by their predecessors, was the fact that the
now-public Caltrans operational numbers reflect the transaction to be cost
positive for the City of Coronado. During a presentation to the Council by City
Director of Public Services and Engineering Cliff Maurer, it was revealed that
Caltrans receives an annual financial allotment through the State
Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) of $900,000, of which a total of
between $250,000 and $280,000 is actually spent in Coronado, with the balance
of the funding directed to other areas within Caltrans. Upping the maintenance
level to Coronado standards, essentially doubling the existing Caltrans
expenditures, would still leave a projected balance Coronado could place into a
sinking fund for future road maintenance. The other major financial component
that may make this transaction financially feasible, is a potentially large
lump-sum payment from Caltrans to the City of Coronado to bring the 9.79 miles
of roadway to an acceptable condition. The first dollar figure run up the
proverbial flagpole by Caltrans was for $16.95 million with a projected payout
in 2020-21. Coronado’s consultants from Rick Engineering Company put the
number for a 2022 payout at $24 million. Another issue Coronado would include
in the transaction is that Caltrans would commit to providing catastrophic
damage response capabilities, within the limitations of their available
resources. The downside for Coronado is the city would now own 9.79 miles of
roadway and a bridge near the Cays, with all of the related operations and
maintenance expenses, forever. There are also insurance ramifications, as
Coronado is part of a Joint Powers Agreement called the CSAC Excess Insurance
Authority, which is a risk-sharing pool that proactively helps control losses
and prepare for different exposures. Through that entity, the city is
self-insured for a $250,000 deductible per incident, with coverage up to $50
million. The key factor is the amount of the lump sum payment. Coronado
believes that thenumber (from Caltrans) is low. There is a fair amount of time
between the completion of an agreement and when Coronado gets the road. In that
time, the value of money is changing, and the city needs to negotiate an
appropriate amount of money to get the road into good shape.
(Source: Coronado Eagle and Journal, 9/12/2019)
Route 282 from Orange Avenue in the City of Coronado to Naval Air Station North Island was designated a ★ Blue Star Memorial Highway by Assembly Concurrent Resolution (ACR) 163, Res. Chapter 124, Statutes of 2016, on August 16, 2016. Members of the Avenue of Heroes Neighborhood Association from the City of Coronado, California wished to erect markers along Route 282 from Orange Avenue in the City of Coronado to Naval Air Station North Island to honor all of the military branches that formed today’s North Island and our current service members who are still making sacrifices for our country. The association presented this proposal to the National Council of State Garden Clubs. From international explorers to the First Aero Squadron and from the Spanish-American War to the War on Terror, North Island has been a strategic military post and home to all branches of the United States Armed Forces. North Island served as a base for the beginnings of Army and naval flight, was modernized by the United States Marine Corps, and was an incubator for the United States Coast Guard, Signal Corps, and Air Force. The City of Coronado has the reputation as a “Navy Town,” unchanging in its beautiful Victorian architecture. It has become home to all branches of the armed services and has included many illustrious and famous military retirees. The designation of Route 282 as a Blue Star Memorial Highway is intended to be in conjunction with the City of Coronado’s Avenue of Heroes Banner Program to honor such heroes as Navy Seal Petty Officer First Class Jeffrey S. Taylor, who was killed in action on June 28, 2005, when the MH-47 helicopter he was aboard on a rescue mission crashed in Kunar Province, Afghanistan; the late Lt. Gen. James Harold “Jimmy” Doolittle, a Medal of Honor recipient, who led 16 American Mitchell B-25 bombers on April 18, 1942, from the deck of the aircraft carrier USS Hornet on a raid to bomb the Japanese mainland during World War II and who later commanded the powerful Eighth Air Force in Europe and the Pacific from January 1944 to September 1945; the late Vice Adm. James Bond Stockdale, Medal of Honor recipient, Vietnam War hero, and indomitable spirit of the Hanoi Hilton, who was shot down by antiaircraft fire after flying his A-4 Skyhawk off the deck of the aircraft carrier USS Oriskany on his last mission and was imprisoned in the Hanoi Hilton by the North Vietnamese; the late United States Navy Commander Francis Fane, who joined the Navy’s underwater demolitions team during World War II, becoming a legend in Navy special forces, developing advanced diving equipment and diving techniques, and laying much of the groundwork for the future Navy Seals; Navy Commander Dean “Diz” Laird, who became the only known U.S. Navy ace to shoot down both German and Japanese airplanes during World War II; Navy Commander Theodore “Spuds” Ellyson, who, while stationed at North Island, the first naval officer assigned to aviation duty, the first passenger of a seaplane, the first pilot to land on water at night, and was the first and only commander of North Island’s Camp Trouble; Maj. Gen. Joseph H. Pendleton of the United States Marine Corps, whose foresight, persuasive skills, and focused tenacity made the San Diego area the military center it is today; and, among many more heroes to be honored, Navy Capt. Leonard “Len” Kaine, who became a Top Gun fighter pilot and who was twice nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. The Blue Star Memorial Highway will honor more than 34 past and present members of the Armed Forces along Route 282’s Avenue of Heroes in the City of Coronado and the list will continue to grow as more banners are added and heroes are recognized.
Overall statistics for Route 282:
In 1959, Chapter 1062 defined LRN 282 as:
In 1963, Chapter 1698 shortened the name of Brown Field, but this was overtaken by Chapter 385 and the "great renumbering".
From Route 101 south of Rio Dell to the north end of the Eel River Bridge and Overhead in Rio Dell.
In 1970, Chapter 1473 defined Route 283 as “Route 101 south of Rio Dell to the north end of the Eel River Bridge and Overhead in Rio Dell.” This is the shortest route in the state system in terms of defined length, but in terms of constructed length, Route 77 is shorter by 10 feet.
This routing is not signed.
In July 2018, there was an interesting article on the impact of a project on
the Rio Dell Bridge. Rio Dell' is a small city (population 3,400) on the banks
of the Eel River that was once the seamy playground for the company-town
employees of neighboring Scotia, seeing booming business during the Prohibition
era when it was an unincorporated area known as "Wildwood." Incorporation in
1965 could have stabilized the town, but the bypass of US 101 in 1973 crippled
tourism for a time, and the decline of the logging industry dealt an additional
blow to the town's economy. Rio Dell once surged on the revenue of 2,500 timber
jobs in nearby mills. The Scotia mill, the last remaining, now employs around
250, according to the local chamber of commerce. Since then, there has been a
long, slow climb in stability, with a dedicated group of civic boosters
advocating for small business growth, renewed investment in public
beautification projects and an embrace of the legal cannabis industry all
contributing to Rio Dell's renaissance. Between 2016 and 2017, the town's
quarterly sales tax returns rose by almost 57 percent. New businesses — a
café, two massage parlors and a boutique — took root. In March 2018, an
unexpected setback occurred when Caltrans closed the bridge linking Rio Dell to
Scotia to repaint it. At the cusp of tourist season, traffic slowed to a
trickle. The closure is anticipated to last through summer 2018 and longtime
business owners say it will mean the death of their storefronts. The Eagle
Prairie Bridge has a unique distinction as the second-shortest state highway in
California (after Route 275 in Sacramento). Originally part of U.S. Highway
101, the bridge was re-designated as a transfer from the highway in 1970 and is
under the stewardship of Caltrans. When Caltrans last repainted the bridge in
2001, it kept it open to one-way traffic. But according to spokesperson Myles
Cochrane, the agency made a different move this year, largely for fiscal
reasons. The full closure of the bridge means a six-month project; one-way
traffic control would stretch the painting job to two years. Full closure is
also safer for workers, Cochrane says. A lighted path has been established for
pedestrians and bicyclists.
(Source: North Coast Journal, 7/5/2018)
In August 2018, it was reported that the Eagle Prairie Bridge, spanning the
Eel River between Rio Dell and Scotia, reopened to vehicle traffic in early
August 2018, just in time for the fun and festivities associated with the
annual Wildwood Days. When the bridge closed for painting in March, the
estimated closure time was six months, with a planned reopening in early
October 2018. However, the contractor brought in additional workers and that
sped up the entire operation. This is a permanent re-opening of the Eagle
Prairie Bridge and no further closure is planned. There will be controlled
traffic on the bridge briefly for center line and traffic line striping, and
installation of reflectors on the striping. The construction detours signs will
also be removed shortly.
(Source: Time Standard, 8/4/2018)
Bridge 04-0015 over the Rio Dell-Eel River in Humboldt County (HUM 000.12) is named the "Albert Stanwood Murphy Memorial Bridge". It was built in 1941, and was named by Assembly Concurrent Resolution 23, Chapter 91, in 1977. Albert Stanwood Murphy (b. 1892) was the president of Pacific Lumber and assisted the "Save the Redwoods League" in setting aside redwood park land.
This bridge was later renamed the "Eagle Prairie Bridge" by Senate Concurrent Resolution 90, Chapter 79, in 1990. It was named to commemorate the 50th anniversary of its construction and the 25th anniversary of the incorporation of the city of Rio Dell, formerly known as Eagle Prairie.
Overall statistics for Route 283:
In 1959, Chapter 1062 defined LRN 283 as:
This route is signed as follows:
From Route 70 at Chilcoot to Frenchman Reservoir.
In 1970, Chapter 1473 defined Route 284 as “Route 70 at Chilcoot to Frenchman Reservoir.”
Frenchman Lake Road
Overall statistics for Route 284:
No current routing.
In 1970, Chapter 1473 defined Route 285 as “Route 70 on West Street in Portola northwesterly to the north city limits, then to Lake Davis via Humbug Canyon, and then easterly to Grizzly Reservoir via the south shore of the lake.”
In 1998, AB 2132, Chapter 877, signed September 26, 1998 deleted the routing. The route was never constructed. According to the Caltrans photolog, the old alignment for Route 285 essentially is exactly the same as existing West Street (in Portola) and Lake Davis Road northeast to Grizzly Road just northeast of the Big Grizzly Creek via Humbug Canyon. The 4.8 miles from Portola were constructed in 1972 (22' traveled way, 3' shoulders, 6" base, and 2" asphaltic concrete). There were problems with the right of way and drainage.
Overall statistics for Route 285:
In 1959, Chapter 1062 defined LRN 285 as “[LRN 241] south of [LRN 200] to [LRN 282] near the Sweetwater Reservoir”. This was 1964-1994 Route 157 from I-805 south of Route 94 to Route 125 near the Sweetwater Reservoir.
This number is not assigned to a post-1964 route.
In 1959, Chapter 1062 defined LRN 286 as Sunset Cliffs Boulevard near Mission Bay southeasterly to [LRN 2].
In 1963, Chapter 526 eliminated the "near Mission Bay southeasterly", but didn't take effect due to Chapter 385. Instead, the equivalent change was made to Route 109.
This number is not assigned to a post-1964 route.
In 1961, Chapter 1146 reworded the definition to be The junction
of [LRN 5] and [LRN 56] via the beach area in Santa Cruz to [LRN 56]
west of the San Lorenzo River
via Ocean Street, Second Street,
and Chestnut Street in Santa Cruz.
This is present-day Route 100.
This number is not assigned to a post-1964 route.
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