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  1. Rte 86 Seg 1(a) (1) From Route 111 to Route 8 near El Centro.

    (b) 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 the following portions of Route 86, if the department and the applicable local agency enter into an agreement providing for that relinquishment, as follows:

    (1) To the County of Imperial, the portions of Route 86 within unincorporated areas of the county from the beginning of the route at the junction of Route 111 to 0.5 mile south of Fredricks Road.

    (2) To the City of El Centro, the portion of Route 86 within its city limits.

    Post 1964 Signage History Post 1964 Signage History

    This segment remains unchanged from its 1963 definition.

    In 2013, Chapter 525 (SB 788, 10/9/13) added segment (b) and (b)(1) permitting relinquishment within unincorporated areas of the county and within El Centro.

    Interstate Submissions Interstate Submissions

    Submitted for inclusion in the interstate system in 1956; not accepted.


  2. Rte 86 Seg 2(a) (2) From Route 8 near El Centro to Route 10 in Indio via the vicinity of Brawley.

    (b) 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 the following portions of Route 86, if the department and the applicable local agency enter into an agreement providing for that relinquishment, as follows: [...]

    (2) To the City of El Centro, the portion of Route 86 within its city limits.

    (3) To the City of Imperial, the portion of Route 86 within its city limits.

    (4) To the City of Brawley, the portion of Route 86 within its city limits.

    (c) The following conditions shall apply upon relinquishment:

    (1) The relinquishment shall become effective on the date following the county recorder’s recordation of the relinquishment resolution containing the commission’s approval of the terms and conditions of the relinquishment.

    (2) On and after the effective date of the relinquishment, the relinquished portions of Route 86 shall cease to be a state highway.

    (3) The portions of Route 86 relinquished under this subdivision shall be ineligible for future adoption under Section 81.

    (4) The Cities of Brawley, El Centro, and Imperial and the County of Imperial shall ensure the continuity of traffic flow on the relinquished portions of Route 86, including any traffic signal progression.

    (5) For the portions of Route 86 that are relinquished under this subdivision, the Cities of Brawley, El Centro, and Imperial, and the County of Imperial shall install and maintain, within their respective jurisdictions, the city or county signs directing motorists to the continuation of Route 86 to the extent deemed necessary by the department.

    (d) Following the relinquishments authorized in subdivision (b), the portion of Route 86 from 0.5 mile south of Fredricks Road to the north junction of Route 78 shall be redesignated as a part of Route 78.

    Post 1964 Signage History Post 1964 Signage History

    In 1963, this segment was defined as "Route 8 near El Centro to Route 10 via the vicinity of Brawley."

    In 1984, Chapter 409 clarified the terminus to be "Route 10 in Indio via the vicinity of Brawley."

    The section of Route 86 in Brawley was adopted as a Freeway in 1945. A Freeway Agreement had never been executed in the City of Brawley. This section of Route 86 was recently denominated to Controlled Access Highway (CAH) in 2005. It is a four-lane highway with paved shoulders and a median.

    In 2013, Chapter 525 (SB 788, 10/9/13) added segment (b) and (b)(1) permitting relinquishment within unincorporated areas of the county and within El Centro, Imperial, and Brawley, and added the language regarding Route 78 (e.g., (d)).

    In December 2016, the CTC authorized relinquishment of right of way in the city of Imperial on Route 86 from the south city limits to the north city limits, under terms and conditions as stated in the relinquishment agreement dated March 22, 2016, determined to be in the best interest of the State. Authorized by Chapter 523, Statutes of 2013, which amended Section 386 of the Streets and Highways Code.

    Pre 1964 Signage History Pre 1964 Signage History

    US Highway Shield This was originally signed as US 99, and was part of LRN 26, defined in 1915/1916. The northbound lanes of the original expressway are original US 99. The original route through Coachella and Thermal is along Harrison Avenue, and then diagonally to Pierce (starting at 66th). It was resigned as Route 86 in 1964.

    Route 86 was not defined as part of the initial state signage of routes in 1934. It is unclear what (if any) route was signed as Route 86 between 1934 and 1964.

    Status Status

    Route 86 General

    According to Don Hagstrom in October 2002, Route 86 is to be part of the NAFTA Farm-To-Market Highway. When complete, the NAFTA Farm-to-Market highway will encourage trucks to use the following route between Mexicali and Interstate 10 in Coachella: Route 7 Expressway northbound (Calexico / Mexicali II crossing east of downtown Calexico) to I-8 westbound to the Route 111 expressway northbound to the Route 86/Route 78 Brawley Bypass expressway westbound to Route 86 expressway northbound via the Salton Sea to I-10. I wonder if they will ever consider one route number for the whole thing, as this would be easier to follow. Additionally, on Route 86 there will be one interruption to the expressway in the small town of Westmoreland; the expressway becomes a 4 lane conventional highway with one stop sign and a reduced speed limit in this small town several miles north of Brawley.

    El Centro (I-8) to the Southern End of the Salton Sea (Route 78)

    The SAFETEA-LU act, enacted in August 2005 as the reauthorization of TEA-21, provided the following expenditures for this route:

    • High Priority Project #143. Construct a safety grade separation at the intersection of Route 86S and Ave 66. $3,600,000 (~ RIV R11.022) (Note: Ave 66 is Route 195)
    • High Priority Project #2543: Route 86S and Ave 50 highway safety grade separation. $800,000 (~ RIV R20.398)

    Decommissioning from El Centro to Brawley (~ IMP 4.999 (in prev. segment, S of I-8) to IMP 21.379)

    Andy also notes that there has been some talk of decommissioning Route 86 between Brawley and Imperial, including the segment through El Centro. Caltrans prepared a report on the feasibility of this in 2011. It is available [on the District 11 Web Pages]. It notes: " The County of Imperial, the City of El Centro, the City of Imperial, and the City of Brawley are supportive of this relinquishment. They have expressed an interest in having full control of these portions of SR-86 within their jurisdictions so they would have the ability to issue permits to new developments for roadway connections, thereby eliminating the need to obtain State encroachment permits or State involvement." The 2011 also report mentions a proposal for a new state-maintained roadway that could be built along the current Forrester Road (County Sign Route S30) corridor west of the current Route 86 corridor. It is not explicit that Forrester Road would be a realigned route for Route 86, but I suppose it is possible if the existing route is decommissioned to county and municipal governments. The 2011 report states:
    (Source: Andy3175 on AARoads, "Re: CA 86 Improvements", 12/25/2016)

    The Forrester Road Interregional Corridor Study was completed in April 2009. The report analyzes a variety of short-term and long-term alternatives to improve Forrester Road between Route 98 and Route 78. These alternatives including widening the existing two lane roadway to a four and six lane facility, and developing interchange improvements at I-8/Forrester Road. The study also evaluates transportation demands and resulting infrastructure needs required to serve the demand for growing regional, interregional, and international traffic. In addition, the study looks at transportation improvements intended to facilitate the movement of freight and related goods to meet the needs of agriculture and related industries in Imperial Valley, including cross-border commercial vehicle traffic. One of the study’s long range future network alternatives is to develop Forrester Road as a Caltrans facility between Route 98 and Route 78. The study discusses the need to relinquish Route 86, which supports this current relinquishment recommendation. By providing the additional Forrester Road corridor for commercial goods movement and international, interregional and regional traffic, the need to retain Route 86 as a State highway is minimized.

    Andy continues: The Transportation Concept Report Summary for Route 86 is in two files: [one for the portion of Route 86 in District VIII] and [one for the portion of Route 86 in District XI]. The District 8 section specifically states that it is intended to function as a full freeway in its ultimate configuration, as noted on page 4:
    (Source: Andy3175 on AARoads, "Re: CA 86 Improvements", 12/25/2016)

    The Route 86 ultimate corridor will be a six-lane freeway for the controlled access portion of the highway within the urbanized areas and for the rural portion of the highway, the ultimate corridor will be determined by its potential as a significant, goods-movement route and for its seasonal/recreational traffic potential. The intent is to take advantage of or develop opportunities for long term right of way acquisition and to work with local and regional agencies to implement corridor preservation measures. The ultimate facility will accommodate anticipated growth, which is expected to occur during and beyond the twenty year planning horizon.

    Andy notes that this appears not to be the case for Route 86 from the Riverside-Imperial County line south to its southern terminus. As noted on page 4 of the District 11 report, "With the exception of the proposed Westmorland Bypass 4-lane expressway, there are no mainline capacity enhancing projects proposed for Route 86." I believe the existing facility, which was only recently converted into a four-lane expressway, was considered to be satisfactory for the planning horizon of the 2008 transportation concept report. An update to the Route 86 transportation concept report and a study of upgrading Forrester Road (S-30) are listed on a map that showing ongoing planning efforts in Imperial County - see http://www.dot.ca.gov/dist11/maps/StatusMapImperial.pdf.
    (Source: Andy3175 on AARoads, "Re: CA 86 Improvements", 12/25/2016)

    Andy noted in a subsequent post that he found a copy of the December 2016 Transportation Concept Report for the portion of Route 86 in District 11. This new report calls for decommissioning of all of Route 86 south of the western intersection with Route 78 (Segments 1 through 11 as described below). The shared/concurrent/cosigned Route 78/Route 86 would become solely Route 78. The TCR divides up Route 86 into 12 segments:
    (Source: Andy3175 on AARoads, "Re: CA 86 Improvements", 12/25/2016)

    1. SEGMENT 1 is from Route 111 to McCabe Road with agricultural fields surrounding the route in the beginning of the segment. The route begins as a two-lane conventional highway as it enters the community of Heber that includes two four-way stop sign intersections.
    2. SEGMENT 2 is from McCabe Road to I-8 and traverses from a rural to an urban landscape, north of McCabe Road in the City of El Centro.
    3. SEGMENT 3 is from I-8 to Main Street in El Centro, known locally as 4th Street
    4. SEGMENT 4 is from Main Street to Adams/North Imperial Avenue and extends from North 4th Street and merges into Adams Avenue at North 5th Street in the City of El Centro
    5. SEGMENT 5 is from Adams Avenue/North Imperial Avenue (El Centro) to Aten Road (City of Imperial)
    6. SEGMENT 6 is from Aten Road to Barioni Boulevard in the City of Imperial. In this segment, the Imperial County Airport and Imperial Valley Expo are directly across from one another with North Imperial Avenue (Route 86) separating the airport land use and the events center.
    7. SEGMENT 7 is from Barioni Boulevard to Legion Road and is known as the Frank A. Story Memorial Highway
    8. SEGMENT 8 is from Legion Road to West Main Street in the City of Brawley. In this segment there are commercial shopping centers, motels and restaurants on West Main.
    9. SEGMENT 9 is from West Main Street in the City of Brawley to Fredericks Road/Junction Route 78, or the western edge of the Brawley Bypass, also known as the Route 78 Expressway.
    10. SEGMENT 10 is from Fredericks Road/Junction Route 78 to Forrester Road/Center Street. The highway is a four-lane conventional highway with commercial businesses that serves the City of Westmorland.
    11. SEGMENT 11 is from Forrester Road/Center Street to West Junction Route 78.
    12. SEGMENT 12 is from West Junction Route 78 to the Imperial/Riverside County Line

    He quotes the following from the report:

    Route 86 primarily functions as a Main Street through the community of Heber and the cities of El Centro, Imperial, Brawley, and Westmorland with high concentrations of access points and bicycle and pedestrian crossings. In certain segments, the surrounding land use consists of primarily residential and commercial centers and the route operates more like a city street rather than an interregional state highway, normally characterized by higher speeds and limited access points.

    In order to have greater control of the design and operation of Route 86, the City of Imperial began discussions with Caltrans regarding the potential relinquishment of the route within their jurisdiction from Treshill Road (PM 8.80) to Ralph Road (PM 12.30). A Project Study Report (PSR) was completed for this portion of the route and upon completion of the rehabilitation outlined in the PSR, the California Transportation Commission (CTC) can approve the relinquishment to the city. This will allow the City of Imperial to manage, maintain, and improve the roadway within their community to meet their needs or vision for the corridor.

    In 2011, a Transportation System Analysis and Evaluation (TSAE) Report was developed by Caltrans District 11 to address and determine the appropriateness of relinquishing portions of the Route 86 from of Route 111 (PM 0.0) to Route 78 East Junction (PM 24.20). Following the TSAE, a Project Study Report for Project Development Support was developed in 2013 by Caltrans to request programming for capital support in the SHOPP program for the relinquishment.

    Forrester Road

    The Route 86 corridor is instrumental in providing goods movement for commodities that enter the country via the POE’s and for the different agricultural activities in Imperial County. Due to the Main Street character found in the various cities, trucks often use Forrester Road as a way to bypass the congested city centers. Originally designed to only facilitate local agricultural traffic, Forrester Road’s function has evolved to include international cross border traffic. As the relinquishment discussions developed with the local jurisdictions along Route 86, ICTC, Caltrans, and SCAG conducted the Forrester Road Interregional Corridor Study that examined the possibility of relinquishing the current alignment of Route 86, including alternatives for a bypass of the City of Westmorland. By superseding Forrester Road as the new state highway, this alternative would alleviate potential traffic impacts caused by intraregional and interregional growth and increasing border traffic between Mexico and the United States.

    ROUTE CONCEPT

    CONCEPT RATIONALE

    As previously discussed, Route 86 primarily functions as a Main Street through the community of Heber and the cities of El Centro, Imperial, Brawley, and Westmorland with high concentrations of access points and high bicycle and pedestrian volumes. In certain segments, the surrounding land use consists of primarily residential and commercial centers and the route operates more like a city street rather than an interregional state highway, normally characterized by higher speeds and limited access points.

    Therefore, the concept for Route 86 is to relinquish segments (segments 1-9) to allow for the local jurisdictions to have the final authority on future street improvements and ultimately streamline the permitting process for their development projects. Segments 10 through 12 will continue to be part of the state highway system as it serves as a major goods movement corridor serving the greater Los Angeles area and beyond. There is currently a Break in Route between the Route 86 west junction and the Brawley Bypass; therefore, segments 10 and 11 will be designated as Route 78 to provide a continuous alignment for that route.

    In the 2013 Imperial County Long Range Transportation Plan, there is a proposed project called the Westmorland Bypass that allows through traffic to bypass the City of Westmorland. This four-lane expressway on the new alignment would extend approximately four miles from Route 86/Route 78 near Andre Road and rejoin Route 86/Route 78 near Lack Road and would be designated as Route 78. Segment 12 would be maintained as a four-lane expressway as Route 86.

    Relinquishment in Imperial (~ IMP 8.758 to IMP 12.317)

    In December 2016, Andy Fields noted in an AAroads discussion:
    (Source: Andy3175 on AARoads, "Re: CA 86 Improvements", 12/25/2016)

    The relinquishment of Route 86 through the city of Imperial appears to be moving forward, based on an article I found in the March 2016 Milemarker 11 (see http://www.dot.ca.gov/dist11/milemarker11/march2016.pdf),which states "There are multiple projects underway or set to begin in 2016 that will improve more than 100 miles of roadway (in Imperial County). Among these projects, is rehabilitation work on four miles of Route 86 in the city of Imperial as part of a Caltrans relinquishment process, and a new signal at Hovley Road and Route 78. Currently under construction, the Caltrans Maintenance station in El Centro will bring much needed new facilities to the region and will house 50 employees, equipment and materials." This same newsletter contains a map at the end showing pavement work underway along Route 86 north of Route 78

    [Potentially related to the above: In December 2016, the CTC authorized relinquishment of right of way in the city of Imperial on Route 86 from the south city limits to the north city limits, under terms and conditions as stated in the relinquishment agreement dated March 22, 2016, determined to be in the best interest of the State. Authorized by Chapter 523, Statutes of 2013, which amended Section 386 of the Streets and Highways Code.]

    Brawley Bypass (~ IMP R24.014)

    Note: The Brawley Bypass is actually Route 78 between Route 86 and Route 111.

    In May of 2003, the Commission approved the Route 78/Route 111 Route Adoption, a Controlled Access Highway bypass around the City of Brawley. Once constructed this will alleviate traffic impacts in the downtown area of Brawley and accommodate increased regional and interregional traffic due to the North American Free Trade Agreement. This will divert heavier traffic away from the downtown area off of Route 86 and improve safety and relieve congestion. In November 2005, the state proposed constructing new at grade connections to Panno Road and on the east side of Route 86 at Legion Road in the City of Brawley. There is a current connection at Legion Road to the west side of Route 86.

    The SAFETEA-LU act, enacted in August 2005 as the reauthorization of TEA-21, provided the following expenditures for this route:

    • High Priority Project #926: Construct highway connecting Route 78/Route 86 and Route 111, Brawley. This is likely the route being explored by the CTC back in April 2003. $7,600,000. (Brawley Bypass, 086 IMP R24.08 to 111 IMP R21.982)

    In July 2008, the CTC relinqished right of way in the county of Imperial between Brandt Road and Loveland Road (~ IMP 21.748 to IMP R25.919) consisting of superseded highway right of way, and relocated and reconstructed county roads, frontage roads and other state constructed local roads.

    The SAFETEA-LU act, enacted in August 2005 as the reauthorization of TEA-21, provided the following expenditures for this route:

    • High Priority Project #43: Roadway surface improvements, street lighting, and storm drain improvements to South Center Street (and Forrester Road) from Baughman Road to Route 86 (Note: The legislation has co-signed Route 78/Route 86, but legislatively this section is only Route 86) in Westmorland. South Center Street/Forrester Road is a local feeder street in Westmoreland, California. $640,000. (~ IMP R26.499 to IMP 27.527)

    Western Edge of the Salton Sea (Route 78) to Indio (I-10)

    In October 2008, the CTC relinquished right of way in the county of Riverside along Route 86S south of the Coachella city limits between Avenue 52 and Avenue 82, consisting of relocated or reconstructed county roads. (8-Riv-86S-PM R2.54/R18.27)

    In July 2008, the CTC relinquished right of way in the county of Riverside on: Route 86 between Route 86S and Avenue 54 including adjacent right of way along Route 86 for drainage purposes; Route 111 between Route 195 and Route 86S, and between Route 86S and the boundary line between Riverside County and the city of Coachella; and Route 195 between Route 86 and Route 86S, consisting of superseded highway right of way and collateral facilities. (8-Riv-86-PM 2.68/18.32, 8-Riv-111-PM 18.48/20.05, 8-Riv-111-PM 20.13/25.12, 8-Riv-195-PM 0.00/6.45)

    Route 86 Expressway / Route 86S

    A new Route 86 expressway has been built to its entire Route 195 length (~ RIV R3.107 to RIV R22.738). The expressway runs from I-10 at Coachella to join Route 86 at Oasis. The segment from Mecca to Coachella will be a joint section of 86 and 111 (it may be signed as such now) upon completion of the remainder of the expressway (at which time, Route 195 will be eliminated). It is unknown whether the signage for Route 195 has yet been removed.

    In December 2012, Caltrans officially renumbered Route 86S as Route 86. They noted that portions of the original highway, which is locally referred to as “old 86”, have been relinquished to the County of Riverside or the City of Coachella and renamed by the local jurisdiction.

    In December 2007, the CTC vacated right of way in the county of Riverside, at 0.18 mile southeasterly of Middleton Street, consisting of right of way no longer needed for State highway purposes. (8-Riv-86-PM 11.43)

    In May 2016, the CTC authorized relinquishment of right of way in the county of Riverside along Route 86 on Desert Cactus Drive (S of Coachella near Thermal), consisting of relocated or reconstructed county roads (~ RIV R16.262 to RIV R16.713). The County, by freeway agreement dated August 13, 1974, agreed to accept title upon relinquishment by the State. The 90-day notice period expired April 11, 2016.

    In April 2010, the CTC approved for future consideration of funding a project in Riverside County that will construct a new interchange and roadway improvements on State Route 86S at Airport Boulevard in the city of Coachella (~ RIV R16.694). The project is fully funded in the 2008 State Highway Operation and Protection Program. Total estimated project cost is $21,049,000 for capital and support. Construction is estimated to begin in Fiscal Year 2011- 12. Environmental studies conducted for the project revealed that there would be no adverse environmental impacts associated with the project.

    In June 2002, the CTC had on its agenda the relinquishment of 08-Riv-86,111-PM 17.3/21.5,24.5/T30.0 in the City of Coachella. This is likely the original routings that were bypassed by the expressway.

    In June 2019, the CTC approved for future consideration of funding a project located at the intersection of Route 86 and Avenue 50 in the city of Coachella in Riverside County (08-Riv-86, PM R19.2/R21.6). This project proposes to convert an at-grade signalized intersection into a grade-separated full interchange with a new overcrossing bridge and access ramps. The proposed project addresses the issues of water flooding and damage during severe winter and summer storms. The proposed project is projected to improve operational efficiency and mobility to and from the city of Coachella and enhance levels of service at local and adjacent street intersections. The project is fully funded through the City of Coachella, Coachella Valley Associated Governments and Federal Demonstration funds. Construction is projected to begin in 2021.
    (Source: June 2019 CTC Minutes, Agenda Item 2.2c.(1))

    Alternate Routes Alternate Routes

    In 2002, a new Route 86S expressway, running N of present-day Route 111, opened from I-10 to the vicinity of Pierce near Thermal. The expressway will eventually replace Route 195 in the area and continue to Route 86, bypassing the original US 99 routing along Harrison. In December 2012, Route 86S officially became Route 86.

    Naming Naming

    Frank A. StoryThe segment between the City of Imperial and the City of Brawley (~ IMP 10.851 to IMP R22.003) is officially designated the "California Highway Patrol Officer Franke A. Story Memorial Highway"*. Officer Story was a dedicated traffic officer killed in the line of duty at the age of 25 years while on a traffic stop on northbound Route 86 at Larsen Road in the early morning darkness of July 19, 1967. Specifically: Officer Frank A. Story and his partner, Officer Ernest H. Goff, were on the graveyard shift patrolling along U.S. Highway 86 north of Imperial when they stopped a truck-tractor rig for a routine registration check. While Goff radioed, Story stayed with the driver, who maneuvered himself into a position where he could grab Goff’s handgun, and opened fire. Story, 25, was killed instantly. Goff, 44, was wounded but struggled with the suspect and was able to overpower and arrest the killer.  Named by Assembly Concurrent Resolution No. 57, Chapter 73, in 1996.


    * Note: It is unclear if "Franke" is an error — that is the name in the resolution, but the memorial sites use "Frank".
    (Additional Information and Image Source: California Peace Officers Memorial Foundation)

    David E. Peirson and Bill Freeman HighwayThe segment between San Felipe Creek Bridge (at Route 78) and the Riverside county line (~ IMP 43.528 to IMP 67.824) is named the "David E. Peirson and Bill Freeman Highway". It was named by Assembly Concurrent Resolution 23, Chapter 68, in 1989. Bill Freeman, chairman of the Highway 86 Improvement Association, worked with David E. Pierson, engineer and Imperial County Public Works Director, for the completion of Route 86, which was dedicated to honor their work on October 30, 1987. Wilford W. “Bill” Freeman was one of the organizers of the Highway 86 Improvement Association; and the Route 86 improvement project was organized by David E. Pierson, who represented Imperial County, and Freeman, who represented Riverside County. Freeman began his campaign to upgrade the highway after a school bus and a truck collided. All students in the bus escaped injury.
    (Additional information: Imperial Valley Press Reader; Image source: AARoads)

    CHP Officer Saul MartinezThe portion of Route 86 between the Counties of Riverside and Imperial County line and the I-10 junction in the County of Riverside (~ RIV 0.000 to RIV R22.936), is named the "CHP Officer Saul Martinez Memorial Highway". It was named in memory of Officer Saul Martinez, who was born November 15, 1958, to Fidel and Amparo in Villa Juarez, San Luis Potosi, Mexico. Prior to joining the CHP, Officer Martinez was a volunteer for the United Farm Workers of America and worked alongside Cesar Chavez for almost 10 years. Throughout his time with the United Farm Workers, he held several roles, some of which included translator, contract administrator, and negotiator. On May 8, 1989, Officer Martinez graduated from the CHP Academy with Cadet Training Class IV-88 and was assigned to the Indio area where, on a talk radio show “El Protector,” he informed the public about new laws, seatbelt usage, drinking and driving, and other safety issues. He also visited schools to educate children on safety issues, and would often read to the children corresponding books. On May 8, 1997, Officer Martinez and his partner, James “Donovan” Rice, were investigating a vehicle parked on the shoulder of a road north of Palm Springs, when, out of nowhere, an oncoming car, traveling more than 15 feet off the roadway, came rushing towards the officers. Without hesitation, Officer Martinez shoved his partner to safety, only to be struck and critically injured. On May 10, 1997, Officer Martinez’s son, Saul Jr., and his two brothers, Ben and Rafael, received the “Latino Peace Officer of the Year Award” for 1996 on Officer Martinez’s behalf, as he lay critically injured in the hospital. The award was presented by the Latino Peace Officer’s Association of Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. Officer Martinez succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead on May 16, 1997. At Officer Martinez’s funeral, Governor Pete Wilson met privately with friends and family to present the California Medal of Valor to Officer Martinez’s wife. The Governor said, “The medal is an award to Saul for the courage he gave in sacrificing his own life to save his partner, Donovan Rice. The medal cannot begin to constitute the loss, but through his family, the medal speaks recognition through the state for the loved one they lost. This medal is given on behalf of those lives he touched and made so much better. Fellow officers said he was, and is, the best we had”. Named by Assembly Concurrent Resolution 100, Resolution Chapter 109, on September 4, 2012.
    (Image source: California Assn of Highway Patrolmen)

    Senator David G. KelleyThe segment between 82nd Avenue and 66th Avenue (~ RIV R2.968 to RIV R19.307), near the communities of Oasis and Valeria, near the Northern edge of the Salton Sea, in the County of Riverside is officially named the "Senator David G. Kelley Highway." Senator David G. Kelley was the state senator for the 37th district (including this area) from 1992 until 2000; before that, he served for 14 years in the California State Assembly. He was born and raised in Riverside County, and graduated from California Poly San Luis Obispo, majoring in citrus fruit production. He was a citrus rancher for over 45 years in the Hemet area. He was active in the Riverside County Farm Bureau since 1955, and also served on the board of directors of the California Farm Bureau Federation. He was active in the establishment of an agricultural preserve program in Riverside County. He has had an ongoing commitment to improving the dangerous portion of Route 86 on which many fatal accidents have occurred, commonly known as "Killer Highway," by submitting numerous requests for the funding of improvements and negotiating with the Department of Transportation, the Riverside County Transportation Commission, the Coachella Valley Association of Governments, community leaders, and state and county officials to improve the safety of this portion of the highway. Named by Assembly Concurrent Resolution 106, Chapter 108, August 22, 2000.
    (Image Source: Calif State Legislature Hall of Shame)

    Historical Route Historical Route

    This segment is designated as part of "Historic US Highway 99" by Assembly Concurrent Resolution 19, Chapter 73, in 1993.

    Interstate Submissions Interstate Submissions

    Submitted for inclusion in the interstate system in 1956; not accepted.

    Freeway Freeway

    [SHC 253.5] From Route 78 near Brawley to Route 10 in Indio. Added to the Freeway and Expressway system in 1959.

    Interregional Route Interregional Route

    [SHC 164.14] Between Route 111 in Brawley and Route 10.


Classified Landcaped Freeway Classified Landcaped Freeway

The following segments are designated as Classified Landscaped Freeway:

County Route Starting PM Ending PM
Riverside 86 S21.63 S22.66

Blue Star Memorial Highway Blue Star Memorial Highway

The portion of this route that is former US 99 was designated as a "North-South Blue Star Memorial Highway" by Senate Concurrent Resolution 33, Ch. 82 in 1947.

National Trails National Trails

De Anza Auto Route This route is part of the De Anza National Historic Trail.

Other WWW Links Other WWW Links

Statistics Statistics

Overall statistics for Route 86:

Pre-1964 Legislative Route Pre-1964 Legislative Route

In 1933, a route was defined from "Lassen National Park-Mineral Road to [LRN 29] near Morgan". Part of this became LRN 83, and part became LRN 86. In 1935, the LRN 86 portion was codified as:

[LRN 83] near Lassen National Park to [LRN 29] at Mineral

This definition remained unchanged until 1963. This is a 5 mi segment of Route 36 from Mineral to Route 89.


Acronyms and Explanations:


Back Arrow Route 85 Forward Arrow Route 87

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