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State Route 135

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  1. Rte 135 Seg 1From Route 101 near Los Alamos to Route 1 south of Orcutt.

    Status Status

    In October 2018, the CTC authorized for for future consideration of funding the following project for which a Mitigated Negative Declaration (MND) has been completed: Route 135 in Santa Barbara County (05-SB-135, PM R7.2). Seismic retrofit of an existing bridge on Route 135 near the town of Bradley. (PPNO 2567) This project is located on Route 135 at the San Antonio Creek Bridge (No. 51-0006) in Santa Barbara County. The project proposes to improve the service and stability of the bridge structure to prevent collapsing during a maximum credible seismic event. It has been determined from the Structure Replacement and Improvement Needs Report and the Office of Earthquake Engineering Department that the bridge is seismically deficient and has insufficient capacity to resist earthquake loading. The proposed project is estimated to cost approximately $4.7 million. This project is fully funded and is currently programmed in the 2018 SHOPP for approximately $4.7 million. Construction is estimated to begin in 2020. The scope, as described for the preferred alternative, is consistent with the project scope programmed by the Commission in the 2018 SHOPP.
    (Source: October 2018 CTC Agenda Item 2.2c.(1))


  2. Rte 135 Seg 2From Route 1 near Orcutt to Route 101 in Santa Maria.

    Status Status

    Constructed to freeway standards from Route 1 to north of Orcutt (~ SB R9.218 to SB 10.611).

    Orcutt Gateway Veterans Flag

    There has been an ongoing kerfluffle regarding construction of a Veterans Memorial near Orcutt on Route 135 (at Clark Ave, SB R10.437). For three years, a private citizen named Steve LeBard has led the effort to build a privately funded memorial in Orcutt, California—a tranquil small town located on the Golden State’s gorgeous Central Coast—to honor military veterans. The project has run into numerous problems. Some of these stemmed from a legal decision regarding flag displays on Caltrans properties (an artifact of post 9/11 flag displays) that prevented display of the US Flag (since resolved), as well as problems related to the display of military service seals and their logos. The emotion of the effort was raised due to the usual rhetoric. The story is this: Originally, LeBard and OTORA raised the money for the veterans’ memorial, and in 2011 he asked CalTrans for permission to build it by a park-and-ride near a highway on-ramp and off-ramp, where people enter and exit when traveling to and from nearby Vandenberg Air Force Base. Because the memorial was to be built around an American flag, CalTrans refused to grant OTORA permission to build it. Citing its interpretation of a decision issued by a 3-judge panel of the Ninth Federal Circuit Court of Appeals (and the policy that CalTrans developed in its aftermath), CalTrans declared that hanging an American flag on public land constitutes an impermissible act of “public expression.” As CalTrans explained to LeBard at the time, if it allowed an American flag to be hung, “we would be placed in a position of having to permit all forms of expression….As such, the department has determined that the state highway system is not a forum for public expression….” LeBard subsequently convinced Caltrans that the flag display was permissible, but then ran into problems with the Americans with Disabilities Act and the width of the sidewalk. He then tried to get Caltrans to sell the land to Santa Maria, but ran into problems with that. He last settled on a Transportation Art project, which is when a problem with the mottos on the seals emerged.
    (Source: Weekly Standard Blog 2/20/13, Project Blog 2/13/13, LA Times 3/4/13)

    In November 2017, it was reported that an American flag now flies at the entrance to Old Town Orcutt thanks to the persistence of a Orcutt veteran. On Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017, a ceremony to raise the flag was held at the Old Town Orcutt Flag Pole, located at the intersection of Clark Ave. and Route 135. The event was attended by members from American Legion Post 534, as well as several local dignitaries, including Assemblyman Jordan Cunningham, who introduced the bill that led to the long-awaited approval to display the flag. Cunningham authored the legislation after learning about the long-running efforts of Steve Lebard. Beginning in 2011, the Vietnam War veteran has been attempting to create a veteran's memorial at the busy intersection. However, blocking the project was a much-criticized Caltrans rule that banned the American flag at "gateway monuments." Lebard's frustration with the rule gained national attention, including from former FOX News anchor Bill O'Reilly and Los Angeles Times. After spending several years going through government red-tape, Lebard's dream picked up steam in early 2017 when Cunningham proposed bill AB 866, which was dubbed "The Fix." "What this bill allows for once and all, as a matter of California law, is that you can fly a U.S. or California flag at what's called a "gateway monument, a monument that usually marks the entrance to a city or town," Cunningham said.
    (Source: KEYT, 11/30/2017)

    In March 2013, the CTC vacated right of way in the city of Santa Maria along Route 135 at Santa Maria Way (~ SB 12.999), consisting of superseded highway right of way no longer needed for State highway purposes.

    In August 2015, the CTC vacated right of way in the city of Santa Maria along Route 135 just north of Santa Maria Way (~ SB 12.999), consisting of superseded highway right of way no longer needed for State highway purposes.


Post 1964 Signage History Post 1964 Signage History

As defined in 1963, Route 135 consisted of two segments: "(a) Route 101 near Los Alamos to Harriston. (b) Orcutt to Route 101 north of Santa Maria."

In 1968, Chapter 282 clarified the definition: "(a) Route 101 near Los Alamos to Route 1 near Harriston. (b) Route 1 near Orcutt to Route 101 north of Santa Maria."

In 1984, Chapter 1258 changed the terminus of (a) to "Route 1 south of Orcutt near Harriston". This reflected the work to incorporate former County Sign Route S20 was incorporated into Route 1, and the incorporation of a portion of former Route 1 into Route 135.

In 1992, Chapter 1243 clarified the terminus of (b): "... to Route 101 north of in Santa Maria."

Some more information on this route was provided on AAroads: The US 101 Santa Maria bypass was completed about a year or so prior to the Great Renumbering of '64; as such, the routings were changed while LRN's were still "the law of the land", so to speak. At that time, Route 166 from Route 1/LRN 56 at Guadalupe east to US 101 was part of LRN 148. When the bypass was completed around the east side of town, LRN 148 was extended east to the bypass, signed as Route 166, which then turned north to multiplex with US 101/LRN 2 to a point north of town, where it turned east on Route 57 toward Maricopa. Prior to then, LRN 148 jogged on Broadway (old US 101, now Business Route 101/Route 135) south to Stowell Road, where it turned east. The segment from Broadway to the bypass was relinquished when LRN 148/Route 166 continued east to the new US 101 freeway. The segment of Stowell Road east of the US 101 freeway, and the rest of former LRN 148 east to Sisquoc, became the new Route 176; it received signage in late 1968 (about the time that most formerly unsigned state-maintained highways in Santa Barbara County, such as Route 135, Route 144, Route 217, Route 224, and Route 225 were signed in the field). The route was eventually relinquished to the county circa 1984, with signage being removed within a couple of years.
(Source: Scott Parker (Sparker) at AAroads, 4/7/2018)

In July 2002 and November 2002, the CTC considered rescinding the freeway adoption from PM 10.0 to PM 13.2.

Pre 1964 Signage History Pre 1964 Signage History

Both segments were originally part of LRN 2, which is also US 101. This indicates that they are a former routing of US 101 through Harriston and Orcutt, and were bypassed by a later version of LRN 2, which is the present-day US 101. LRN 2 was defined in 1909. This routings became branches in 1933.

According to Chris Sampang, Graciosa Road appears to be the old routing of Route 135 (pre-freeway) between south of Orcutt (where Route 135 has its north merge with Route 1) and the San Antonio Creek (2 miles south of the southern merge with Route 1). Bell Street (which is Route 135 through Los Alamos) curves back to the current US 101 expressway a mile northwest of Los Alamos, and may have been US 101 after it was rerouted off of the older Route 135 alignment (but before the bypass was built).

Route 135 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 135 between 1934 and 1964.

Classified Landcaped Freeway Classified Landcaped Freeway

The following segments are designated as Classified Landscaped Freeway:

County Route Starting PM Ending PM
Santa Barbara 135 R10.30 R10.68

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Statistics Statistics

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Pre-1964 Legislative Route Pre-1964 Legislative Route

In 1933, Chapter 767 defined the route from "Hanford via Corcoran and Earlimart to Bakersfield-General Grant Park Road near Ducor" as a state highway. In 1935, this was added to the highway code as LRN 135, with the definition:

"[LRN 10] at Hanford via Corcoran and Earlimart to [LRN 129] near Ducor"

In 1951, Chapter 1562 rewrote the description to "[LRN 10] at near Hanford, thence southerly in the vicinity of via Corcoran and Earlimart to [LRN 129] near Ducor"

In 1953, Chapter 1617 changed the terminus and routing of the route to be "[LRN 10] near Hanford, thence southerly in the vicinity of Corcoran and via Sun Rise City to the junction of [LRN 33] and [LRN 139] near Wasco Earlimart to [LRN 129] near Ducor". This had the side effect of deleting the routing on Avenue 56 to Route 65 near Ducor. That segment later became County Sign Route J22.

In 1959, Chapter 1062 rewrote the definition again, turning the exisitng segment around and adding a second segment:

  1. The junction of [LRN 33] and [LRN 139] near Wasco to [LRN 10] near Hanford
  2. The Kings County Line north of Hanford to [LRN 4] near Selma

Tom Fearer put together the following explanation of the routing: The original alignment of LRN 135 from Route 65 in Ducor to Route 198 in Hanford was as follows:

  1. West on Avenue 56/County Sign Route J22 past Route 99 (what was US 99) to modern Route 43/Cental Valley Highway.
  2. Northwest on Route 43 to Santa Fe Avenue in Corcoran.
  3. Northwest on Santa Fe Avenue in Corcoran to Whitley Avenue (part of this road no longer exists).
  4. West on Whitley Avenue out of Corcoran to 10th Avenue.
  5. North on 10th Avenue as it dogs slightly west to become 10½th Avenue up to Kansas Avenue.
  6. East on Kansas Avenue passing the town site of Guernsey to 10th Avenue.
  7. North on 10th Avenue to Lacey Blvd which would have been Route 198.

In 1953, LRN 135 was realigned on a bypass around Corocan following the modern alignment of Route 43 north to meet Route 198 at Lacey Blvd via 7th Avenue. By 1954 the segment of LRN 135 on 56 Avenue was deleted and the highway was routed along the modern alignment south to US 466/LRN 139 in Wasco, which created a continuously maintained north/south highway south to US 399. LRN 135 appears to have existed as a gap highway with a new segment south from US 99 in Selma to the Kings County line shown in 1960. LRN 135 was eventually extended on a bypass of Hanford to north to US 99 in Selma by 1962 via the alignment of modern Route 43. Both LRN 135 and LRN 139 appear as part of Route 43 on the 1963 state highway map and the alignment has largely been the same ever since.
(Source: Tom Fearer (Max Rockatansky) on AARoads, March 2017)

This routing is present-day Route 43 between the Route 43/Route 46 junction and Route 99.


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