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State Route 145

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  1. Rte 145 Seg 1From Route 5 near Oilfields to Route 99 near Madera, passing near Five Points and Kerman.

    (1) The commission may relinquish to the City of Madera the portion of Route 145 located between Gateway Drive and Lake Street within the city, upon terms and conditions the commission finds to be in the best interest of the state.

    (2) A relinquishment under this subdivision shall become effective on the first day of the next calendar or fiscal year, whichever occurs first, after the effective date of the commission's approval of the terms.

    (3) The relinquished section shall cease to be a state highway on the effective date of the relinquishment.

    (4) The portion of Route 145 described in this subdivision may be relinquished to the City of Madera only upon the condition that the city agrees to both of the following: (A) Maintenance of signs directing motorists to the continuation of State Highway Route 145. (B) No reduction of the number of lanes within the relinquished section.

    Post 1964 Signage History Post 1964 Signage History

    In 1963, this segment was defined as "(a) Route 180 near Kerman to Route 99 near Madera."

    In 1970, Chapter 1473 extended the route from I-5 to Route 180, making the definition: "(a) Route 5 near Oilfields Route 180 near Kerman to Route 99 near Madera, passing near Five Points and Kerman". It is unclear when the county-maintained roadways Route 145 used south of Kerman were adopted into the state highway system and upgraded to state standards. Max R. has a travelog of Route 145 here.

    In 1996, the state added to the legislative definition the ability to relinquish to the City of Madera the portion of Route 145 located between Gateway Drive and Lake Street within the city, provided suitable terms are negotiated. The agreement must required the maintenance of signs directing motorists to the continuation of State Highway Route 145, and no reduction of the number of lanes within the relinquished section. (AB 2246, Chapter 540, 9/16/96)

    Pre 1964 Signage History Pre 1964 Signage History

    This entire routing was LRN 126, defined in 1933, except for the portion of segment 1 added in 1970. Signed Route 145 was not part of the original 1934 signage of state routes, but appears to have been signed sometime between 1948 and 1949, based on its first appearance on the state highway map in 1949.

    Status Status

    Southern Segment Rumble Strips (06-Fresno-145 PM 0.0/33.6)

    In August 2019, it was reported that funds from SB1 will contribute $470,000 to Route 145 improvements including centerline and shoulder rumble strips from I-5 (FRE 0.000) to Church Avenue (~ FRE 33.622) near the city of Kerman. The improvements will total $5.8 million.
    (Source: Sun Gazette, 8/21/2019)

    The 2020 SHOPP, approved in May 2020, included the following Collision Reduction item of interest (carried over from the 2018 SHOPP): 06-Fresno-145 PM 0.0/33.6 PPNO 6975 Proj ID 0619000020 EA 0Y420. Route 145 Near Kerman, from Route 5 to Church Avenue. Construct centerline and shoulder rumble strips.. Programmed in FY21-22, with construction scheduled to start in March 2022. Total project cost is $5,780K, with $3,420K being capital (const and right of way) and $2,360K being support (engineering, environmental, etc.),
    (Source: 2020 Approved SHOPP a/o May 2020)

    Jensen Ave Roundabout (~ FRE 33.122)

    In October 2011, it was reported that Caltrans has selected the intersection of Route 145 and Jensen Avenue near Kerman (~ FRE 33.122) for the first roundabout in the San Joaquin Valley. This intersection was chosen because it has had a high rate of accidents. Caltrans is also considering three sites in Tulare County and one each in Fresno, Kings and Kern counties for roundabouts (specifically, Route 168/Auberry Road in Prather, Route 216/Route 245 in Woodlake, Route 43/Route 137 in Corcoran, Route 190/Road 152 east of Tipton, Route 190/Road 284 east of Porterville, and Route 155/Browning Road in Delano). The Route 145 roundabout is anticipated to cost $1.1 million, and is scheduled to begin in mid-2013 and expected to take about a year to complete. The major concern was from growers and producers, who were worried that larger trucks hauling produce could not negotiate the circular intersections. A 2007 study of 55 roundabouts in the U.S. found a 35% reduction in accidents and a 90% reduction in fatal accidents when intersections with stop signs or signals were converted to roundabouts. It costs about the same to build a roundabout as to put up traffic signals, and they need significantly less maintenance than traffic signal intersections -- about 60% to 90% less, depending on how much landscaping work is required.

    In January 2012, the CTC approved for future consideration of funding a project in Fresno County that will construct a single-lane roundabout at the intersection of Route 145 and Jensen Avenue in the city of Kerman to reduce traffic collisions. The project is programmed in the 2010 SHOPP. The total estimated project cost is $2,903,000 for capital and support. Construction is estimated to begin in Fiscal Year 2013-14. The scope, as described for the preferred alternative, is consistent with the project scope programmed by the Commission in the 2010 SHOPP.

    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 #1830: Improve the Route 99/Route 145 interchange in the City of Madera, CA. $2,400,000. (~ MAD 9.012)

  2. Rte 145 Seg 2From Route 99 near Madera to Route 41.

    Post 1964 Signage History Post 1964 Signage History

    This segment is unchanged from its 1963 definition.

    Google Maps appears to show Route 145 continuing E from Route 41, along a lateral (Millerton Road) to Road 206, and then along O'Neill Road to Road 211, and then along another lateral (Millerton Road) to end near Duma Cove of Millerton Late. There is no record of this segment being part of Route 145.

    Pre 1964 Signage History Pre 1964 Signage History

    This entire routing was LRN 126, defined in 1933, except for the portion of segment 1 added in 1970. Signed Route 145 was not part of the original 1934 signage of state routes, but was signed by 1953.


Freeway Freeway

[SHC 253.1] Entire route. Added to the Freeway and Expressway system in 1959.

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Pre-1964 Legislative Route Pre-1964 Legislative Route

In 1933, Chapter 767 added the route from "[LRN 31] near Cajon Pass to [LRN 23] near Little Lake" to the highway system. In 1935, this route was added to the highway code as LRN 145 with that definition. The route remained unchanged until the 1963 renumbering. It is US 395 between US 91 (present-day I-15) and the US 395/US 6 (present-day US 395/Route 14) junction. This was defined in 1933.


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