State Route 161
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From Route 97 near Dorris to Route 139 near Hatfield.
Post 1964 Signage History
This route is as defined in 1963.
Pre 1964 Signage History
This was part of a 1959 extension of LRN 210. It was not signed before
Route 161 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 161 between
1934 and 1964.
[SHC 253.1] Entire route. Added to the Freeway and Expressway system in
[SHC 263.1] Entire route.
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Overall statistics for Route 161:
- Total Length (1995): 19 miles
- Average Daily Traffic (1992): 600 to 1,100
- Mileage Classification: Rural: 19; Sm. Urban: 0; Urbanized: 0.
- Previous Federal Aid Mileage: FAP: 19 mi.
- Functional Classification: Minor Arterial: 19 mi.
- Counties Traversed: Siskiyou.
Pre-1964 Legislative Route
In 1933, Chapter 767 defined the routes from "[LRN 2] near Cahuenga Park
to [LRN 4] near Burbank" and from "[LRN 4] near Glendale to [LRN 9] near
Monrovia" as part of the state highway system. In 1935, LRN 161 was added
to the highway code with the following routing:
- [LRN 2] near Cahuenga Park to [LRN 4] near Burbank
- [LRN 4] near Glendale to [LRN 9] near Monrovia
In 1947 (1st ex. sess.), Chapter 11 added an additional segment and
clarified the routing:
- [LRN 205] near Elysian Park in Los Angeles to a connection with
[LRN 4] near Glendale.
- [LRN 2] near Vineland Avenue
to [LRN 4] near Glendale Burbank
- [LRN 4] near Glendale to [LRN 9] near Monrovia
In 1957, Chapter 1911 reversed the order and changed (b): “[LRN 4]
near Glendale to [LRN 2] near Riverside Drive
This route was signed as follows:
- US 66 near Elysian Park in Los Angeles to US 99 near Glendale.
This was a segment of US 99.
- US 99 (present-day I-5) near Glendale to US 101 near Riverside Drive.
This is the remainder of the Ventura Freeway, Route 134, between I-5
and US 101. Before the construction of Route 134, this ran N from US 101 (Ventura Blvd) along Fulton to Moorpark, along Moorpark to
Alameda, and along Alameda to San Fernando Road. This avoided Griffith
- US 99 near Glendale to Route 118 near Monrovia.
This is the older surface street routing of Route 134 from San
Fernando Road to Foothill Blvd along Colorado Blvd and Colorado
Street. Between 1964 and 1992, it was Route 248. The LRN was also
applied to the freeway routing of Route 134 between the present-day
Route 710/I-210 junction and US 99 (present-day I-5). Some of this was
signed as Alternate US 66. Sparker at AAroads noted that Alternate US 66 ran along Colorado Blvd west of Fair Oaks Ave (where LRN 9 turned
north and NW along Sign Route 118) west to Figueroa St., where
Alternate US 66 (along with Sign Route 11, which joined Alt. US 66
from Linda Vista Ave. south of the Rose Bowl) turned south (the whole
of Sign Route 11 was LRN 165). LRN 161 continued west through Glendale
and Burbank, signed as Route 134, originally terminating at US 101/LRN 2 in Sherman Oaks but cut back to Lankershim Blvd. (LRN 159) in North
Hollywood circa 1957. The purpose of the 2nd section of LRN 161 was
simply to straighten out the alignment of US 66 in the
Acronyms and Explanations:
- "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.
- Other frequently used terms: California Transportation Commission (Commission or CTC), California Department of Transportation (Department or Caltrans), Regional Improvement Program (RIP), Interregional Improvement Program (IIP), State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP), State Highway Operation and Protection Program (SHOPP), Traffic Congestion Relief Program (TCRP), Clean Air and Transportation Improvement Act of 1990 (Proposition 116), High Speed Passenger Train Bond Program (Proposition 1A), Highway Safety, Traffic Reduction, Air Quality, and Port Security Bond Act of 2006 (Proposition 1B), Corridor Mobility Improvement Account (CMIA), State Route 99 Bond Program (RTE or SR 99), Local Bridge Seismic Retrofit Account (LBSRA), Trade Corridors Improvement Fund (TCIF), Highway-Railroad Crossing Safety Account (HRCSA), State-Local Partnership Program (SLPP), Environmental Phase (PA&ED), Design Phase (PS&E), Right of Way (R/W), Fiscal Year (FY), Active Transportation Program (ATP), Trade Corridor Enhancement Program (TCEP), Local Partnership Program (LPP), Local Streets and Roads Program (LSRP), Solutions for Congested Corridors Program (SCCP).
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