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State Route 245

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Routing Routing

Rte 245From Route 198 to Route 180 near the General Grant Grove section of Kings Canyon National Park.

Post 1964 Signage History Post 1964 Signage History

1963-1965 Routing

Post-1964 Legistlative Route Graphic In 1963, Route 245 was defined as the route from "Route 5 near Los Angeles to Route 60 at the intersection of Downey Road." This may have been a temporary routing related to construction of the downtown interchanges.

Route 245 entered the State Highway System during 1933 as part of LRN 166, which was defined as "Los Angeles, Indiana and 3rd Streets to the Huntington Beach-Whittier Road near Santa Fe Springs". In 1935, this was added to the highway code as LRN 166 with the definition:

"[LRN 172], at the intersection of Indiana and Third Streets, in Los Angeles, to [LRN 171] near Sante Fe Springs"

This route, as originally defined, would likely have run down from 3rd St (LRN 172) and Indiana St and then across Telegraph Road (the future I-5 routing) perhaps as far as Buena Park, where it met a routing of Route 39, which was LRN 171. The routing started out as US 101 Bypass, and later became I-5.

In 1941, Chapter 142 changed both endpoints, making the route from "[LRN 172] at the intersection of Downey Road Indiana and Third Streets, in Los Angeles, to LRN 174 near Norwalk [LRN 171] near Sante Fe Springs". Downey Road is the short-lived post-1964 Route 245. This led to a change in LRN 173, which was adjusted to end at Downey Road instead of Indiana Street. That change also removed Indiana Street from the state highway system (briefly). After this change, the route ran from LRN 172 (3rd Street, eventual Route 60) at the intersection of Downey Road to former Route 42 (LRN 174) near Norwalk. This included the segment of 1964-1965 Route 245 along Downey Road between Route 60 (LRN 172) and US 101, and the segment of US 101 (freeway routing) from Downey Road to LRN 174 (intersection with former Route 42). This was reflective of the creation of the US 101 Bypass Freeway.

In 1947, Indiana St was added back to the State Highway System, this time as LRN 230. It ran between Olympic/9th and 3rd. That changed in 1957, when Chapter 36 changed the terminus of LRN 173: "… to [LRN 166] near Downey Road [LRN 2] near Soto Street". This change made Olympic/9th St. between Soto St and Indiana part of LRN 230 (although no change was needed in the legislative definition). In the 1964 renumbering, LRN 230 became short-lived Route 165, LRN 173 became the Santa Monica Freeway, and the US 101 Bypass portion of LRN 166 became I-5 (connecting with the new freeway version of LRN 2).

So why was LRN 166 created in the first place? It was likely to connect Sign Route 26 (LRN 173) with the new road to Pomona (LRN 172) and Telegraph Road to points S, and later as a connection between LRN 174 and the US 101 Bypass. Why did it become Route 245? There were likely two reasons: (1) to provide a route to connect to old US 101 (what became Route 72), and to provide a connection between US 101 Bypass/I-5 and the new Route 60 until the interchange was completed.
(Source: DPF Research, triggered by the original version of Gribblenation Blog (Tom Fearer), "The first California State Route 245", 6/20/2023)

In 1965, Chapter 1372 deleted that routing.

Post-1972 Routing

State Shield In 1972, Chapter 1216 redefined Route 245 as "Route 198 to Route 180 near the General Grant Grove section of Kings Canyon National Park." This route was created as a renumbering of former Route 69. Rumor has it that the renumbering was due to continual theft of the Route 69 signs.

Proposed Expressway: Lindsay to WoodlakeIn 1961, studies of proposed alternate routes for the Route 65 expressway extension N from Lindsay to the vicinity of Woodlake were presented. The segment would run from Ave. 228 in Lindsay to Ave 384, about 4 mi N of Woodlake. Three alternate routes are proposed, all of which would relocate the present route. There would also be some adjustments to Route 198 where it intersects the project. The initial plan is to provide a 4-lane expressway from Lindsay to Route 198 (with the possibility of an eventual 6-lane freeway). N of Route 198, the plan is for a 2-lane expressway. Route 198 would get an interchange with Route 65, and a 4-lane expressway W to tie in with the E city limits of Visalia and Road 192. Based on the subsequent rescinding of the segment of Route 245 between Route 198 and 1 mi N of Route 201, it looks like proposal 2 was adopted but never constructed. The portion of the existing Route 65 N of Route 198 is now Route 245 (nee Route 69)
(Source: Lindsay Gazette, 2/16/1961, via Joel Windmiller, 2/26/2023)

Rte 245 Rescission near WoodlakeIn 1976, the CHC published a notice of intent to rescind the freeway route adoption of Route 245 between Route 198 and 1 mi N of Route 201. The segments were adopted in 1962 and 1965.
(Source: Tulare Advance-Register, 3/10/1976 via Joel Windmiller)

Pre 1964 Signage History Pre 1964 Signage History

The 1964-1965 incarnation of Route 245 was part of LRN 166.

The post-1972 incarnation of Route 245 was originally part of Route 65, and was renumbered as Route 69 when a new alignment was proposed for Route 65 in 1964. In 1972, it was renumbered again as Route 245. This was part of LRN 129, defined in 1933.

Note that, prior to 1940, Route 180 was along Dunlap Road, and thus Route 65 (now Route 245) terminated at Dunlap Road.

Status Status

Yokohl Creek / Kaweah River Bridges (06-Tul-245 PM 1.19/1.59, 4.19/4.30)

Rte 245 Bridge ReplacementIn October 2019, the CTC had on its agenda for future consideration of the following project: 06-Tul-245, PM 1.26/4.19 Route 245 in Tulare County. Replace existing bridge on Route 245 near the town of Woodlake in Tulare County. (PPNO 6787). This project is located on Route 245 near Woodlake in Tulare County. The project proposes to replace the nonstandard bridges with standard width bridges and install standard approach railing as needed at both Yokohl Creek bridge (No. 46-0011) at post mile 1.39, and at Kaweah River bridge (No. 46-0073) at post mile 4.19. This project is fully funded and is currently programmed in the 2018 State Highway Operation Protection Program (SHOPP) for an estimated $17.3 million which includes Plans, Specifications and Estimates, Construction (capital and support) and Right of Way (capital and support). Construction is estimated to begin in 2021. The scope, as described for the preferred alternative, is consistent with the project scope programmed by the California Transportation Commission (Commission) in the 2018 SHOPP.
(Source: October 2019 CTC Agenda, Agenda Item 2.2c.(1))

In October 2019, the CTC approved the following pre-construction allocation: 06-Tul-245 1.4. PPNO 6787 Proj ID 0615000293 EA 0U280. Route 245 Near Woodlake, at Yokohl Creek Bridge No. 46-0011 (PM 1.39); also at Kaweah River Bridge No. 46-0073 (PM 4.19). Replace bridges to upgrade to current standards, facilitate bike lane shoulders, and upgrade guard railing. (Concurrent consideration of funding under Resolution E-19-93; October 2019.) PS&E $2,260,000 (Programmed) $2,486,000 (Allocated) R/W Sup $645,000
(Source: October 2019 CTC Agenda, Agenda Item 2.5b.(2b) #7)

In January 2020, the CTC approved a technical amendment to the 2018 SHOPP regarding this project: 06-Tul-245 1.4 1.2/1.6 PPNO 6787 ProjID 0615000293 EA 0U280. Route 245 near Woodlake, at Yokohl Creek Bridge No. 46-0011 (PM 1.39 1.19/1.59); also at Kaweah River Bridge No. 46-0073 (PM 4.19/4.30). Replace bridges to upgrade to current standards, facilitate bike lane shoulders, and upgrade guard railing. The amendment included an increase to construction cost because of an increase in bridge material costs, the need for temporary trestles to facilitate pile driving, and the need to raise the bridge profile in order to meet updated Central Valley Flood Protection Board (CVFPB) requirements. Increase to construction support because more working days are required. There was a decrease in R/W capital because environmental mitigation and utility costs were lower than expected.
(Source: January 2020 CTC Agenda, Agenda Item 2.1a.(1d) Item 17)

The 2020 SHOPP, approved in May 2020, included the following Bridge Preservation item of interest (carried over from the 2018 SHOPP): 06-Tulare-245 PM 1.2/1.6 PPNO 6787 Proj ID 0615000293 EA 0U280. Route 245 near Woodlake, at Yokohl Creek Bridge No. 46-0011 (PM 1.19/1.59); also at Kaweah River Bridge No. 46 -0073 (PM 4.19/4.30). Replace bridges to upgrade to current standards, facilitate bike lane shoulders, and upgrade guardrailing. Programmed in FY20-21, with construction scheduled to start in October 2021. Total project cost is $25,910K, with $18,280K being capital (const and right of way) and $7,630K being support (engineering, environmental, etc.).
(Source: 2020 Approved SHOPP a/o May 2020)

In August 2021, the CTC approved the following construction phase allocation: $15,687,000. 06-Tul-245 1.19/1.59. PPNO 06-6787; ProjID 0615000293; EA 0U280. Route 245 Near Woodlake, at Yokohl Creek Bridge № 46-0011; also at Kaweah River Bridge № 46-0073 (PM 4.19/4.30). Outcome/Output: Replace bridges to upgrade to current standards, facilitate bike lane shoulders, and upgrade guard rail. Allocation (some from other sources): CON ENG $3,400,000 CONST $18,000,000. (Future consideration of funding approved under Resolution E-19-93; October 2019.) (Six month time extension for CONST and CON ENG approved under Waiver 21-59; June 2021.)
(Source: August 2021 CTC Agenda, Agenda Item 2.5b.(1) #35)

Tulare Expressway (~ 065 TUL 29.619 to TUL 39.477, 245 TUL 0.0)

Tulare ExpresswayIn December 2012, the CTC reviewed a draft EIR regarding improvements on Route 65 and Route 245 in Tulare County to create the Tulare Expressway. The project will realign Route 65 and construct a two-lane expressway on a four-lane right of way for 9.3 miles from Hermosa Street in Lindsay to Avenue 300 on Route 245 northeast of Exeter. There would also be about 0.5 miles of improvements on Route 245 starting at Route 198. The project is not fully funded. The project is programmed in the 2012 State Transportation Improvement Program. The total estimated cost for capital and support is $102,711,000. Construction is estimated to begin in Fiscal Year 2018-19. In addition to the no-build alternatives, there are two alternatives being considered: Build Alternative 1 would parallel the east and west side of existing Spruce Avenue depending on location; Build Alternative 2 would project the west side of existing Spruce Avenue. The project is needed to provide a continuous expressway through the corridor. Existing Route 65 does not provide direct access to Route 245 for traffic wishing to continue NB. Currently NB traffic on Route 65 must turn E at the Route 65/Route 198 intersection, enter a left turn lane, and wait for a signal. Route 65 also passes through Exeter, resulting in traffic flow interruptions with local traffic and the use of Spruce Road (Road 204) as an alternative. This has increased the accident rate.

The following project was included in the final adopted 2018 SHOPP in March 2018: PPNO 6787. 06-Tulare-245 1.4. Route 245 Near Woodlake, at Yokohl Creek Bridge No. 46-0011 (PM 1.39); also at Kaweah River Bridge No. 46-0073 (PM 4.19). Replace bridges to upgrade to current standards, facilitate bike lane shoulders, and upgrade guard railing. Begin Con: 10/5/2021. Total Project Cost: $18,665K.

Caltrans is exploring creating a roundabout on this route at the intersection of Route 216/Route 245 in Woodlake (~ TUL 7.054). Other potential/planned roundabout locations in the San Joaquin Valley include Route 145/Jensen near Kerman, Route 168/Auberry Road in Prather, 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. 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.

Naming Naming

Specialist Manuel Joaquin HolguinThe portion of Route 245 (Millwood Drive) from Avenue 364 to Avenue 398 near the town of Elderwood (~ TUL 10.47 to TUL 14.97), in the County of Tulare, is named the "Specialist Manuel Joaquin Holguin Memorial Highway". It was named in memory of United States Army Specialist Manuel Joaquin Holguin, born in 1984 in Visalia, California. Joaquin, as he was known to his family, grew up in the small foothill community of Elderwood, California, and attended public schools in Woodlake, California, graduating from Woodlake Union High School in June 2002. Joaquin was an athlete, playing soccer and baseball from the age of 5 years through high school. Living in the country, he also became knowledgeable in the use and safe handling of firearms and by the age of 12 years, he passed his hunter safety course and was proficient with a 12-gauge shotgun. In the fall of 2001, Joaquin decided to join the United States Army, following in the footsteps of his grandfather and uncles who had served in the United States Army during World War II and the Vietnam War. During his senior year of high school, Joaquin was admitted into the United States Army’s early enlistment program, officially enlisting upon graduation from high school for a three-year commitment on November 11, 2002, and was sent to Fort Benning, Georgia, for boot camp. Joaquin remained at Fort Benning, Georgia, for advanced infantry training, graduating in March 2003 with a designation as a mortarman. He also earned an award for being the highest marksman with a rifle in his platoon and would go on to continually score as an expert with a rifle and mortar. Joaquin was assigned as a gunner and driver to the 2nd Battalion, 6th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade of the 1st Armored Division in Baumholder, Germany. His division left Germany for Iraq in April 2003 and was assigned to an area of southern Baghdad operating out of Camp Muleskinner, but also saw action in Karbala and Al-Kut. His division would remain in Iraq for 15 months before returning to Germany, during which time, in this his first tour of duty, Joaquin received the Combat Infantry Badge and earned the rank of Specialist. Joaquin received orders that his active duty commitment was being extended. In November 2005, his brigade was sent back to the area of southern Baghdad Iraq for a second one-year tour of duty, and Joaquin volunteered to be part of the advanced detachment whose job was to get things in order for the arrival of the remainder of the brigade. On July 15, 2006, his unit, doing mounted and foot patrols, responded to an explosion at a marketplace, set up a perimeter, and began to receive small arms fire. During the firefight, an improvised explosive device (IED) detonated, killing Joaquin and severely wounding another soldier. Joaquin died one month before his 22nd birthday and three months before his tour of duty would have been completed. Joaquin was awarded the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star Medals for his active military service in the United States Army for his actions, not only on that day, but for the entire time he spent in Iraq. Joaquin was also awarded the Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon, the Iraqi Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, and the Presidential Unit Citation Award for his two tours of duty in Iraq. Named by Assembly Concurrent Resolution 135, Res. Chapter 85, on July 7, 2014.
(Image source: Iraq/Afghanistan War Heroes)

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Statistics Statistics

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Pre-1964 Legislative Route Pre-1964 Legislative Route

In 1959, Chapter 1062 defined LRN 245 as “[LRN 232] near Catlett to [LRN 87] near Tudor”. This route runs from Route 24 (present-day Route 70) near Catlett to Alternate US 40 (present-day Route 99) near Tudor. This is part of present-day Route 99.

Acronyms and Explanations:

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