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From the Nevada state line easterly of Oasis to the Nevada state line northerly of Oasis.
In 1965, Chapter 1875 defined Route 266 as “Route 168 near Oasis to the Nevada state line via Mono county road 101.”
In 1984, Chapter 409 relaxed the definition: “Route 168 near Oasis
to the Nevada state line
via Mono county road 101.”
Note that Route 266 continues into Nevada as NV 266. The NV 266 numbering in Nevada dates back to Nevada's state route renumbering (around 1976 or so) but before the portion between the stateline/NV 264 and the Route 168/Route 266 junction was transferred from Route 168 to Route 266. The portion that was once Route 168 continues north as NV 264. The NV 266 portion is former NV 3; NV 264 is former NV 3A.
The portion from Oasis to Southern Nevada was part of LRN 63, defined in 1933. The rationale for this extension was closing the 2½ mi gap over Fish Lake Valley from the then end of LRN 63 (present-day Route 168) to bring the route to the California-Nevada state line, where a Nevada state highway proceeds northeasterly. Inclusion of this short section as a State highway closed the gap between the California and Nevada highway systems, and provided a complete interstate connection and corrected an obvious error in State highway designation.
In September 2012, the CTC adopted the remaining portion of Route 266 as a State Route highway location. This route adoption addressed the lack of continuity of this route east of Oasis to the Nevada State line. The proposed route adoption will extend existing Route 266 from the intersection with Route 168 to the California-Nevada state line easterly of Oasis. The route adoption allows Caltrans to construct a curve correction project within this segment and complete the route for Route 266 in Mono County.
Route 266 is a rural two-lane conventional highway located in the remote southeast corner of Mono County. It begins at the California-Nevada state line east of Oasis and connects Nevada (NV) 266 and US 95 (the northwestern access into Las Vegas) to Route 168 and the Eastern Sierra region of California. From the intersection with Route 168, it continues to the north to connect with NV 264 and provides access to the town of Dyer and Fish Lake Valley, in the state of Nevada. Route 266 travels primarily through public lands used for open range grazing. Other than several alfalfa ranches in the Oasis area, there is no development along the highway. The route is used primarily for rural goods movement and interregional access, but also connects with many dirt roads providing access to the surrounding foothills and open range lands for local and recreational use.
This segment of Route 266 was brought into the State Highway System in 1931 as former LRN 63 from Oasis easterly to the California-Nevada state line. In 1963, LRN 63 was designated as Route 168. In 1986, this segment of Route 168 was transferred to Route 266 and the limits of Route 266 were redefined as “The Nevada state line easterly of Oasis to the Nevada state line northerly of Oasis.” However, a route adoption was never sought for approval by the Commission for the transferred portion. The original segment of Route 266, from Route 168 to the California-Nevada State line to the north, was adopted on November 1, 1965.
Within the project limits, the existing highway consists of two 12-foot paved lanes and paved or unpaved shoulders that vary from zero to four feet in width. The horizontal alignment consists of long approach tangents connected by a nonstandard horizontal curve. The proposed route adoption is consistent with a proposed curve correction project that will realign an existing nonstandard curve near PM 2.5. The existing curve has been posted for a reduced speed limit, but due to the high approach speeds and limited sight distance at the curve location, the accident rate at the curve is much higher than the statewide average for a similar facility. The proposed project will construct a new curve with an appropriate radius for the existing approach speeds and will correct existing deficiencies in the vertical profile, thus improving sight distance. The estimated cost of the project is approximately $1,100,000, which includes construction and right of way costs escalated to the year of construction. The project is fully funded in the State Highway Operation and Protection Program through the Collision Reduction Severity Program and is scheduled to begin construction in FY 2014/2015.
[SHC 263.7] From the Nevada state line easterly of Oasis to Route 168 at Oasis.
Overall statistics for Route 266:
In 1959, Chapter 1062 defined LRN 266 as “[LRN 9] near Sunland to [LRN 58], including a connection to [LRN 61] north of La Canada”. This route includes portions of Route 118 (from Route 118 to Route 249, unconstr.); Route 249 (from Route 118 to Route 14, unconst.); and Route 122 (from Route 14 to Route 58, unconst.).
Acronyms and Explanations:
Route 265 Route 267
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