Well, another year of road updates has come to an end. It’s been a busy year, what with the CISSP exam early in the year, and the broken link check at the end of year. It’s a year that saw California see major budget problems, which only exacerbated the maintenance decline of our once great highway system. It saw the starting of our Facebook group, which sees regular postings of links to articles related to the California highway system (if you are on Facebook, do a search on “California Highways” and friend us). It saw even further declines in the old starwart, misc.transport.road, as well as decline in the number of emailed updates. It saw the death of Geocities, which removed a large number of unmaintained road information pages from the net, including the other two long-presence general California highway pages, those of David Stanek at Neuman Parada. In fact, the turning of the year is the end of a decade (2000-2009) that has seen significant changes in this site, this state, our country and the world. I wish for all my California Highway friends that the upcoming year and decade will be significantly better and prosperous in both health, happiness, and welfare than the last. And with that, let’s turn to the updates…
The following are any updates from backed up email changes, notes from my reading of the papers (which are usually posted to the Facebook group), the AAroads forum, as well as updates from misc.transport.road (which has become useless). This resulted in changes on the following routes, with credit as indicated [my research(1), contributions of information or leads (via direct mail or Usenet) from Ralph Herman(2), Dominic Ielati(3), Chris Thomas(4)]:Route 30(2), Route 66(1), Route 99(3), Route 110(1), Route 118(1), Route 180(4), Route 241(1), US 50(1), US 101(1), I-210(1,2)
Updated the links page to reflect the merging of RockyMountainRoads.com back into AAroads.com. Eventually, WestCoastRoads will also merge in… I’m not looking forward to that one. Added a link to the Mile-By-Mile route guide for California.
Reviewed the Pending Legislation page. As is expected in the November/December time frame, there is little legislative action: no new bills, no new resolutions, nothing being signed.
I checked the CTC Liaision page,, for the results of the December meeting. The following items were of interest:
2.1b. Program Amendments/Project Approvals – STIP Amendments for Notice
(1) The Riverside County Transportation Commission proposes to amend the 2008 STIP to reprogram $2,000,000 RIP from the SR-91/SR-71 Interchange and Connectors project (PPNO 0077G) to a new SR-91 Corridor Improvement project (PPNO 0077J) in Riverside County. STIP Amendment 08S-058 Information only. Proposed for Consent Calendar for January 2010 meeting.
(2) The Department and the San Diego Association of Governments propose to amend the Trade Corridor Improvement Fund baseline agreement and the 2008 STIP for the Route 11 and Otay Mesa Port of Entry (POE) project (PPNO 0999) to program $4,900,000 of Federal Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) Border Infrastructure Program funds to PA&ED in FY 2009-10, and update the project description, schedule and funding plan. Resolution TCIF-P-0910-04 Information only. Proposed for Consent Calendar for January 2010 meeting.
(3) The Department and the Tehama County Transportation Commission propose to amend the Route 99 Corridor Bond Program baseline agreement and the 2008 STIP for the Los Molinos project (PPNO 3326) in Tehama County to split construction into phases, include a bike and pedestrian Transportation Enhancement (TE) element, a landscape TE element, update the project schedule, and program the bike/pedestrian TE element in FY 2009-10. Information only. Proposed for Consent Calendar for January 2010 meeting after technical changes are incorporated.
2.1c. Traffic Congestion Relief (TCR)Program Application Approvals/Amendments, Proposition 1B CMIA Program/Project Amendments
(1) The Department, the Solano Transportation Authority, and the Napa County Transportation and Planning Agency propose to amend the CMIA baseline agreement and the 2008 STIP for the Route 12 Jameson Canyon Widening – Phase 1 project (PPNO 0367D, TCRP 157) to split the overall project into two roadway contracts and one follow-up landscape contract, and update the project funding plan. Approved.
2.2c. Environmental Matters – Approval of Projects for Future Consideration of Funding, Route Adoption or New Public Road
(1) 01-Men-101, PM 46.2/84.6 Route 101 in Mendocino County. Repair, upgrade, or replace 36 existing drainage facilities on Route 101 from 0.4 miles north of Baechtel Creek Bridge in Willits to 0.2 miles south of Cummings Road Undercrossing near Leggett. (ND) (PPNO 0181A) Approved.
(2) 04-Sol-80, PM 11.4/20.1 Route 80 in Solano County. Construct ramp metering facilities and roadway improvements at existing interchange entrance and connector ramps of Interstate 80 from Red Top Road to Air Base Parkway in the city of Fairfield. (MND) (PPNO 8320C) The Commission accepted the environmental document and approved the project for future consideration of funding.
(3) 05-SB-101, PM 10.8/12.8 Route 101 in Santa Barbara County. Construct operational improvements including additional lanes, new and reconfigured ramps, replacement / widening of Milpas Street Undercrossing and Sycamore Creek Bridge, new Cacique Street Undercrossing, and bicycle/pedestrian facilities, in the city of Santa Barbara. (FEIR) (PPNO 0478) The Commission accepted the environmental document and approved the project for future consideration of funding.
(4) 06-Mad-99, PM R7.1/R7.9 Route 99 in Madera County. Widen Avenue 12 Interchange at Route 99 from two to four lanes, add an on-ramp to Route 99 and construct roadway improvements in the city of Menlo Park. (MND) (PPNO 5346) (SR 99) The Commission accepted the environmental document and approved the project for future consideration of funding.
(5) 08-Riv-215, PM R32.32/R35.93 Route 215 in Riverside County. Reconstruct Route 215 from Cactus Avenue to Oleander Avenue and construct roadway improvements west of the city of Moreno Valley. (MND) (TCIF) (EA 0E5200) The Commission accepted the environmental document and approved the project for future consideration of funding.
(6) 08-SBd-2, PM 0.6/2.5 Route 2 in San Bernardino County. Widen existing Route 2 to provide left-turn movements and construct roadway improvements. (MND) (PPNO 0127D) Approved
(7) 08-SBd-62, PM 142.19/R142.92 Route 62 in San Bernardino County. Replace the Colorado River Bridge and construct roadway improvements on Route 62 near the city of Earp. (MND) (PPNO 0227F) Approved
(9) 02 – Plumas County Reconstruct a portion of Plumas County Route A15, also known as Portola McLears Road, and other improvements in the city of Portola. (MND) (PPNO 2371) Approved
2.3a. Route Adoptions
Notice of Intention to Consider Rescinding Freeway Adoption [for Route 238 between I-580 and Industrial Parkway] in the city of Hayward and Alameda County. 04 Ala-238-PM 92./14.8 Approved.
2.3c. Relinquishment Resolutions
03-Sac-16-PM R22.00/R23.96 Right of Way along Route 16 in the county of Sacramento at Michigan Bar and Ione Roads, consisting of reconstructed county road connections. Resolution R-3747 Approved.
05-SB-246-PM 28.6 Right of Way along Route 246 in the city of Solvang at Skytt Mesa Drive, consisting of a collateral facility. Resolution R-3748 Approved.
11-SD-94-PM 9.3/R10.4; 11-SD-125-PM 12.8/13.3 Right of Way along Route 94 and Route 125 in the city of La Mesa between Grove Street and Spring Street, consisting of relocated and reconstructed county roads and frontage roads. The County of San Diego, by freeway agreement dated September 30, 1968, agreed to accept title upon relinquishment by the State to roads which on that date were within an unincorporated area of the county and have since been annexed by the City. Resolution R-3749 Approved.
2.3d. Vacation Resolutions
03-Sac-16-PM R22.00/R23.96 Right of Way along Route 16 in the county of Sacramento, from 0.1 mile west of Michigan Bar Road to the Amador County line, consisting of highway right of way no longer needed for State highway purposes. Resolution A-876 Approved.
05-SLO-101-PM 15.7 Right of Way adjacent to Route 101 in the city of Pismo Beach, 0.13 miles north of 4th Street, consisting of highway right of way no longer needed for State highway purposes. Resolution A-877 Approved.
4. Policy Matters
4.13. Route 238 Hayward Bypass – Commission’s Role With Legislative Changes By AB 1386 (Hayashi) Information only.
It is interesting to note the large number of local, non-state-highway system projects that the California Transportation Commission is funding (which generally don’t show in these summaries).