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California State Route 244 and the un-built highways of Metro Sacramento (CA 65, CA 102, CA 143 and CA 148)

This past Fourth of July Weekend I drove the entirety of the short California State Route 244 freeway in Sacramento.  CA 244 is a short segment of a freeway that was intended to reach US Route 50 and being a major connecting highway for Metro Sacramento.  This blog will examine the other planned highways of Metro Sacramento which were never fully completed or never built at all; CA 65 south of I-80, CA 102, CA 143 and CA 148.  Most un-built highways around Metro Sacramento are tied to Legislative hurdles dating back to 1975. 


Since the focus of the driving portion of this blog pertains mostly to CA 244 I'll begin with said route.  The present route of CA 244 is a single unsigned one mile segment of freeway connecting I-80 and CA 51 (signed as I-80 Business) on the outskirts of eastern Sacramento to Auburn Boulevard.  As of 1995 CA 244 carried a peak traffic count of 28,500 vehicles a day according to CAhighways.org.

CAhighways.org on CA 244

The present route of CA 244 was original…
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The Blue Ridge Parkway - Mile 301.8 - Pilot Ridge Overlook

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California State Route 193

Over the Fourth of July Holiday weekend I drove the entirety of California State Route 193.


CA 193 is a 36 mile rural highway which mostly traverses the lower portion of the Sierra Nevada Range.  The route of CA 193 is oddly shaped and has a south terminus at CA 49 in Placerville and a hanging north terminus in the City of Lincoln.  CA 193 is one of the oddest segments of State Highway given it includes silent multiplexes of CA 49 and Interstate 80 in addition to having a hanging end at a terminus point.  Despite the oddities CA 193 is a highly scenic highway which runs through the Gold Rush Country and even incorporates a small segment of the North Lincoln Highway/early US Route 40 in Newcastle.

The present route of CA 193 was not one of the original Signed State Highways but was designated during the 1964 State Highway Renumbering.  The Legislative Route Numbers that made up what became CA 193 are as follows:

-  LRN 93 from from CA 49/LRN 65 in Placerville to CA 49/LRN 65 in Cool.  …