Skip to main content

California State Route 144

This past month I drove several short State Highways in the Santa Barbara Area including California State Route 144.


The present route of CA 144 is located within the City of Santa Barbara.  Current CA 144 is approximately 1.1 miles between Salinas Street north via Sycamore Canyon Road to CA 192.


The present route of CA 144 was added to the State Highway System in 1933 as a spur of Legislative Route 80 according to CAhighways.org.  The spur of LRN 80 ran from CA 150 south via; Sycamore Canyon Road and Salinas Street to US 101/LRN 2.  The spur of LRN 80 can be seen on the 1935 California Division of Highways Map of Santa Barbara County.


During the 1964 State Highway Renumbering the spur of LRN 80 was reassigned as CA 144.  The route of CA 144 was so small in scale that it often wasn't displayed on State Highway Maps.  One of the few State Highway Map editions to clearly show CA 144 was in 2005.  The 2005 State Highway Map shows CA 144 running from US 101/CA 1 via; Milpas Street, Mason Street, Salinas Street and Sycamore Canyon Road to CA 192.


According to CAhighways.org the relinquishment of CA 144 in Santa Barbara was legislatively approved in 1999 and became effective in 2000.  At the time it appears that the City of Santa Barbara did not extend north of Salinas Street up Sycamore Canyon Road as CA 144 north from Post Mile SB 0.87 still exists.  The language of the 1999 relinquishment appears to be vague enough that the remainder of CA 144 may be deleted provided the City of Santa Barbara is willing to accept it.

My approach to CA 144 north was from US 101/CA 1 south where I joined the former alignment via Exit 96B onto South Milpas Street.







Former CA 144 north would have continued up Milpas Street under US 101/CA 1 to Mason Street.





Former CA 144 north swung east on Mason Street towards Salinas Street.  The lack of utility for a State Highway is readily apparent as it is a narrow street which passes by a school.





Former CA 144 north made a left turn onto Salinas Street.  At the roundabout located at Salinas Street and Sycamore Canyon Road CA 144 north begins at Post Mile SB 0.87.




CA 144 north follows Sycamore Canyon Road through Sycamore Canyon to CA 192 where it terminates at Post Mile SB 1.952 near the 1921 Sycamore Creek Bridge.










Comments

Popular posts from this blog

California State Route 38

California State Route 38 is a fifty-nine-mile State Highway located entirety in San Bernardino County and a component of the Rim of the World Highway.  California State Route 38 begins at California State Route 18 at Bear Valley Dam of the San Bernardino Mountains and follows an easterly course on the north shore of Big Bear Lake.  California State Route 38 briefly multiplexes California State Route 18 near Baldwin Lake and branches east towards the 8,443-foot-high Onyx Summit.  From Onyx Summit the routing of California State Route 38 reverses course following a largely westward path through the San Bernardino Mountains towards a terminus at Interstate 10 in Redlands.   Pictured as the blog cover is California State Route 38 at Onyx Summit the day it opened to traffic on August 12th, 1961.   Part 1; the history of California State Route 38 California State Route 38 (CA 38) is generally considered to be the back way through the San Bernardino Mountains to Big Bear Lake of Bear Valley

The original alignment of California State Route 33 in Firebaugh

Firebaugh is a city located on the San Joaquin River of western Fresno County.  Firebaugh is one of the oldest American communities in San Joaquin Valley having been settled as the location of Firebaugh's Ferry in 1854.  Traditionally Firebaugh has been served by California State Route 33 which was one of the original Sign State Routes announced during August 1934.  In modern times California State Route 33 is aligned through Firebaugh on N Street.  Originally California State Route 33 headed southbound passed through Firebaugh via; N Street, 8th Street, O Street, 12th Street, Nees Avenue and Washoe Avenue.  The blog cover depicts early California State Route 33 near Firebaugh crossing over a one-lane canal bridge.  The image below is from the 1935 Division of Highways Map of Fresno County which depicts the original alignment of California State Route 33 in Firebaugh. Part 1; the history of California State Route 33 in Firebaugh The community of Firebaugh is named in honor of Andr

Driving the Watkins Glen Historic Road Course - New York

  Situated at the south end of Seneca Lake in the Finger Lakes region of Upstate New York, Watkins Glen is well known for wineries along Seneca Lake and waterfalls at Watkins Glen State Park . But one thing that gives the town much renown is its connection to the world of auto racing. The raceway at Watkins Glen Internationa l holds a number of big races every year, such as Six Hours at the Glen and the NASCAR Cup Series . The history of auto racing at Watkins Glen starts during the 1940s when the race followed a course on local roads and also through the streets of downtown Watkins Glen. It's a course that you can follow today, preferably at a more moderate speed than the auto racers of yore raced at. Let's explore the history of the original course, how it came to by and why it is no more. Organized races through the village of Watkins Glen and surrounding roads were first proposed and started by Cameron R. Argetsinger in 1948, marking the beginning of post-war sports car