California State Route 41 north from the Kings County/Fresno County Line at Excelsior Avenue to Postmile FRE 6.00 at Elkhorn Avenue consists of substandard two lane expressway serving as a gap from two modern four lane facilities. In recent months the Excelsior Avenue-Elkhorn Avenue segment of California State Route 41 has obtained infamy due to it's high number of accidents which led to the corridor obtaining the nickname of "The 2 Lane Death Trap." As of August 7th, 2021 the Excelsior Avenue-Elkhorn Avenue segment of California State Route 41was converted to the first centerline K-Rail barrier two lane State Highway in Caltrans District 6.
Part 1; the history of The 2 Lane Death Trap corridor of California State Route 41
As noted in the Gribblenation Blog titled "Old California State Route 41 in southern Fresno County" the segment of highway from Excelsior Avenue north to Elkhorn Avenue was added to the State Highway System in 1933 as part of Legislative Route Number 125 ("LRN 125"). As originally plotted LRN 125 ran north from Lemoore in Kings County north via 19th 1/2 Avenue to Excelsior Avenue at the Fresno County Line. LRN 125 northbound jogged briefly easterly on Excelsior Avenue to Elm Avenue. LRN 125 would follow Elm Avenue northward to Elkhorn Avenue. LRN 125 followed another brief eastward jog to a second segment of Elm Avenue which it followed north to the City of Fresno. LRN 125 between Lemoore and Fresno would be assigned as part of California State Route 41 ("CA 41") when the Sign State Routes were announced in the August 1934 California Highways & Public Works.