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Former California State Route 226

California State Route 226 is a former State Highway which was aligned between Orosi and Orange Cove.  California State Route 226 was commissioned during 1964 from what had been the northern extent of Legislative Route Number 132.  1965 Legislative Chapter 1372 deleted California State Route 226 and transferred the entire routing to a realigned California State Route 63.  

Part 1; the history of California State Route 226

What was to become California State Route 226 was added to the State Highway System in 1933 as part of Legislative Route Number 132 (LRN 132) north of Orosi to Orange Cove.  LRN 132 north of Orosi can be seen following Road 128 and Avenue 460 to Orange Cove on the 1935 Division of Highways Map of Tulare County.  LRN 132 north of Orosi did not receive one of the initial Sign State Routes which were announced during August 1934.  LRN 132 north of Orosi connected with Sand Creek Road which was once the primary highway to the logging town of Millwood.  

As part of the 1964 State Highway Renumbering what was Legislative Route Number 132 between Orosi and Orange Cove was renumbered as California State Route 226.  California State Route 226 can be seen for the first time on the 1964 Division of Highways Map.  

The California State Route 226 was a short-lived designation as it was consolidated with California State Route 63 via 1965 Legislative Chapter 1372.  Legislative Chapter 1372 also annexed County Route J19 north of Park Boulevard/Sumner Avenue as part of California State Route 63.  

The extended definition of California State Route 63 first appears on the 1966 Division of Highways Map.  California State Route 63 is shown as a planned State Highway north of Orange Cove which indicated that existing County Route J19 north of Orange Cove was not yet up to state standards. 

Hill Valley Road north of Orange Cove is shown as part of California State Route 63 on the 1969 Division of Highways Map.  The extension of California State Route 63 truncated County Route J19 to Orange Cove.  

Part 2; a drive on former California State Route 226

As modern California State Route 63 northbound enters downtown Orosi it intersects El Monte Way.  Originally California State Route 63 would have made a right-hand turn onto El Monte Way and traffic continuing straight would have transitioned onto California State Route 226. 

Former California State Route 226 northbound would have followed Road 128 to the intersection of Avenue 460 and Sand Creek Road.  

Former California State Route 226 followed Avenue 460 west into Fresno County and terminated at the eastern outskirts of Orange Cove at Hill Valley Road.  From the terminus of California State Route 226 traffic could continue west onto Park Boulevard in Orange Cove.  


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