California State Route 244

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State Route 244 marker

State Route 244
Route information
Defined by S&HC § 544
Maintained by Caltrans
Length: 1.08 mi[2] (1.74 km)
Existed: July 1, 1964[1] – present
Major junctions
West end: I‑80 / I‑80 Bus. in Sacramento
East end: Auburn Boulevard in Sacramento
Highway system
SR 243 SR 245

State Route 244 (SR 244) is a short unsigned freeway connection northeast of Sacramento, California, United States. It connects the junction of Interstate 80 and Interstate 80 Business (State Route 51) with Auburn Boulevard (the old Lincoln Highway - former U.S. Route 40/U.S. Route 99E). SR 244 was first added to the state highway system in 1959 as Legislative Route 288, and was renumbered as SR 244 in the 1964 renumbering. Portions of this route have been removed from the system as late as 1994.

Route description[edit]

SR 244 starts just east of the westernmost ramps to the Watt Avenue exit off I-80. Just east of this, there are several connector ramps to both I-80 and Business I-80 as SR 244 passes under the terminus of Business I-80. SR 244 terminates at Auburn Boulevard, having just entered the Sacramento city limits near Renfree Park.[3]

History[edit]

Legislative Route 288 was defined in 1959 as a proposed route from pre-1964 Legislative Route 3 and pre-1964 Legislative Route 242 (now I-80 and SR 51) northeast of Sacramento east to pre-1964 Legislative Route 249 (unbuilt State Route 65 - approximately Sunrise Boulevard) near Fair Oaks.[4] In the 1964 renumbering, this was assigned the number Route 244.[1]

In 1965, an extension was defined from SR 65 east to U.S. Route 50. In 1972 a series of "volatile" public hearings took place where local residents protested the construction of this route among others being proposed in the Sacramento area. [5] This extension to U.S. Route 50 was removed in 1975, and the route's definition was truncated to end at Fair Oaks Boulevard near San Juan Avenue. The public forums ended in mid-1976 after the Board of Supervisors abandoned plans for all three routes.[5] It was truncated further to Auburn Boulevard, its present terminus, in 1994.[6]

The bridges along the route date from 1971, a year after the bridges on I-80 to the west;[2] that part of I-80 was Interstate 880 until 1981.[1][7]

Exit list[edit]

Except where prefixed with a letter, postmiles were measured on the road as it was in 1964, based on the alignment that existed at the time, and do not necessarily reflect current mileage. R reflects a realignment in the route since then, M indicates a second realignment, L refers an overlap due to a correction or change, and T indicates postmiles classified as temporary (for a full list of prefixes, see the list of postmile definitions).[8] Segments that remain unconstructed or have been relinquished to local control may be omitted. The entire route is in Sacramento County.

Location Postmile
[8][2][9]
Exit
[10]
Destinations Notes
  0.00 I‑80 west – San Francisco Westbound left exit and eastbound entrance; west end of SR 244; former I-880 west
  0.01 1 Watt Avenue Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
  0.46 I‑80 east / I‑80 Bus. west (Capital City Freeway) – Reno, Sacramento Westbound exit and eastbound entrance; I-80 Bus. west was former I-80 west
Sacramento T1.08 Auburn Boulevard At-grade intersection; east end of SR 244; former US 40
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c California State Assembly (1963). "An act...relating to routes on the state highway system". 1963 Session of the Legislature. Statutes of California. State of California. Ch. 385 p. 1171. 
  2. ^ a b c Staff (July 2007). "Log of Bridges on State Highways". California Department of Transportation. Retrieved February 7, 2009. 
  3. ^ Thomas Brothers (2008). Sacramento County Street Atlas (Map).
  4. ^ California State Assembly (1959). "An act to amend...the Streets and Highways Code, relating to state highways, providing for a California Freeway and Expressway System...". 1959 Session of the Legislature. Statutes of California. State of California. Ch. 1062. 
  5. ^ a b Coronado, Ramon (Aug 21, 2008). "For sale near Foothill Farms: Small slice of long-ago-rejected state highway 244". Sacramento Bee. 
  6. ^ California State Assembly (1994). "An act...relating to transportation...". 1993–1994 Session of the Legislature. Statutes of California. State of California. Ch. 1220. 
  7. ^ California State Assembly (1981). "An act to amend...the Streets and Highways Code, relating to state highways". 1981–1982 Session of the Legislature. Statutes of California. State of California. Ch. 292. 
  8. ^ a b Staff. "State Truck Route List" (XLS file). California Department of Transportation. Retrieved August 21, 2012. 
  9. ^ "All Traffic Volumes on CSHS". California Department of Transportation. 2005–2006. Retrieved February 7, 2009. 
  10. ^ California Department of Transportation, California Numbered Exit Uniform System, State Route 244 Freeway Interchanges, Retrieved on February 7, 2009.

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