California State Route 271

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State Route 271 marker

State Route 271
Route information
Defined by S&HC § 571
Maintained by Caltrans
Length: 14.84 mi[1] (23.88 km)
Section 1
South end: US 101 at Cummings
North end: SR 1 at Leggett
Section 2
South end: US 101 at Reynolds
North end: US 101 at Cooks Valley
Highway system
SR 270 SR 273

State Route 271 (SR 271) is a state highway in northern California, USA. It is a former routing of U.S. Route 101 (US 101), now reduced to being a frontage road for that route in discontiguous segments. It also connects with Route 1 just before that route's terminus with US 101 in Leggett. Its appeal now is that while US Highway 101 stays mostly in second growth redwoods, State Route 271 travels through several old growth redwood groves. It is now most commonly used as a scenic alternate.

Route description[edit]

The southern portion of SR 271 begins at an interchange with US 101 in the community of Cummings. SR 271 winds through the forest, paralleling US 101 and intersecting it twice on its northwest journey. The highway eventually comes into the southern area of Leggett, where SR 271 comes to another grade-separated interchange with US 101. The road continues north, paralleling US 101 to the west, and passing through the Drive-Thru Tree Park. The southern segment of SR 271 terminates at SR 1 in Leggett.[2]

The northern portion of SR 271 begins at another interchange with US 101 and parallels US 101 to the east. At an interchange, it passes to the west of US 101 and continues north to the community of Cooks Valley, where it terminates at an interchange with US 101.[3]

Sign at the start of California Route 1 showing direction of California Route 271.

Major intersections[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).[4] Segments that remain unconstructed or have been relinquished to local control may be omitted. The numbers reset at county lines; the start and end postmiles in each county are given in the county column.

County Location Postmile
[4][5][6]
Destinations Notes
Mendocino
MEN 0.00-22.72
  0.00 US 101 – Eureka, Ukiah Interchange; south end of SR 271
South Leggett 5.60 US 101 Interchange
Leggett 7.31 SR 1 to US 101 – Fort Bragg Former SR 208
Gap in route
Reynolds R17.05 US 101 Interchange
Piercy 19.46 US 101 Interchange
Humboldt
HUM 0.00-0.30
Cooks Valley 0.30 US 101 North end of SR 271
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

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