California State Route 43

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State Route 43 marker

State Route 43
Route information
Defined by S&HC § 343
Maintained by Caltrans
Length: 98 mi[1] (158 km)
Major junctions
South end: SR 119 near Taft
  I-5 near Taft
SR 58 near Bakersfield
SR 46 in Wasco
SR 198 near Hanford
North end: SR 99 in Selma
Highway system
SR 42 SR 44

State Route 43 is a north–south state highway in the U.S. State of California, routed along the southern San Joaquin Valley connecting the towns of Shafter, Wasco, Hanford, and Selma, running roughly parallel to SR 99. Caltrans has plans to widen SR 43 between the Kings County/Fresno County line and SR 99, but due to the California budget crisis, plans have been put on hold.

Route description[edit]

This route is part of the California Freeway and Expressway System.[2]

The route begins southwest of Bakersfield at the intersection of SR 119 and Enos Lane. It travels north on Enos Lane through rural farmland and quickly crosses I-5. It continues north until reaching SR 58. From there it angles northwest, running parallel to the BNSF railroad tracks. At this point the name changes to Central Valley Highway. It continues travelling northwest through Shafter. North of Shafter the road expands to four lanes until reaching Wasco. The route briefly travels east on SR 46 before continuing north on SR 43, which returns to two lanes. At Pond St, the route turns northwest. It continues on that route through Corcoran. North of Corcoran, the route turns north. It continues north through Hanford, before ending at SR 99 in Selma.

History[edit]

State Route 43 is the combination of two different legislative routes. The northern segment was adopted as a state route in 1933 as Legislative Route 135. It was defined to run from LRN 10 (currently SR 198) near Hanford to LRN 129 (currently SR 65) near Ducor via Corcoran and Earilmart. Originally, the route started in Ducor and traveled west on Ave. 65. It went through Earilmart to Central Valley Highway, where it joins the current route. In 1951, the route and terminus was changed from Ducor to the junction of LRN 33 (currently SR 46) and LRN 139 (current routing of SR 43) in Wasco, eliminating the route along Ave. 56. In 1959, a second disconnected segment was added that ran from the Kings County Line to LRN 4 (currently SR 99) near Selma.[3] The southern segment was adopted as a state route in 1933 as Legislative Route 139. It was defined to run from LRN 140 (currently SR 119) to LRN 33 in Wasco.[4]

In 1964, all of the state routes were renumbered. LRN 135 and LRN 139 were combined, and all gaps were filled to make one continuous route from SR 119 to SR 99 near Selma. This route was named and signed as SR 43.[5]

Major intersections[edit]

Except where prefixed with a letter, postmiles were measured on the road as it was in 1964, and do not necessarily reflect current mileage. R reflects a realignment in the route since then.[6] The numbers reset at county lines; the start and end postmiles in each county are given in the county column.

County Location Postmile
[6][7][8]
Destinations Notes
Kern
KER 0.11-38.81
  0.11 Enos Lane Continuation beyond SR 119
  0.11 SR 119 (Taft Highway) – Taft Former US 399
  1.90 I-5 (Westside Freeway) – Sacramento, Los Angeles Interchange
  8.11
39.97[N 1]
SR 58 east (Rosedale Highway) / Sidding Road – Bakersfield South end of SR 58 overlap
  39.96[N 1]
9.16
SR 58 west to I-5 – Buttonwillow, McKittrick North end of SR 58 overlap
Shafter 16.55 Lerdo Highway Serves Shafter Airport
Wasco R25.13
50.90[N 2]
SR 46 west to I-5 north / F Street – Lost Hills, Paso Robles South end of SR 46 overlap; SR 46 was former US 466 west
51.22[N 2]
25.19
SR 46 east to SR 99 / J Street North end of SR 46 overlap; SR 46 was former US 466 east
  36.67 Garces Highway – Delano
Tulare
TUL 0.00-22.57
  7.76 CR J22 (Avenue 56) – Earlimart, Alpaugh
Kings
KIN 0.00-27.29
  1.46 SR 137 east (Whitley Avenue) – Tulare, Corcoran
  10.36 Kansas Avenue – Tulare, Stratford
  16.39 Houston Avenue – Armona, Lemoore
Hanford 18.24 SR 198 – Hanford, Visalia Interchange
18.43 Lacey Boulevard – Hanford
22.27 10th Avenue – Hanford
Fresno
FRE 0.00-9.31
  8.34 Nebraska Avenue – Selma
Selma 9.31 SR 99 – Fresno, Bakersfield, Los Angeles Interchange
9.31 Highland Avenue Continuation beyond SR 99
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
  1. ^ a b Indicates that the postmile represents the distance along SR 58 rather than SR 43.
  2. ^ a b Indicates that the postmile represents the distance along SR 46 rather than SR 43.

External links[edit]

Route map: Google / Bing

References[edit]

  1. ^ January 1, 2006 California Log of Bridges on State Highways
  2. ^ CA Codes (shc:250-257)
  3. ^ Route 129-136. CAHighway.org. Accessed: 01-13-2010.
  4. ^ Route 137-144. CAHighway.org. Accessed: 01-13-2010.
  5. ^ Route 41-48. CAHighway.org. Accessed: 01-13-2010.
  6. ^ a b Staff. "State Truck Route List" (XLS file). California Department of Transportation. Retrieved August 21, 2012. 
  7. ^ California Department of Transportation, Log of Bridges on State Highways, July 2007
  8. ^ California Department of Transportation, All Traffic Volumes on CSHS, 2007