California State Route 197

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State Route 197 marker

State Route 197
North Bank Road
Route information
Defined by S&HC § 497
Maintained by Caltrans
Length: 6.725 mi[1] (10.823 km)
Major junctions
South end: US 199 near Hiouchi
North end: US 101 near Fort Dick
Highway system
SR 195 SR 198

State Route 197 (SR 197) is a state highway in the U.S. state of California in Del Norte County near Crescent City. It is a bypass connecting U.S. Highways 199 and 101. It runs along the north bank of the Smith River.

Route description[edit]

SR 197 begins with an intersection at U.S. Route 199 in Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park. Moving northward, the road quickly exits the park, roughly paralleling the Smith River located to the west side of the road. The road then follows the river northward and then northwestward with several local roads meeting SR 197 along the evergreen forest area. The road meets its northern terminus at U.S. Route 101 just south of the Oregon border.[2]

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).[1] Segments that remain unconstructed or have been relinquished to local control may be omitted. The entire route is in Del Norte County.

Location Postmile
Destinations Notes
  R0.00 US 199 – Crescent City, Gasquet, Grants Pass South end of SR 197
  7.08 US 101 – Crescent City, Smith River, Brookings North end of SR 197
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
California Route 197 Shield.