State Scenic Highway System (California)

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State Scenic Highway System
California Scenic State.svg California Scenic.svg
State Scenic Highway System signage
Highway names
Interstates: Interstate XX (I-XX)
US Routes: U.S. Route XX (US XX)
State: State Route XX (SR XX)
System links

The State Scenic Highway System is a list of highways, mainly state highways, that have been designated by the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) as scenic highways. The California State Legislature, primarily through Section 263 of the Streets and Highways Code, makes highways eligible for designation as a scenic highway. For a highway to be declared scenic, the government with jurisdiction over abutting land must adopt a "scenic corridor protection program" that limits development, outdoor advertising, and earthmoving, and Caltrans must agree that it meets the criteria. The desire to create such a designation has at times been in conflict with the property rights of abutters, for example on State Route 174.[1][2] Scenic highways are marked by the state flower, a California poppy, inside a rectangle (for state-maintained highways) or pentagon (for county highways).[3]

List of eligible and designated scenic highways[edit]

Sign on SR 1
State Route 1
State Route 2
State Route 3
State Route 4
Interstate 5
Interstate 8
State Route 9
Interstate 10
State Route 12
State Route 13
State Route 14
Interstate 15
State Route 16
State Route 17
State Route 18
State Route 20
State Route 24
State Route 25
State Route 27
State Route 28
State Route 29
State Route 33
State Route 35
State Route 36
State Route 37
State Route 38
State Route 39
Interstate 40
State Route 41
State Route 44
State Route 46
State Route 49
U.S. Route 50
State Route 52
State Route 53
State Route 57
State Route 58
State Route 62
State Route 68
State Route 70
State Route 71
State Route 74
State Route 75
State Route 76
State Route 78
State Route 79
Interstate 80
State Route 84
State Route 88
State Route 89
State Route 91
State Route 92
State Route 94
State Route 96
U.S. Route 97
U.S. Route 101
State Route 108
State Route 110
State Route 111
State Route 116
State Route 118
State Route 120
State Route 121
State Route 125
State Route 126
State Route 127
State Route 138
State Route 139
State Route 140
State Route 142
State Route 146
State Route 150
State Route 151
State Route 152
State Route 154
State Route 156
State Route 158
State Route 160
State Route 161
State Route 163
State Route 166
State Route 168
State Route 173
State Route 174
State Route 178
State Route 180
State Route 190
Death Valley and access roads to State Route 190 at Hells Gate
State Route 197
State Route 198
SR 198 between San Lucas and Coalinga
U.S. Route 199
State Route 203
State Route 209
Interstate 210/State Route 210
State Route 221
State Route 236
State Route 239
State Route 243
State Route 247
State Route 251
State Route 254
State Route 266
Sign on I-280
Interstate 280
State Route 299
State Route 330
U.S. Route 395
Interstate 580
Interstate 680

County highways[edit]

County Route A18
County Route G14
County Route G20
County Route N1
Mulholland Highway
River Road

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sacramento Bee, Scenic Highway Concept Spurs Alarm, March 25, 1999, p. N1
  2. ^ Dave Moller, Union of Grass Valley, CABPRO's Urke steps down, August 7, 2004
  3. ^ California Department of Transportation District 3, Scenic Highway Program, accessed January 2008
  4. ^ Lech, Steve (2012). For Tourism and a Good Night's Sleep: J. Win Wilson, Wilson Howell, and the Beginnings of the Pines-to-Palms Highway. Riverside, CA: Steve Lech. p. 230. ISBN 978-0-9837500-1-7.