California State Route 140

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search

State Route 140 marker

State Route 140
Route information
Defined by Streets and Highways Code § 440
Maintained by Caltrans
Length: 101.645 mi[1] (163.582 km)
SR 140 is broken into pieces, and the length does not reflect the overlaps that would be required to make the route continuous.
Major junctions
West end: I-5 near Gustine
  SR 33 in Gustine
SR 165 near Stevinson
SR 59 / SR 99 in Merced
SR 49 in Mariposa
East end: Yosemite National Park
Highway system
SR 139 SR 142
Ferguson Slide

State Route 140 (SR 140) is a state highway in the U.S. state of California, 102 miles (164 km) in length. It begins in the San Joaquin Valley at Interstate 5 near Gustine, and runs east into Sierra Nevada, terminating in Yosemite National Park.

Route description[edit]

A stretch west of El Portal

SR 140 is part of the California Freeway and Expressway System[2] and is eligible for the State Scenic Highway System.[3] However, only the part of the road from Mariposa to El Portal is designated as a scenic highway.[4]

Heading east from I-5, the highway passes Gustine; it then jogs to cross the San Joaquin River. It roughly marks the southern edge of the farmable land around Livingston. It intersects with State Route 99 in Merced, which it overlaps for a few miles. Travelers coming from most regions of the San Francisco Bay Area or other parts of Northern California to Yosemite Valley and the southern portion of Yosemite would transfer from Highway 99 to Highway 140 at this point. For those coming from San Jose and the rest of the Silicon Valley, the most direct, fastest route is State Route 152 east; then the roads of Road 9, Bliss Road, Sandy Mush Road, and Plainsburg Road to reach Highway 140 in Planada. (Those going to the northern portion of Yosemite would have instead taken either I-580 and I-205 leaving the Bay Area, then State Route 120 east through Manteca, or State Route 132 east through Modesto.)

After exiting Highway 99, Highway 140 continues through Planada, after which the farmland gives way to grazing land. It is quite dry in the summer due to California's Mediterranean climate, and the dry grass gives the landscape a golden color. Western meadowlarks, American kestrels, red-tailed hawks and turkey vultures are frequently glimpsed. A few blue oaks can be seen as the highway leaves the valley and begins to climb through the foothills of the Sierra Nevada. They become more and more numerous as the elevation increases. As the highway passes through Catheys Valley the vegetation begins to diversify a little. California live oaks and ponderosa pines intermingle with the blue oaks as it nears Mariposa. In Mariposa, it briefly runs concurrently with State Route 49.

A ponderosa pine forest borders the highway on both sides as it passes through Midpines. As it approaches Briceburg, the roadway follows a steep, winding grade down to the Merced River valley. The highway then runs alongside the Merced River for 20 miles to the park entrance, after passing through El Portal before finally entering Yosemite Valley, where it ends. The upper stretch of the Merced River valley below the park, which the highway follows, is designated as Wild and Scenic River Area. The area separates Sierra National Forest (south) and Stanislaus National Forest (north).

History[edit]

In June 2006, the road between El Portal and Mariposa was closed due to a rock slide. The Ferguson Slide buried about 600 feet (180 m) of SR140 between Cedar Lodge and Briceburg Visitor Center between SR-49 and SR-41.[5]

A small detour opened in August, 2006, with a traffic light system to allow drivers to circumvent the original slide damage area. Plans are underway for construction of the "Ferguson Marvel", a large scale engineering feat led by Caltrans. For more detailed information please contact the Yosemite Mariposa County Tourism Bureau or the Mariposa County Chamber of Commerce.

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 numbers reset at county lines; the start and end postmiles in each county are given in the county column.

County Location Postmile
[1][6][7]
Exit
[8]
Destinations Notes
Merced 0.00-50.30 Sullivan Road Continuation beyond I-5
0.00 I-5 (Westside Freeway) – Sacramento, Los Angeles Interchange; west end of SR 140
Gustine 4.35 SR 33 south / Sullivan Road West end of SR 33 overlap
6.06 SR 33 north / First Avenue – Newman, Tracy East end of SR 33 overlap
16.22 SR 165 (Lander Avenue) – Stevinson, Hilmar, Turlock, Los Banos
23.43 Lincoln Boulevard – Livingston
29.47 Applegate Road – Atwater
Merced 35.81
15.77[N 1]
SR 99 north / SR 59 north (V Street) – Sacramento Interchange; west end of SR 99 / SR 59 overlap
  West end of freeway on SR 99
14.69[N 1] 187B SR 59 south (Martin Luther King Jr. Way) – Downtown Merced, Los Banos East end of SR 59 overlap
14.41[N 1] 187A G Street Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
  East end of freeway on SR 99
13.86[N 1]
35.82
SR 99 south / 16th Street (SR 99 Bus. north) – Los Angeles Interchange; east end of SR 99 overlap
Planada 43.70 Plainsburg Road – Le Grand, Madera, Fresno
Mariposa Catheys Valley 9.50 Hornitos Road – Hornitos
Mariposa 21.22 SR 49 south – Oakhurst West end of SR 49 overlap
22.00 SR 49 north / Jones Street – Coulterville, Sonora East end of SR 49 overlap
51.80 East end of state maintenance at Yosemite National Park west boundary
  To SR 120 (Tioga Road) – Manteca
  Northside Drive Entrance only
  SR 41 south (Wawona Road) – Wawona, Fresno Eastbound access only
  Southside Drive – Yosemite Valley Destinations Continuation beyond SR 41; westbound entrance only accessible via Northside Drive
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
  1. ^ a b c d Indicates that the postmile represents the distance along SR 99 rather than SR 140.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c California Department of Transportation. "State Truck Route List". Sacramento: California Department of Transportation. Archived from the original (XLS file) on June 30, 2015. Retrieved June 30, 2015. 
  2. ^ CA Codes (shc:250-257)
  3. ^ CA Codes (shc:260-284)
  4. ^ "Officially Designated State Scenic Highways and Historic Parkways". California Department of Transportation. September 7, 2011. Retrieved September 7, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Ferguson Rock Slide" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on August 10, 2006. 
  6. ^ California Department of Transportation, Log of Bridges on State Highways, July 2007
  7. ^ California Department of Transportation, All Traffic Volumes on CSHS, 2005 and 2006
  8. ^ California Department of Transportation, California Numbered Exit Uniform System, State Route 99 Freeway Interchanges, Retrieved on 2009-02-14.

External links[edit]

Route map: Bing / Google