California State Route 246

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State Route 246 marker

State Route 246
Map of Santa Barbara County in southern California with SR 246 highlighted in red
Route information
Defined by Streets and Highways Code § 546
Maintained by Caltrans
Length: 26 mi[2] (42 km)
Restrictions: No trucks over 3 short tons (2.7 t) through Lompoc[1]
Major junctions
West end: SR 1 in Lompoc
  US 101 in Buellton
East end: SR 154 in Santa Ynez
Counties: Santa Barbara
Highway system
SR 245 SR 247

State Route 246 (SR 246) is a state highway in the U.S. state of California. It runs from Lompoc east to Santa Ynez, cutting through the Santa Barbara Wine Country.

Route description[edit]

Most of the road is two lanes wide, with the exception of the route through the cities of Lompoc and Buellton. This is the primary route from U.S. Route 101 to Solvang, one of the Santa Ynez Valley's biggest tourist attractions. It follows the Santa Ynez River for most of its length. The portion of the route through Solvang is called Mission Drive, while through Lompoc—where is co-signed with State Route 1—it is called Ocean Avenue. SR 246 was defined all the way to Surf, but in 1984, it was truncated to the western city limits of lompoc. SR 246 then leads northeast out of Lompoc along a relatively flat two-lane road until reaching Buellton, where it widens upon its intersection with US 101. It narrows once again to two lanes through Solvang and Santa Ynez before reaching its eastern terminus at the junction with State Route 154. This is the main alternate route from Northern Santa Barbara County to the South Coast, and it is a pleasant drive for those who want to avoid the heavy truck traffic on US 101. It is also notable for passing two of Santa Barbara County's three Spanish-era missions, Santa Inés (in Solvang) and La Purísima Concepción (near Lompoc).


In 1933, this was designated as a state highway,[3] and was numbered as Route 149 in 1935.[4] In 1963, it was part of State Route 154.[citation needed] In the 1964 state highway renumbering, it was renumbered to SR 246.[5] SR 246 used to run all the way west to Surf, but this segment was relinquished to local control in 1984.

Sign on California Route 246.

Major intersections[edit]

Except where prefixed with a letter, postmiles were measured on the road as it was in 1964, based on its original western terminus in Surf, 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).[6] Segments that remain unconstructed or have been relinquished to local control may be omitted. The entire route is in Santa Barbara County.

Location Postmile
Destinations Notes
Lompoc 8.30 Ocean Avenue – NASA/Vandenberg AFB South Gate, Surf Continuation beyond west end of SR 246 at the Lompoc west city limit
19.25[N 1]
SR 1 north (H Street) – Vandenberg AFB, Guadalupe, Orcutt, Santa Maria West end of SR 1 overlap
20.57[N 1]
SR 1 south / 12th Street – Santa Barbara East end of SR 1 overlap
Buellton 26.29 US 101 Interchange
Solvang 30.28 Alamo Pintado Road – Ballard, Los Olivos
R34.60 SR 154 – Los Olivos, Cachuma Lake, Santa Barbara East end of SR 246
R34.60 Armour Ranch Road Continuation beyond SR 154
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
  1. ^ a b Indicates that the postmile represents the distance along SR 1 rather than SR 246.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Special Route Restrictions". Caltrans. Retrieved 2014-07-28. 
  2. ^ January 1, 2006 California Log of Bridges on State Highways
  3. ^ California State Assembly. "An act to amend sections 2, 3 and 5 and to add two sections to be numbered 6 and 7 to an act entitled 'An act to provide for the acquisition of rights of way for and the construction, maintenance...". Fiftieth Session of the Legislature. Statutes of California. State of California. Ch. 767. 
  4. ^ California State Assembly. "An act...relating to State highways". Fifty-first Session of the Legislature. Statutes of California. State of California. Ch. 274. 
  5. ^ California State Assembly. "An act to add Section 253 and Article 3 (commencing with Section 300) to Chapter 2 of Division 1 of, and to repeal Section 253 and Article 3 (commencing with Section 300) of Chapter 2 of Division 1 of, the...". 1963 Session of the Legislature. Statutes of California. State of California. Ch. 385. 
  6. ^ a b 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. 
  7. ^ California Department of Transportation, Log of Bridges on State Highways, April 2008
  8. ^ California Department of Transportation, All Traffic Volumes on CSHS, 2007

External links[edit]

Route map: Bing / Google

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