California State Route 41

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State Route 41 marker

State Route 41
Route information
Defined by Streets and Highways Code § 341
Maintained by Caltrans
Length: 185.594 mi[1] (298.685 km)
(plus about 6.5 mi (10.5 km) on SR 46)
Existed: 1933 – present
Major junctions
South end: SR 1 in Morro Bay
  US 101 in Atascadero
SR 198 in Lemoore
SR 99 in Fresno
SR 49 in Oakhurst
North end: SR 140 in Yosemite National Park
Highway system
I‑40 SR 42
Morro Bay - Atascadero Road in 1940. Car is a then-new 1940 Lincoln-Zephyr.

State Route 41 (SR 41) is a state highway in the U.S. state of California, connecting the Cabrillo Highway (SR 1) in Morro Bay with Fresno and Yosemite National Park via the San Joaquin Valley. Except between US 101 in Atascadero and SR 46 near Shandon, SR 41 is part of the California Freeway and Expressway System. It has been constructed as an expressway from near SR 198 in Lemoore north to the south part of Fresno, where the Yosemite Freeway begins, passing along the east side of downtown and extending north into Madera County.

Route description[edit]

Three segments – from SR 1 to US 101, SR 46 to SR 33, and SR 49 at Oakhurst to Yosemite (the Wawona Road) – are eligible for inclusion in the State Scenic Highway System, but none of the route has been officially designated as such.[2]

SR 41 is known as the E.G. Lewis Highway from SR 1 to US 101 in San Luis Obispo County, the Dwight David Eisenhower Memorial Freeway from Ventura Avenue in Fresno to Herndon Avenue in Fresno, the Donald DeMers Highway from Jensen Avenue in Fresno to Elkhorn Avenue, the Yosemite Freeway from Elkhorn Avenue to the Fresno-Madera County line, the Southern Yosemite Highway from the Fresno-Madera County line to Yosemite National Park, and the Wawona Road from Fresno to Yosemite National Park.[3]

The majority of Route 41 runs as either two-lane rural highway or four-lane divided highway. The southern end of the freeway intersects SR 1 in Morro Bay. Between Morro Bay and Fresno, the highway intersects U.S. Route 101 in Atascadero, proceeds through the Coast Range and intersects SR 46. Actor James Dean died in an accident in 1955 at the intersection of SR 46 in Cholame. Currently, there is a memorial located there. The interchange is now called the James Dean Memorial Junction. Between SR 46 and SR 33, SR 41 briefly travels through Kern County without any intersections in its entirety. After entering Kings County, it reaches SR 33. SR 41 then intersects Interstate 5 south of Kettleman City, and SR 198 just outside of the city of Lemoore. A large hazardous waste and municipal solid waste disposal facility operated by Waste Management, Inc. is located 5.6 km (3.5 mi) SSW of Kettleman City on the west side of the highway. The El Adobe de los Robles Rancho built by pioneer Daniel Rhoads can be found north of Lemoore.

In Fresno, the route intersects SR 99 near Jensen Avenue. Complete access is not available between SR 41/SR 99. For example, there is no direct connector between the southbound SR 41 and northbound SR 99; drivers wanting to make this transition must exit at the SR 41/SR 180 interchange, head west on SR 180, and then transition onto SR 99 at the interchange between those two freeways. Likewise, there is no direct connector between the northbound SR 41 and the southbound SR 99. Drivers must exit at Jensen Avenue, head east on Jensen until its junction with SR 99 a half-mile east of SR 41, and then make the southbound transition onto SR 99.

SR 41 continues north into the city, then intersects SR 180 at a section of the latter route that links SR 41 to both SR 99 to the west, and to SR 168 to the east. North of Fresno, the route crosses the San Joaquin River, and enters Madera County near Children's Hospital of Central California. 8.5 miles (13.7 km) further north, Route 41 intersects with SR 145, before entering California's Sierra-Nevada mountain range. Route 41 continues through the towns of Coarsegold and Oakhurst, where it intersects with SR 49. Route 41 ends in Yosemite National Park to the north.

East portal of Wawona Tunnel near eastern terminus of SR 41

Tunnel View is a viewpoint located just outside the east end of the Wawona Tunnel in Yosemite National Park. It is located about 1.5 miles (2.4 km) from the Yosemite Valley. This is the first view that most people have of Yosemite Valley. There is an END-41 sign just south of the southern entrance to Yosemite National Park. The state routes within the park are not signed (with the exception of SR 120). Tunnel View is along Route 41's alignment, although state maintenance of the route ends at the south entrance of the park.

History[edit]

Northbound on Route 41 in Fresno at the Route 180 interchange

In 1930, the counties of Fresno, Kings, Kern, and San Luis Obispo considered organizing a joint highway district to construct a shortcut connecting Fresno with the Pacific Ocean at Morro Bay. This highway would pass through Kettleman City on its way to the Cholame Lateral (Legislative Route 33) near Cholame or Shandon, and then continue to Morro Bay, where a new harbor was being developed.[4][5] The entire length from Fresno to Morro Bay, as well as the Wawona Road to Yosemite, was added to the state highway system in 1933 as Route 125,[6][7] and subsequently improved by the state. In 1934, the state sign route system was established, and Sign Route 41 was designated along Route 125 from Yosemite south and southwest to Cholame and then west through Paso Robles to Cambria via Legislative Route 33.[8] The part of Route 125 southwest of Cholame instead became part of the new U.S. Route 466.[9]

By the 1950s, the short piece of US 466 (Route 125) between Creston and Atascadero had not yet been paved, and so US 466 was moved to the longer but better road via Paso Robles, replacing SR 41 to Paso Robles and overlapping US 101 to Atascadero. As SR 41 had not been signed over the unpaved road west of Paso Robles, it was truncated to Cholame.[10] US 466 was eliminated in the 1964 renumbering, becoming SR 46 east from Paso Robles. However, instead of going south and west to Morro Bay, SR 46 continued west to Cambria, and the road via Creston and Atascadero to Morro Bay (which had since been paved) became part of SR 41.[11][12]

In the 1980s, the urban stretch of 41 running through Fresno was upgraded to freeway standards, intersecting SR 99 to the south. In the late 1990s and early 2000s, the freeway portion was extended several miles beyond Fresno in both directions.

Also in the late 1990's and early 2000's in Atascadero, the old SR 41 alignment used to cut through downtown by going north on El Camino Real and turning right onto West Mall. Then it continued past the Atascadero Colony Building and crossed the 1921 Atascadero Creek Bridge before turning left onto Capistrano Avenue. It then went under a low clearance railroad crossing and a dangerous narrow bridge crossing the Salinas River before rejoining it's existing alignment. Then Caltrans built a bypass of this dangerous route with a long wider bridge crossing the railroad, Sycamore Drive, and the river before joining the original 1950's SR 41. SR 41 is now currently signed on this bypass. Since then, the old bridge was demolished but the railroad undercrossing still remains. There's an old sign on Capistrano Avenue that still marks it as "Hwy 41" and signs on El Camino Real that mark West Mall with covered up "41" shields.

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][13][14]
Exit
[15]
Destinations Notes
San Luis Obispo
SLO 0.00-50.43
Morro Bay 0.00 Atascadero Road Continuation beyond SR 1
0.00 SR 1 – Cayucos, Cambria, Hearst Castle Interchange; south end of SR 41; SR 1 exit 279B
Atascadero 15.89 US 101 – San Francisco, Los Angeles Interchange; US 101 exit 219
15.96 El Camino Real
  27.98 SR 229 south – Creston
Shandon 41.16
48.63[N 1]
SR 46 west / McMillian Canyon Road – Paso Robles South end of SR 46 overlap
Cholame 55.11[N 1]
43.85
SR 46 east – Bakersfield North end of SR 46 overlap; former US 466 east
Kern
KER 0.00-4.98
No major junctions
Kings
KIN 0.00-R48.28
  8.10 SR 33 – Avenal, Taft
  16.28 I‑5 – Sacramento, Los Angeles Interchange; I-5 exit 309
Lemoore R39.96 SR 198 – Hanford, Sequoia Park, Coalinga, Lemoore NAS Interchange; SR 198 exit 77
  South end of freeway
R40.95 Bush Street
  North end of freeway
  R48.28 Excelsior Avenue Interchange
Fresno
FRE R0.00-33.45
   
SR 41 Bus. north (Adams Avenue) – Easton
   
SR 41 Bus. south (American Avenue) – Easton
    South end of freeway
Fresno R20.11 124 North Avenue
R21.13 125 Jensen Avenue
R21.90 126A SR 99 north – Madera, Sacramento Northbound exit and southbound entrance; SR 99 south exit 131
R21.90 126A SR 99 south – Bakersfield, Los Angeles Southbound exit and northbound entrance; SR 99 north exit 131
R22.80 126B Van Ness Avenue – Civic Center Former SR 180
R22.95 127A O Street Southbound exit only
R23.74 127B Tulare Street, Divisadero Street Signed as exit 127 northbound
R24.53 128 SR 168 east (Sierra Freeway) / SR 180 (Sequoia-Kings Canyon Freeway) – Clovis, Huntington Lake, Kings Canyon, Mendota Signed as exits 128A (east) and 128B (west) northbound; SR 168 exit 1A; SR 180 exits 59A-B
R25.26 129 McKinley Avenue
R26.46 130 Shields Avenue
R27.47 131 Ashlan Avenue
R28.47 132 Shaw Avenue – Clovis Former SR 168; serves California State University Fresno
R29.46 133 Bullard Avenue
R30.45 134 Herndon Avenue – Clovis Connects to SR 99 north
R31.68 135 Friant Road, Blackstone Avenue – Millerton Lake
Madera
MAD 0.00-45.74
  R1.20 138 Rio Mesa Boulevard, Children's Boulevard (SR 41 Bus. north) Signed as exits 138A (Rio Mesa Boulevard) and 138B (Children's Boulevard) northbound
    North end of freeway
  3.23
SR 41 Bus. south (Avenue 12) – Madera Ranchos
  9.25 SR 145 south to SR 99 north / Road 145 – Madera, Millerton Lake
Oakhurst 35.48 SR 49 north – Ahwahnee, Mariposa
Mariposa
MPA 0.00-4.92
Fish Camp 4.92 North end of state maintenance at Yosemite National Park south boundary
    SR 140 east Northbound access to SR 140 east only; north end of SR 41
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
  1. ^ a b Indicates that the postmile represents the distance along SR 46 rather than SR 41.

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. ^ California Department of Transportation, California Scenic Highway Mapping System, accessed January 2008
  3. ^ 2007 Named Freeways, Highways, Structures and Other Appurtenances in California (PDF). Caltrans. p. 128. Retrieved March 28, 2007. 
  4. ^ Los Angeles Times, Morro Bay Road Looms, April 26, 1930, p. 4
  5. ^ Fresno Bee, Fresno-To-Coast Highway Proposal Looks Favorable, May 7, 1930
  6. ^ 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 p. 2037, 2038. : "State Highway Route 4 near Fresno to Yosemite National Park." "State Highway Route 56 near Moro [sic] to State Highway Route 4 near Fresno via Stratford."
  7. ^ California State Assembly. "An act to establish a Streets and Highways Code, thereby consolidating and revising the law relating to public ways and all appurtenances thereto, and to repeal certain acts and parts of acts specified herein". Fifty-first Session of the Legislature. Statutes of California. State of California. Ch. 29 p. 283, 284. : "Route 125 is from: (a) Route 56 near Morro to Route 4 near Fresno via Stratford. (b) Route 4 near Fresno to Yosemite National Park."
  8. ^ California Highways and Public Works, State Routes will be Numbered and Marked with Distinctive Bear Signs, August 1934
  9. ^ Richard F. Weingroff, U.S. 666: "Beast of a Highway"?
  10. ^ H.M. Gousha Company, California, 1955
  11. ^ H.M. Gousha Company, California, 1963
  12. ^ 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 p. 1175. 
  13. ^ California Department of Transportation, Log of Bridges on State Highways, July 2007
  14. ^ California Department of Transportation, All Traffic Volumes on CSHS, 2005 and 2006
  15. ^ California Department of Transportation, California Numbered Exit Uniform System, State Route 41 Freeway Interchanges, Retrieved on February 5, 2009.

External links[edit]

Route map: Bing