California State Route 371
|Defined by Streets and Highways Code § 607.1|
|Maintained by Caltrans|
|Length:||20.753 mi (33.399 km)|
|Existed:||1974 (from SR 71) – present|
|West end:||SR 79 in Aguanga|
|East end:||SR 74 near Anza|
State Route 371 (SR 371) is a state highway in the U.S. state of California, serving as a short connector from SR 79 near Aguanga to SR 74 near Anza. It is a heavily used shortcut from southwestern Riverside County to the Coachella Valley via SR 74. This was part of SR 71 until 1973, when SR 79 and SR 71 were co-signed from Aguanga to Temecula. In 1974, the portion of SR 71 from Temecula to Corona along I-15's current alignment was deleted and the orphaned route from Aguanga to Anza was re-signed as SR 371.
SR 371 is the main highway crossing through the communities of Anza and Aguanga and connects both towns. SR 371 crosses through the private community of Lake Riverside, as well as the Cahuilla Indian Reservation. It is one of the most populated roads running through the town of Anza but mostly runs through rural areas. The highway is often plagued by shutdowns due to snow, ice, wind, and wildfires, which occasionally causes the closing of the local schools.
SR 371 begins as Cahuilla Road at the intersection with SR 79. It travels northeast away from the community of Aguanga, loosely paralleling Tule Creek for the first few miles. SR 371 continues through the Lake Riverside community, crossing over the outflow of Lake Riverside. The highway enters the Cahuilla Indian Reservation and passes by the Cahuilla Creek Casino in Cahuilla before passing through the community of Anza. SR 371 briefly becomes Kenworthy Bautista Road and parallels Hamilton Creek as it enters the San Bernardino National Forest before terminating at SR 74.
Route 277 from Temecula to Anza was added to the state highway system in 1959. In the 1964 state highway renumbering, the part from US 395 to SR 74 was included as part of SR 71. In 1974, the part from near Aguanga to SR 74 became SR 371.
Before 2003, the intersection with SR 79 was a very dangerous one, as northbound SR 79 traffic had to stop at a stop sign and there was no such sign for southbound SR 79 traffic or for SR 371 traffic headed towards its western terminus. Now, there are stop signs in every direction at that intersection.
Except where prefixed with a letter, postmiles were measured on the road as it was in 1964, based on the alignment of State Route 71 as it existed at that 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). Segments that remain unconstructed or have been relinquished to local control may be omitted. The entire route is in Riverside County.
|Aguanga||56.40||SR 79 to I-15 – Warner Springs, Temecula, San Diego||West end of SR 371|
|60.23||Wilson Valley Road – Sage, Hemet|
|Mountain Center||77.15||SR 74 – Idyllwild, Hemet, Indio||East end of SR 371|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
- California Highways: State Route 371
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- Riverside County Road Atlas (Map). Thomas Brothers. 2008.
- California State Assembly. "An act to amend Sections 306, 320, 332, 351, 362, 365, 369, 374, 382, 388, 397, 407, 408, 409, 410, 415, 422, 435, 440, 446, 453, 456, 460, 467, 470, 476, 487, 492, 493, 494, 506, 521, 528, and 529...". 1959 Session of the Legislature. Statutes of California. State of California. Ch. 1062.
- 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.
- California State Assembly. "An act to amend Sections 315, 371, and 379 of, to add Sections 315.1, 379.1, 494, 494.1, 494.2, 607.1 and 607.2 of, and to repeal Section 331 of, the Streets and Highways Code, relating to state highways, and declaring the...". 1973–1974 Session of the Legislature. Statutes of California. State of California. Ch. 537.
- California Department of Transportation, Log of Bridges on State Highways, July 2007
- California Department of Transportation, All Traffic Volumes on CSHS, 2005 and 2006
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