California 191


This California 191 route marker is posted along southbound Clark Road about midway between Paradise and Butte College. Photo taken 05/24/08.

Routing

California 191 is an 11.4-mile, north-south highway that connects California 70 in Oroville with Pearson Road in Paradise, fully located within Butte County. The primary purpose of California 191 is to provide a state route connection between Paradise and the rest of the state highway system.

Highway Guide

Table Mountain Boulevard north
We begin on Table Mountain Boulevard (Old California 70), which approaches a signalized intersection with California 70 and California 191. From this intersection, turn left for California 70 west to California 149 north to Chico or California 70 south to Oroville, turn right for California 70 east to Quincy, or continue straight ahead for California 191 north to Paradise. Photo taken 05/24/08.
This traffic signal, which was newly installed upon the relocation of California 70 due to the Wicks Corner Interchange project, is found at the north end of Table Mountain Boulevard (Old California 70) at the point where it meets California 70. Table Mountain Boulevard north transitions directly onto California 191 north. Photo taken 05/24/08.
California 191/Clark Road north
The first California 191 north reassurance shield is posted shortly after the California 70 intersection. From here, the two-lane highway will proceed north toward Paradise. Photo taken 05/24/08.
This initial segment of California 191 was realigned as a result of the Wicks Corner Interchange (Junction California 70-149) project. Photo taken 05/24/08.
Soon thereafter, California 191 returns to its original alignment and proceeds north on a rural segment of two-lane state highway. Storm clouds gathered on the horizon on this late spring day as California 191 passes through a pastoral, rural setting. Photos taken 05/24/08.

Northbound California 191 approaches and meets Durham-Pentz Road. Turn left on Durham Pentz Road west to Chico (via California 99 north at Exit 376) and Durham. Turn right on Durham Pentz Road to Pentz and Quincy via California 70 east. A four-way stop governs this intersection. To Butte College, turn left on Durham Pentz Road or continue north on California 191 to Butte Campus Drive (second left). Photos taken 05/24/08.
A California 191 north reassurance shield is posted after the Durham-Pentz Road intersection. Photo taken 05/24/08.
Shortly thereafter, northbound California 191/Clark Road approaches the turnoff to Butte College Drive west to Butte College. Butte College Drive loops from California 191 west and then south to meet Durham-Pentz Road. Photo taken 05/24/08.
Continuing north over the next several miles, California 191 sees more rolling terrain in the Sierra Nevada foothills. On this day, rain threatened as we proceeded toward Paradise. Photos taken 05/24/08.
Northbound California 191/Clark Road enters the town of Paradise. Paradise had a population of 26,218 as of the 2010 Census and incorporated as a town on November 27, 1979. It sits at an elevation of 2,050 feet above sea level. Photo taken 05/24/08.
A second sign advises that "You Are Ascending into ... Paradise." Photo taken 05/24/08.
Northbound California 191/Clark Road approaches Buschmann Road (left turn). Photo taken 05/24/08.
The state highway ends at the intersection with Pearson Road as shown at this signalized intersection. The only indication that California 191 ends here is the blue "truck route end" sign; there is no END shield. Turn left on Pearson Road into central Paradise and to Skyway Road west to California 99 (Exit 383) and Chico. Photo taken 05/24/08.
Northbound California 191 ends at Pearson Road at this traffic signal. Clark Road continues north, merging into Skyway Road en route to Magalia, Paradise Pines, DeSabla, Lovelock, and Stirling City. Photo taken 05/24/08.
California 191/Clark Road south
California 191 begins its southbound journey at Pearson Road in the town of Paradise. Photo taken 05/24/08.
Leaving Paradise, California 191 proceeds south through the foothills en route to California 70 and Oroville. Photo taken 05/24/08.
This California 191 reassurance shield is posted south of Paradise and north of Butte College. Photo taken 05/24/08.
A large sign advises of the turnoff to Paradise Airport. Photo taken 05/24/08.
California 191 loses elevation as it descends from Paradise to Butte College and Oroville. Photo taken 05/24/08.
Watch for a few sharp turns as California 191 descends toward Oroville. Photo taken 05/24/08.
Reaching the bottom of the grade and passing through farms and ranches, California 191 sees some late spring storm clouds gathering on the horizon. Photo taken 05/24/08.
Southbound California 191/Clark Road approaches the four-way stop intersection with Durham-Pentz Road. Turn left (east) to Pentz and right (west) to California 99 and Durham. Photo taken 05/24/08.
California 191 sees this final straight stretch before reaching the junction with California 70. Photo taken 05/24/08.
The final mile of California 191 was realigned as a result of the Wicks Corner Interchange (Junction California 70-149). With this change, the intersection between California 70 and California 149 is now governed by a traffic signal, and traffic may proceed south through the intersection onto Table Mountain Boulevard (old California 70). Photo taken 05/24/08.
Southbound California 191 reaches its southern terminus at the intersection with California 70. A temporary sign was in place to direct motorists to California 70 east to Quincy (left turn) and south to Oroville (shown here as straight ahead, but now correctly showing a right turn with the opening of the Wicks Corner Interchange). No END shield is posted for the southern terminus of California 191. Photo taken 05/24/08.
This traffic signal is now fully activated and the stop sign removed. Table Mountain Boulevard, which is old California 70, travels south from here as a frontage road to the new California 70 freeway. Photo taken 05/24/08.

Back to California 190  Return to the California Gateway  Continue to California 192

Page Updated January 8, 2012.

© AARoads