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pderocco:
I've been up in NE California sightseeing. Today, I noticed in both Lassen and Modoc county several new blue and yellow pentagonal county route shields that are not part of the County Sign Route program. They just have 3-digit numbers on them. Modoc doesn't even participate in that program. For all I know,  there are lots of them in other places too. I'm wondering if there is now a move to sign lots more county routes, since so many counties have their own numbered routes having nothing to do with the County Sign Route program.

Max Rockatansky:
Itís probably more a case of that there really isnít anyone left on the state level maintaining the Lettered County Route program to care.  Iíve also seen similar County Route shields in Sierra County which have nothing to do with the letter route program. 

Some participating counties seem to be doing their own thing with the Letter County Route program.  Monterey County is putting up replacement county shields which omit the letter.  Tulare County pulled all their letter county route  shields aside J37 for reasons unknown. 

ClassicHasClass:
Very interesting, because Lassen used to use their own shields for that ( example in Doyle: http://www.floodgap.com/roadgap/395/u15/#img_30 ) and Modoc didn't sign them at all, just putting them on street sign blades ( http://www.floodgap.com/roadgap/395/u17/#img_1 ).

Max Rockatansky:
I grabbed pictures of quite a few of the Modoc County Route shields in this album for CA 139:

https://www.flickr.com/gp/151828809@N08/o1PTsvP83v

DTComposer:

--- Quote from: Max Rockatansky on October 25, 2022, 08:04:14 AM ---Itís probably more a case of that there really isnít anyone left on the state level maintaining the Lettered County Route program to care.  Iíve also seen similar County Route shields in Sierra County which have nothing to do with the letter route program. 

Some participating counties seem to be doing their own thing with the Letter County Route program.  Monterey County is putting up replacement county shields which omit the letter.  Tulare County pulled all their letter county route  shields aside J37 for reasons unknown. 

--- End quote ---

I'm guessing it's the county, not the state, but in the last couple of years I've noticed a marked increase in new county route shields in Santa Clara County, especially along G2 (Lawrence Expressway), G10 (Blossom Hill Road), and G8 (Almaden Expressway/McKean Road). For decades, the signage was deprecating, if it still existed at all.

Of particular note is the G2 shield being featured on new BGS's at the Lawrence/Stevens Creek/I-280 interchange - not on I-280 itself, but on off-ramps and along the surface routes:
https://www.google.com/maps/@37.3204,-121.9940372,3a,75y,333.95h,67.05t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1shijBhZfWb_J9H1JVgqsRdQ!2e0!7i16384!8i8192

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