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Max Rockatansky

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CA 124
« on: June 25, 2017, 08:19:26 AM »

Continuing the theme from the CA 49 thread, I had an opportunity to take some state highways that I've never been on or clinched before.  In this case I did CA 124 which runs from CA 88 up to CA 16:

https://www.flickr.com/gp/151828809@N08/95jRUc

Really the junction of CA 104 and CA 124 in downtown Ione is kind of neat given the motif of the Gold Rush era structures.  When I get a chance this week I'll be updating the thread with route alignment history.  There was a 65 MPH zone north of Ione which suggests to me without checking CAhighways that it is part of the expressway and freeway system.

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Re: CA 124
« Reply #1 on: June 28, 2017, 04:20:29 PM »

Alright, time for the alignment history rundown on CA 124...

CA 124 was a post 1964 route created from parts of the original SSR 104 alignment and LRN 97.  Originally it was SSR 104 that ran north to SSR 16/CA 16 instead of it running through downtown Ione eastward via what was an unsigned portion of LRN 34 to SSR 88.  The state highway south of Ione was an unsigned part of LRN 97, for some reason the route north out of Ione still shows as a CA 104 but LRN 124 in 1964 but it finally shows the signage change by 1965.  Really the realignment of CA 104 made sense since the route took a pretty wild north/south swing after being almost entirely east/west:

1963 State Highway Map

http://www.davidrumsey.com/luna/servlet/detail/RUMSEY~8~1~239528~5511852:State-Highway-Map,-California,-1963?sort=Pub_List_No_InitialSort%2CPub_Date%2CPub_List_No%2CSeries_No&qvq=q:caltrans;sort:Pub_List_No_InitialSort%2CPub_Date%2CPub_List_No%2CSeries_No;lc:RUMSEY~8~1&mi=29&trs=86

1964 State Highway Map

http://www.davidrumsey.com/luna/servlet/detail/RUMSEY~8~1~239528~5511852:State-Highway-Map,-California,-1963?sort=Pub_List_No_InitialSort%2CPub_Date%2CPub_List_No%2CSeries_No&qvq=q:caltrans;sort:Pub_List_No_InitialSort%2CPub_Date%2CPub_List_No%2CSeries_No;lc:RUMSEY~8~1&mi=29&trs=86

1965 State Highway Map

http://www.davidrumsey.com/luna/servlet/detail/RUMSEY~8~1~239522~5511848:State-Highway-Map,-California,-1965?sort=Pub_List_No_InitialSort%2CPub_Date%2CPub_List_No%2CSeries_No&qvq=q:caltrans;sort:Pub_List_No_InitialSort%2CPub_Date%2CPub_List_No%2CSeries_No;lc:RUMSEY~8~1&mi=25&trs=86

Interestingly the 1935 Amador County Map shows LRN 97 running to Ione on Dave Brubeck Road and maybe Marlette Street then using what became LRN 34 to continue eastward to Jackson.  That would certainly explain what the thinking was with SSR 104 in the early signed highway era:

http://www.davidrumsey.com/luna/servlet/detail/RUMSEY~8~1~247267~5515344:Amador-County-?sort=Pub_List_No_InitialSort%2CPub_Date%2CPub_List_No%2CSeries_No&qvq=q:california%2Bdivision%2Bof%2Bhighways;sort:Pub_List_No_InitialSort%2CPub_Date%2CPub_List_No%2CSeries_No;lc:RUMSEY~8~1&mi=25&trs=163

Which can be seen on the state map in 1938:

http://www.davidrumsey.com/luna/servlet/detail/RUMSEY~8~1~247267~5515344:Amador-County-?sort=Pub_List_No_InitialSort%2CPub_Date%2CPub_List_No%2CSeries_No&qvq=q:california%2Bdivision%2Bof%2Bhighways;sort:Pub_List_No_InitialSort%2CPub_Date%2CPub_List_No%2CSeries_No;lc:RUMSEY~8~1&mi=25&trs=163

By 1940 the state highway map shows SSR 88 coming to Ione:

http://www.davidrumsey.com/luna/servlet/detail/RUMSEY~8~1~239585~5511890:Road-Map-of-the-State-of-California?sort=Pub_List_No_InitialSort%2CPub_Date%2CPub_List_No%2CSeries_No&qvq=q:caltrans;sort:Pub_List_No_InitialSort%2CPub_Date%2CPub_List_No%2CSeries_No;lc:RUMSEY~8~1&mi=67&trs=86

By 1955, SSR 88 is still shown going through Ione but using part of the modern highway which can be seen changing from 1954

1954 State Highway Map

http://www.davidrumsey.com/luna/servlet/detail/RUMSEY~8~1~239555~5511870:Road-Map-of-the-State-of-California?sort=Pub_List_No_InitialSort%2CPub_Date%2CPub_List_No%2CSeries_No&qvq=q:caltrans;sort:Pub_List_No_InitialSort%2CPub_Date%2CPub_List_No%2CSeries_No;lc:RUMSEY~8~1&mi=47&trs=86

1955 State Highway Map

http://www.davidrumsey.com/luna/servlet/detail/RUMSEY~8~1~239552~5511868:Road-Map-of-the-State-of-California?sort=Pub_List_No_InitialSort%2CPub_Date%2CPub_List_No%2CSeries_No&qvq=q:caltrans;sort:Pub_List_No_InitialSort%2CPub_Date%2CPub_List_No%2CSeries_No;lc:RUMSEY~8~1&mi=45&trs=86

SSR 88 is shown shifting completely south of Ione in 1960 which can be seen comparing the map from 1959:

1959 State Highway Map

http://www.davidrumsey.com/luna/servlet/detail/RUMSEY~8~1~239540~5511860:Road-Map-of-the-State-of-California?sort=Pub_List_No_InitialSort%2CPub_Date%2CPub_List_No%2CSeries_No&qvq=q:caltrans;sort:Pub_List_No_InitialSort%2CPub_Date%2CPub_List_No%2CSeries_No;lc:RUMSEY~8~1&mi=37&trs=86

1960 State Highway Map

http://www.davidrumsey.com/luna/servlet/detail/RUMSEY~8~1~239537~5511858:State-Highway-Map,-California,-1960?sort=Pub_List_No_InitialSort%2CPub_Date%2CPub_List_No%2CSeries_No&qvq=q:caltrans;sort:Pub_List_No_InitialSort%2CPub_Date%2CPub_List_No%2CSeries_No;lc:RUMSEY~8~1&mi=35&trs=86


What a friggin cluster %@Q%Q of alignments for a 10 mile route....didn't expect that when I started writing this one up.  :rolleyes:

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Re: CA 124
« Reply #2 on: July 02, 2017, 04:17:07 AM »

Ione has always been something of a clusterfuck!  Originally LRN 34 east of Jackson was signed as SSR 8; this continued into Alpine County and out into Nevada (along present CA 88).  SSR 104 remained on LRN 34 from Ione to SSR 49 just north of Jackson, where it terminated.  In 1939 it was decided to terminate SSR 8 in Jackson (the longstanding multiplex on SSR 49 from Mokelumne Hill to Jackson remained intact); a new SSR, 88, was commissioned over all of LRN 34 east of Ione and over LRN 97 southwest of there to Stockton.  Instead of terminating SSR 104 at new SSR 88 in Ione, it was redirected north over the remainder of LRN 97 to terminate at SSR 16 west of SSR 49; this left a few blocks of state-maintained LRN 34/97 in Ione unsigned, but (apparently; I've never seen specific evidence published) with "trailblazer"/"TO" signage from each of the separate SSR alignments.   This arrangement persisted until 1959, when the "88 Connector" south of Ione was built; technically a spur of LRN 97.  Signage was simple: from EB SSR 88, the LRN 97 (west) turnoff was signed "Ione" (with an arrow on a BBS), with an attached "TO"/"SSR 104" shield array; the LRN 34 (east) turnoff was likewise signed WB only.  Within Ione proper, the intersection where SSR 104 turned from east to north was signed "TO SSR 88"; once the LRN 34/97 "split" was reached in downtown Ione, trailblazers reading "TO EAST 88" and "TO WEST 88" were posted.  I went through there a couple of times as a kid, and can't recall seeing any type of reassurance signs besides the junction postings on the unsigned connectors. 

The '64 renumbering cleared things up considerably.  Actual signage (104, 124) was now posted on the connectors, with 104 on the previous LRN 34 and 124 on LRN 97 (easy peezy!)  Also at that time the connection (now on 124) north to CA 16 was realigned east of its previous track; it now intersected CA 16 only a half-mile west of that route's eastern terminus at CA 49 near Plymouth.  The new alignment was (and is) definitely a 2-lane CA-type "expressway", with very limited side access.  Presently Ione still maintains its historic "old gold rush village" demeanor downtown, but there's a lot of modern housing around the town's perimeter (including a lot of second homes for Sacramento and Stockton residents).
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