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Okay, so here's an odd one. Looking at Harbor Blvd and the Business-80 intersection (which happens east right after the divide of original 80/Business 80, west of downtown Sacramento), Harbor Blvd calls out for going onto U.S. 50 west/east, even though that part of Business 80 isn't U.S. 50 anymore. Perhaps an old sign, maybe, that hasn't been updated in years?

No. Doing a lookback on the Street View history, it shows that in 2016, the signs properly referenced Business 80, but in 2017, it changed to U.S. 50. Yes, I'm serious. You can go to Google Maps yourself, go to the Harbor Blvd/Business 80 intersection, and the current Street View photo shows U.S. 50. I have also taken screenshots (not photoshopped, except to mask my name and to emphasize with red circles the years)

Here's the 2017 version: https://imgur.com/a/VlumG
Then, compare this to the 2016 version: https://imgur.com/a/j8uSs

It seriously makes no sense. Why would CalTrans add U.S. 50 (which no longer exists on that segment, especially west to San Francisco) after the proper Business 80 designation was on the signs? You can see this on both sides of the intersection (Harbor coming south to B80, and Harbor coming up north to B80).

So mystifying.
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Re: Sacramento - odd signs changed from Business 80 to 50 west/east?
« Reply #1 on: March 04, 2018, 02:25:48 PM »

even though that part of Business 80 isn't U.S. 50 anymore.

Is that true? I thought the west end of US 50 was at the regular/business 80 junction in West Sacramento, and US 50 went east concurrent with Business 80 to the CA-99 junction, where Business 80 splits off to the north. Wikipedia suggests this as well.
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Re: Sacramento - odd signs changed from Business 80 to 50 west/east?
« Reply #2 on: March 04, 2018, 02:39:57 PM »

I don't think you're crazy. According to the Interstate 80 Business Wikipedia page, Caltrans as around 2016 completed a sign replacement project. A PDF to details of the project was referenced (http://caltrans.ca.gov/hq/esc/oe/project_ads_addenda/03/03-4F7104/plans/03-4f7104_plans.pdf). The PDF did have details of the old signs being removed, and that the new signs lack the Business 80 designation west of CA 99. Why is that I'm not sure yet.

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Re: Sacramento - odd signs changed from Business 80 to 50 west/east?
« Reply #3 on: March 04, 2018, 03:40:02 PM »

Iím fairly sure this was discussed in a previous thread on this board. As part of the sign replacement project, a decision was made to deemphasize the biz 80 designation along the section concurrent with US 50. The biz 80 designation is now really just signed on the eastern portion of Capital City Freeway concurrent with hidden SR 51.


EDIT - Link to previous thread: https://www.aaroads.com/forum/index.php?topic=16501.0
« Last Edit: March 04, 2018, 03:54:08 PM by roadfro »
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Re: Sacramento - odd signs changed from Business 80 to 50 west/east?
« Reply #4 on: March 04, 2018, 03:56:02 PM »

I did a bit more digging.

Before 2016, on 80, right before the split of 80 and "former" Business 80, the shields showed both Business 80 and U.S. 50, but in 2017, it's only U.S. 50.

2015: https://imgur.com/a/S0bU3
2017: https://imgur.com/a/mMDXP

Interesting. I always thought U.S. 50 ended at the 99/B80 intercharge, but apparently, it's always been 50 until the split, concurrent with B80. I can understand why CalTrans wanted to simplify and have B80 just end at the 99/50 intercharge.

However, they should update the "freeway entrance" shields. Harbor Blvd's intercharge still shows the entrance ramp as B80, even though it technically isn't B80 anymore. They should replace it with U.S. 50. https://imgur.com/a/Ovzmm

Also, I thought that segment was also scheduled to be U.S. Interstate 305? Google Maps show the 305 shield. Kind of confusing!
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Re: Sacramento - odd signs changed from Business 80 to 50 west/east?
« Reply #5 on: March 04, 2018, 04:01:05 PM »

Also, I went to the B80/99/50 intercharge. It does show U.S. 50 now fully, but here's how it looked before 2017:

https://imgur.com/a/N9iK0

So, based on that signage, I was truly under the impression that U.S. 50 ended at the B80/99 intercharge, given that signage (I drove through that area a lot when I lived in the Sacramento area).

EDIT: I'm sorry, I'm still new to this website. Didn't realize there was an existing discussion thread! My bad.
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Re: Sacramento - odd signs changed from Business 80 to 50 west/east?
« Reply #6 on: March 04, 2018, 06:47:54 PM »

Also, I thought that segment was also scheduled to be U.S. Interstate 305? Google Maps show the 305 shield. Kind of confusing!

The portion of US 50/Business 80 between the I-80 split in West Sacramento and the 99/50 junction in Sacramento is hidden I-305. The Interstate designation is not signed, but it is kept for funding purposes.
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Re: Sacramento - odd signs changed from Business 80 to 50 west/east?
« Reply #7 on: March 04, 2018, 06:54:22 PM »

Iím fairly sure this was discussed in a previous thread on this board. As part of the sign replacement project, a decision was made to deemphasize the biz 80 designation along the section concurrent with US 50. The biz 80 designation is now really just signed on the eastern portion of Capital City Freeway concurrent with hidden SR 51.


EDIT - Link to previous thread: https://www.aaroads.com/forum/index.php?topic=16501.0

IMO the Biz 80 designation is totally unnecessary and confusing.  Outside of NC and SC, and certainly in the rest of CA, green business interstate shields designate surface street former routings of the US or state route that was replaced by the interstate - not another freeway.  If they want Biz-80 sign it along Auburn Blvd and sign the freeway segments as US 50 and CA-51.  Looks like they did this for US 50 recently on the W/X freeway -- hopefully they will sign CA-51 instead of Biz-80 on the 29/30 freeway
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Re: Sacramento - odd signs changed from Business 80 to 50 west/east?
« Reply #8 on: March 04, 2018, 07:31:21 PM »

Thanks for posting the link to the Caltrans plans.

The (proposed) signage for the segment from West Sac to downtown looks a lot cleaner when signed only for US 50.

It's a bummer that this will be another road with disappearing co-signage.

But it's also interesting how US 50 has been extended westward vs its normal "termination" at the Bus 80 / CA 99 interchange - look back at old/historic maps of the area, one would have never guessed that US 50 would have been extended so far west.

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Re: Sacramento - odd signs changed from Business 80 to 50 west/east?
« Reply #9 on: March 04, 2018, 08:22:58 PM »

Probably should add CA 99 still seems to be silent through the US 50/I-80BL segment.  CAhighways.org has way more detail than Wikipedia on the topic.

https://www.cahighways.org/049-056.html#050

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Re: Sacramento - odd signs changed from Business 80 to 50 west/east?
« Reply #10 on: March 05, 2018, 12:25:02 AM »


But it's also interesting how US 50 has been extended westward vs its normal "termination" at the Bus 80 / CA 99 interchange - look back at old/historic maps of the area, one would have never guessed that US 50 would have been extended so far west.


At one point US 50 did extend further west - to San Francisco!

The route though did not involve the freeway in West Sacramento at all (which was built as I-80/US 40/US 99E in the 1960s).  It followed 99 south to Stockton, then the surface street routing that Route 4 took until the 1990s in Stockton, then approximately I-5 south to Mossdale, Business I-205 west towards Altamont, I-580 west to the Macarthur Maze in Oakland, and I-80 west to US 101 in SF.
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Re: Sacramento - odd signs changed from Business 80 to 50 west/east?
« Reply #11 on: March 06, 2018, 08:11:54 PM »

Iím fairly sure this was discussed in a previous thread on this board. As part of the sign replacement project, a decision was made to deemphasize the biz 80 designation along the section concurrent with US 50. The biz 80 designation is now really just signed on the eastern portion of Capital City Freeway concurrent with hidden SR 51.


EDIT - Link to previous thread: https://www.aaroads.com/forum/index.php?topic=16501.0

IMO the Biz 80 designation is totally unnecessary and confusing.  Outside of NC and SC, and certainly in the rest of CA, green business interstate shields designate surface street former routings of the US or state route that was replaced by the interstate - not another freeway.  If they want Biz-80 sign it along Auburn Blvd and sign the freeway segments as US 50 and CA-51.  Looks like they did this for US 50 recently on the W/X freeway -- hopefully they will sign CA-51 instead of Biz-80 on the 29/30 freeway

I'm going to be nitpicky and say that Business 376 in Pittsburg is a freeway

but yes, in general you are correct
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Re: Sacramento - odd signs changed from Business 80 to 50 west/east?
« Reply #12 on: March 07, 2018, 09:23:37 AM »

If their intent was to get rid of BL 80, then they should sign the eastern half as CA 51 and call it a day.
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Re: Sacramento - odd signs changed from Business 80 to 50 west/east?
« Reply #13 on: March 07, 2018, 12:45:04 PM »

If their intent was to get rid of BL 80, then they should sign the eastern half as CA 51 and call it a day.
I don't think they were trying to get rid of Biz 80, but simplify signing since locals tended to refer to that section as US 50 only.

As mentioned in the other thread, the state's highway law stipulates that SR 51 shall be signed as BL 80, but the US 50 portion of the business route didn't have that distinction.
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Re: Sacramento - odd signs changed from Business 80 to 50 west/east?
« Reply #14 on: March 07, 2018, 09:10:37 PM »

If their intent was to get rid of BL 80, then they should sign the eastern half as CA 51 and call it a day.
I don't think they were trying to get rid of Biz 80, but simplify signing since locals tended to refer to that section as US 50 only.

As mentioned in the other thread, the state's highway law stipulates that SR 51 shall be signed as BL 80, but the US 50 portion of the business route didn't have that distinction.

I wonder if it would be more correct to sign the road as Business SPUR 80 (and not LOOP 80) since it now only connects to I-80 on the east end.
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Re: Sacramento - odd signs changed from Business 80 to 50 west/east?
« Reply #15 on: March 08, 2018, 01:17:50 AM »

If their intent was to get rid of BL 80, then they should sign the eastern half as CA 51 and call it a day.
I don't think they were trying to get rid of Biz 80, but simplify signing since locals tended to refer to that section as US 50 only.

As mentioned in the other thread, the state's highway law stipulates that SR 51 shall be signed as BL 80, but the US 50 portion of the business route didn't have that distinction.

I am still waiting for someone in the Sacramento area to request lawmakers remove that law to eliminate Business 80 in full and allow SR 51 to be signed as SR 51 or perhaps as SR 99. (Yes I know that moves SR 99 traffic away from its implied overlap with US 50 and I-5 and away from its continuation north of the airport, but it seems logical given SR 99 is the through route when traveling through the US 50 interchange heading northbound.) Joe Rouse might be able to tell us if someone is pursuing that goal, since it seems silly to have Business 80 take a spur southwest to the US 50 interchange and end without an apparent reconnection to its parent. If you're going to get rid of the route, might as well get rid of the whole thing, not just the US 50 section.

For what it is worth, California in general has deemphasized business routes of any type. Local municipalities typically do a poor job of maintaining signage for business routes, and there is no state law requiring municipalities or counties to sign their business routes. So unless the business route happens to overlap a state highway, the business route is more than likely unsigned. But with that said, Caltrans hasn't really enacted many new business routes (I can think of one on SR 58 at Mojave and another on SR 4) in the past ten years. Very few business routes remain in Southern California (I-10's loops for places like Indio and Colton are largely unsigned and therefore decommissioned, except for a couple of remnant shields), and I think they are getting less and less frequently found on rural freeways such as US 101 (Paso Robles), I-80 (Truckee), and I-5 (Redding). I am sure others on the board can cite additional examples.
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Re: Sacramento - odd signs changed from Business 80 to 50 west/east?
« Reply #16 on: March 08, 2018, 07:41:43 AM »

If their intent was to get rid of BL 80, then they should sign the eastern half as CA 51 and call it a day.
I don't think they were trying to get rid of Biz 80, but simplify signing since locals tended to refer to that section as US 50 only.

As mentioned in the other thread, the state's highway law stipulates that SR 51 shall be signed as BL 80, but the US 50 portion of the business route didn't have that distinction.

I am still waiting for someone in the Sacramento area to request lawmakers remove that law to eliminate Business 80 in full and allow SR 51 to be signed as SR 51 or perhaps as SR 99. (Yes I know that moves SR 99 traffic away from its implied overlap with US 50 and I-5 and away from its continuation north of the airport, but it seems logical given SR 99 is the through route when traveling through the US 50 interchange heading northbound.) Joe Rouse might be able to tell us if someone is pursuing that goal, since it seems silly to have Business 80 take a spur southwest to the US 50 interchange and end without an apparent reconnection to its parent. If you're going to get rid of the route, might as well get rid of the whole thing, not just the US 50 section.

For what it is worth, California in general has deemphasized business routes of any type. Local municipalities typically do a poor job of maintaining signage for business routes, and there is no state law requiring municipalities or counties to sign their business routes. So unless the business route happens to overlap a state highway, the business route is more than likely unsigned. But with that said, Caltrans hasn't really enacted many new business routes (I can think of one on SR 58 at Mojave and another on SR 4) in the past ten years. Very few business routes remain in Southern California (I-10's loops for places like Indio and Colton are largely unsigned and therefore decommissioned, except for a couple of remnant shields), and I think they are getting less and less frequently found on rural freeways such as US 101 (Paso Robles), I-80 (Truckee), and I-5 (Redding). I am sure others on the board can cite additional examples.

In general Caltrans seems to be interested in removing Business Routes when possible.  When the CA 43 roundabout was completed last year the Business Route 198 signage was removed entirely.  Most of the Business Routes I encounter are just a single guide sign or shield which likely was part of a higher degree of signing. 

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Re: Sacramento - odd signs changed from Business 80 to 50 west/east?
« Reply #17 on: March 08, 2018, 08:59:46 AM »

If their intent was to get rid of BL 80, then they should sign the eastern half as CA 51 and call it a day.
I don't think they were trying to get rid of Biz 80, but simplify signing since locals tended to refer to that section as US 50 only.

As mentioned in the other thread, the state's highway law stipulates that SR 51 shall be signed as BL 80, but the US 50 portion of the business route didn't have that distinction.

I wonder if it would be more correct to sign the road as Business SPUR 80 (and not LOOP 80) since it now only connects to I-80 on the east end.
The western half is also I-305, and there are no signs for that either. As for the idea of BS 80, I kind of like it, for the reason you stated above.
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Re: Sacramento - odd signs changed from Business 80 to 50 west/east?
« Reply #18 on: March 08, 2018, 08:28:46 PM »

If their intent was to get rid of BL 80, then they should sign the eastern half as CA 51 and call it a day.
I don't think they were trying to get rid of Biz 80, but simplify signing since locals tended to refer to that section as US 50 only.

As mentioned in the other thread, the state's highway law stipulates that SR 51 shall be signed as BL 80, but the US 50 portion of the business route didn't have that distinction.

I am still waiting for someone in the Sacramento area to request lawmakers remove that law to eliminate Business 80 in full and allow SR 51 to be signed as SR 51 or perhaps as SR 99. (Yes I know that moves SR 99 traffic away from its implied overlap with US 50 and I-5 and away from its continuation north of the airport, but it seems logical given SR 99 is the through route when traveling through the US 50 interchange heading northbound.) Joe Rouse might be able to tell us if someone is pursuing that goal, since it seems silly to have Business 80 take a spur southwest to the US 50 interchange and end without an apparent reconnection to its parent. If you're going to get rid of the route, might as well get rid of the whole thing, not just the US 50 section.

For what it is worth, California in general has deemphasized business routes of any type. Local municipalities typically do a poor job of maintaining signage for business routes, and there is no state law requiring municipalities or counties to sign their business routes. So unless the business route happens to overlap a state highway, the business route is more than likely unsigned. But with that said, Caltrans hasn't really enacted many new business routes (I can think of one on SR 58 at Mojave and another on SR 4) in the past ten years. Very few business routes remain in Southern California (I-10's loops for places like Indio and Colton are largely unsigned and therefore decommissioned, except for a couple of remnant shields), and I think they are getting less and less frequently found on rural freeways such as US 101 (Paso Robles), I-80 (Truckee), and I-5 (Redding). I am sure others on the board can cite additional examples.

In general Caltrans seems to be interested in removing Business Routes when possible.  When the CA 43 roundabout was completed last year the Business Route 198 signage was removed entirely.  Most of the Business Routes I encounter are just a single guide sign or shield which likely was part of a higher degree of signing.

I see this trend as a function of the use of GPS and onliine mapping services available while driving.  In the  past, if you wanted gas, food, lodging they were found right on the highways.  As individual bypasses were built, people who wanted to partake of those services could generally find them along the old highway corridor.  And for many small cities, you can get directly to the old highway corridor by taking the first exit of the town, follow the old highway through town and be deposited right back onto the freeway at the other end.  It was important for people to know that they could simply keep driving in the same direction to get back on the road, as opposed to doubling back and heading back to find an on-ramp where you exited (in some cases the ramps to business routes are unidirectional and don't serve the minor direction).

But now, your online service can tell you where the services are and how to get back to the freeway.  So the need for such signage has diminished greatly.

I, like many of you road enthusiasts, enjoy driving business routes to get a feel for a town that I may be passing through.  Take an extra 10 minutes to see what there is. Try to imagine what it is like to drive this road back in the 1920's and 1930's when this was the main road.  But it is harder now that the signage is gone and outside of certain historical examples like US 66, the municipalities don't really seem to care.

That being said, I don't have any nostalgia when I drove Biz-80 in the late '90s when I lived in Northern California.  It was a freeway and its purpose was to get to my destination as quickly as possible.  If I wanted nostalgia, I would drive the true business route through Sacramento along West Capitol - 16th- Del Paso -etc.

Oddly enough, I would have less of a philosophical problem if the Tower Bridge Gateway (back in the '90s this was a freeway connector between the bridge and I-80, now its largely a surface route) and CA-160 freeways [and the surface streets in Downtown Sacramento between them] were signed as Biz-80 as this followed the old US 40 corridor and actually led to some businesses.  And it provided a decent way to get a feel of Sacramento and then guide me back to I-80 to continue my journeys.
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Re: Sacramento - odd signs changed from Business 80 to 50 west/east?
« Reply #19 on: March 08, 2018, 08:29:13 PM »

Iím fairly sure this was discussed in a previous thread on this board. As part of the sign replacement project, a decision was made to deemphasize the biz 80 designation along the section concurrent with US 50. The biz 80 designation is now really just signed on the eastern portion of Capital City Freeway concurrent with hidden SR 51.


EDIT - Link to previous thread: https://www.aaroads.com/forum/index.php?topic=16501.0

IMO the Biz 80 designation is totally unnecessary and confusing.  Outside of NC and SC, and certainly in the rest of CA, green business interstate shields designate surface street former routings of the US or state route that was replaced by the interstate - not another freeway.  If they want Biz-80 sign it along Auburn Blvd and sign the freeway segments as US 50 and CA-51.  Looks like they did this for US 50 recently on the W/X freeway -- hopefully they will sign CA-51 instead of Biz-80 on the 29/30 freeway

I'm going to be nitpicky and say that Business 376 in Pittsburg is a freeway

but yes, in general you are correct

I forgot about Biz-376.  That designation is relatively new, so I didn't think of it.  IMO it should also be replaced with a new state highway number, but discussion of that should be in teh Northeast or Fictional  boards.
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Re: Sacramento - odd signs changed from Business 80 to 50 west/east?
« Reply #20 on: March 09, 2018, 01:15:12 AM »

In general Caltrans seems to be interested in removing Business Routes when possible.  When the CA 43 roundabout was completed last year the Business Route 198 signage was removed entirely.  Most of the Business Routes I encounter are just a single guide sign or shield which likely was part of a higher degree of signing.

I have no objection to removing business routes. I do have an expectation that a business route will meet its parent at both ends. I've seen business spurs on occasion. That could be a solution, but it's probably better to get rid of the business route designation entirely.
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Re: Sacramento - odd signs changed from Business 80 to 50 west/east?
« Reply #21 on: March 09, 2018, 06:32:48 PM »

Biz 80 is a (now) 36-year-old experiment that hasn't had the results Caltrans and Sacramento originally wanted -- to provide an in-town through alternative, not necessarily to Interstate standards -- to the relocated I-80 around the north side of town.  However, no one really utilizes it as such; it is simply a series of disconnected sections; the relatively slow-speed Oak Park turbine interchange never helped to define the route as a through facility.  And seeing as the E-W (W/X + West Sacramento) freeway segment is formally part of California Route 50 (that just happens to be a US Highway -- Caltrans, except for purposes of standards & sometimes funding, doesn't distinguish on the master list), signing it (apparently only on BGS's and not with reassurance shields) as US 50 is a no-brainer.  But apparently Caltrans has no real idea what to do with the CA 51 segment -- sign it as such would be the obvious choice (when means they won't even consider that!) -- they'll just keep the Biz 80 signs up for the foreseeable future and hope nobody in the field lodges any complaints regarding continuity (they're probably hoping the "To I-80" signage on and leading to westbound will suffice).  Poor signage seems to be an agency-wide issue rather than one endemic to one district or another; Caltrans seems just not particularly interested in providing consistent navigational aids.

Of course if CA 99 ever gets Interstate status & signage, what to do with I-7 or I-9 once it hits Sacramento (unless truncated at Stockton per some plan variations) might well toss an additional monkey wrench into the signage situation (take it over to I-5 or all the way to I-80 along with US 50 -- but because of the substandard CA 51 segments, they'd probably not route it up that corridor -- although it could be signed (lazily, IMO) "To I-X" southbound and To I-80" northbound -- but if the whole assembly would read CA 51/TO I-80 NB and as the same but with the new I-designation SB, to me that would be the optimal solution for that route at that time (just speculating!).   
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Re: Sacramento - odd signs changed from Business 80 to 50 west/east?
« Reply #22 on: March 09, 2018, 07:00:13 PM »

Since Business 80 never became a popular through route, I think Caltrans might as well abandon it.  The US 50 section is easy, sign as US 50 only.
The CA 51 section is more problematic.  I do not agree with making it part of CA 99 - it makes following CA 99 to the northern section problematic.  Maybe the southern section and northern section should have different numbers - if the southern section became I-7 or I-9 that would be simple, but would still leave us wondering what to do with CA 51, because it doesn't meet interstate standards.  I say drop the Business 80 designation and sign it as CA 51.  With accompanying signs southbound "To CA 99 SOUTH - Downtown Sacramento" and northbound to "To I-80 EAST Roseville - Reno" it should be clear enough.
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Re: Sacramento - odd signs changed from Business 80 to 50 west/east?
« Reply #23 on: March 09, 2018, 08:52:27 PM »

Caltrans is planning to widen and modernize SR 51 (Elvas Freeway) through Midtown Sacramento up to Arden Way, and the upgrades should be in place by 2027.  Should additional upgrades be added on the stretch north of Arden Way on up to the Interstate 80/Auburn Boulevard (244) interchange, the route could become some sort of northbound extension of I-7 or I-9 (assuming additional upgrades on existing SR 99 from Lodi to Elk Grove as well).  It would be a very logical north endpoint to the new I-7 or I-9 interstate route.    I could easily see overhead signs on US 50 indicating:

"9 South - Fresno; 9 North - Reno"

Also, it is nice to see all the overhead freeway signs being replaced.  But, I have noticed that the new signs installed throughout the Sacramento area seem to be blistering and peeling a lot.  I hope what appears to be thin, plastic coating that is currently blistering and peeling off of the new BGSs is not the material used to reflect headlights of oncoming traffic.  Otherwise all those new signs will need to be replaced in less than five years. 

Nonetheless, I say good riddance to the bad rubbish that was the original concept of "Business Loop 80" in Sacramento.   As a life long resident of the Sacramento area, I never liked the concept. US 50 and Interstate 7/9 works well for me. 

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Re: Sacramento - odd signs changed from Business 80 to 50 west/east?
« Reply #24 on: March 09, 2018, 10:13:43 PM »

Caltrans is planning to widen and modernize SR 51 (Elvas Freeway) through Midtown Sacramento up to Arden Way, and the upgrades should be in place by 2027.  Should additional upgrades be added on the stretch north of Arden Way on up to the Interstate 80/Auburn Boulevard (244) interchange, the route could become some sort of northbound extension of I-7 or I-9 (assuming additional upgrades on existing SR 99 from Lodi to Elk Grove as well).  It would be a very logical north endpoint to the new I-7 or I-9 interstate route.    I could easily see overhead signs on US 50 indicating:

"9 South - Fresno; 9 North - Reno"

Also, it is nice to see all the overhead freeway signs being replaced.  But, I have noticed that the new signs installed throughout the Sacramento area seem to be blistering and peeling a lot.  I hope what appears to be thin, plastic coating that is currently blistering and peeling off of the new BGSs is not the material used to reflect headlights of oncoming traffic.  Otherwise all those new signs will need to be replaced in less than five years. 

Nonetheless, I say good riddance to the bad rubbish that was the original concept of "Business Loop 80" in Sacramento.   As a life long resident of the Sacramento area, I never liked the concept. US 50 and Interstate 7/9 works well for me.

That all sounds great but CA 99 needs a massive amount of upgrades to meet Interstate standards.  Given some of the chatter Andy cited regarding the I-710 extension I don't see any chance in hell that 99 will be upgraded any time soon.  There are way too many soft shoulders, narrow lanes, and right on/right off ramps to get anyone interested in Interstate upgrades. 

Since Business 80 never became a popular through route, I think Caltrans might as well abandon it.  The US 50 section is easy, sign as US 50 only.
The CA 51 section is more problematic.  I do not agree with making it part of CA 99 - it makes following CA 99 to the northern section problematic.  Maybe the southern section and northern section should have different numbers - if the southern section became I-7 or I-9 that would be simple, but would still leave us wondering what to do with CA 51, because it doesn't meet interstate standards.  I say drop the Business 80 designation and sign it as CA 51.  With accompanying signs southbound "To CA 99 SOUTH - Downtown Sacramento" and northbound to "To I-80 EAST Roseville - Reno" it should be clear enough.

Since the multiplex to that northern section of 99 is presently all but silent why not just change the legislative definition of route 99?  The section of 99 north of I-5 would be more fitting as it's own route, maybe something like CA 499?  That way the legislative definition of 51 could be absorbed into a 99 that meets I-80.
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