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State Route 108 (SR 108) is a state highway in the U.S. state of California that runs from the Central Valley and across the Sierra Nevada via the Sonora Pass. It generally runs generally northeast from downtown Modesto near the SR 99/SR 132 interchange, to U.S. Route 395 near the Nevada state line. The route was once recommended to continue south of Modesto to Interstate 5, although today that portion exists as a county road. Parts of SR 108 are closed annually during the winter due to inclement weather along the summit.

State Route 108 marker

State Route 108
Map of east central California with SR 108 highlighted in red
Route information
Defined by Streets and Highways Code § 408
Maintained by Caltrans
Length120 mi[1] (193 km)
RestrictionsSegment through Sonora Pass closed in winter
Major junctions
West end SR 99 / SR 132 in Modesto
 
East end US 395 near Bridgeport
Location
CountiesStanislaus, Tuolumne, Alpine, Mono
Highway system
SR 107SR 109

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Route descriptionEdit

State Route 108 begins in downtown Modesto at the junction of SR 99 and SR 132, overlapping SR 132 for several blocks northeast on L Street to 9th Street. There it splits into a short one-way pair, with eastbound SR 108 turning southeast with SR 132 on 9th Street to K Street and then northeast to Needham Street; the westbound direction remains on L Street to Needham Street. After several blocks eastward on Needham Street, SR 108 reaches McHenry Avenue, which it follows north out of the city. There is no route marker eastbound indicating where the route turns left from 9th Street to K Street, nor is there a route marker indicating where the westbound traffic turns left from Needham Street to L Street.

From Modesto, SR 108 runs north along McHenry Avenue for about 7 miles (11 km) before turning eastward on Patterson Road to follow the Stanislaus River east-northeast. In Riverbank, County Route J7 comes from the north and departs to the south after about a one-mile (1.6 km) co-routing. After following the river about 10 miles (16 km), SR 108 passes straight through the heart of downtown Oakdale.

At the main intersection in Oakdale, SR 120 joins SR 108 from the north and they are co-signed as they continue northeast, climbing into the foothills and passing just south of Knights Ferry. SR 120 brings with it the title Northern Yosemite Highway for this segment; with State Route 140 being the middle route from the west and State Route 41 being the southern route to Yosemite. Just past Knights Ferry, SR 108 crosses from Stanislaus County into Tuolumne County, and the road changes from two lanes to four-lane separated highway for about 6 miles (9.7 km). This is advantageous as steep grade is located along this stretch of the road and the extra lanes are useful as passing lanes both ascending and descending the mountain range. About a mile after the end of the separated pavement, La Grange Road (County road J59) heads south, passing just west of Lake Don Pedro and meeting SR 132 near the town of La Grange. Another 3 miles (4.8 km) eastward, at Yosemite Junction, SR 120 finally separates from SR 108 and heads southward toward to a co-routing with State Route 49 through Chinese Camp and across the upper end of Lake Don Pedro.

 
California 108 near Sonora Pass

Another 3 miles (4.8 km) eastward, SR 49 joins from the south and is co-routed with SR 108 through Jamestown and into Sonora, where SR 49 departs to the north. SR 108 continues eastward and gains elevation as it passes through Twain Harte, Mi-Wuk Village, Long Barn, Cold Springs, Strawberry-Pinecrest Lake and Dodge Ridge Ski Area, then on to Dardanelle and Kennedy Meadow. SR 108 passes through Alpine County for approximately 0.8 miles immediately west of the Sonora Pass. At the pass, the highway crosses the summit of the Sierra Nevada and enters Mono County, then descends past the Mountain Warfare Training Center at Pickel Meadows, finally reaching the eastern terminus at Sonora Junction where it meets U.S. Route 395.

SR 108 is part of the California Freeway and Expressway System,[2] and west of the eastern junction with SR 49 is part of the National Highway System,[3] a network of highways that are considered essential to the country's economy, defense, and mobility by the Federal Highway Administration.[4] SR 108 is eligible to be included in the State Scenic Highway System,[5] but it is not officially designated as a scenic highway by the California Department of Transportation.[6]

Major intersectionsEdit

Except where prefixed with a letter, postmiles were measured on the road as it was in 1964, based on the alignment that existed at the 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).[7] Segments that remain unconstructed or have been relinquished to local control may be omitted. The numbers reset at county lines; the start and end postmiles in each county are given in the county column.

CountyLocationPostmile
[7][1][8]
DestinationsNotes
Stanislaus
STA 14.73[N 1]-T18.17[N 2]
Modesto14.73[N 1]  SR 132 west (Maze Boulevard) – VernalisContinuation beyond SR 99
14.73[N 1]  SR 99 – Stockton, MercedInterchange; west end of SR 132 overlap; west end of SR 108
15.06[N 1]
R22.44
  SR 132 east (9th Street) – CoultervilleEast end of SR 132 overlap; serves Modesto City-County Airport
24.81Briggsmore Avenue
26.06Standiford Avenue, Sylvan Avenue
27.62   SR 219 west (Kiernan Avenue) to SR 99 / Claribel Road – Salida
29.15  CR J6 (McHenry Avenue) – Escalon
Riverbank31.05Oakdale Road
32.44  CR J7 north (1st Street)West end of CR J7 overlap
33.38  CR J7 south (Claus Road)East end of CR J7 overlap
Oakdale38.24
5.12[N 2]
    SR 120 west / CR J9 / CR J14 (Yosemite Avenue) – Escalon, MantecaWest end of SR 120 overlap
Tuolumne
TUO R0.00[N 2]-66.97
8.19[N 2]  CR J59 (La Grange Road) – La Grange, Merced
  CR E15 (O'Byrnes Ferry Road) – Copperopolis
12.08[N 2]
L0.00
  SR 120 east – Chinese Camp, Groveland, YosemiteEast end of SR 120 overlap
L2.81
R11.59[N 3]
  SR 49 south – Chinese Camp, YosemiteWest end of SR 49 overlap
Jamestown14.74[N 3]  CR E5 (Rawhide Road) / Humbug Street
Sonora16.48[N 3]
R0.00
  SR 49 north (Stockton Street, SR 108 Bus. east) – Downtown Sonora, Angels CampInterchange; east end of SR 49 overlap; former SR 108 east; west end of Sonora bypass
R2.20 
  SR 108 Bus. (Mono Way)
Interchange; former SR 108
R3.42Hess Avenue, Phoenix Lake RoadInterchange
R4.50Peaceful Oak Road, Standard RoadInterchange; eastbound exit and westbound entrance
R5.50 
  SR 108 Bus. west (Mono Way) / Standard Road
Former SR 108 west; east end of Sonora bypass
7.51Soulsbyville Road – Mono Vista, Soulsbyville, Willow Springs, Tuolumne City
R9.58Twain Harte Drive (SR 108 Bus. east), Plainview Road – Twain Harte
Twain HarteR11.75  CR E17 (Tuolumne Road) / Twain Harte Drive (SR 108 Bus. west) – Twain Harte
Mono15.15  US 395 – Walker, Carson City, Bridgeport, BishopEast end of SR 108
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
  1. ^ a b c d Indicates that the postmile represents the distance along SR 132 rather than SR 108.
  2. ^ a b c d e Indicates that the postmile represents the distance along SR 120 rather than SR 108.
  3. ^ a b c Indicates that the postmile represents the distance along SR 49 rather than SR 108.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b California Department of Transportation (July 2007). "Log of Bridges on State Highways". Sacramento: California Department of Transportation.
  2. ^ "Article 2 of Chapter 2 of Division 1 of the California Streets and Highways Code". Sacramento: California Office of Legislative Counsel. Retrieved February 6, 2019.
  3. ^ Federal Highway Administration (March 25, 2015). National Highway System: California (North) (PDF) (Map). Scale not given. Washington, DC: Federal Highway Administration. Retrieved October 1, 2017.
  4. ^ Natzke, Stefan; Neathery, Mike & Adderly, Kevin (June 20, 2012). "What is the National Highway System?". National Highway System. Washington, DC: Federal Highway Administration. Retrieved July 1, 2012.
  5. ^ "Article 2.5 of Chapter 2 of Division 1 of the California Streets & Highways Code". California Office of Legislative Counsel. Retrieved February 6, 2019.
  6. ^ California Department of Transportation (September 7, 2011). "Officially Designated State Scenic Highways and Historic Parkways". Sacramento: California Department of Transportation. Retrieved October 1, 2017.
  7. ^ a b California Department of Transportation. "State Truck Route List". Sacramento: California Department of Transportation. Archived from the original (XLS file) on June 30, 2015. Retrieved June 30, 2015.
  8. ^ California Department of Transportation, All Traffic Volumes on CSHS, 2005 and 2006

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