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State Route 247 (SR 247) is a state highway in the U.S. state of California. The road passes through the Mojave Desert in San Bernardino County, connecting SR 62 in Yucca Valley to Interstate 15 (I-15) in Barstow. SR 247 was designated by the California State Legislature in 1969; the county roads along that route were given to the state in 1972.

State Route 247 marker

State Route 247
SR 247 highlighted in red
Route information
Defined by Streets and Highways Code § 547
Maintained by Caltrans
Length78.084 mi[2] (125.664 km)
Existed1964[1]–present
Major junctions
South end SR 62 in Yucca Valley
  To SR 18 / Old Woman Springs Road near Lucerne Valley
North end I-15 in Barstow
Location
CountiesSan Bernardino
Highway system
SR 246SR 253

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Route descriptionEdit

 
SR 247 between Lucerne Valley and Barstow

SR 247 begins at a junction with SR 62 in the town of Yucca Valley, where it is signed as Old Woman Springs Road. From Yucca Valley, the two-lane highway heads northwestward through desert, much of it through Johnson Valley, briefly passing through Flamingo Heights and the western tip of Landers.[3]

In the town of Lucerne Valley, SR 18 and SR 247 do not actually intersect, but the highways are less than 0.125 miles (0.201 km) apart, connected by a short continuation road to extend SR 18 to SR 247. A right turn at this intersection changes SR 247's path due north as Barstow Road towards Barstow and its northern terminus at I-15, passing by Barstow Community College.[3] However, continuing straight on Old Woman Springs Road, instead of turning right at this intersection, leads to SR 18, heading west by northwest to Apple Valley and Victorville.[4]

SR 247 is part of the California Freeway and Expressway System,[5] but is not part of the National Highway System. The route is eligible for the State Scenic Highway System,[6] but it is not officially designated as a scenic highway by the California Department of Transportation.[7] In 2013, SR 247 had an annual average daily traffic (AADT) of 1,700 between Stoddard Wells Road and the Barstow city limits, and 18,000 at the northern terminus with I-15, the latter of which was the highest AADT for the highway.[8]

HistoryEdit

The California State Legislature defined Route 26 as a route from Lucerne Valley to Morongo Valley in 1959.[9] SR 247 was designated in the 1964 state highway renumbering as a route from SR 62 in Yucca Valley to SR 18 near Lucerne Valley, and then from there to I-15 in Barstow.[1] That year, the Lucerne Valley Chamber of Commerce began an effort to have a state highway designated from Lucerne Valley to Yucca Valley along Old Woman Springs Road.[10] By 1969, county roads had been constructed from Barstow to Lucerne Valley, and from there to Yucca Valley.[11] Barstow Road and Old Woman Springs Road were given to the state by San Bernardino County in 1972, although the county had agreed to perform some improvements on the two roads after the state began to maintain them.[12]

Parts of the SR 247 roadway buckled in the Landers earthquake of 1992, and 10 miles (16 km) of the highway was closed while repairs took place.[13][14] In 2001, Caltrans indicated that most of the highway was considered "maintain only" until 2020, except for the portions in Yucca Valley and Barstow, which were to be widened to six lanes.[15]

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).[2] Segments that remain unconstructed or have been relinquished to local control may be omitted. The entire route is in San Bernardino County.

LocationPostmile
[2][8][16]
DestinationsNotes
Yucca Valley0.00Joshua LaneContinuation beyond SR 62
0.00   SR 62 (Twentynine Palms Highway) to I-10 – Twentynine Palms, Morongo ValleySouth end of SR 247
Lucerne Valley44.86  To SR 18 / Old Woman Springs Road, Barstow Road – Big Bear Lake, Victorville
73.18Stoddard Wells Road
Barstow78.10  I-15 (Mojave Freeway) – San Bernardino, Las Vegas, NeedlesInterchange; north end of SR 247; I-15 exit 183
78.10Barstow RoadContinuation beyond I-15
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b California State Assembly. "An act to add Section 253 and Article 3 (commencing with Section 300) to Chapter 2 of Division 1 of, and to repeal Section 253 and Article 3 (commencing with Section 300) of Chapter 2 of Division 1 of, the..." 1963 Session of the Legislature. Statutes of California. State of California. Ch. 385 p. 1182.
  2. ^ a b c 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.
  3. ^ a b DeLorme. California Road Atlas and Gazetteer (Map). 1 in = 59 mi. Yarmouth, Maine: DeLorme. pp. 130, 131, 143.
  4. ^ Google (December 31, 2015). "Map of Barstow and Old Woman Springs Roads, Lucerne Valley, CA" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved December 31, 2015.
  5. ^ "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.
  6. ^ "Article 2.5 of Chapter 2 of Division 1 of the California Streets & Highways Code". California Office of Legislative Counsel. Retrieved February 6, 2019.
  7. ^ California Department of Transportation (September 7, 2011). "Officially Designated State Scenic Highways and Historic Parkways". Sacramento: California Department of Transportation.
  8. ^ a b California Department of Transportation (2013). "All Traffic Volumes on CSHS". Sacramento: California Department of Transportation.
  9. ^ California State Assembly. "An act to amend Sections 306, 320, 332, 351, 362, 365, 369, 374, 382, 388, 397, 407, 408, 409, 410, 415, 422, 435, 440, 446, 453, 456, 460, 467, 470, 476, 487, 492, 493, 494, 506, 521, 528, and 529..." 1959 Session of the Legislature. Statutes of California. State of California. Ch. 1062 p. 3121.
  10. ^ "Desert Groups Seek State Highway Through SB County". The San Bernardino County Sun. February 26, 1964. p. 16. Retrieved May 30, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  
  11. ^ California Division of Highways (1969). State Highway Map: California (Map). [1:1,341,120]. Sacramento: California Division of Highways.
  12. ^ "State Takes Over 174 Miles of San Bernardino County Roads". The San Bernardino County Sun. July 23, 1972. p. 15. Retrieved May 30, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  
  13. ^ "Earthquakes". The San Bernardino County Sun. June 29, 1992. p. 12. Retrieved May 30, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  
  14. ^ "Road Watch". The San Bernardino County Sun. June 30, 1992. p. 13. Retrieved May 30, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  
  15. ^ "State Route 247" (PDF). Route Concept Report. California Department of Transportation. June 2001. p. 3. Retrieved May 30, 2015.
  16. ^ California Department of Transportation (April 2018). "Log of Bridges on State Highways". Sacramento: California Department of Transportation.

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