Skip to main content

California State Route 137; the 90 degree turn highway

After completing Yokohl Valley Drive I decided to take something a little different back to the Fresno Area and made my northwest to CA 137.






CA 137 is 30 mile state highway running from CA 65 west/southwest to CA 43.  CA 137 is odd in that it doesn't really have a clear directional path and has numerous sudden 90 degree shifts.  CA 137 was designated in 1964 during the California Highway renumbering out of LRN 134 and a small part of SSR 63 in Tulare.  Prior to CA 137 being designated Signed State Route it ran west from the current southern terminus to US 99 which is now desingated as CA 99.   LRN 134 appears to have had an original terminus a quarter mile approximately west of the modern one at Pickerell Avenue in Corcoran before LRN 135 was realigned in 1953.

I took CA 137 westbound from the junction with CA 65 near Lindsay in Tulare County.







Not everyday you see a helicopter dropping down towards the roadway, especially close to power lines.





CA 137 along Tulare Avenue junctions both the southern terminus of CA 63 and crosses CA 99 in the city of Tulare.






CA 137 takes a southward jog on M Street towards downtown Tulare.





CA 137 takes a westward turn on Inyo Avenue.  There was a Tulare PD officer on a motorcycle up ahead setting up a trap for people California Stopping, the guy that was ahead of me ended up pulled over on Inyo Avenue.





CA 137 exits Tulare westbound on Inyo Avenue.





West of Tulare CA 137 turns south on Road 36.





The next big turn is on Avenue 199 westward.





With another sudden shift southbound on Curti Road.  It seems that CA 137 is lined up around 90 degree turns around farm parcels.  Many of the rural Central Valley rural state highways have similar features.





CA 137 makes a soft southwest turn on Waukena Avenue and a south turn on 4th Avenue at the Kings County line.





CA 137 makes one more westward turn on Orange Avenue.





CA 137 terminates at CA 43 in Corcoran.  The junction pictured here was replaced by a new roundabout later in 2017 after I clinched the highway.





The references I cited above can be found here:

CAhighways.org on CA 137/LRN 134:

1963 State Highway Map

1964 State Highway Map

1952 State Highway Map

1953 State Highway Map

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Legend of the Ridge Route; a history of crossing the mountains between the Los Angeles Basin and San Joaquin Valley from wagon trails to Interstates

Over the past two decades I've crossed the Interstate 5 corridor from Los Angeles north over the Sierra Pelona Mountains and Tehachapi Range to San Joaquin Valley what seems to be an immeasurable number of times.  While Interstate 5 from Castaic Junction to Grapevine via Tejon Pass today is known to most as "The Grapevine" it occupies a corridor which has been traversed by numerous historic highways.  The most notable of these highways is known as the "Ridge Route."  This article is dedicated to the Ridge Route and the various highways that preceded it. 


The Ridge Route is a 44 mile section of highway which was completed in 1915.  The Ridge Route originally stretched from Castaic Junction north over Liebre Summit and Tejon Pass to the tiny community of Grapevine.  In spite of a roadway that once utilized nearly 700 curves the Ridge Route is generally considered far ahead of it's time and one of the first modern highways constructed for automotive use.  The…

California Ferry Routes; CA 84 over the Real McCoy II Ferry and CA 220 over the J-Mack Ferry

This past weekend I had was up in the Sacramento River Delta and drove both State Highway Ferry Routes; California State Route 84 via the Real McCoy Ferry and CA 220 via the J-Mack Ferry.


Both State Highway Ferry routes crosses the waters of the Sacramento River Delta to Ryer Island.  My approach to Ryer Island began in Solano County on CA 12 heading westbound over the Rio Vista Bridge.  As traffic is approaching the western flank of the Rio Vista Bridge there is an exit for the north segment of CA 84.  Said CA 84 exit directs traffic to downtown Rio Vista and Ryer Island.  Oddly CA 84 isn't signed on westbound CA 12 but is on eastbound CA 12.



CA 84 is actually signed north of Rio Vista just not very well.  I only encountered two reassurance shields; the first being below the Rio Vista Bridge.  Traffic on CA 84 is advised that Ryer Island is only two miles to the north.





Most of the signage on CA 84 is old and still has button-copy.  Sacramento is signed as 36 miles northward from…

California State Route 99/Old US Route 99 Freeway Part 2; US Route 50/California State Route 51 south to California State Route 145

Earlier this month I drove back from home from Sacramento on the California State Route 99/Old US 99 freeway.


This blog serves as the Second of Two posts in the California State Route 99/Old US 99 Freeway series.  This entry covers the route of CA 99 southbound from US 50/CA 51 in Sacramento to CA 145 in Madera.  Part One covered the route of the CA 99 freeway northbound from I-5 in Wheeler Ridge to CA 145 in Madera and can be found here:

California State Route 99/Old US Route 99 Freeway Part 1; Interstate 5 north to California State Route 145

My approach to the CA 99 Freeway was from US 50 eastbound in Sacramento in central Sacramento County.  The exit for the CA 99 Freeway south bound splits for the I-80 Business Loop/CA 51 northbound.  CA 99 is actually multiplexed south through Sacramento on I-5 and US 50 before it becomes a stand alone route south of US 50/CA 51.





The I-80 Business Loop/CA 51 Freeway was once part of US 99E.  I wrote about the history of the I-80 BL/CA 51 Freeway i…