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State Route 3 (SR 3) is a state highway in the U.S. state of Californiamarker. It runs from SR-36 north along the shore of Trinity Lakemarker, Fort Jonesmarker and Etnamarker. The route approaches Yrekamarker, intersecting with Interstate 5, and turns east to Montaguemarker. The road was numbered SR 3 in 1964, and most of it has been part of the state highway system since 1933.

Route description

SR 3 is part of the California Freeway and Expressway System and is eligible for the State Scenic Highway System.

State Route 3 begins at the junction with State Route 36 south of the town of Peanutmarker in Trinity Countymarker. SR-3 is also known as Bramlot Road from its southern terminus to Hayforkmarker. This stretch of road through the Shasta-Trinity National Forestmarker parallels the Hayfork River. Once SR-3 reaches the town of Hayfork, it travels along Hyampom Road east and snakes through the mountains to Douglas Citymarker and the junction with State Route 299. From there, SR 3 runs concurrently with SR 299 north to the town of Weavervillemarker.
SR 3 then departs from SR 299, providing access to the Whiskeytown-Shasta-Trinity National Recreation Area and Trinity Dammarker along Lewiston Lakemarker. SR 3 passes through the towns of Covington Mill, Trinity Centermarker, and Wyntoon before paralleling the Trinity River as Weaverville-Scott Mountain Road and crossing the Scott Mountainsmarker and the Pacific Crest Trail at into Siskiyou Countymarker.

In Siskiyou County, SR 3 passes through Callahan, Etnamarker, Greenviewmarker, and Fort Jonesmarker as it turns northeast to intersect with Interstate 5 in Yrekamarker. At this point, State Route 263 continues in the northerly direction towards State Route 96; SR 3 turns east to its northern terminus in the incorporated city of Montaguemarker.
Junction of CA3 and A28 in Montague


History

The short piece from SR 36 north to Peanutmarker was added to the state highway system in 1907 as part of the Peanut Road, which became Route 35 in 1917. Route 35 was extended north from Peanut to Route 20 (SR 299) near Douglas Citymarker in 1933, and simultaneously a new Route 82 was created, running from Route 3 (I-5) in the Yrekamarker area southwest to Etnamarker and east to Montaguemarker. The gap between Douglas City and Etna was filled in 1959 with an extension of Route 82 south to Route 20 near Weavervillemarker; at the same time, the portion between Weaverville and Yreka was added to the California Freeway and Expressway System, which identifies the main routes of transportation in the state of California. The State Route 3 designation was applied to the Peanut-Montague roadway in the 1964 renumbering. The overlap with temporary I-5 (along the portion where SR 3 runs concurrently with Interstate 5 today) near Yreka was removed when the new I-5 bypass was built; the legislative definition was updated to reflect this in 1974, soon after the building of the bypass.

Major intersections

Note: Except where prefixed with a letter, postmiles were measured in 1964, based on the alignment as it existed at that time, and do not necessarily reflect current mileage. The numbers reset at county lines; the start and end postmiles in each county are given in the county column.
County Location Postmile

Destinations Notes
Trinitymarker
TRI L0.00-85.07
L0.00
L30.89
R58.11
South end of SR 299 overlap
Weavervillemarker 51.57
30.86
North end of SR 299 overlap
Siskiyoumarker
SIS 0.41-54.19
6.95 Gazelle Callahan Road – Gazellemarker
Callahan 8.80 Cecilville Road – Cecilvillemarker, Forks of Salmonmarker, Somes Bar
Fort Jonesmarker 32.20 Scott River Road – Scott Bar
Yrekamarker L47.26 Portlandmarker, Reddingmarker South end of I-5 Bus. overlap
L49.21 Center Street to I-5
L49.87 North end of I-5 Bus. overlap
R47.38 Portlandmarker, Reddingmarker
Montaguemarker 53.22 South end of CR A28 overlap
North end of CR A28 overlap
54.19 Ball Mountain Little Shasta Road – Ball Mountain Continuation beyond the Montaguemarker east city limit
  1. CA Codes (shc:250-257)
  2. Caltrans has subsequently designated it as a scenic highway for its entire length. CA Codes (shc:260-284)
  3. Ben Blow, California Highways: A Descriptive Record of Road Development by the State and by Such Counties as Have Paved Highways, 1920 ( Archive.org or Google Books), p. 112
  4. : "Etna Mills to Montague." "State Highway Route 35 near Peanut to State Highway Route 20 near Douglas City."
  5. : "Route 35 is from Route 1 near Alton to Route 20 near Douglas City, passing near Kuntz and Peanut." "Route 82 is from Etna Mills to Montague."
  6. : "Route 3 is from: ...(b) Route 299 near Weaverville to Montague via Main Street in Yreka."
  7. California Department of Transportation, State Truck Route List (XLS file), accessed February 2008
  8. California Department of Transportation, Log of Bridges on State Highways, July 2007
  9. California Department of Transportation, All Traffic Volumes on CSHS, 2005 and 2006
  10. Indicates that the postmile represents the distance along SR 299 rather than SR 3.


References

  1. CA Codes (shc:250-257)
  2. Caltrans has subsequently designated it as a scenic highway for its entire length. CA Codes (shc:260-284)
  3. Ben Blow, California Highways: A Descriptive Record of Road Development by the State and by Such Counties as Have Paved Highways, 1920 ( Archive.org or Google Books), p. 112
  4. : "Etna Mills to Montague." "State Highway Route 35 near Peanut to State Highway Route 20 near Douglas City."
  5. : "Route 35 is from Route 1 near Alton to Route 20 near Douglas City, passing near Kuntz and Peanut." "Route 82 is from Etna Mills to Montague."
  6. : "Route 3 is from: ...(b) Route 299 near Weaverville to Montague via Main Street in Yreka."
  7. California Department of Transportation, State Truck Route List (XLS file), accessed February 2008
  8. California Department of Transportation, Log of Bridges on State Highways, July 2007
  9. California Department of Transportation, All Traffic Volumes on CSHS, 2005 and 2006
  10. Indicates that the postmile represents the distance along SR 299 rather than SR 3.


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