California State Route 144

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State Route 144

Route information
Maintained by Caltrans
Length1.950 mi[1] (3.138 km)
Major junctions
South endAlameda Padre Serra (Five Points Roundabout) in Santa Barbara
North end SR 192 in Santa Barbara
CountryUnited States
CountiesSanta Barbara
Highway system
SR 142 SR 145

State Route 144 (SR 144) is a state highway in the U.S. state of California that runs through the Sycamore Canyon in Santa Barbara. It travels along Sycamore Canyon Road from its intersection with Alameda Padre Serra at the Five Points Roundabout to Stanwood Drive (State Route 192).

Route description

Route 144 begins at a roundabout called the Five Points Roundabout. From the roundabout, Route 144 continues north onto Sycamore Canyon Road, a winding two-lane road between steep hillsides to its terminus with State Route 192/Stanwood Drive.

The highway used to begin at U.S. Route 101's interchange with Milpas Street. From there, SR 144 headed northwest on Milpas, a conventional 4-lane thoroughfare. In less than four blocks, however, the route then turned northeast on Mason Street, a two-lane residential street, passing by an elementary school and through a narrow bridge crossing the Sycamore Creek. Mason Street ends at Salinas Street; at this intersection, the route turned northwest onto Salinas Street, another two-lane street, until it reached the Five Points Roundabout. This portion of SR 144 between US 101 and the roundabout has since been relinquished (see below).

SR 144 is not part of the National Highway System,[2] a network of highways that are considered essential to the country's economy, defense, and mobility by the Federal Highway Administration.[3]


The State of California highway system's first modern roundabout was constructed in 1992 at the intersections of Alameda Padre Serra, Montecito Street, Salinas Street, and Sycamore Canyon Road which carried Route 144. It was called Five Points Roundabout.[4] The roundabout cost $250,000 to construct and was designed by consulting firm, Ourston & Doctors.[5] In 1999, the state law was changed to permit the relinquishment of Route 144 to the City of Santa Barbara. This was because the City of Santa Barbara wished to do several improvements on Milpas Street. One of these improvements includes the installation of a roundabout at the off-ramp from northbound Route 101, which Caltrans did not approve of. The roundabout controls traffic coming from Milpas Street, Carpinteria Street, and two ramps from and to Route 101. It is a significantly larger and bolder version of the Salinas Street roundabout, though the latter channels five streets. Currently, the portion from Route 101 to the Salinas traffic circle has been relinquished to the city but the portion on Sycamore Canyon remains as a state highway.

The final portion of Route 144 from Ranchito Vista Road to its junction with Route 192 had been closed off and on between 2005 and 2012 due to repetitive mudslides. In April 2012, crews completed repairs to the surrounding hillsides and reopened this segment of the highway.[6]

Major intersections

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 to an overlap due to a correction or change, and T indicates postmiles classified as temporary (for a full list of prefixes, see California postmile § Official postmile definitions).[1] Segments that remain unconstructed or have been relinquished to local control may be omitted. The entire route is in Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara County.

0.00Milpas StreetContinuation beyond US 101
0.00 US 101Interchange
0.89South end of state maintenance
1.95 SR 192 (Sycamore Canyon Road, Stanwood Drive)North end of SR 144
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. ^ 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.
  2. ^ Federal Highway Administration (March 25, 2015). National Highway System: Santa Barbara, CA (PDF) (Map). Scale not given. Washington, DC: Federal Highway Administration. Retrieved September 26, 2017.
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ Ourston, Leif; Bared, Joe G. (Autumn 1995). "Roundabouts: A Direct Way to Safer Highways". Public Roads. Vol. 59, no. 2. Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). Retrieved December 14, 2017.
  5. ^ Spangler, Eric (1999). "Well Organized Streets for Livable Communities: Santa Barbara - Five Points Roundabout". Archived from the original on February 27, 2016. Retrieved December 14, 2017.
  6. ^ "Sycamore Canyon Road Reopens". Santa Barbara Independent. April 5, 2012. Retrieved August 4, 2015.
  7. ^ California Department of Transportation (July 2007). "Log of Bridges on State Highways". Sacramento: California Department of Transportation.
  8. ^ California Department of Transportation, All Traffic Volumes on CSHS, 2005 and 2006

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