California State Route 244

From the AARoads Wiki: Read about the road before you go
Jump to navigation Jump to search

State Route 244

Route information
Maintained by Caltrans
Length1.08 mi[1] (1.74 km)
ExistedJuly 1, 1964[2]–present
Major junctions
West end I-80 / I-80 BL in Sacramento
East endAuburn Boulevard in Sacramento
CountryUnited States
Highway system
SR 243 SR 245

State Route 244 (SR 244) is an unsigned state highway in the U.S. state of California located northeast of Sacramento. It serves as a short freeway connection between the Interstate 80/Interstate 80 Business junction and Auburn Boulevard (the old Lincoln Highway - former U.S. Route 40/U.S. Route 99E). SR 244 was first added to the state highway system in 1959 as Legislative Route 288, and was renumbered as SR 244 in the 1964 renumbering. Portions of this route have been removed from the system as recently as 1994.

Route description

SR 244 starts just east of the westernmost ramps to the Watt Avenue exit off I-80. Just east of this, there are several connector ramps to both I-80 and Business I-80 as SR 244 passes under the terminus of Business I-80. SR 244 terminates at Auburn Boulevard, having just entered the Sacramento city limits near Renfree Park.[3]

SR 244 is part of the National Highway System,[4] a network of highways that are considered essential to the country's economy, defense, and mobility by the Federal Highway Administration.[5]


Legislative Route 288 was defined in 1959 as a proposed route from pre-1964 Legislative Route 3 and pre-1964 Legislative Route 242 (now I-80 and SR 51) northeast of Sacramento east to pre-1964 Legislative Route 249 (unbuilt State Route 65 - approximately Sunrise Boulevard) near Fair Oaks.[6] In the 1964 renumbering, this was assigned the number Route 244.[2]

In 1965, an extension was defined from SR 65 east to U.S. Route 50. In 1972 a series of "volatile" public hearings took place where local residents protested the construction of this route among others being proposed in the Sacramento area.[7] The project was expected to cost $40 million to construct and the resulting freeway would be eight lanes wide.[8] This extension to U.S. Route 50 was removed in 1975, and the route's definition was truncated to end at Fair Oaks Boulevard near San Juan Avenue. The public forums ended in mid-1976 after the Board of Supervisors abandoned plans for all three routes.[7] It was truncated further to Auburn Boulevard, its present terminus, in 1994.[9]

The bridges along the route date from 1971, a year after the bridges on I-80 to the west;[1] that part of I-80 was Interstate 880 until 1981.[2][10]

Exit list

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

I-80 west – San Francisco
Westbound left exit and eastbound entrance; west end of SR 244; former I-880 west; I-80 east exit 94B
0.011AWatt AvenueWestbound exit and eastbound entrance

I-80 east / I-80 BL west (Capital City Freeway) – Reno, Sacramento
Westbound exit and eastbound entrance; I-80 BL west is former US 40 west / US 99E south / I-80 west; I-80 east is former US 40 east / US 99E north; access from I-80 westbound via exit 95; I‑80 BL east exit 14C, west exit 14A
SacramentoT1.08Auburn BoulevardAt-grade intersection; east end of SR 244; former US 40 / US 99E (prior to relocating on freeway alignment that is now I-80 and I-80 BL)
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. ^ a b c California Department of Transportation (July 2007). "Log of Bridges on State Highways". Sacramento: California Department of Transportation. Retrieved February 7, 2009.
  2. ^ a b c 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. 1171.
  3. ^ Sacramento County Street Atlas (Map). Thomas Brothers. 2008.
  4. ^ Federal Highway Administration (March 25, 2015). National Highway System: Sacramento, CA (PDF) (Map). Scale not given. Washington, DC: Federal Highway Administration. Retrieved September 4, 2017.
  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ 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.
  7. ^ a b Coronado, Ramon (August 21, 2008). "For sale: A slice of highway". The Sacramento Bee. p. F1. Retrieved November 5, 2022 – via
  8. ^ Moriwaki, Lee (October 4, 1972). "No Freeways, Please". The Sacramento Bee. p. B2. Retrieved November 5, 2022 – via
  9. ^ California State Assembly. An act to amend Section 2982.2 of, and to add Section 3068.2 to, the Civil Code, to amend Sections 40084.5, 40088, and 40089 of the Education Code, to amend Section 29601 of, to amend and renumber Section 14035.6 of, to... 1993–1994 Session of the Legislature. Statutes of California. State of California. Ch. 1220.
  10. ^ California State Assembly. An act to amend...the Streets and Highways Code, relating to state highways. 1981–1982 Session of the Legislature. Statutes of California. State of California. Ch. 292.
  11. ^ 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.
  12. ^ "All Traffic Volumes on CSHS". California Department of Transportation. 2005–2006. Retrieved February 7, 2009.
  13. ^ "State Route 244 Freeway Interchanges" (PDF). California Numbered Exit Uniform System. California Department of Transportation. October 9, 2018. Retrieved July 11, 2021.

External links