SR 59 highlighted in red
|Defined by Streets and Highways Code § 359|
|Maintained by Caltrans|
|Length||33.76 mi (54.33 km)|
|South end||SR 152 near El Nido|
|SR 99 / SR 140 in Merced|
|North end||CR J16 / CR J59 at Snelling|
State Route 59 (SR 59) is a state highway in the U.S. state of California located entirely in Merced County. It connects State Route 152 near El Nido to the city of Merced and beyond, ending abruptly at the intersection of County Routes J59 and J16 in Snelling.
SR 59 begins at SR 152 as Los Banos Highway. The highway travels north through the town of El Nido until entering the city of Merced, where it runs concurrently with the SR 99 freeway and with SR 140. SR 59 leaves the concurrency on the west side of Merced and travels north as the Snelling Highway. The highway winds up the Sierra Nevada foothills until it passes through Snelling, where it ends.
SR 59 is part of the California Freeway and Expressway System, but except for a portion in Merced is not part of the National Highway System, a network of highways that are considered essential to the country's economy, defense, and mobility by the Federal Highway Administration.
In January 2010, the Tuolumne County board of supervisors made a formal request to the state to add the entire length of County Route J59 as a northerly extension of State Route 59 from its terminus in Snelling, Merced County, to the intersection of State Routes 108 and 120 in Tuolumne County.
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). Segments that remain unconstructed or have been relinquished to local control may be omitted. The entire route is in Merced County.
|||0.00||SR 152 – Madera, Los Banos||Interchange; southbound exit and northbound entrance; south end of SR 59|
|SR 99 south / SR 140 east / Martin Luther King Jr. Way – Los Angeles, Yosemite||Interchange; south end of SR 99 / SR 140 overlap|
|South end of freeway on SR 99|
|North end of freeway on SR 99|
|SR 99 north / SR 140 west (McSwain Road) / V Street – Sacramento, Gustine||Interchange; north end of SR 99 / SR 140 overlap|
|14.98||V Street, 16th Street south (SR 99 Bus. south)||South end of SR 99 Bus. overlap|
|15.35||16th Street north (SR 99 Bus. north)||North end of SR 99 Bus. overlap|
|16.10||CR J7 (Santa Fe Drive) / West Olive Avenue|
|||19.00||Bellevue Road – Yosemite Lake||Serves UC Merced|
|||R28.81||CR J17 (Turlock Road) – Turlock|
|Snelling||33.00||CR J16 west (Montgomery Street)||South end of CR J16 overlap|
|33.71||CR J16 east (Merced Falls Road) / CR J59 (La Grange Road) – Merced Falls, Hornitos, La Grange, Sonora||North end of CR J16 overlap; north end of SR 59|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi|
- Indicates that the postmile represents the distance along SR 99 rather than SR 59.
- California Department of Transportation (April 2008). "Log of Bridges on State Highways". Sacramento: California Department of Transportation.
- California Road Atlas (Map). Thomas Brothers. 2008.
- "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.
- Federal Highway Administration (March 25, 2015). National Highway System: California (North) (PDF) (Map). Scale not given. Washington, DC: Federal Highway Administration. Retrieved October 14, 2017.
- 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.
- 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.
- California Department of Transportation, All Traffic Volumes on CSHS, 2007
- Compass Maps: Merced, Atwater, Merced County
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