180 East in Fresno County
180 has one of the highest vista points of the major highways in
the Sierras. Interstate 80 has an overlook near Penryn but it is not
that high up. The same can be said for US50 east of Sacramento.
both cases, their main overlooks are under 2000' high. On the other
180 has a 6897' Summit and overlook. 180 does not run through the
Sierras to the other side, though it has been proposed at times to
connect to US395. The highway runs through the Sequoia National Forest, a small part
King's Canyon National Park, then the Sequoia National Forest, then
Canyon National Park again.
Between 99 and 41. The 180 freeway temporarily ends near Chestnut
is detoured onto the existing 180 highway in East Fresno. 180 was open
from 99 to 41 in August 1995, and the eastern section of that project
was under construction since 6/1992.
Getting ready to leave the Valley. This set is from August 1995,
1997, and November 2003.
This is just past the Friant-Kern Canal.
You get the sense you are really going somewhere exotic at this point.
The hills get closer to the road and there isn't any major climbing
at first. There is the site of an old house to the north of the highway
in this area.
At Cove Rd on 180 heading east.
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