California State Route 76

State Route 76 is a state highway 52.63 miles long in the U.S. state of California. It is a much used east–west route in the North County region of San Diego County that begins in Oceanside near Interstate 5 and continues east. A route along the corridor has existed since the early 20th century, as has the bridge over the San Luis Rey River. The route was added to the state highway system in 1933.

About California State Route 76 in brief

Summary California State Route 76State Route 76 is a state highway 52.63 miles long in the U.S. state of California. It is a much used east–west route in the North County region of San Diego County that begins in Oceanside near Interstate 5 and continues east. The highway is a major route through the region, passing through the community of Bonsall and providing access to Fallbrook. East of the junction with I-15, SR 76 goes through Pala and Pauma Valley before terminating at SR 79. A route along the corridor has existed since the early 20th century, as has the bridge over the San Luis Rey River. The route was added to the state highway system in 1933, and was officially designated by the California State Legislature asSR 76 in the 1964 state highway renumbering. Originally, the entire highway was two lanes wide; west of I-5, the route was widened in stages, after decades of funding shortages, planning, and litigation. The California Department of Transportation maintained plans to expand the entire length of the highway west of  I-15 to an expressway, and as of May 2017, construction between Bons all and I- 15 was complete. SR76 is not part of the National Highway System, a network of highways that are considered essential to the country’s economy and mobility by the Federal Highway Administration. The road is legally eligible to be included to be part of California Freeway and Expressway System, but is not in the legal definition of that designation.

The roadway carrying the State Route 76 designation begins at County Route S21 in Oceanside, although Caltrans does not consider the road west of I 5 to bepart of the route, and it is not a legal definition. It ends at the intersection with SR 79 at Morettis Junction, southeast of Lake Henshaw. It then briefly passes through the Cleveland National Forest and meets the eastern approach to Palomar Mountain State Park, as well as the northern approach to La Jolla Mountain Park, before ending at the eastern terminus of CR S7 in Pala. It intersects Via Monserate and Gird Road south of Fallbrook before crossing the former routing of US 395 and the current routing of I 15 in the community of Pala Mesa Village. In Pala, it intersects the southern leg of CR S6 leading to Valley Center and Escondido, and then CR S16, the turnoff to the Pala Mission and Temecula. There is soon an interchange with I 5, after which SR 76 becomes a four-lane expressway known as the San Luis Rey Mission Expressway. It passes by the Wilderness Gardens County Park before entering the community of Pauma Valley and meeting the southern terminus of CR S7, a dirt road leading into Palomar Mountain State Park. In Pala, the highway intersects the southern segment of CR S13, known as East Vista Way, and passes over the San Luis Rey River.