Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Washington State Route 213

On Saturday, October 27, 2012, I drove that little red dot on the map, sometimes known as Washington State Route 213, but not by many.

RCW 47.17.417
State route No. 213
A state highway to be known as state route number 213 is established as follows:

Beginning at a junction with state route number 97 in the vicinity of Malott, thence northeasterly to a junction with state route number 20 southwest of Okanogan. Until such time as this route is actually constructed on the location adopted by the department, no county roads may be maintained or improved by the department as a temporary route.

SR 213 @ US 97
As described above, Highway 213 begins at a junction with US 97. There are no signs declaring this to be Highway 213. There's just signs pointing to Malott. WSDOT took over maintenance of this stretch of road in 2008, but the highway is so short, there's no point to sign it.

SR 213 @ Okanogan River
The route for SR 213 is incomplete, only 1850 feet long (even shorter than SR 41... although I suppose SR 213 has more lane miles, since both directions are included). Here is a photo at the halfway point, as we cross the Okanogan River. The end is already in sight.

SR 213 @ Malott
Here at First Avenue (not even all the way to Old Highway 97, one more block), SR 213 officially ends. Per the description, it will eventually extend northeasterly (on Old Highway 97?) to SR 20, its "parent" route. Since WSDOT hasn't formally decided on the route, the code above forbids them from going any further.

Well... It was a nice bridge. Welcome to Malott.

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