The Route to Monterey

California 156 west at US 101 southbound in Monterey County

It would seem to be overdoing things to have a two-lane exit from US 101 southbound to California 156 in the relatively rural Prunedale area of Monterey County. Looks can be deceiving. Especially on weekends, traffic counts in this area are elevated by tourist traffic taking this route from the San Francisco Bay Area to the Monterey Peninsula. Also provided is a turnaround for traffic needing to go back on US 101 north.