California State Route 9
State Route 9 is a rural and mountainous route in the U. S. state of California that travels 35 miles from SR 1 in Santa Cruz to SR 17 in Los Gatos, passing through the San Lorenzo Valley and the Saratoga Gap. Daily traffic is between 34,500 cars. SR 9 begins in the city of Santa Cruz where River Street intersects with SR 1, it heads north. The road is a winding two lane road for the majority of its length until it approaches Fruitvale Avenue in Saratoga. SR 9 winds through the mountains north of Santa Cruz, passing through the communities of Felton, Ben Lomond and Boulder Creek, where State Route 236 departs from SR 9 to provide access to Big Basin Redwoods State Park. SR 236 rejoins SR 9 near Castle Rock State Park. At the summit of the Santa Cruz mountains, there is a vista point offering a view of the Bay Area; the vista point is the route's highest point at around 2,608 feet. At this junction, SR 9 passes into Santa Clara County. SR 9 descends from the mountains heading east into Saratoga as Congress Springs Road.
In Saratoga, SR 9 becomes Saratoga-Los Gatos Road. At Fruitvale Avenue in Saratoga, SR 9 becomes a four-lane highway with a large center divider. However, as the road enters Monte Sereno, it again becomes a two-lane road; this particular narrowing has caused backups in the past. SR 9 resumes being a four lane road through downtown Los Gatos until its terminus at the junction with SR 17. SR 9 is popular for recreational motorcycling with motorcyclists from all over Northern California and beyond flocking to it at weekends. In summer months the short section between SR 35, Skyline Boulevard and SR 236, Big Basin Road becomes a popular destination for a variety of motorcycle types, impromptu gatherings of riders in the parking lot at intersection of SR 35 and SR 9 known locally as ‘four corners’ are commonplace. SR 9 is popular with bicyclists; the seven mile section from Saratoga Village to the Saratoga Gap is notable for the number of bicycles climbing the hill on weekend mornings. A small portion of SR 9 towards the northern terminus is 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.
SR 9 is eligible to be included in the State Scenic Highway System, between the Los Gatos town limit and the intersection with SR 35 is a scenic highway, meaning that it is a substantial section of highway passing through a "memorable landscape" with no "visual intrusions", where the potential designation has gained popular favor with the community. SR 9 was created from several constructed roads. One of these was a toll road built in 1848 by Martin McCarty. In 1913, the road from Saratoga Gap southwest to Big Basin Redwoods State Park via the present SR 9 and SR 236 was added to the state highway system. Although this highway connected to Route 44, the remainder of present SR 236, the only connection to the continuous state highway system was with the Skyline Boulevard at Saratoga Gap; this changed in 1933, when Route 42 was extended east from the gap to Route 5 in Los Gatos, a new Route 116 was created, running south from Route 42 at Waterman Gap to Santa Cruz, intersecting the end of Route 44 at Boulder Creek.
Sign Route 9 was marked in 1934. It connected Santa Cruz with Milpitas, following Routes 116 and 42 to Saratoga, Route 114 north through Sunnyvale, Route 113 east to Route 5 in Milpitas; when the San Jose-Oakland US 101E designation was dropped in the mid-1930s, Route 5 between Mission San Jose and Hayward did not retain a signed designation. SR 9 was extended north along SR 17 from Milpitas to Warm Springs, SR 21 to Mission San Jose, the independent section of former US 101E - all part of Route 5 - to US 50 near Hayward. Except for a short realignment in the mid-1950s onto Route 69 between Milpitas and Warm Springs, this alignment remained until the 1964 renumbering. In 1964, SR 9 was moved to its present alignment, taking over the unsigned Route 42 from Saratoga to Los Gatos; the route, signed as SR 9 became SR 85 through Sunnyvale, SR 237 to Milpitas, SR 238 from Mission San Jose to Hayward. SR 85's original designation was deleted in 1994 and has since moved to a freeway, but the SR 237 freeway was built in the same location, SR 238 remains as a surface road.
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, do not reflect current mileage. R reflects a realignment in the route since M indicates a second realignment, L refers an overlap due to a correction or change, T indicates postmiles classified as temporary. Segments that remain unconstructed or have been relinquished to local control may be omitted; the numbers reset at county lines. California Roads portal California @ AARoads.com – State Route 9 Caltrans: Route 9 highway cond
California State Route 12
State Route 12 is a state highway in the U. S. state of California that travels in an east–west direction from Sebastopol in Sonoma County to State Route 49 just north of San Andreas in Calaveras County. It is constructed to freeway standards from the Fulton Road/South Wright Road stoplight in Santa Rosa, to its partial interchange with Farmers Lane. There are six segments that are overlaps with other highways: in the Napa and Sonoma valleys with SR 121, in the southern Napa Valley with SR 29, a short overlap with I-80 at Cordelia Junction in Fairfield, another short overlap with SR 99 in Lodi, overlaps with SR 88 and SR 26 in the Sierra foothills; the highway is two lane rural highway, with the exception of short segments in Santa Rosa and Fairfield/Suisun City, the overlaps with I-80 and SR 99, segments within developed areas, such as Santa Rosa and Lodi. SR 12 begins in the west at its junction with SR 116 in Sebastopol. After passing east through Santa Rosa on a mix of freeway, surface street, expressway, it turns south into the Sonoma Valley, passing the Jack London State Historic Park at Glen Ellen.
It winds through Sonoma on surface streets, where the historic Vallejo Estate and Sonoma Mission, both part of the Sonoma State Historic Park, are. South of Sonoma, SR 12 turns east, joining SR 121 for nearly nine miles turns south as it leaves SR 121 and joins the four-lane expressway SR 29 to cross the Napa River. Four miles after joining SR 29 it splits off towards the east on Jameson Canyon Road. After a brief merge with Interstate 80, SR 12 branches off to the east as an expressway through Fairfield and Suisun City. East of Suisun it becomes two lanes again and crosses south of Travis Air Force Base, through rolling fields with numerous wind turbines. Just past Braid's Bridge is the Western Railway Museum. At Rio Vista, SR 12 crosses the Helen Madere Memorial Bridge over the Sacramento River, entering the California Delta; this stretch of the river has twice been the site of much-publicized inland excursions by humpback whales veering off course while making their annual migrations along the Pacific coast.
In 1985 Humphrey the whale swam about as far as the Rio Vista Bridge. In 2007 a humpback mother and calf dubbed Delta and Dawn circled for several days just upstream of the bridge reluctant to pass under it again after having spent the previous three or four weeks upriver near Sacramento. From the Sacramento River to the junction with Interstate 5, SR 12 crosses several of the waterways of the California Delta and the low-lying fields between them. Through Lodi it becomes a wide four lane business route. After another brief merger with another freeway, this time SR 99, SR 12 heads east into the Sierra foothills before ending at the junction with SR 49 just north of San Andreas. SR 12 is part of the California Freeway and Expressway System, from I-80 to SR 88 is 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. SR 12 is eligible to be included in the State Scenic Highway System.
SR 12 has been designated by various state laws and through local usage as the Valley of the Moon Scenic Route. SR 12 is known as Sonoma Highway between Santa Rosa and the west side of the city of Sonoma; the segment through Lodi to the overlap with SR 99 is on Kettleman Lane. Before the 1964 renumbering, this route was signed as Sign Route 12 for most of its length. However, SR 12 was designated as Legislative Route 51 from SR 116 to SR 121 before the 1964 renumbering. Portions of the route from SR 29 to I-80 ran concurrently with State Route 29 or with State Route 37; the portion from I-80 to then-US 99 was designated as LR 53 in 1919. In 1976, the discontinuity resulting from the concurrency with State Route 84 was removed. Plans call for a western extension of its western terminus to State Route 1 near Bodega Bay. Plans called for Route 12 to be built as a freeway from Farmers Lane to Melita Road, in Santa Rosa. 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, do not reflect current mileage.
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California State Route 37
State Route 37 is a state highway in the northern part of California that runs 21 miles along the northern shore of San Pablo Bay. It is built from U. S. Route 101 in Novato and runs through the southern tip of Sonoma and Solano Counties to Interstate 80 in Vallejo not through Napa County, on 37 the county line sign says Sonoma on one side of the highway and Solano on the other side, it serves as a vital connection between the four counties of the North Bay Area, north of San Francisco. Route 37 has been proposed to be built to freeway standards since the early 1950s. However, the proposal was met with many economic and environmental obstacles, making the task all but impossible for much of the route. Problems included a levee break in Vallejo which turned part of the land around the highway into a marsh, home to endangered salt marsh harvest mice, a section of highway known as "Blood Alley" for its high rate of fatal accidents. Intended to run from State Route 251, a highway that has not been constructed, SR 37 begins in Novato with a junction at U.
S. Route 101 and heads northeast as a freeway for about a quarter mile before becoming a four-lane expressway; the route passes over the Petaluma River into Sonoma County before meeting the southern terminus of State Route 121 at a signal-controlled intersection near Sears Point and the Sonoma Raceway. The route continues as a divided two-lane expressway in a more easterly southeasterly, direction as it crosses Tolay Creek and proceeds through the Napa Sonoma Marsh at the northern edge of San Pablo Bay. Before the construction of the barrier in 1995, this portion of SR 37 was three lanes with the middle lane alternately serving as a passing lane for each direction; this stretch of highway was given the nickname of "Blood Alley" for its high-rate of fatal accidents. With the middle lane removed, accidents dropped dramatically. SR 37 becomes a four-lane freeway on Mare Island. After it crosses over the Napa River Bridge, it continues as a freeway, overlapping the old highway alignment and passing north of the old road known as Marine World Parkway.
SR 37 travels in a northeasterly direction along the White Slough before turning east as it crosses over State Route 29 and heads to its eastern terminus at I-80 as the James Capoot Memorial Highway. In the early 1990s, the stretch between Fairgrounds Drive, which serves as the entrance to Discovery Kingdom, Mini Drive was upgraded to a freeway. In 2004 and 2005, following over fifty years of complications, the remaining non-freeway section in Vallejo was upgraded as well. SR 37 is known as Randy Bolt Memorial Highway from SR 29 to Skaggs Road, Sears Point Toll Road, a toll road that ran from SR 121 to Vallejo. SR 37 is part of the California Freeway and Expressway System, but 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. SR 37 is eligible for the State Scenic Highway System, but it is not designated as a scenic highway by the California Department of Transportation.
The stretch of road east of Sears Point was once part of the historical El Camino Real. As a result of the State Highways Acts of the early 20th century, the Black Point Cut-off was built over it and opened to traffic in 1917; this highway followed the current alignment east of Sears Point, before diverting northeast along present-day Route 121. It was first designated Legislative Route 8 being signed as State Route 37. Prior to being under State control, the section between Sears Point and Vallejo was known as the Sears Point Toll Road, a toll road managed by Golden Gate Ferry, built over an ancient Native American trail; when it was purchased by the State in 1938, tolls were removed. Route 37 was redefined in the 1964 state highway renumbering as a route starting at SR 251 SR 17, near Nicasio and ending at I-80 near Lake Chabot; the whole of SR 37 has been proposed to be built to freeway standards since the early 1950s. However, the proposal was met with many economic and environmental obstacles, making the task all but impossible for much of the route.
As late as 1926, Golden Gate Ferries, owners of the Sears Point Toll Road Co. began plans to build the Sears Point Toll Road, with a contract awarded to Oakland-based Hutchinson Company in October 1927. The paved toll road was to be built on top of an ancient Native American trail along the San Pablo Bay shore between the Sacramento Highway and the Black Point cut-off near Sears Point, it was expected to cost $775,000USD, with a toll not exceeding $0.35. Toll road officials explained the purpose of the road; the road opened for traffic in 1928. On November 29, 1932, the California State Highway Commission received a recommendation to purchase the road and was able to invest $418,000USD by 1936. However, the U. S. Navy owned rights to the right-of-way of part of the route, opposed the purchase; this resulted in congressional actions to establish a clear title deed for the route. House Representative Richard J. Welch was one of the earliest government officials to pressure the State of California to a
U.S. Route 6 in California
U. S. Route 6 is a transcontinental highway from the U. S. state of California to Massachusetts. In California, the highway lies in the eastern portion of the state from Bishop in the Owens Valley north to the Nevada state line in Mineral County. Prior to a 1964 Highway renumbering project US 6 extended to the Pacific Ocean in Long Beach, California, as part of the historic auto trail named the Grand Army of the Republic Highway. Starting in Inyo County, US 6 begins its route at Bishop at a junction with US 395 near the Bishop Paiute-Shoshone Indian Colony. After leaving Inyo County and entering Mono County, the highway proceeds due north to the town of Benton, makes a junction with SR 120; the highway begins ascending the lower foothills of the White Mountains, towards Montgomery Pass in Nevada. The highway reaches the state line before cresting the pass. While still in California, the highway passes the highest point in Nevada. US 6 is part of the California Freeway and Expressway System, is 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.
US 6 is eligible to be included in the State Scenic Highway System, but it is not designated as a scenic highway by the California Department of Transportation. The California portion of US 6 was commissioned in 1937 as an extension of the highway from Greeley, Colorado as part of the historic Grand Army of the Republic Highway auto trail. US 6 was extended further south through the Mojave Desert and Los Angeles to Long Beach in Southern California, it traveled along with what is now US 395, SR 14, I-5, I-110 / SR 110, SR 1. When the Four Level Interchange was constructed, US 6 was the original number for SR 110 at this interchange, it ran from Long Beach west to San Pedro and continued north on Figueroa Street concurrent with US 66 in Los Angeles before turning northwest and co-signing with US 99 on San Fernando Road. US 66 continued north on the Pasadena Freeway before being decommissioned in 1964, leading to the Harbor and Pasadena freeways being redesignated to SR 11, which ran from Gaffey Street in San Pedro to Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena.
In 1981, the Harbor Freeway between Gaffey Street and Interstate 10 became Interstate 110, replacing the SR 11 designation. The northern segment of SR 11 continuing to Glenarm Street became SR 110, which continues as the Harbor Freeway before becoming the Pasadena Freeway north of the Four Level Interchange with US 101. In 1964, all of the route of US 6 in California south of Bishop lost official status with its US 6 signs removed; the highway was truncated to Bishop as part of a 1964 highway renumbering project. 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, do not reflect current mileage. R reflects a realignment in the route since M indicates a second realignment, L refers an overlap due to a correction or change, T indicates postmiles classified as temporary. Segments that remain unconstructed or have been relinquished to local control may be omitted; the numbers reset at county lines. California Roads portal Midland Trail Category: Historic trails and roads in California AARoads - U.
S. Route 6 in California California Highways: U. S. Route 6 Caltrans: U. S. Route 6 highway conditions Socalregion.com: Virtual Tour of U. S. Route 6 in California and western Nevada
California State Route 44
State Route 44 is a state highway in the U. S. State of California that travels in an east–west direction from Redding to Lassen Volcanic National Park before ending at Route 36 west of Susanville; this final portion, between the park and its terminus, is part of the Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway, a National Scenic Byway. Route 44 starts on Tehama Street in Redding, at the intersection of Route 273, despite what it says in its legal definition; this is. It ran on Tehama St. to I-5, but this portion was transferred to Route 44 in 1998. Note that the postmile markers have not been updated, so the Route 44–I-5 interchange is still marked as 0.00. After a few blocks, it becomes a freeway as it crosses I-5 and changes back to a highway at the Redding city limits. Heading eastward, Route 44 passes through a number of small, rural communities before it reaches the north-west entrance to Lassen National Park. After this, the only community it passes through is Old Station, the only location for travel services until Susanville.
From the Park entrance, Route 44 joins the Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway. Route 44 is part of a circular portion of the Scenic Byway, so at the junction with Route 89, the Byway continues along both 89 to the north and on 44 to the east; when Route 44 reaches its terminus at Route 36, the byway heads southwest to continue its circular path. Between the Route 89 intersection and Route 36 is only one rest area, called Bogard. SR 44 is part of the California Freeway and Expressway System, is 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. SR 44 is eligible to be included in the State Scenic Highway System, but it is not designated as a scenic highway by the California Department of Transportation. 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, do not reflect current mileage. R reflects a realignment in the route since M indicates a second realignment, L refers an overlap due to a correction or change, T indicates postmiles classified as temporary.
Segments that remain unconstructed or have been relinquished to local control may be omitted. The numbers reset at county lines. California Roads portal 1.^α Assuming Route 44 ends at SR 299, rather than at SR 273 Caltrans: Route 44 highway conditions California Highways: SR 44
California State Route 1
California State Route 1 is a major north–south state highway that runs along most of the Pacific coastline of the U. S. state of California. At a total of just over 659 miles, it is the longest state route in California. SR 1 has several portions designated as either Pacific Coast Highway, Cabrillo Highway, Shoreline Highway, or Coast Highway, its southern terminus is at Interstate 5 near Dana Point in Orange County and its northern terminus is at U. S. Route 101 near Leggett in Mendocino County. SR 1 at times runs concurrently with US 101, most notably through a 54-mile stretch in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, across the Golden Gate Bridge; the highway is designated as an All-American Road. In addition to providing a scenic route to numerous attractions along the coast, the route serves as a major thoroughfare in the Greater Los Angeles Area, the San Francisco Bay Area, several other coastal urban areas. SR 1 was built piecemeal in various stages, with the first section opening in the Big Sur region in the 1930s.
However, portions of the route had several numbers over the years as more segments opened. It was not until the 1964 state highway renumbering that the entire route was designated as SR 1. Although SR 1 is a popular route for its scenic beauty, frequent landslides and erosion along the coast have caused several segments to be either closed for lengthy periods for repairs, or re-routed inland. SR 1 is part of the California Freeway and Expressway System, through the Los Angeles metro area, Santa Cruz, San Francisco metro area, Leggett is 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. SR 1 is eligible to be included in the State Scenic Highway System; the Big Sur section from San Luis Obispo to Carmel is an official National Scenic Byway. The entire route is designated as a Blue Star Memorial Highway to recognize those in the United States armed forces. In Southern California, the California State Legislature has designated the segment between Interstate 5 in Dana Point and US 101 near Oxnard as the Pacific Coast Highway.
Between US 101 at the Las Cruces junction and US 101 in Pismo Beach, between US 101 in San Luis Obispo and Interstate 280 in San Francisco, the legislature has designated SR 1 as the Cabrillo Highway, after the explorer Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo who sailed along the coast line. The legislature has designated the route as the Shoreline Highway between the Manzanita Junction near Marin City and Leggett. Smaller segments of the highway have been assigned several other names by the state and municipal governments; the legislature has relinquished state control of segments within Dana Point, Newport Beach, Santa Monica, Oxnard. In addition to connecting the coastal cities and communities along its path, SR 1 provides access to beaches and other attractions along the coast, making it a popular route for tourists; the route annually helps bring several billion dollars to the state's tourism industry. The route runs right besides the coastline, or close to it, for the most part, it turns several miles inland to avoid several federally controlled or protected areas such as Vandenberg Air Force Base, Diablo Canyon Power Plant and Point Reyes National Seashore.
Segments of SR 1 range from a rural two-lane road to an urban freeway. Because of the former, long distance thru traffic traveling between the coastal metropolitan areas are instead advised to use faster routes such as US 101 or I-5. At its southernmost end in Orange County, SR 1 terminates at I-5 in Capistrano Beach in Dana Point, it travels west into the city center. After leaving Dana Point, Pacific Coast Highway becomes "Coast Highway" while at the same time continues northwest along the coast through Laguna Beach and Crystal Cove State Park. SR 1 enters Newport Beach and passes through several affluent neighborhoods, including Newport Coast and Corona Del Mar, spans the entrance to the Upper Newport Bay, which marks the boundary between East Coast Highway and West Coast Highway, crosses California State Route 55 near its southern terminus. Upon entering Huntington Beach, SR 1 regains the Pacific Coast Highway designation, it passes Huntington State Beach and the southern terminus of California State Route 39 before reaching Bolsa Chica State Beach and the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve.
PCH continues along the coast into Seal Beach, the final city on its journey in Orange County. PCH enters the city of Long Beach after crossing the San Gabriel River. SR 1 continues northwest through the city to its junction with Lakewood Boulevard and Los Coyotes Diagonal at the Los Alamitos Circle, more than 2 miles from the coast. From the traffic circle, it continues inland west through Long Beach, including one mile adjacent to the southern boundary of Signal Hill. PCH is marked as such in Long Beach, but bore the name of Hathaway Avenue east of the traffic circle and State Street west of there. PCH passes through the Los Angeles districts of Wilmington and Harbor City. While bypassing the immediate coastline of Palos Verdes, SR 1 continues to head west
Interstate 8 is an Interstate Highway in the southwestern United States. It runs from the southern edge of Mission Bay at Sunset Cliffs Boulevard in San Diego, California at the Pacific Ocean, to the junction with I-10, just southeast of Casa Grande, Arizona. In California, the freeway travels through the San Diego metropolitan area as the Ocean Beach Freeway and the Mission Valley Freeway before traversing the Cuyamaca Mountains and providing access through the Imperial Valley, including the city of El Centro. Crossing the Colorado River into Arizona, I-8 continues through the city of Yuma across the Sonoran Desert to Casa Grande, in between the cities of Phoenix and Tucson; the first route over the Cuyamaca Mountains was dedicated in 1912, a plank road served as the first road across the Imperial Valley to Yuma. These were replaced by U. S. Route 80 across California and part of Arizona, Arizona State Route 84 between Gila Bend and Casa Grande; the US 80 freeway through San Diego was complete by the time it was renumbered as I-8 in the 1964 state highway renumbering.
The Arizona portion of the road was built starting in the 1960s. Several controversies erupted during the construction process. S. House of Representatives subcommittee found that the Arizona government had mismanaged financial resources; the route was completed in 1975 through California, by 1977 through Arizona, though the bridge over the Colorado River was not completed until 1978. Since the freeway through San Diego has been widened due to increasing congestion, another portion in Imperial County had to be rebuilt following damage by the remnants of Hurricane Kathleen. I-8 is 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 freeway from the eastern junction with California State Route 98 to the eastern end is designated as part of the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail auto tour route, promoted by the National Park Service. The freeway begins at the intersection of Sunset Cliffs Nimitz Boulevard in San Diego.
For its first few miles, it parallels the San Diego River floodway. Near Old Town San Diego, I-8 intersects with I-5 as well as with Rosecrans Avenue, the former routing of SR 209; as the freeway enters Mission Valley, it continues eastward, bisecting the area known as "Hotel Circle" that has several hotels. I-8 has interchanges with SR 163, I-805, I-15 and its continuation, SR 15, before making a small bend to the north. In La Mesa, the route intersects SR 125. I-8 continues into El Cajon, where it intersects with SR 67 before it ascends into the mountains and the Cleveland National Forest, traveling through towns such as Alpine and Pine Valley, reaching high points at Laguna Summit, Crestwood Summit, Tecate Divide, crossing the Pine Valley Creek Bridge and passing near the Viejas Casino. A U. S. border patrol interior checkpoint was constructed in 1995 near Alpine, for westbound traffic on I-8. The freeway intersects with SR 79 in the national forest before passing through the La Posta and Campo Indian reservations.
In Boulevard, I-8 has an interchange with the eastern end of SR 94. I-8 straddles the San Diego–Imperial county line for a few miles before turning east. At the Mountain Springs/In Ko Pah grade, the freeway is routed down two separate canyons—Devils Canyon for westbound traffic and In-Ko-Pah Gorge for eastbound traffic—as it descends 3,000 feet in 11 miles. In places, the median is over 1.5 miles wide. This portion of the road is known for high winds through the canyons that have made driving difficult, sometimes resulting in closure of the freeway; the route enters the Imperial Valley, where it intersects with SR 98, a highway leading to Calexico, passes near the Desert View Tower. I-8 goes through Coyote Wells before entering the city of El Centro several miles later. In El Centro, I-8 intersects with SR 86 and SR 111, both north–south routes which connect to I-10 in the Coachella Valley, north of the Salton Sea. SR 115 and SR 98 end at I-8 east of El Centro; the route has the lowest above-ground elevation of any Interstate at 52 feet below sea level near El Centro.
The freeway traverses the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area and intersects with SR 186 leading south to Baja California Norte, Mexico. I-8 runs parallel to the All-American Canal across the desert for 55 miles. At points in eastern Imperial County, the Mexican border is less than half a mile south of the Interstate. I-8 passes through Felicity and Winterhaven before crossing the Colorado River on a bridge into Yuma, Arizona. I-8 is part of the California Freeway and Expressway System and is eligible for the State Scenic Highway System from I-5 to the western junction of SR 98, though it is not an official state scenic highway, it is known as the Border Friendship Route from San Diego to the Arizona state line. The Interstate is signed as the Ocean Beach Freeway west of I-5. For the entire length within San Diego County and into Imperial County, it is signed as the Kumeyaay Highway, after the local Native American tribe and their trad