California State Route 242
|Defined by Streets and Highways Code § 542|
|Maintained by Caltrans|
|Length:||3.398 mi (5.469 km)|
|South end:||I‑680 in Concord|
|North end:||SR 4 in Concord|
State Route 242 (SR 242) is a short three-mile (5 km) connector route that links Interstate 680 north of Pleasant Hill to State Route 4 in Concord. In 2000, State Route 242 was widended to six through-traffic lanes for the entire route. Ramp metering is present at all onramps, but is not used at this time. It was signed as part of State Route 24 until ca. 1987. Currently, along with Interstate 580, State Route 24, Interstate 680, and State Route 4, it serves as the most direct route between the San Francisco Bay Area and the Sacramento River Delta region of Northern California.
SR 242 is part of the California Freeway and Expressway System. The route begins as a freeway at Interstate 680 in Concord. It then heads north, meeting Clayton Road, Concord Avenue, Grant Street, and Olivera Road before meeting its north end at State Route 4 just west of the former Concord Naval Weapons Station.
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, and do not necessarily reflect current mileage. R reflects a realignment in the route since then, M indicates a second realignment, L refers an overlap due to a correction or change, and T indicates postmiles classified as temporary (for a full list of prefixes, see the list of postmile definitions). Segments that remain unconstructed or have been relinquished to local control may be omitted. The entire route is in Concord, Contra Costa County.
|R0.00||1A||I‑680 south – Oakland, San Jose||Southbound exit and northbound entrance; south end of SR 242|
|R0.00||1B||Gregory Lane, Monument Boulevard||Southbound exit and northbound entrance|
|R0.87||1||Clayton Road – Concord||Northbound exit and southbound entrance|
|R1.47||1C||Concord Avenue||No northbound exit|
|R2.15||2||Grant Street, Solano Way|
|R2.79||3A||Olivera Road||Northbound exit and southbound entrance|
|R3.40||3||SR 4 / Port Chicago Highway – Stockton, Pittsburg, Richmond, Martinez||Northbound exit and southbound entrance; signed as exits 3B (west, Port Chicago Highway) and 3C (east); north end of SR 242|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
- Staff. "State Truck Route List" (XLS file). California Department of Transportation. Retrieved March 1, 2015.
- CA Codes (shc:250-257)
- Bay Area Metro Street Atlas (Map). Thomas Brothers. 2008.
- California Department of Transportation, Log of Bridges on State Highways, July 2007
- California Department of Transportation, All Traffic Volumes on CSHS, 2005 and 2006
- California Department of Transportation, California Numbered Exit Uniform System, SR-242 Northbound and SR-242 Southbound, accessed February 2008