Interstate 380 (California)

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Interstate 380 marker

Interstate 380
Quentin L. Kopp Freeway
Route information
Defined by S&HC § 608
Maintained by Caltrans
Length: 1.670 mi[1] (2.688 km)
Existed: 1964 – present
Major junctions
West end: I‑280 in San Bruno
East end: US 101 in South San Francisco
Location
Counties: San Mateo
Highway system
SR 371 US 395

Interstate 380 (I-380) is a short 1.7-mile (2.7 km) east–west spur Interstate Highway in the San Francisco Bay Area of Northern California, connecting Interstate 280 in San Bruno to U.S. Route 101 near the San Francisco International Airport (SFO). The highway primarily consists of only three intersections: I-280, El Camino Real (State Route 82), and U.S. 101. Like nearby I-280, I-380 never connects to Interstate 80, its parent Interstate Highway. However, there is no rule that says that spur routes need to. (Similarly, the spur route Interstate 795 branches off from Interstate 695, a beltway around Baltimore, and is only indirectly linked to Interstate 95.)

I-380 is officially known as the Quentin L. Kopp Freeway, named after the prominent Calif. State Senator from San Mateo County. This highway was previously named the Portola Freeway to honor the eighteenth-century Spanish explorer Gaspar de Portolà, whose expedition in 1769-70 discovered the San Francisco Bay, from a viewpoint on the Sweeney Ridge located between San Bruno and Pacifica.

Interstate 380 is part of the California Freeway and Expressway System.[2]

Route description[edit]

I-380 begins at a junction with I-280 in San Bruno. This junction is really only partially built, allowing room to build a proposed freeway extension west towards State Route 1 (see below). I-380 then travels east through the City of San Bruno, intersecting with State Route 82, El Camino Real, before reaching US 101.

At its terminus at US 101, the mainline lanes of I-380 continue as North Access Road. Meanwhile, the ramps to and from southbound US 101 provide connections to collector/distributor roads leading directly to San Francisco International Airport, allowing traffic between the Interstate and the airport to avoid merging with the main traffic lanes of US Highway 101.

History[edit]

There were plans to extend I-380 all the way to State Route 1 (the Cabrillo Highway), but due to the route's passing over the San Andreas Fault and opposition from members of the local community, this project has yet to be tackled. The westbound lanes of I-380 branch off to the right at I-280, leaving a very wide, paved space which would carry the freeway extension under I-280 towards SR 1. This space is currently often used as storage space for equipment used in highway maintenance. A pair of unused bridges crossing over the I-280 South to I-380 East offramp remain as evidence.

Despite the opposition, Chapter 2, Article 3, Section 608 of the California Streets and Highways Code still legally defines Route 380 as traveling from "Route 1 near Pacifica to Route 280 in San Bruno",[3] and the exit numbers assigned at I-280 go to five instead of one or zero.

Although recent California Highway Log still propose alternative plans to extend the highway in a more peculiar configuration, slightly southwest of the I-280/I-380 interchange. This might make the extension project slightly longer, perhaps bending I-380 a bent V-shape. This concept is still very controversial, and it is unlikely to be undertaken.[citation needed]

Exit list[edit]

Except where prefixed with a letter, postmiles were measured on the road as it was in 1964, and do not necessarily reflect current mileage. R reflects a realignment in the route since then, and T indicates postmiles classified as temporary.[1] The entire route is in San Mateo County.

Location Postmile
[1][4][5]
Exit
[6]
Destinations Notes
San Bruno T4.70 5 I‑280 (Junipero Serra Freeway) – San Francisco, San Jose Westbound exit and eastbound entrance; signed as exits 5A (north) and 5B (south)
5.47 5C SR 82 (El Camino Real) – San Bruno Signed as exit 5 eastbound
6.37 6 US 101 (Bayshore Freeway) – San Francisco International Airport, San Jose, San Francisco Signed as exits 6A (south) and 6B (north) eastbound
South San Francisco 6.76 7 South Airport Boulevard Eastbound exit and westbound entrance
6.76 North Access Road Eastbound exit and westbound entrance
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

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External links[edit]

Route map: Google / Bing