Jamboree Road

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Jamboree Road
Location Orange County
From Bayside Drive in Newport Beach
SR 1 in Newport Beach
I-405 in Irvine
SR 261 in Irvine
I-5 in Irvine
To Santiago Canyon Road (CR S18)

Jamboree Road is a major route through Orange County, California.

Route description[edit]

The southern terminus of Jamboree Road is at Bayside Drive, immediately before Balboa Island. It changes names, into Marine Ave., to make the very short journey over the water that separates Balboa from Newport Beach. The road enters Irvine after the MacArthur Blvd/Jamboree Rd intersection and continues into the Irvine urban core after the I-405 interchange. At Barranca Parkway, Jamboree Road becomes a freeway, with grade-separated intersections and limited right-of-way. As a freeway, Jamboree has three exits: Warner Avenue, Edinger Avenue, and Walnut Avenue. After splitting with SR 261, Jamboree Road intersects I-5 and bisects the Tustin Marketplace, the left side being Tustin and the right side being Irvine. It proceeds north through the foothills, crossing the Loma Ridge alongside the 261 Eastern Transportation Corridor toll road to its northern terminus in the City of Orange, at the intersection with Santiago Canyon Road (County Route S18).

Jamboree Road is heavily used by commuters who work at the Irvine Urban Core districts such as the IBC (Irvine Business Center) and the Irvine Towers.


Region XII gateway at the national 1953 National Scout Jamboree

The 1953 National Scout Jamboree of the Boy Scouts of America held its event where Newport Center and Fashion Island now sit. It was the third national jamboree, the first to be held west of the Mississippi River, and had 50,000 scouts from all 48 states and 16 foreign countries.[1] Thousands of tents were pitched in the area accessible only by a muddy two-lane trail called Palisades Road (part of which is now the southern end of Bristol Avenue). The road was soon paved, and later the name was changed to Jamboree Road in honor of the event. One attendee, David Sills, then a young Boy Scout from Peoria, Illinois, would later move to Irvine as an adult and serve four terms as mayor of the city.

The current route of Jamboree Road follows the courses of four originally unconnected roads - these were, from south to north, the original stretch of Jamboree that extended from the present-day course of Bristol Street to Pacific Coast Highway, San Joaquin Road, Myford Road, and Peters Canyon Road.

Major intersections[edit]

The entire route is in Orange County.

Location mi km Destinations Notes
Newport Beach Marine Avenue Continuation beyond Bayside Drive
Bayside Drive
SR 1 (Pacific Coast Highway) Former US 101 Alt.
University Drive, Eastbluff Drive University Drive serves UC Irvine
SR 73 / Bristol Street Interchange; SR 73 south exit 15
MacArthur Boulevard
Irvine I-405 (San Diego Freeway) Interchange; I-405 exit 7
Main Street
Alton Parkway
Barranca Parkway
South end of freeway
Warner Avenue, Park Avenue
Edinger Avenue Southbound exit is via Walnut Avenue
Walnut Avenue

SR 261 north – Riverside
Northbound exit and southbound entrance
North end of freeway
IrvineTustin line I-5 (Santa Ana Freeway) Interchange; I-5 exit 100
El Camino Real
Tustin Irvine Boulevard
Portola Parkway (to SR 261)
Orange Santiago Canyon Road (CR S18)
Irvine Park Lane Continuation beyond Santiago Canyon Road
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi