Richmond Parkway (California)

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This article is about the road in Richmond, California. For other uses, see Richmond Parkway (disambiguation).
Richmond Parkway
Route information
Maintained by CCTA, City of Richmond DPW, C.C. Co. PWD
Length: 7 mi[1] (11 km)
Existed: 1996 – present
Major junctions
Southwest end: I‑580 in Point Richmond
Northeast end: I‑80 and Fitzgerald Drive at city limits of Richmond and Pinole
An interstate 80 exit onto the Richmond Parkway at its eastern most terminus

The Richmond Parkway originally Richmond Bypass is an arterial road connecting Interstate 580 and Interstate 80 through Richmond, California. The road allows drivers traveling between Marin County (to the west) and Solano County (to the north) to bypass central Richmond.


California 93.svg

The original idea for the Richmond Parkway came from a state proposal for State Route 93 in the early 1980s. However, when the state did not implement the plan, local officials assembled $200 million in state and local funds to fund a road largely following the same route as proposed Route 93, which was built in the 1990s.[2] While it mostly functions as an expressway, some parts do not meet state expressway standards.

The city of Richmond would like Caltrans to take it over, but currently Caltrans is not in favor of the idea.[2] It was originally named Richmond Bypass, because it would allow motorists to avoid entering the streets of Richmond. This was considered offensive to many community members sensitive to the idea of isolation and a process locals termed as "environmental racism", leading to the term "parkway" being used instead in place of "bypass".[citation needed]

Major intersections[edit]

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).[3] Segments that remain unconstructed or have been relinquished to local control may be omitted. The entire route is in Richmond, Contra Costa County.

Postmile Destinations Notes
0.00 I‑580 (john T. Knox Freeway) – San Rafael, Oakland West end of arterial
  Castro Street Richmond Parkway joins/splits two existing routes: Castro Street and Garrard Boulevard; traffic southbound defaults onto Garrard Boulevard
  Giant Highway
  San Pablo Avenue Former US 40
  I‑80 (Eastshore Freeway) – San Francisco, Sacramento East end of arterial
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. ^ Richmond, CA - Official Website - History of Richmond: Transportation
  2. ^ a b Katherine Tam, City looks to unload costly Parkway, Contra Costa Times, March 27, 2008. Accessed 2008-03-27
  3. ^ California Department of Transportation. "State Truck Route List". Sacramento: California Department of Transportation. Archived from the original (XLS file) on June 30, 2015. Retrieved June 30, 2015. 

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