Interstate 880 and 980 in California

California Interstate 880

Get started Oakland
End San Jose
Length 46 mi
Length 74 km
0 → Monterey

1 Bascom Avenue

2 The Alameda

3 Coleman Avenue

4 → San Francisco

5 Brokaw Road

7 Montague Expressway

8 → Sunnyvale

10 Dixon Landing Road

12 Warren Avenue

13 Fremont Boulevard

15 Auto Mall Parkway

16 Stevenson Boulevard

17 Mowry Avenue

19 Thornton Avenue

21 → Palo Alto

22 Fremont Boulevard

23 Alvarado Niles Road

24 Whipple Road

25 Industrial Parkway

26 Tennyson Road

27 → San Mateo

28 Winton Avenue

29 A Street

30 Hesperian Boulevard

31 → Pleasanton

33 Marina Boulevard

34 Davis Street

35 98th Avenue

36 Hegenberger Road

37 66th Avenue

38 High Street

39 23rd Avenue

40 Embarcadero

41 Broadway

42 → Oakland

44 7th Street

46 → San Francisco / Sacramento

According to Watchtutorials, Interstate 880 or I -880 is an Interstate Highway in the US state of California. The highway forms a north-south route in the San Francisco Bay Area metropolitan area, and is the primary suburban highway on the east shore of the San Francisco Bay. The highway connects 3 of the 4 largest cities in the metropolitan area, namely Oakland, Fremont and San Jose. The highway is also called the Nimitz Freeway and is 74 kilometers long.

Travel directions

I-880 at San Jose.

The highway begins at a major interchange with Interstate 80 and Interstate 580 in Oakland, the 3rd largest city in the metropolitan area with a population of 415,000. The highway here has 2×3 lanes, and runs through the industrial and port areas of Oakland. Interstate 980 merges into downtown Oakland, after which the highway has 2×5 lanes. The highway then runs through the southern neighborhoods, and close to the suburb of Alameda, which is located on an island. Oakland International Airport is also located here. After Oakland you enter the suburb of San Leandro, which has 81,000 inhabitants. Here are large industrial estates, and one crosses the Interstate 238, which comes from Castro Valley and Livermore. After this, 2×5 lanes are still available. One passes through Hayward, one of the larger suburbs with a population of 155,000. One crosses here with SR-92, which runs to San Mateo on the other side of San Francisco Bay.

After this you pass through Union City, which has 70,000 inhabitants, and has a large business park. Then you pass through Fremont, the 4th city of the agglomeration with 211,000 inhabitants. Here, SR-84 turns toward Menlo Park, across San Francisco Bay. One passes through Newark, an enclave in the city of Fremont. There are 2×4 lanes available here. Between Newark and Milpitas is a 14-mile industrial estate along the highway. Interstate 680 runs parallel to I-880. In Milpitas, the SR-237, which leads to Sunnyvale and Mountain View, crosses through the so-called Silicon Valley. In San Jose, the largest city in the metropolitan area with 930,000 inhabitants, the US 101 crosses that of Los Angeleswalking to San Francisco. I-880 eventually ends at the interchange with I-280 and SR-17.


On July 22, 1949, the first two-mile stretch of highway opened in downtown Oakland. On June 1, 1950, the highway was extended 6 miles south through Oakland. On June 13, 1952, it reached Lewelling Boulevard for five miles and Jackson Street for three miles on June 5, 1953, completing the highway between Oakland and Hayward. On June 11, 1957, the northernmost portion of the highway opened in Oakland to I-80 for 4 miles. On November 14, 1957, it opened 8 miles to the north of Fremont. On November 24, 1958, the last section as far as San Jose opened to traffic, completing the highway in a relatively short time of 9 years. The highway was then also renamed Nimitz Freeway.

According to, the highway was initially numbered State Route 17. It ran much further south to Santa Cruz, but has been shortened to San Jose since 1984, with the northern portion numbered I-880.

Between 2006 and 2014, I-880 in Oakland was upgraded in stages to withstand earthquakes. The cost of this was $463 million.

HOV lanes & widening

In the 1990s, I-880 was broadened largely in Alameda County, from Oakland to southern Fremont. The largest part has been widened from 2×3 to 2×4 lanes with HOV lanes. In 2009, I-880 was widened in southern Alameda County, between SR-262 and the Santa Clara County border. The highway has been widened here from 2×3 to 2×6 lanes with HOV lanes.

In 2004, HOV lanes opened in northern Santa Clara County, between the Alameda County border and SR-237 in Milpitas. On June 22, 2013, HOV lanes further opened between SR-237 and US 101 in San Jose.

Opening history

From Unpleasant Length Date
exit 39 Exit 41 3 km 22-07-1949
exit 35 exit 39 6 km 01-06-1950
Exit 30 exit 35 8 km 13-06-1952
Exit 27 Exit 30 5 km 05-06-1953
Exit 41 exit 46 8 km 11-06-1957
Exit 22 Exit 27 8 km 14-11-1957
exit 0 Exit 22 35 km 24-11-1958

Traffic intensities

Exit Location 2008 2016
Exit 1 San Jose ( I-280 ) 154,000 169,000
Exit 4 San Jose ( U.S. 101 ) 156,000 182,000
exit 8 San Jose ( SR-237 ) 190,000 224,000
Exit 21 Fremont ( SR-84 ) 202,000 217,000
Exit 27 Hayward ( SR-92 ) 215,000 264,000
Exit 29 Hayward 255,000 277,000
Exit 31 San Lorenzo ( I-238 ) 226,000 225,000
Exit 40 Oakland 229,000 242,000
Exit 42 Oakland ( I-980 ) 202,000 213,000
exit 46 Oakland ( I-80 ) 106,000 114,000

California Interstate 980

Get started Oakland
End Oakland
Length 2 mi
Length 3 km
→ San Jose1A Jackson Street

1B 11th Street

1C 17th Street

2 → Pleasanton

Interstate 980 or I -980 is an Interstate Highway in the US state of California. The highway provides a short connection throughout the city of Oakland, passing downtown. Oakland is the 3rd largest city in the San Francisco Bay Area metropolitan area. The highway runs from Interstate 580 to Interstate 880. The highway is 3 kilometers long.

Travel directions

The highway begins north of downtown Oakland at a 4-level stack interchange with I-580 and SR-24, which runs to Walnut Creek. The highway has 2×5 lanes, partly with a BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) line in the median strip. The highway is also partly below ground level, with many exits. Finally, 2×2 lanes continue to I-880.


Construction of I-980 began as early as the 1960s, but was not completed until 1985 with all interchanges. Planning for the highway began as early as 1947, as Route 226. In 1964, it was renumbered as State Route 24, and in 1976, the short highway was added to the Interstate Highway system. In 1981 the road was renumbered as I-980.

The highway has been constructed in phases from north to south. The first section opened in 1969 as an extension of State Route 24. The interchange with I-580 opened to traffic in 1970. In 1973, a short stretch opened at Downtown Oakland, and in 1981 the highway was extended to I-880.

There used to be vague plans for a second bridge link between Oakland and San Francisco, south of the current San Francisco – Oakland Bay Bridge. These plans never became very concrete, probably because of the very high costs, but the route would probably also have been numbered I-980.

Opening history

From Unpleasant Length Date
1D San ​​Pablo Avenue 2 1 km 00-00-1969
1C 17th Street 1D San ​​Pablo Avenue 0.5 km 00-00-1973
1A 1C 17th Street 1 km 00-00-1981

Traffic intensities

Exit Location 2008 2016
Exit 1 Oakland ( I-880 ) 75,000 88,000
Exit 2 Oakland ( I-580 ) 105,000 134,000

California Interstate 980