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Interstate 80



Interstate 80 is a major transcontinental corridor connecting California and New York City. From the city of San Francisco to a few miles west of the Hudson River in northern New Jersey, Interstate 80 traverses various terrain and states. Its highest point is located at Sherman Hill Summit in Wyoming between Laramie and Cheyenne at an elevation of 8640 feet. The highest point of Interstate 80 east of the Mississippi is near Milepost 111 in Pennsylvania.

Although Interstate 80 begins at U.S. 101 in San Francisco, original plans called for the Interstate to continue west through Golden Gate Park to the Pacific Ocean near the famous Ocean Beach area. This plan was halted due to community opposition. As a result, Interstate 80 is a few miles shorter than originally planned. Since the Central Freeway viaduct was mostly torn down, Interstate 80 now ends at the series of U.S. 101 exits near Van Ness Avenue. This terminus is somewhat in dispute; some say that Interstate 80 actually ends at the Embarcadero exit. See Interstate 80 - California for more information.

In the east, Interstate 80 ends at its junction with Interstate 95 in Ridgefield Park, New Jersey, as overhead signage shows. However, at Interstate 80's eastern terminus, there is some debate as to whether or not it ends at the Hudson River or at Interstate 95. The exit numbering on Interstate 95 north of Interstate 80 in New Jersey seems to approximate what the Interstate 80 numbering would be if it continued east to the George Washington Bridge. However, that numbering is actually what would be for Interstate 95 if it had been completed as planned in New Jersey. It's a coincidence that the exit numbers are so close numerically.

Heading southbound on Interstate 95 toward Interstate 80 from the George Washington Bridge to Interstate 80's eastern terminus, overhead signs are posted as Interstate 95 to Interstate 80. It should also be noted that while U.S. 46 ends at the George Washington Bridge, Interstate 80 does not, which in turn causes more confusion.

High Priority Corridor

Interstate 80 in New Jersey is part of High Priority Corridor 63: Liberty Corridor.

Parallel and Former U.S. Routes

Interstate 80 largely replaced its companion U.S. routes in the West and parallels them in the East. Between San Francisco and Park City, Interstate 80 replaced U.S. 40. Sections of original U.S. 40 are still in use as local county roads in California, while many segments of U.S. 40 in Nevada were directly replaced by Interstate 80. Today, U.S. 40 begins its easterly journey at its interchange with Interstate 80 in Park City. Between Park City and Echo Junction, Interstate 80 replaced U.S. 189 (and U.S. 530 before it). At Echo Junction, Interstate 80 met its companion for most of its country-country trek: U.S. 30.

U.S. 30 is the Lincoln Highway through Wyoming, Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio. It closely parallels Interstate 80 in Wyoming and Nebraska, combining with the freeway in the least populated areas (such as the continuously merged portion of Interstate 80 and U.S. 30 between Granger and Walcott in Wyoming, a distance of 170 miles). At Grand Island, Nebraska, U.S. 30 stays north of Lincoln and Omaha; Interstate 80 instead follows U.S. 34 between Grand Island and Lincoln and U.S. 6 from Lincoln to the Quad Cities via Omaha and Des Moines. U.S. 6 merges with Interstate 80 several times through Iowa, and it closely parallels Interstate 80 through Illinois before joining the freeway again in Lansing.

Meanwhile, Interstate 80 does not intersect U.S. 30 until Joliet. Having avoided Des Moines and the Quad Cities, U.S. 30 heads southeast to avoid downtown Chicago. U.S. 30 continues on this trajectory en route to Fort Wayne, Pittsburgh, and Philadelphia; it does not intersect Interstate 80 again. Interstate 80 instead remains close to U.S. 6 and U.S. 20 as they skirt the southern edge of the Great Lakes. Interstate 80 is tolled through Indiana and Ohio, so the parallel U.S. 6 and U.S. 20 provide free alternate routes.

Bypassing Cleveland to the south, Interstate 80 leaves both U.S. 6 and U.S. 20, as they follow Interstate 90. For the first time, Interstate 80 follows a path that was not previously tread by a U.S. route (it followed the Keystone Shortway). Leaving the Ohio Turnpike at North Jackson, Interstate 80 briefly parallels U.S. 62 through Sharon, then again finds itself without a companion U.S. route. This situation persists for the most part across Pennsylvania, with the exception of U.S. 322 from Clarion to State College and a brief merge with U.S. 220 near State College. Finally entering New Jersey, Interstate 80 picks up U.S. 46, a route which is almost entirely located within New Jersey -- in fact, it never went any farther west than Pennsylvania 611 (former U.S. 611). U.S. 46 follows Interstate 80 all the way to its end in Ridgefield Park; in fact, U.S. 46 officially continues all the way to the midpoint of the George Washington Bridge where Interstate 95 leaves New Jersey and enters New York.

Interstate 80 Split Routes

No other Interstate highway had as many split routes as Interstate 80. No fewer than five suffixed routes split from Interstate 80 at varying intervals prior to 1980; none of these split routes remain today. These routes included (from west to east):

  • Interstate 80N from Portland, Oregon, to Echo Junction, Utah (now Western Interstate 84)
  • Interstate 80S from Denver, Colorado, to Big Springs, Nebraska (now Western Interstate 76)
  • Interstate 80N from Interstate 29 to Interstate 80 north of Council Bluffs, Iowa (now Interstate 680)
  • Interstate 80S from Norwalk, Ohio, to Camden, New Jersey (the portion between Norwalk and Westfield Center was not constructed; the rest is now Eastern Interstate 76)
  • Interstate 80N from Norwalk, Ohio, to northwest of Youngstown, Ohio (parts of which are now Interstate 480)

Planned Improvements


The San Francisco-Oakland Bay bridge, opened to traffic on November 12, 1936 as the route for both U.S. 40 and 50, carries Interstate 80 across San Francisco Bay. The span consisted of three segments: the western suspension bridge with four towers, the Yerba Buena Tunnel on Yerba Buena Island, and the eastern cantilever through truss bridge. Earthquake retrofitting between 1994 and 2004 reinforced the suspension bridge west from Yerba Buena Island, bringing the span to current specifications. The eastern span was not reinforced and instead was replaced during an 11-year construction project commencing in 2002. The new Bay Bridge, a single-anchored suspension bridge with a lone tower, opened to traffic on September 2, 2013. This span accommodates side by side traffic rather than a double deck like its predecessor. It ties into a new causeway from the east and includes a bike/pedestrian path to Yerba Buena Island. The old bridge closed on August 28, 2012 and will be dismantled by 2015.


In Nebraska, Interstate 80 is currently being widened from four to six lanes between Lincoln and Omaha. The 45-mile project extends from just west of Northwest 48th Street in West Lincoln (Exit 395) to the Nebraska 370 interchange in West Omaha (Exit 439). The project began in 2003 and was completed on November 8, 2013.15 This is in addition to previous projects in the late 1990s and early 2000s that widened Interstate 80 to six lanes between Nebraska 370 and Interstate 680, and to ten lanes between Interstate 680 and Interstate 480.1

In early 2006, widening to six lanes was completed from Ruff Road (Milepost 429) to Nebraska 370 (Milepost 439). Widening followed between the Nebraska 66/Mahoney State Park Interchange (Exit 326) and Ruff Road (Milepost 429). This included rebuilding/widening of the long twin I-80 bridges over the Platte River (approx. milepost 427). As of December 2006, the new three-lane westbound bridge over the Platte River was under construction while traffic was maintained on the old twin two-lane bridges just to the south. This three-mile section was scheduled for completion in 2009.

Meanwhile, widening to six lanes is also in progress northwest of Lincoln between the U.S. 77 South / Beatrice Interchange (Exit 397) and the Interstate 180/U.S. 34 Interchange (Exit 401). As of December 2006, paving of all new westbound lanes and the outside two eastbound lanes was completed, with only the inside eastbound lane and the jersey barrier down the middle to be completed (this work was slated for completion in early 2007). Just east of here, widening/rebuilding of the mainline commenced in early 2007 for the section between Interstate 180 and the U.S. 77 North/56th Street Interchange (Exit 405). However, the actual interchange between Interstate 80 and Interstate 180 was not rebuilt until late in the overall project (2010-2012).12

Long-range plans call for the expansion of Interstate 80 to three lanes from Lincoln west to near Kearney. A project schedule calls for the work to be completed in phases (all dates tentative): Phase 1 - between Omaha and Lincoln complete by 2012 (November 8, 201315); Phase 2 - between Lincoln and York complete by 2022; Phase 3 - between York and Grand Island complete by 2028; and Phase 4 - between Grand Island and Minden interchange (Exit 279, Junction Nebraska 10) near Kearney complete by 2037.13

For more information on all aspects of Interstate 80 widening, visit the official Nebraska Department of Roads web page.


The Tri-State Tollway is being reconstructed between January 2005 and Fall 2006 from the Illinois 394 and Interstate 94 interchange in South Holland northwest to the U.S. 12-20/95th Street interchange in Oak Lawn.3 The project includes the installation of an additional through lane on Interstate 80 and Interstate 294. The Cal-Sag Channel Bridge near Alsip is planned for reconstruction, as are the Lincoln Oasis and the Markham Yard Bridge.

A companion project recently completed is the reconstruction of the Kingery Expressway in Illinois and the Borman Expressway in Indiana. Average daily traffic flow on Interstate 80-94 is approximately 160,000 vehicles daily, with a quarter being large trucks.4 For the Kingery Expressway (Interstate 80-94 and U.S. 6), construction was conducted between 2004 and 2007. Improvements include:

  • Revision and reconstruction of the Interstate 80, 94, 294, and Illinois 394 interchange
  • Expansion to eight through lanes for through traffic on Interstate 80
  • Reduction of weaving through reconfigured interchanges
  • Installation of sound walls, replacement lighting, and landscaping


In Indiana, the Borman Expressway carries Interstate 80-94 and U.S. 6 through Hammond and Gary. Most of the same improvements considered for the Kingery Expressway are likewise included in the Borman Expressway upgrade. Construction began in 2003. While no construction is programmed in 2006, projects are scheduled in 2007 through 2009, including a revision to the Interstate 65 interchange.5 Another proposal is to construct a south Chicago bypass that could divert traffic from Interstate 80-94 around the Chicago/Northeast Indiana metro area.


Many sections of Interstate 80/Ohio Turnpike are being widened to six lanes, especially east of Toledo and around Cleveland.


In San Francisco, the western terminus of Interstate 80 was originally proposed to be at Interstate 280 (which was briefly considered as part of Interstate 480) in Golden Gate Park. The Western Freeway (Interstate 80) would have originated at U.S. 101/Central Freeway and traveled west toward the park, straddling Fell Street and Oak Street along the way. Once at the park, the freeway would have entered into a major interchange with Interstate 280, making an odd case where a parent route would have ended at one of its child routes. However, that situation never came to pass. The freeway was never built as a result of substantial protests, and the western terminus of Interstate 80 was retracted to U.S. 101/Central Freeway.

The first iteration of the Yolo Causeway, which carries Interstate 80 over the Yolo Bypass west of Sacramento and east of Davis, was completed in 1916. This causeway was the first highway project in the state of California to be financed with the sale of highway bonds; it has been expanded since the original facility opened. The San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge was dedicated on January 14, 1939.9 The bridge initially carried U.S. 40-50 across the bay; it was later redesignated as part of Interstate 80.

Development of large sections of the U.S. 40 freeway (today's Interstate 80) between San Francisco and Reno occurred by 1947, excepting certain sections (including much of the route in the mountains). The first Interstate in California to open using funds designated by the Federal Highway Act of 1956 was Interstate 80. In the Sierra Nevada northeast of Sacramento, U.S. 40 was converted into Interstate 80 between 1960 and 1964. The first 50 miles were built in 1960, and the ten-mile stretch over Donner Summit and through the Truckee River Canyon to the city of Truckee was constructed in 1964.8

The last section of transcontinental Interstate 80 to be completed in any state was the segment west of Salt Lake City, Utah, between Redwood Road and 5600 West. This section was dedicated and opened to traffic on August 22, 1986, and it was the first transcontinental Interstate highway to be completed from coast to coast.7

For a history of the completion of Interstate 80 in Wyoming, visit Interstate 80 @ AARoads.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony preceded a motorcade led by Governor Frank Morrison on August 12, 1961 to celebrate the completion of Interstate 80 between Omaha and Lincoln. The 52-mile stretch was dedicated at the Greenwood interchange.14 The final link of Interstate 80 in Nebraska to open was the section around Sidney, on October 19, 1974.7

In Iowa, Interstate 80 was constructed in stages across the Hawkeye State. From west to east, the segments opened as follows:2

  • Nebraska State Line east to Interstate 29 North: December 15, 1972
  • Interstate 29 North to Iowa 192: November 1, 1970
  • Iowa 192 to U.S. 6: January 1, 1969
  • U.S. 6 to Interstate 680: December 22, 1969
  • Interstate 680 to U.S. 59: December 13, 1966
  • U.S. 59 to U.S. 71: December 16, 1965
  • U.S. 71 to Exit 75, Adair: September 5, 1960
  • Exit 75 to Iowa 25: November 28, 1959
  • Iowa 25 to U.S. 6 (Adel): September 5, 1960
  • U.S. 6 (Adel) to Interstate 235 East: December 13, 1966
  • Interstate 235 East to Douglas Avenue: September 21, 1958
  • Douglas Avenue to Iowa 28: November 8, 1958
  • Iowa 28 to Interstate 235 South: November 28, 1959
  • Interstate 235 South to Exit 159: October 8, 1962
  • Exit 159 to Iowa 146: November 16, 1962
  • Iowa 146 to Old U.S. 218: October 23, 1964
  • Old U.S. 218 to Iowa 1: November 15, 1963
  • Iowa 1 to Iowa 38 North: August 24, 1962
  • Iowa 38 North to U.S. 61: December 1, 1960
  • U.S. 61 to U.S. 67: November 25, 1964
  • U.S. 67 to Illinois State Line, including the Mississippi River Bridge: October 27, 1966

Much of Interstate 80 across northern Illinois was constructed in the early 1960s, with the route through south suburban Chicagoland opened to traffic by 1964. The section that Interstate 80 shares with Interstate 294/Tri-State Tollway was constructed between 1956-1958, with the tollway opening in 1958. The original construction of the 83-mile section of the Tri-State Tollway (and the other original tollways) was funded by a bond issuance in the amount of $415 million by the state tollway commission (which was created in 1953).11 The Kingery Expressway section of Interstate 80-94/U.S. 6 is the oldest section of Interstate 80, having opened in 1950.10

In Ohio, most of Interstate 80 was constructed as part of the Ohio Turnpike, the origins of which predate the establishment of the Interstate Highway System in 1956. The Ohio state legislature created the Ohio Turnpike Commission in 1949, which was the first step in designing and constructing the east-west freeway. Construction began on October 27, 1952, and the freeway was completed on October 1, 1955 (a total of 38 months).6

The Keystone Shortway, which carries Interstate 80 across Pennsylvania, was completed and fully opened to traffic on September 17, 1963. The last segment to be opened to traffic was the section from Stroudsburg to Scotrun.7

Highway Guides

Just prior to Exit 111, Junction Pennsylvania 153 south of Penfield, westbound Interstate 80 approaches the highest point east of the Mississippi River. Interstate 80 reaches 2,250 feet above sea level at this point, which is located within Moshannon State Forest and sits along Pennsylvania's section of the Appalachian Mountains. At this point, Interstate 80 leaves the Chesapeake Bay watershed and enters the Allegheny River watershed. The highest point west of the Mississippi River is also the highest point on the transcontinental freeway: 8,640 feet above sea level at Sherman Hill in Wyoming, just east of Laramie. Photo taken by AARoads (09/01/05).

Western Terminus - West End of Oakland-San Francisco Bay Bridge/Embarcadero - San Francisco, California
Perspective from Interstate 80 west
At the west end, Interstate 80 has one of the most spectacular endings of any Interstate highway. The freeway leaves Oakland via the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, which is a double-deck, through steel truss bridge for the first segment. Here, westbound Interstate 80 enters the superstructure of the cantilever portion of the span, which features two supporting towers. Photo taken by Andy Field (07/06/07).
On the cantilever span, Interstate 80 leaves Oakland and Alameda County and enters the city and county of San Francisco. The bridge construction began on July 9, 1933, and it opened to traffic on November 12, 1936, as part of U.S. 40-50. Interstate 80 replaced U.S. 40-50 legislatively in 1964, and signs were removed in the ensuing decade. Photo taken by Andy Field (07/06/07).
Leaving the cantilever portion of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, Interstate 80 reaches Exit 4, Yerba Buena Island and Treasure Island, a difficult left exit (very sharp ramp). From here, the freeway passes through a tunnel bored into the rock of Yerba Buena Island, then connects with the picturesque suspension span. Photo taken by Andy Field (07/06/07).
Interstate 80 passes through the Yerba Buena Island tunnel and emerges on the suspension bridge portion of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. Photo taken by Andy Field (07/06/07).
The first signs for downtown San Francisco exits appear on westbound Interstate 80 at the middle anchorage of the suspension portion of the San Francisco Bay Bridge west of Yerba Buena Island. Fremont Street is a right exit; Harrison Street was a left exit that is closed as of 2007 due to the replacement of the western approach to the Bay Bridge. Temporarily, signs point to the left exit to 5th Street. Photos taken by Andy Field (07/06/07 and 08/28/03).
Leaving the suspension portion of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, Interstate 80 west enters the western approach, which is a skyway that keeps the freeway above ground level all the way to its western terminus at U.S. 101. Upon leaving the bridge, the first exit is Fremont Street and Folsom Street to the Embarcadero. Note that the sign bridge was replaced in 2006-2007, and all the older signs are now gone. Photos taken by Andy Field (07/06/07, 08/28/03, and 10/15/00).
A tall new skyscraper was under construction at the time this photo was taken, adding a new dimension to the view of San Francisco upon departing the Bay Bridge. The next exit connects to Folsom Street and Fremont Street, which are the best route currently to the Embarcadero, Fisherman's Wharf, and other waterfront attractions. The Folsom-Fremont exit is also the site of the former California 480/Embarcadero Freeway interchange. The former California 480 freeway spur was dismantled after sustaining fatal damage during the 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake. Photo taken by Andy Field (07/06/07).
The left two lanes of Interstate 80 west become exit only for Exit 2A, Fifth Street. The Fifth Street exit is the original end of the western approach to the Bay Bridge; it was also the route U.S. 40-50 took off the bridge to their joint terminus at U.S. 101. Today, the original approach is an offramp to Fifth Street, and Interstate 80 continues west for another couple of miles. Photo taken by Andy Field (07/06/07).
Westbound Interstate 80 reaches Exit 2C, Fremont Street and Folsom Street. Traffic wishing to access Fisherman's Wharf, tourist attractions at Pier 39, and AT&T (formerly PacBell or SBC) Park (home of the San Francisco Giants baseball team) may exit here or use either Exit 2B (to Harrison Street once it reopens) or Exit 2A, Fifth Street (left exit). The right exit to Fremont Street leads into downtown San Francisco, including the financial district, Chinatown, and the commercial area along Market Street. The Fremont Street exit also connects to Interstate 280. Originally there was to be a direct Interstate to Interstate connector between Interstate 80, Interstate 280, and California 480. However, with the demise of California 480 and the construction of AT&T Park (formerly Pacific Bell Park), it appears unlikely that Interstate 280 will be directly connected with Interstate 80 at any time soon. Photos taken by Andy Field (07/06/07 and 08/23/03).
Prior to the demolition of the original western approach to the Bay Bridge, a left exit used to be located here for Exit 2B, Embarcadero and Harrison Street. Exit 2B (Harrison Street) was located just a few hundred feet west of Exit 2C, Fremont Street. Traffic currently (2007) must use Fifth Street instead of Harrison Street. This will change once the bridge approach project is complete. Before the Exit 2B (Harrison Street) interchange was closed, this interchange was the first signage for U.S. 101 and the final westbound reassurance shield for Interstate 80. The 2007 photo also shows the gore point of Exit 2C, which shows just how closely spaced Exits 2C and 2B are. Photos taken by Andy Field (07/06/07, 08/23/03, and 10/15/00).
Back on the north (right) side of the elevated freeway, the ramp to Fremont Street and Folsom Street (Exit 2C) is an elongated ramp that used to serve as part of the California 480 interchange complex. Now it is just a distributor lane into downtown San Francisco. Photo taken by Andy Field (07/06/07).
Shortly thereafter, a temporary exit sign is posted for Exit 2A, 5th Street. This exit used to be signed as the connection to U.S. 101 north, but now that the Octavia Boulevard project is complete, U.S. 101 traffic may continue west to the Central Freeway spur. Photo taken by Andy Field (07/06/07).
Westbound Interstate 80/James Lick Skyway reaches Exit 2A, 5th Street. As noted earlier, the last sign indicated that 5th Street was a left exit from Interstate 80. In 2003, the 5th Street exit was signed as a connection to U.S. 101 north. Back when U.S. 40 and U.S. 50 entered the city via the Bay Bridge, they took this exit to meet U.S. 101 as a surface street. Today, the former main line is now a left exit that connects to U.S. 101 and Van Ness Avenue. Even though this exit is for U.S. 101 north, Interstate 80 continues for another mile past this point via the right three lanes. And to add to the confusion, there is another exit for north U.S. 101 at the actual end of Interstate 80 westbound. Some of this confusion was "alleviated" when this sign was taken down; however, now there is no sign at all for this offramp. Photos taken by Andy Field (07/06/07 and 8/23/03).
In some cases, replacement signage for old signs like this one can't come soon enough. It is likely that the replacement sign would be reflective and feature an exit number. The other signs for Ninth Street have already been replaced (see next two photoboxes) and were easy to read in the same lighting conditions. Speaking of exit numbers, at the time this photo was taken, very few exit numbers were posted on the San Francisco Peninsula, the only exception being Exit 420 along southbound U.S. 101. Note that westbound Interstate 80 is only three lanes wide at this juncture; this can be a congested area during rush hours. Photo taken by Andy Field (07/06/07).
A final upcoming exits mileage sign is posted for Interstate 80 west: Exit 1C, 9th Street (0.25 mile) is signed along with Cesar Chavez Street (former Army Street, two miles), which is the first exit traveling south on U.S. 101/Bayshore Freeway. Omitted from this sign is the interchange with U.S. 101 itself, which is about a mile west of here. Photo taken by Andy Field (07/06/07).
As Interstate 80 skirts the southern boundary of downtown San Francisco, it follows a raised viaduct for its entire length from the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge west to its junction with U.S. 101 at the Central Freeway. Known as the James Lick Skyway, Interstate 80 rides along a structure with some sections that predate the Interstate Highway System. In fact, the sections that approach the bridge were once part of transcontinental U.S. 40-50; neither of these routes enter San Francisco today. The guardrail and age of the concrete belie the age of this section of Interstate 80. Photos taken by Andy Field (07/06/07) and AARoads (11/29/04).
Westbound Interstate 80 reaches Exit 1C, Ninth Street. Note the addition of exit numbers to this sign between 2004 and 2007. Ninth Street leads north to the Civic Center. This is the last exit along westbound Interstate 80; the next exit is for north/south U.S. 101. Interstate 80 is one of a handful of Interstates that end at a U.S. route. Others include Interstate 43 at U.S. 41-141 in Green Bay; Interstate 55 at U.S. 41 in Chicago, Interstate 95 at U.S. 1 in Miami, and Interstate 96 at U.S. 31 in Muskegon. Photos taken by Andy Field (07/06/07) and AARoads (11/29/04).
U.S. 101 follows city streets between the Central Freeway spur and the Golden Gate Bridge approach, and this yellow warning sign advises trucks not to use U.S. 101 north due to limited sight distance and turning radius. At one time, U.S. 101 was planned for a freeway north to the Golden Gate Bridge; this freeway is very unlikely for construction due to the high density of communities at the northern end of the peninsula. U.S. 101 travels on the Central Freeway for a short distance, but it quickly exits onto Market Street to reach Van Ness Avenue. A portion of the Central Freeway was demolished recently, thus shortening the freeway segment of U.S. 101 within the City of San Francisco. Photo taken by Andy Field (07/06/07).
Here, the first eastbound shield (as well as eastbound traffic, for that matter, since it has been hidden by buildings and other structures since leaving the lower deck of the Bay Bridge) comes into view on westbound Interstate 80. It would be nice to see an END Interstate 80 shield here, but none is posted. Photo taken by AARoads (11/29/04).
Westbound Interstate 80 ends as the left three lanes default onto Exit 1A, Junction U.S. 101 south and the right two lanes transition to Exit 1B, Junction U.S. 101 north to Octavia Boulevard, Van Ness Avenue, and the Golden Gate Bridge. These are new signs (note addition of exit numbers between 2004 and 2007); the 1993 photo shows the button copy porcelain enamel signs that used to be found here. There is no END Interstate 80 shield assembly or signage. Photos taken by Andy Field (07/06/07), AARoads (11/29/04), and Kelly Kawamoto (11/7/93).
After Exit 1B, Junction U.S. 101/Central Freeway north, the remaining lanes of westbound Interstate 80 swing southwest, preparing to meet the merging traffic from southbound U.S. 101 via Exit 1A. At that merge point, Interstate 80 ends its westerly journey and joins U.S. 101 en route to San Jose and Los Angeles. For a time, it was considered that Interstate 80 would continue west of here via the unconstructed freeway through Golden Gate Park; fortunately for park denizens, that highway was never built. Photo taken by Andy Field (8/23/03).
Traffic from westbound Interstate 80 merges with southbound U.S. 101/Central Freeway at this point. The freeway turns south, with the next exit being the interchange with Cesar Chavez Street (formerly Army Street). Photo taken by Andy Field (08/28/03).
Perspective from U.S. 101 north
The first indication that U.S. 101 is approaching the western end of transcontinental Interstate 80 is this mileage sign, which is 2.25 miles south of the split. There are two intervening exits: Cesar Chavez Street and Vermont Street. Photo taken by Andy Field (03/19/06).
A second mileage sign featuring Interstate 80 is posted after the Cesar Chavez Street/Potrero Avenue interchange one mile south of the split. There is one intervening exit at Vermont Street (Exit 433A). Omitted from this mileage sign are streets that are reached via the former Central Freeway (semi-secret U.S. 101). Note that the bridges along this stretch are now painted blue rather than yellow. Photos taken by Andy Field (03/19/06) and AARoads (11/29/04).
The left two lanes continue north on U.S. 101/Central Freeway, while the middle lanes connect to Interstate 80 east via Exit 433B. The right two lanes exit only to Seventh Street via Exit 433B. Note that in 2004, U.S. 101 was temporary not signed on the Central Freeway (even though it officially continues onto the Central Freeway); instead, through traffic on U.S. 101 was directed to the Seventh Street exit. Photos taken by Andy Field (03/19/06) and AARoads (11/29/04).
This yellow sign, which features language normally reserved for state highways that cross mountain passes or feature lots of curves, tells the story of U.S. 101 northbound: It departs from the freeway system at Seventh Street, and it follows Seventh Street to Van Ness Avenue, a major route through the city. Van Ness Avenue is six lanes wide, but nearly every major intersection is governed by a traffic signal and is very busy. Trucks are not advised on Van Ness Avenue. Through traffic to the Golden Gate Bridge should take U.S. 101/Van Ness Avenue (or California 1/19th Avenue if possible), but it may be full of traffic at any time. Photo taken by Andy Field (03/19/06).
Northbound U.S. 101 reaches its final exit prior to the Interstate 80 split: Exit 433A, Vermont Avenue. After this offramp, we approach the Interstate 80 split. Even though the signs say that U.S. 101 follows the Seventh Street exit, it really continues silently onto the Central Freeway stub. In order to reduce traffic flowing onto the Central Freeway stub, the signs now point to Seventh Street as an alternative. Photo taken by Andy Field (03/19/06).
The left lane becomes exit only for U.S. 101/Central Freeway north to Van Ness Avenue and the Golden Gate Bridge. The number two lane becomes exit only for Exit 433C, Ninth Street/Civic Center, and the right three lanes will follow Exit 433B, Junction Interstate 80/James Lick Skyway east to Exit 1, Seventh Street. In 2004, the signs were bit different due to the Octavia Boulevard construction project, and through traffic on U.S. 101 was urged to use Seventh Street north. That detour has since ended. In 2004, a standalone Junction Interstate 80 shield was placed on northbound U.S. 101 prior to the interchange, but it is gone now. Photos taken by Andy Field (03/19/06) and AARoads (11/29/04).
The skyline of San Francisco, the "City by the Bay," is framed by these guide signs on northbound U.S. 101 as we approach the Interstate 80 split. Photo taken by Andy Field (03/19/06).
Interstate 80 begins as U.S. 101 north departs to the left. The first exit on Interstate 80 will be Exit 1, Seventh Street. In the early and mid 2000s, U.S. 101 north was temporarily detoured onto Seventh Street due to the Octavia Boulevard construction project. Now that this project has been completed, U.S. 101 is back on the Central Freeway alignment. Use the U.S. 101/Central Freeway north to connect to Mission Street, Dubose Avenue, Octavia Street, Ninth Street, and Market Street as well as the San Francisco Civic Center. Photos taken by Andy Field (03/19/06) and AARoads (11/29/04).
North of the Interstate 80 interchange, U.S. 101 travels north briefly along the Central Freeway toward the Octavia Boulevard exit. The skyline of the City by the Bay spreads across the horizon. This section of U.S. 101 was formerly planned as part of Interstate 80 from when the freeway was proposed to extend west along the Fell Street/Oak Street corridor to Golden Gate Park and a junction with California 1. Some maps of San Francisco from the early 1960s show this brief freeway spur as part of Interstate 80, but by the end of that decade, Interstate 80 was truncated to its current end at U.S. 101. Photo taken by Andy Field (07/06/07).
A lone U.S. 101 north reassurance shield is posted after the Interstate 80 interchange. The signs for the Octavia Boulevard interchange can be seen in the distance. Photo taken by Andy Field (07/06/07).
The left two lanes connect to Octavia Boulevard and Fell Street via Exit 434B, while the right lane becomes exit only for the continuation of U.S. 101. Photo taken by Andy Field (07/06/07).
The Central Freeway comes to an end as the left two lanes depart to Exit 434B, Octavia Boulevard and Fell Street. The right two lanes continue north on U.S. 101, with the left lane of the offramp leading to Duboce Avenue and the right lane following U.S. 101 north onto Mission Avenue. From here, U.S. 101 will follow Mission Avenue and Van Ness Avenue north through the city of San Francisco, then connect to Lombard Street west to the Golden Gate Bridge southern approach. This exit marks the former western terminus of Interstate 80 from the early 1960s before plans for the extension of Interstate 80 west to Golden Gate Bridge were dropped. Photo taken by Andy Field (07/06/07).
Exiting from the Central Freeway, the left lane (Exit 434A) connects to Duboce Avenue, while the right lane turns onto U.S. 101 north/Mission Avenue. A traffic signal governs this very busy intersection. Photos taken by Andy Field (07/06/07).
Perspective from Oak Street east
Now traveling east on Oak Street (part of the one-way couplet formed together with Fell Street), a guide sign for Interstate 80 and U.S. 101 is posted prior to the Octavia Boulevard traffic signal. Photo taken by Andy Field (07/06/07).
Eastbound Oak Street meets Octavia Boulevard at this traffic signal. Turn right (south) onto Octavia Boulevard for the connection to U.S. 101/Central Freeway south to Interstate 80 east. Photo taken by Andy Field (07/06/07).
Perspective from Octavia Boulevard south
In the early 2000s, Octavia Boulevard was being constructed in place of the demolished northernmost segment of Central Freeway. Traveling south on Octavia Boulevard through the new parkway section, a pair of trailblazer shields are posted for Interstate 80 and U.S. 101 after Haight Street and prior to Market Street. Photo taken by Andy Field (07/06/07).
Southbound Octavia Boulevard transitions directly onto the Central Freeway after passing the Market Street intersection. The Central Freeway travels south briefly on its own, then picks up U.S. 101 south. Photo taken by Andy Field (07/06/07).
The incoming lanes from the right are U.S. 101 south. U.S. 101/Central Freeway travels south to connect with Interstate 80. Photo taken by Andy Field (07/06/07).
Perspective from U.S. 101 south
U.S. 101 freeway stub eastbound approaching Interstate 80 eastbound. U.S. 101 turns back to the south at this interchange, overtaking Interstate 80 as the James Lick Freeway. The highway is an important corridor for the West Bay communities of San Bruno, San Mateo, Menlo Park, and Palo Alto. Photos taken by Andy Field (07/06/07 and 10/15/00).
Traffic on the U.S. 101 freeway stub splits between Interstate 80 east and U.S. 101 south in this photograph. There are two Interstate 80 eastbound exits before the freeway ascends to the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge into Alameda County. The off-ramps are located at 7th and 4th Streets. Two miles to the south, another important Interstate connection of U.S. 101 occurs at Interstate 280, the eventual Junipero Serra Freeway southward towards San Jose. The city of Oakland is an eight mile drive to the east across the Bay Bridge. Fortunately tolls are only posted in the westbound direction of that bridge. Photos taken by Andy Field (07/06/07 and 10/15/00).
Perspective from Interstate 80 east
Interstate 80 as it departs from the U.S. 101 Central Freeway interchange. The first mainline exit departs at the right for Seventh Street. The second interchange, and last before Interstate 80 crosses San Francisco Bay, is forthcoming. Photos taken by Andy Field (03/19/06) and AARoads (11/29/04).
After the Central Freeway splits off Interstate 80, the first exit is Exit 1, Seventh Street into San Francisco. The second and final exit on the San Francisco Peninsula is Exit 2, Fourth Street/Embarcadero. This was the former end of California 480, which in the mid-1960s was designated Interstate 480. California 480/Embarcadero Freeway collapsed in the 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake, and it was removed by 1993. A planned connection to Interstate 280, which currently ends near SBC Ballpark, would have met Interstate 80 near that same point, but that final connection was never made. Photos taken by Andy Field (03/19/06) and AARoads (11/29/04).
The right two lanes of eastbound Interstate 80 connect to Exit 1, Junction "To U.S. 101" north/Seventh Street into San Francisco. Note that the far right lane is striped for exit only. The three left lanes continue east along Interstate 80 toward the Bay Bridge. Photos taken by Andy Field (03/19/06) and AARoads (11/29/04).
To the left is the first reassurance shield along eastbound Interstate 80. The backside of this shield can be seen from westbound Interstate 80 traffic. The shield was replaced with a "triangular" Interstate 80 shield between 2004 and 2007. Photos taken by Andy Field (07/06/07) and AARoads (11/29/04).
Eastbound Interstate 80/James Lick Skyway reaches Exit 1, Seventh Street to U.S. 101 north. When comparing the traffic using the Central Freeway offramp and this offramp, the traffic counts don't seem to be comparable. A traffic jam was on the ramp to the Central Freeway (see above), while no one is using this ramp. Photo taken by AARoads (11/29/04).
Continuing east, the final San Francisco offramp is Exit 2, Fourth Street. Due to ongoing construction of the western approach to the Bay Bridge, there is a height restriction for traffic on Interstate 80 east. Photo taken by Andy Field (07/06/07).
The right two lanes become exit only for Exit 2, Fourth Street. From here, Interstate 80 prepares to cross the Bay Bridge en route to Yerba Buena Island and the city of Oakland. Photo taken by Andy Field (07/06/07).
The eastbound lanes follow the lower level of the new western approach to the Bay Bridge. This represents only half of the western approach; the other half is under construction. Photo taken by Andy Field (07/06/07).
The original western approach to the Bay Bridge, which is now gone, can still be seen in 2006 in this spring photo. Old style concrete bridge railing and the two porcelain enamel Interstate 80 pull through signs are now gone, and they have been replaced with the lower deck shown in the photo above. However, work on this area is still underway, so further changes are likely. Photos taken by Andy Field (03/19/06).
Eastern Terminus - Interstate 95 - Ridgefield Park, New Jersey
Perspective from Interstate 95/New Jersey Turnpike (eastern branch) north
Interstate 95/New Jersey Turnpike splits into two segments between Interstate 280 and U.S. 46 in northeastern New Jersey. The eastern branch provides a connection to New Jersey 495/Lincoln Tunnel, then connects to Interstate 80 west. Photo taken by AARoads (08/29/05).
Northbound Interstate 95/New Jersey Turnpike (eastern branch) reaches Exit 16E, Junction New Jersey 3 northwest to Clinton and Junction New Jersey 495 east to the Lincoln Tunnel. Note the absence of New Jersey 495 shields on the turnpike mainline. Photo taken by AARoads (08/29/05).
A third set of shields for the Lincoln Tunnel interchange (Exit 16E) is posted on northbound Interstate 95/New Jersey Turnpike. The exit is two lanes. Photo taken by AARoads (08/29/05).
Looking at the exit lanes from the Interstate 95/New Jersey Turnpike mainline after the toll plaza, a single New Jersey 495 shield is posted on a roadside sign with the control city of Lincoln Tunnel. New Jersey 3 travels northeast toward Clinton from here, while New Jersey 495 aims for Midtown Manhattan. Photo taken by AARoads (08/29/05).
After the Lincoln Tunnel interchange and prior to the Vince Lombardi Service Area, the left lane of the eastern branch becomes exit only for the connection to Interstate 80 west to Hackensack and Paterson, while the right lanes continue north on Interstate 95. Signage along the New Jersey Turnpike is unique in that it features "flip-able" panels. These types of signs can be changed to display differing routes and control points depending on traffic flows, patterns, or construction as needed. This particular sign bridge faces northbound Interstate 95 travelers as the New Jersey Turnpike prepares to come to an end at U.S. 46. U.S. 46, Exit 18E/W of the Turnpike, is approximately one mile to the north. This particular set of signs saw replacement by the end of 2000. Photos taken by AARoads (08/29/05) and Alex Nitzman (3/00).
After the Vince Lombardi Service Area, the left two lanes of northbound Interstate 95/New Jersey Turnpike (eastern branch) provide access to Interstate 80 west, while the right two lanes continue north to U.S. 46 and the George Washington Bridge. Photo taken by AARoads (08/29/05).
Perspective from Interstate 95/New Jersey Turnpike (western branch) north
The New Jersey Turnpike sees a split in roadways between Kearny northward to the northern terminus. The turnpike split allows traffic to disperse between a western branch that serves Clifton and through travel needs (to Interstate 80 and the George Washington Bridge) and an eastern branch that links the Turnpike with New Jersey 495 and the Lincoln Tunnel at Union City and Secaucus. This dated overhead used to guide northbound Interstate 95 motorists onto the western branch of the Turnpike. Traffic destined for Interstate 80 west, U.S. 46 between Fort Lee and Ridgefield Park, or the George Washington Bridge of Interstate 95 is advised to take the western branch of the Turnpike. This sign was replaced. Vidcap taken by Alex Nitzman (08/93).
Perspective from Interstate 95/New Jersey Turnpike north
The exit "ramp" to Interstate 80 is two lanes wide and follows Interstate 95 north past the U.S. 46 interchange (which is the final exit for the New Jersey Turnpike). Photo taken by AARoads (08/29/05).
The last exit of the New Jersey Turnpike proper for U.S. 46, one mile south of Interstate 80. U.S. 46 branches eastward as a limited access highway to U.S. 1 and 9 at Fort Lee. Westbound, U.S. 46 crosses the Hackensack River into Ridgefield Park before encountering Hackensack itself at Interstate 80. Incidentally, the button copy sign to the right and flip-able sign to the left also saw replacement by late 2000. Photo taken by Alex Nitzman (3/00).
As seen from the transition "ramp" to Interstate 80 west, northbound Interstate 95 meets U.S. 46 at this offramp. This is the final exit for the New Jersey Turnpike; for a short duration north of here, Interstate 95 is a free road (at least until the George Washington Bridge, which is tolled). Photo taken by AARoads (08/29/05).
A small roadside sign advises that through traffic to Interstate 80 should choose LOCAL lanes (right) or EXPRESS lanes (left lane). Photo taken by AARoads (08/29/05).
Use the left lane to follow Interstate 80 express lanes west to Paterson and the right lane to follow Interstate 80 local lanes west to Hackensack. Photo taken by AARoads (08/29/05).
Meanwhile, over in the main lanes, signage for through Interstate 95 traffic presents a similar choice: upper deck (express) or lower deck (local, to Interstate 87) over the George Washington Bridge. Photo taken by AARoads (08/29/05).
Local and express configurations are identified for both Interstate 80 and Interstate 95 as the split between the two major Interstate routes approaches. Photo taken by AARoads (08/29/05).
Traffic for Interstate 80 turns west, while traffic for Interstate 95 turns east. Photo taken by AARoads (08/29/05).
Turning west, the left lane connects to the express lanes, while the right lane connects to the local lanes. This marks the beginning of transcontinental Interstate 80. Photo taken by AARoads (08/29/05).
Perspective from Interstate 95 south
Interstate 95 southbound, as it departs from the George Washington Bridge into New Jersey, encounters several exits in a short span. Before Interstate 95 encounters Interstate 80 and the New Jersey Turnpike, exits for U.S. 1, 9, 9W, 46 and New Jersey Routes 4 and 67 are in place. This photograph looks at the original button copy signage over Interstate 95 declaring that Interstate 80, the Garden State Parkway, and New Jersey Turnpike are accessible ahead. This sign saw replacement by late 2000 (see next photograph). Photo taken by Jim K. Georges (07/98).
Interstate 95 southbound at the same overpass Pictured in the above photograph. New reflective signage shows a diagram depicting the exit orientation of Interstate 95 Express versus Local. Traffic bound for Fort Lee, Englewood, and other area communities must utilize Interstate 95 Local. There is no access to U.S. 1, 9, 46 or New Jersey 4 from Interstate 95 Express. Also visible in this photograph, though partially cut-off, is the exit signage for the southern terminus of U.S. 9W and New Jersey 67. This first New Jersey exit for Interstate 95 travelers connects with the Palisades Interstate Parkway as well. The limited access highway provides a scenic drive between Fort Lee and Interstate 87/287 near New City, New York. Interstate 80 is accessible from both Interstate 95 Local and Express. Photo taken by Douglas Kerr (11/25/01).
Original button copy signage on Interstate 95 southbound in advance of the Express/Local split. These trapezoidal type signs used to be found throughout Interstate 95 from Fort Lee eastward onto the Cross-Bronx Expressway. Very few remain however, as this one like many others, saw replacement. Note also how New Jersey 17 was slipped almost conspicuously onto the left-hand panel. New Jersey 17 is an extension of the lengthy New York 17 that stretches throughout the Southern Tier of New York State. The state highway intersects Interstate 80 at Exit 64, four miles after Interstate 80 begins. Photo taken by Jim K. Georges (07/99).
Nearing the Interstate 95 Express/Local split is this last advance guide signage. The Express/Local system is designed to allow through traffic minimal interference from on and off-ramps and the merging traffic that they create. Therefore, the Express lanes only see interchanges at major junctions (such as the Garden State Parkway). There are four segments of Local/Express systems used in the Garden State. Photo taken by Jim K. Georges (07/99).
Interstate 95 and New Jersey 4 overhead signage on Interstate 95 Local southbound. These newer signs use the New Jersey Turnpike style format with the Exit number enclosed within the guide sign itself (instead of being posted above the guide sign on a separate panel). Note also that between Fort Lee and Interstate 80, Interstate 95 appears to use Interstate 80 mileage based exit numbers. This is actually not the case, as the numbers are in coincidence with Interstate 80 mileage to the Pennsylvania state line at the Delaware Water Gap. The actual mileage for the exit numbers is tabulated using the never built Interstate 95 alignment between Princeton and New Brunswick. Photo taken by Douglas Kerr (07/00).
This sign bridge shows signage for a slip ramp to Interstate 95 Express from Interstate 95 Local southbound. Ramps such as this allow traffic that enters Interstate 95 Local the accessibility to move over to the Express lanes. Vidcap taken by Alex Nitzman (08/93).
After passing the U.S. 1/9/46 and New Jersey 4 confluence, Interstate 95 Express and Local prepare to encounter Interstate 80. The lanes themselves become Interstate 80 Express and Local westbound. The lanes for Interstate 80 are signed as Exit 69 from Interstate 95, one mile higher than the mileage of Interstate 80 to the Pennsylvania state line (last exit on Interstate 80 eastbound is Exit 68A/B). Photo taken by Jim K. Georges (07/98).
Another set of Interstate 80 west and Interstate 95 south/Exit 69 guide signs. These are placed over the Interstate 95 Express lanes southbound. Note the connections to U.S. 46 (first exit on Interstate 95 southbound beyond Interstate 80) and the Garden State Parkway (Exit 62 of Interstate 80). The use of the control point "The Ridgefields" is common in Northern New Jersey. This meaning that "The Ridgefields" refers to each incantation of Ridgefield the same way that "The Amboys" and "The Oranges" are used for the New Jersey 440 and Interstate 78 respective guide signage. Photo taken by Jim K. Georges (7/99).
Perspective from Interstate 80 east
Several miles to the west of the Interstate 80 terminus, the freeway eastbound splits between Express and Local lanes. The Express version of Interstate 80 sees no exits between the split and Interstate 95. This setup is also used on Interstate 76 in Camden, Interstate 78 through Newark, and continues from Interstate 80 onto Interstate 95 (considered separate because of the designation switch from Interstate 80) to Fort Lee. Photo taken by AARoads (08/29/05).
Although still six miles away from Interstate 95, Interstate 80 Local guide signage includes Interstate 95 and New Jersey Turnpike trailblazers throughout. This photograph looks at eastbound at Exit 62B at the Fair Lawn/Lodi exit. New Jersey 17 is added to the left-hand guide signage because of the approximately to the state route (Exit 64). Photo taken by AARoads (08/29/05).
Even at local/express crossover ramps, Interstate 80 guide signage includes Interstate 95 and New Jersey Turnpike trailblazers throughout. These signs are located prior to Exit 63, To New Jersey 17. Photo taken by AARoads (08/29/05).
Interstate 80 Local eastbound as it nears Exit 68A for Interstate 95 southbound. Similar to the format on the Local lanes, the continuation of Interstate 80 eastbound into Interstate 95 northbound is shown as Exit 68B, although motorists never actually exit. Photo taken by AARoads (08/29/05).
One-half mile to the west of the actual terminus, an Interstate 80 ends/Interstate 95 begins panel is in place. NJDOT uses this format commonly throughout the Garden State when one route designation ends at another. The south end of Interstate 676 sees an example of this type of sign. Photo taken by AARoads (08/29/05).
View of signage for Interstate 95, New Jersey Turnpike, and U.S. 46 located in express lanes as seen from local lanes of Interstate 80. Photo taken by AARoads (08/29/05).
The split of Interstate 95 bound traffic between Exits 68A and B marks the eastern end of Interstate 80 after a 2,900 mile plus journey across 11 states. The first New York City exit is just five miles to the east. For Interstate 80 Express motorists, Exit 68A is the last chance to exit in the state of New Jersey, as there are no exits between here and New York City. Photo taken by AARoads (08/29/05).
Traffic that does not exit onto Interstate 95 south/Exit 68A is defaulted onto Interstate 95 northbound (Exit 68B). Interstate 95 continues the Express/Local system, so traffic still may exit between here and the George Washington Bridge. The bridge itself is four miles to the east. Photo taken by AARoads (08/29/05).
Interstate 80 (local lanes) concludes as Interstate 95 north and south split ahead; the left three lanes follow Interstate 95 toward the George Washington Bridge. Traffic on the Interstate 80 Express lanes sees Exit 68A as the last New Jersey exit and thus continues unabated to the George Washington Bridge. U.S. 46, shown on every Exit 68A guide sign, represents the only exit between Interstate 80 and the New Jersey Turnpike on Interstate 95 southbound. Photo taken by AARoads (08/29/05).
Perspective from Fort Lee area roads
Traffic entering Fort Lee from U.S. 9W or the Palisades Interstate Parkway is made aware for the approximately of Interstate 80 often. This button copy guide sign, attached to a traffic light mast arm, directs traffic onto Interstate 95 southbound near the vicinity of the southern terminus of U.S. 9W. Vidcap taken by Alex Nitzman (10/93).
Situated on Fort Lee Road westbound through Overpeck County Park, this set of Interstate 80 and 95 shields directs traffic onto the Interstate 95 southbound ramp at Exit 70. The next southbound exit of Interstate 95 is with the eastern terminus of Interstate 80, hence the "Junction" tab is placed on the assembly. Photo taken by Alex Nitzman (03/15/00).
Historical Interstate 80N Eastern Terminus - Interstate 80 - Echo Junction, Utah
Perspective from Interstate 80 west
Prior to 1980, the Western Interstate 84 was known as Interstate 80N. This photo shows the button copy signage in place prior to this change. Photo taken by Michael Summa, 1976.


  1. Ryan Wanek, personal email, "Update to I-80 page on," 12/09/04 and the official Nebraska Department of Roads webpage
  2. Iowa Interstate - 50th Anniversary (web site no longer online)
  3. Tri-State Tollway: Interstate 294 South Reconstruction - official site
  4. Kingery Expressway Reconstruction - official site
  5. Borman Expressway Reconstruction - official site
  6. Ohio Turnpike History - official site
  7. Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Eisenhower Interstate Highway System: Previous Interstate Facts of the Day by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).
  8. California Celebrates 50 Years of the Interstate Highway System by Caltrans (California Department of Transportation).
  9. Images of America: The Bay Bridge by Paul C. Trimble and John C. Alioto, Jr., Arcadia Publishing, 2004.
  10. Encyclopedia of Chicago: Expressways by Dennis McClendon of the Chicago Historical Society
  11. Encyclopedia of Chicago: Tollways by David M. Young of the Chicago Historical Society
  12. Ryan Wanek, personal email, "Re: More Updates from Nebraska," 12/19/06
  13. "Completion of I-80's western leg is pushed to 2037." Omaha World-Herald, December 18, 2006
  14. "Photofiles: Interstate 80 dedication in 1961." Journal Star (Lincoln, NE), November 7, 2013.
  15. "I-80 Construction Project Almost Done." WOWT (Omaha, NE), November 5, 2013.

Page Updated November 13, 2013.


State California
Mileage 199.24
Cities San Francisco, Oakland, El Cerrito, Pinole, Vallejo, Fairfield, Vacaville, Davis, Sacramento, Auburn, Truckee
Junctions Interstate 880, Interstate 580, Interstate 780, Interstate 680, Interstate 305, Interstate 5
State Nevada
Mileage 410.67
Cities Verdi, Reno, Sparks, Fernley, Lovelock, Winnemucca, Battle Mountain, Carlin, Elko, Wendover
Junctions Interstate 580
State Utah
Mileage 196.34*
Cities Salt Lake City, Park City, Echo
Junctions Interstate 215, Interstate 15, Interstate 15, Interstate 215, Interstate 84
State Wyoming
Mileage 402.76
Cities Evanston, Lyman, Green River, Rock Springs, Rawlins, Laramie, Cheyenne, Pine Bluffs
Junctions Interstate 25, Interstate 180
State Nebraska
Mileage 455.32
Cities Kimball, Sidney, Ogallala, North Platte, Lexington, Kearney, Grand Island, Seward, York, Lincoln, Omaha
Junctions Interstate 76, Interstate 180, Interstate 680, Interstate 480
State Iowa
Mileage 303.23#
Cities Council Bluffs, Des Moines, Newton, Iowa City, Davenport
Junctions Interstate 29, Interstate 29, Interstate 680, Interstate 35/Interstate 235, Interstate 35/Interstate 235, Interstate 380, Interstate 280, Interstate 74
State Illinois
Mileage 163.52
Cities Moline, Genesco, Princeton, La Salle, Ottawa, Morris, Joliet, Chicago
Junctions Interstate 88, Interstate 74/Interstate 280, Interstate 180, Interstate 39, Interstate 55, Interstate 294, Interstate 94
State Indiana
Mileage 151.56
Cities Hammond, Gary, South Bend, Elkhart
Junctions Interstate 65, Interstate 90/Interstate 94
State Ohio
Mileage 237.48
Cities Toledo, Elyria, Cleveland, Youngstown
Junctions Interstate 475, Interstate 75, Interstate 280, Interstate 90, Interstate 480, Interstate 71, Interstate 77, Interstate 271, Interstate 480, Interstate 76, Interstate 680
State Pennsylvania
Mileage 311.07
Cities Sharon, Mercer, Clarion, Dubois, Milton, Bloomsburg, Stroudsburg
Junctions Interstate 79, Future Interstate 99, Interstate 180, Interstate 81, Interstate 380
State New Jersey
Mileage 68.35
Cities Paterson, Hackensack, Tenneck
Junctions Interstate 287, Interstate 280, Garden State Parkway, Interstate 95
TOTAL 2,899.54
Source: December 31, 2014 Interstate Route Log and Finders List
* - 3.31 miles on I-15, # - 14.29 miles on I-35
Interstate 80 Annual Average Daily Traffic

State Location AADT Composite Year
California San Francisco 276,000 2002
California Oakland 280,000 2002
California Vallejo 147,000 2002
California Sacramento 138,000 2002
California Truckee 14,600 2002
Nevada Reno 117,835 2001
Nevada Elko 9,915 2001
Nevada Pequop 4,640 2001
Utah Wendover 6,081 2002
Utah Salt Lake City 219,021 2002
Wyoming Rock Springs 26,115 2002
Wyoming Laramie 19,440 2002
Wyoming Cheyenne 19,370 2002
Wyoming Pine Bluffs 12,950 2002
Nebraska Chappell 7,186 2002
Nebraska Lincoln 32,965 2002
Nebraska Omaha 158,153 2002
Indiana Hammond 165,590 2002
Indiana South Bend 25,600 2002
Pennsylvania Sharon 30,000 2002
Pennsylvania Clearfield 32,000 2002
Pennsylvania Snow Shoe 21,000 2002
Pennsylvania Bloomsburg 36,000 2002
Pennsylvania Stroudsburg 67,000 2002
Source: Caltrans, Traffic Operations Program - Traffic and Vehicle Data Systems [2002]
The Annual Traffic Report [2001] (Nevada Department of Transportation)
Utah Department of Transportation - Traffic on Utah's Highways 2001
2002 Wyoming Vehicle Mile Book (WYDOT)
2002 Traffic Flow Map of the State Highways (State of Nebraska)
INDOT 2000 Annual Average Daily Traffic Volumes Map
Pennsylvania Traffic Volumes 2002 (Penndot)
Complete Interstate 80 AADT data.

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