Interstate 15


Interstate 15 Utah 

History
North End
South End

Overview

Joining the desert southwest with the intermountain west, Interstate 15 provides a major link between the interior of Canada, several transcontinental  corridors, Southern California, and Mexico. Travelers westbound on I-40, I-70 and I-80 may easily transition onto southbound I-15 to connect to Las Vegas, Los Angeles, San Diego and International Destinations in Mexico. Between these destinations, I-15 is an extremely busy highway, frequently backing up on holiday weekends in the Mojave Desert.

Originating within Mission Valley in San Diego, Interstate 15 leads north through Murphy Canyon to Miramar Naval Air Station and Kearny Mesa as a busy commuter route to Poway, Rancho Bernardo and Escondido. This stretch includes HOT lanes (Interstate 15 Express Lanes) running between the north and southbound main lines.

Continuing through the North County area of San Diego, I-15 reaches Riverside County and Temecula Valley. There the route splits with Interstate 215 (former I-15E) at Murrieta. I-215 ventures north through Menifee Valley to Perris and San Bernardino while I-15 stays west through Temecula Valley to Lake Elsinore, El Cerrito and Corona. Interstate 15 turns northeastward at Rancho Cucamonga to reconvene with I-215 at Cajon Canyon and Devore.

The freeway meanders north through Cajon Canyon between the San Gabriel and San Bernardino Mountains. Historic U.S. 66 parallels this stretch, with portions still drivable to Cajon. A wide roadway split ensues north of Alray to Cajon Summit, with I-15 straightening out northeast to Apple Valley and Victorville.

Long straight aways become the norm as Interstate 15 advances northeast to Barstow and across the Mojave Desert. Some elevation changes remain along the route, such as where the freeway drops into Cronise Valley or passes between the Soda Mountains. Travelers traverse the dry bed of Ivanpah Lake before crossing the Clark County line into Nevada.

Heading more northerly, Interstate 15 progresses through Ivanpah Valley by the dry Roach Lake between Primm on the state line and Jean. Heavy traffic is common along this stretch during weekends with traffic running between Los Angeles and Las Vegas. I-15 curves northward again into Paradise Valley and the south suburbs of Las Vegas. The freeway increases in both traffic and capacity, eventually reaching the Las Vegas Strip while en route to Downtown.

Beyond North Las Vegas, I-15 turns more easterly again by Nellis Air Force Base and Las Vegas Motor Speedway to exit the Las Vegas metropolitan area for the trek to Dry Lake Valley, Mormon Mesa and Mesquite near the Arizona state line. A short but scenic stretch through Arizona ensues, with I-15 winding through Virgin River Gorge between the Beaver Dam and Virgin Mountains.

Interstate 15 enters Utah at Big Valley and quickly approaches the growing city of St. George. St. George includes a Business Loop for I-15, which serves the city center to the north and west of the freeway. Northeast from there, I-15 parallels the Hurricane Cliffs to Cedar City and Parowan. The route leaves Parowan Valley to kink northward through Nevershine Hollow east of the South Hills.

Smaller cities in Utah along I-15 include Beaver, Fillmore, Holden, Scipio and Nephi as the freeway varies in terrain through valley, canyon and hillsides. North of Juab Valley, Interstate 15 lowers into an agricultural area through a series of cities starting with Santaquin and culminating with Provo and Orem. The freeway stays in urban or suburban settings for the majority of the drive northward into Salt Lake City and Ogden. Overlaps along the route include ones with I-80 and I-84.

I-15 and I-84 separate at Tremonton through Bear River Valley, with I-15 staying east of the West Hills through Malad Valley into Idaho. The freeway angles northeast across the Bannock Range into Marsh Valley ahead of Pocatello. Advancing from there, I-15 parallels the Snake River through mostly agricultural areas to Idaho Falls. Sparsely populated lands lie north from there as the freeway extends to Targhee National Forest and the ascent to the Continental Divide and Montana.

The bulk of the route through Montana directly overlaid U.S. 91. Interstate 15 varies between mountainous terrain and plateaus with farmland to Silver Bow. An eight-mile overlap takes I-15 along side Interstate 90 east to Butte. The freeway resumes a northern heading on the east side of the city through Deerlodge National Forest.

A winding stretch takes I-15 east to Boulder and Boulder Valley, where the route straightens out and again turns north to the capital city of Helena. Interstate 15 follows the course of the Missouri River from east of Wolf Creek to Chestnut Valley and Great Falls. There hidden I-315 spurs into the city. A northwestern turn then takes I-15 from Great Falls to Vaughn. The remainder of the route is rural, as the freeway traverses Teton Ridge en route to Shelby, Sweetgrass and the Canadian Border.

High Priority Corridor

Interstate 15 from San Diego to Mesquite, Nevada via the Inland Empire and Las Vegas is part of High Priority Corridor 16 and 70: Economic Lifeline Corridor. The section of I-15 from Las Vegas to Sweetgrass, Montana, is part of High Priority Corridor 26: CANAMEX Corridor. Between Great Falls and Sweetgrass, the freeway is also part of High Priority Corridor 27: Camino Real.

Parallel U.S. Routes

Between San Diego and Temecula, Interstate 15 replaced U.S. 395. U.S. 395 largely still exists today as a busy expressway route from Hesperia north to Mammoth Lakes, Reno and Spokane, Washington. Remnant original sections of U.S. 395 in San Diego County are readily apparent along the Cabrillo Freeway (now California State Route 163), Kearny Villa Road, Pomerado Road, Old Highway 395 and Rainbow-Temecula Road. At Temecula, Interstate 15 follows old SR 71 to Corona and SR 31 northward to Devore (I-215).

For much of its course, Interstate 15 replaced U.S. 91 (and U.S. 466), which used to provide the most direct route from Los Angeles to Las Vegas. I-15 meets old U.S. 91 (and U.S. 66-395) at Devore; the three routes were replaced by Interstate 15 over Cajon Pass. While U.S. 395 splits off at Hesperia and old U.S. 66 splits east at Barstow, I-15 parallels U.S. 91 for the remainder of its route northward. With the completion of the freeway through California, Nevada, Arizona, and Utah, U.S. 91 was relegated to frontage road status. Since western states generally do not maintain frontage or parallel service roads as state highways, U.S. 91 was decommissioned.

Sections of old U.S. 91 are appear periodically along Interstate 15, both along the business loops through small and mid-sized cities and as frontage roads. One large extant segment of Old U.S. 91 bypasses Virgin River Gorge to the west in the vicinity of Arizona and Utah. For the brief portion of U.S. 91 between Ogden and Twin Falls, Interstate 15 actually replaced an earlier version of U.S. 191. As a result, this tiny section is all that remains of U.S. 91; U.S. 91 has also been completely decommissioned in Montana.

History

Prior to 1969, Interstate 15 ended at I-10 in San Bernardino, following what is now the northern extent of I-215. Photo scanned from the California Department of Public Works Biennial Report by Joel Windmiller.

Through Southern California, I-15 was originally proposed southward only to Interstate 10 in the San Bernardino vicinity. Extension of the route south to San Diego was included in the 1,500 mile Interstate system expansion legislation of 1968. This was confirmed by AASHO on June 24, 1969. The extension superseded the southernmost extent of U.S. 395.

The bulk of Interstate 15 through California was constructed in the 1970s, with exceptions being across the Mojave Desert, where the freeway was constructed as early as 1961 from East Baker (Exit 248) to Cima Road (Exit 272). Through San Bernardino and Rancho Cucamonga, the route of I-215 defaulted as the mainline of I-15 until the section from SR 91 to SR 60 opened to traffic on February 28, 1989. A surface route, SR 31, was labeled as TEMP I-15 until that time.

Interstate 15 and I-15E

The initial planned alignment for I-15 took the route directly south from the junction with I-10 at Colton on the ridge between Reche Canyon and Pigeon Pass and then descend from the Box Springs Mountains near the present eastbound split of Interstate 215 and SR 60 to overtake U.S. 395 south from March AFB. This proposal was short lived due to the presence of unstable compressed sandstone. Instead the freeway was rerouted to the west through less rocky terrain. Diverging from U.S. 395 between Grand Terrace and Highgrove, the proposed route shifted southeast of Iowa Avenue to follow a Santa Fe Railroad line along the base of the Box Springs Mountains to the east of the University of California, Riverside (UCR) campus. The alignment converged with U.S. 395 and SR 60 juts north of the present route split of I-215 and SR 60 in Moreno Valley. Potential impacts to the UCR community led to the cancellation of this proposal by 1969 as well.1

Having been bypassed by the new alignment of Interstate 15, the cities of Riverside and San Bernardino voiced concerns citing negative impacts to development plans. Officials countered with a plan to renumber the western route as Interstate 15W while recommissioning the U.S. 395 alignment (which was redesignated as SR 194) as I-15E, despite it not being an Interstate highway. AASHTO provided the option to retain Interstate status on U.S. 395 through San Bernardino until the Ontario-Devore segment of new I-15 could be completed. They approved I-15E as a temporary designation for the route southeast from Devore to I-10 and it was posted by late 1972.1

These actions benefited San Bernardino but still omitted Riverside. Objections from the city for being left off the Interstate system coincided with 1973 legislation passed that introduced chargeable/not chargeable mileage for Interstate construction. This opened the door extending I-15E south along U.S. 395 to the new I-15 route at Murrieta as a nonchargeable route. With backing from the local Congressional delegation, I-15E was signed in place of U.S. 395 south to the California 60 split at Moreno Valley by spring 1974. The remainder of the route south to Murrieta was posted as Temporary I-15E by mid-1975, and SR 71 south from there as Temporary I-15.1

District 8 planners devised an alternate route in 1970 along the proposed SR 31 freeway. With significantly less impacts, the alignment extended north from Corona through eastern Ontario and northeast around the Lower Lytle Creek Range to meet Interstate 15 at Devore in Cajon Canyon. The reroute of I-15 to the west shaved about 23 minutes off the Los Angeles to Las Vegas routing by eliminating the loop east into San Bernandino. The south end of SR 31 also tied into the proposed SR 71 freeway south of Corona, ten miles of which was already constructed to Lake Elsinore. Overall the western alignment of I-15 was ten miles longer than the planned course south of San Bernardino, but was otherwise well received. The Division of Highways pursued the SR 31 option by mid-1970, leading to FHWA concurrence by fall of that year.1

FHWA initially raised an object to the new SR 31 alignment for I-15 related to the preexisting Interstate 15 southeast from Devore to I-10 at Sen Bernandino. It was thought that the section previously received chargeable Interstate funds, but a perusal of records indicated that the segment between I-10 and 5th Street (U.S. 66) commenced construction in early 1956, a year prior to the first distribution of Interstate funds. Only the segment north of there was part of chargeable construction. Negotiations between the state and FHWA led to an agreement where California would wave any rights to Interstate maintenance or construction funds for the old I-15 segment between Devore and I-10 in exchange for full funding of the new alignment using the SR 31 and SR 71 corridor. Construction followed in spring 1971 on the systems interchange at Devore and initial alignment leading southwest.1

Route Information

  • North End – Sweetgrass, MT

  • South End – San Diego, CA

  • Branch Routes – 6

  • Total Mileage – 1,433.52

Mileage

California – 287.26

  • Cities – San Diego, Escondido, Corona, Riverside, San Bernardino, Victorville, Barstow

  • Junctions

Nevada – 123.77

  • Cities – Las Vegas

  • Junctions

Arizona – 29.39

  • Cities – none

  • Junctions – none

Utah – 401.07

  • Cities – St. George, Cedar City, Spanish Fork, Provo, Orem, American Fork, Salt Lake City, Ogden, Brigham City

  • Junctions

Idaho – 196.00

  • Cities – Pocatello, Blackfoot, Idaho Falls

  • Junctions

Montana – 396.03

  • Cities – Butte, Helena, Great Falls
  • Junctions

Source: December 31, 2018 Interstate Route Log and Finders List

I-15 Annual Average Daily Traffic (AADT)

San Bernandino, CA - 1969
1969 map showing Interstate 15 ending at I-10 in San Bernardino.

Intestate 15 was temporarily routed through San Bernardino as TEMP I-15 along side completed portions of I-15E freeway and the U.S. 395 expressway.

Southern Nevada - 1962
Interstate 15 was completed from the California state line to Sloan (Exit 25) and between Lake Valley and Crystal (Exit 75) by 1962 in southern Nevada.

U.S. 466 was decommissioned through both California and Nevada in 1972. U.S. 91 followed suit and was truncated south of Brigham City, Utah in 1974.

Las Vegas, NV - 1968
The final stretch of Interstate 15 completed in Nevada ran north from Charleston Boulevard (Exit 41) and Downtown Las Vegas to Lamb Boulevard (Exit 50).

Las Vegas Boulevard is the former alignment of U.S. 91/466. It was also incorporated as a Business Loop for I-15 and later as the route of Nevada Route 604. The famous roadway is now locally maintained and unnumbered south of Owens Avenue and the North Las Vegas city line.

I-15 south / I-80 east - Salt Lake City, UT
Interstates 15 south and I-80 east overlap between South Salt Lake and Downtown Salt Lake City. The cosigned freeway includes c/d roadways separating local traffic movements from the mainline in both directions. Photo taken 08/05/13.
Central Montana - 1985
The final portion of Interstate 15 completed in Montana is the section between Elk Park (Exit 138) and Fuller (Exit 160). 1985 Montana Official Highway Map

Interstate 15 was built directly over old U.S. 91 through much of Montana. Super-two sections of freeway were used to the 1980s on some portions. This was a common occurrence throughout the Rocky Mountain states along Interstates 70 and 90.

Renumbering Interstate 15E was proposed circa 1979 by Caltrans. The state opted for 215, which was previously applied to an urban surface-street connector in Pomona until its deletion in 1965. AASHTO concurred and approved of the redesignation of I-15E to I-215 on June 28, 1982. During that time, the route was mostly limited access, with at-grade intersections remaining between Sun City and Perris and from Perris to SR 60. Temporary Interstate signs were no longer used by then and instead the non-freeway portions were signed with trailblazers for I-215 along northbound and with SR 215 shields southbound.1

For more details and a time line of the Interstate 15 history in the Golden State, see the California Guide on AARoads.

California State Route 15

Wabash Boulevard was the predecessor to SR 15 near the Barrio Logan community in San Diego. The boulevard was constructed to older freeway standards by the City of San Diego as a route between the Naval Center at 32nd Street and Mid-City. The freeway was initially not a part of the state highway system.

Following the extension of Interstate 15 south into San Diego County, Wabash Boulevard was considered as the southernmost segment of the route. Known by most locals as “the 15”, Wabash Boulevard was eventually upgraded to Interstate standards between I-5 and SR 94 through the removal of some on-ramps and addition of longer acceleration ramps.

Nevada

For more on the Interstate 15 background in the Silver State, see the AARoads Guide for Interstate 15 Nevada.

Arizona

Interstate 15 through the Virgin River Gorge in Arizona opened to traffic on December 14, 1973. The final section of I-15 completed was the bypass of Plymouth, Utah, which opened to traffic on November 20, 1990.2

Utah

Costing $1.59 million in funds, a major overhaul of the 30-year old Salt Lake City Interstate system kicked off in April 1997. 17 miles of freeway were modernized, with I-15 expanded to eight overall lanes including an HOV lane in each direction. Interchanges at each end of the overlap with I-80 were also upgraded and all bridges and overpasses in the project area were replaced. Work was completed on May 14, 2001 in preparation for the 2002 Olympic Winter Games.3

See the AARoads Guide for Interstate 15 Utah for historical dates on the original freeway construction in the Beehive State.

Idaho

The second suffixed route for Interstate 15 linked Pocatello with American Falls and I-80N near Rupert to the west. Signed as Interstate 15W, this was renumbered as the Western I-86 as approved by AASHTO on July 6, 1977.

Montana

The first Interstate project contracted in the Treasure State by the Montana Highway Commission was the five mile section of I-15 between Monida and Lima. Work on the freeway through Wolf Creek Canyon commenced in 1961. Overall construction of Interstate 15 in Montana wrapped up in 1988 with expansion of the two-lane freeway along a seven mile section south of Dillon.4

Future Plans

Currently, the official southern terminus of Interstate 15 is at the exchange with I-8 in San Diego (Mission Valley) near SDCCU Stadium. For many years, the freeway south of Interstate 8 was incomplete, with California State Route 15 following 40th Street, a city street, through the Mid-City of San Diego. With the completion of the SR 15 Freeway in January 2001, Interstate 15 is planned for extension to meet I-5 in Barrio Logan. However, this redesignation has not occurred due to the substandard nature of the SR 15 / 94 interchange. This interchange may be reconstructed as part of a project to add Express Lanes along SR 94. Alternative 1 of the Express Lanes project includes the replacement of left side freeway-to-freeway connectors at the SR 94/SR 15 interchange with connections from the right side. If approved, the project completion date is slated for 2025. This was revised from 2020 on the February 2015 Project Fact Sheet. Plans previously called for upgrading this interchange, along with the removal of left exits and blind merges, by 2008 and later beyond 2010.

A transit corridor under construction along the freeway median of SR 15 in San Diego included sign replacements made by June 2016. The new signs continue to reference the freeway as a state route:

It appears California's SR 15 is not converting to Interstate 15 anytime soon. Here are some recent sign installations…

Posted by AARoads on Sunday, July 10, 2016

North End – International Border – Sweetgrass, Montana

I-15 north

I-15 north at Sweetgrass, MT

The final exit from Interstate 15 north joins the freeway end with 3rd Avenue in Sweetgrass. 07/06/16

I-15 north at Sweetgrass, MT

One half mile ahead of the Canadian port of entry along Interstate 15 north. Speed limits reduce from 80 to 55 than 45 miles per hour as the freeway enters Sweetgrass. 07/06/16

I-15 north at Sweetgrass, MT

The folded diamond interchange (Exit 397) with 3rd Avenue lies opposite the customs station in Sweetgrass. 3rd Avenue connects I-15 with a U.S.D.A. Animal Inspection Station and an agricultural business to the east and the Sweet Grass street grid to the west. 07/06/16

I-15 north at Sweetgrass, MT

Exit 397 provides the final departure point, or turn back, for I-15 north in the United States. 07/06/16

I-15 north at Sweetgrass, MT

Motorists continuing beyond the Exit 397 gore point immediately enter the Coutts, Alberta customs station. A pair of freeway ends and leaving Montana signs appear at the 3rd Avenue overpass. 07/06/16

I-15 north at Sweetgrass, MT

Looking at the customs station for Interstate 15 north from 3rd Avenue in Sweetgrass. Alberta Highway 4 begins ahead and travels 64 miles northwest as an at-grade expressway to Highway 3 in Lethbridge. 07/06/16

3rd Avenue east at I-15

3rd Ave east at I-15 - Sweetgrass, MT

3rd Avenue connects Loop Road (S-214) with 2nd Avenue and the first southbound on-ramp for Interstate 15. 07/06/16

3rd Ave east at I-15 - Sweetgrass, MT

3rd Avenue dog legs east at 2nd Street to cross over Interstate 15 ahead of the loop ramp for Alberta Highway 4 north to Lethbridge. 07/06/16

3rd Avenue west at I-15

3rd Ave west at I-15 - Sweetgrass, MT

The entrance ramp from 3rd Avenue west to the port of entry is signed as Interstate 15, despite the freeway ending below the overpass. 07/06/16

3rd Ave west at I-15 - Sweetgrass, MT

3rd Avenue turns south at 2nd Street briefly to both the Interstate 15 rest area and southbound on-ramp to Great Falls. The freeway rest area lies within the loop ramp connecting Alberta with Sweet Grass. 07/06/16

3rd Ave west at I-15 - Sweetgrass, MT

Secondary Highway 214 follows 3rd Avenue west to Loop Road from Sweetgrass to Sunburst as I-15 south commences a 116 mile drive to Great Falls. 07/06/16

3rd Ave west at I-15 - Sweetgrass, MT

Shields for Interstate 15 south and north direct motorists departing from the Sweetgrass rest area onto the adjacent entrance ramp for Shelby or for 3rd Avenue east for Lethbridge, Alberta. 07/06/16

I-15 south

Alberta Highway 4 south at I-15 - Sweetgrass, MT

Alberta Highway 4 enters the United States port of entry beyond the turn off for 2nd Avenue North in Coutts. Photo taken by Rich Piehl (07/16/02).

I-15 south at Sweetgrass, MT

Proceeding south from the customs station and international border toward the freeway beginning of Interstate 15. Photo taken by Rich Piehl (07/16/02).

I-15 south at Sweetgrass, MT

Interstate 15 begins at the 3rd Avenue off-ramp (Exit 397) to Sweet Grass, a small border community along the 49th parallel. Secondary Highway 214 begins in Sweetgrass and leads west as an unpaved route to S-213 and Cut Bank. Photo taken by Rich Piehl (07/16/02).

I-15 south at Sweetgrass, MT

A view of the Exit 397 gore point sign from the adjacent rest area. The rest area doubles as a defacto welcome center for Montana with tourist information and maps. 07/06/16

I-15 south at Sweetgrass, MT

The first southbound ramp to Interstate 15 within the United States stems south from the intersection of 2nd Street, 3rd Avenue and the Sweetgrass rest area. Posted at the ramp beginning is this sign designating I-15 the Veterans Memorial Highway. 07/06/16

I-15 south at Sweetgrass, MT

Climbing onto a hill south from Sweetgrass, travelers pass by the first confirming marker for Interstate 15. Beyond the succeeding exit at Sunburst, the freeway is devoid of traveler services to Shelby, 34 miles to the south. 07/06/16

South End – San Diego (Mission Valley), California

I-15 south at

I-15 south at I-8 - San Diego, CA

I-15 south lowers from Murphy Canyon to enter Mission Valley ahead of Interstate 8 (Exit 6B). A six-ramp parclo interchange (Exit 7) joins the freeway with Friars Road to adjacent SDCCU Stadium. 05/24/13

I-15 south at I-8 - San Diego, CA

San Diego Mission Road passes over Interstate 15 just prior to the separation (Exit 6B) for I-8 and Camino del Rio South. 05/24/13

I-15 south at I-8 - San Diego, CA

Spanning the San Diego River, Interstate 15 south ends and SR 15 begins as Exit 6B departs for I-8. Interstate 8 travels west from Mission Valley to end at Mission Valley Park near Ocean Beach and east to La Mesa, El Cajon and Alpine. 05/24/13

I-15 south at I-8 - San Diego, CA

Exit 6B separates into a two lane flyover for I-8 east and a single lane ramp for I-8 east. Interstate 8 leads east toward San Diego State University (SDSU) and Grossmont before leaving the urban areas across the Cuyamaca and Laguna Mountains into Cleveland National Forest. 05/24/13

I-15 south at I-8 - San Diego, CA

The exit for Interstate 8 west separates with a ramp to Camino del Rio South, the south side frontage road for I-8. Interstate 8 west connects I-15 with I-805, SR 163 and I-5 before concluding just northeast of Ocean Beach. 05/24/13

I-15 south at I-8 - 2004

This set of button copy signs for I-15 south at Interstate 8 was replaced by 2008 to show two lanes for I-8 east. 08/08/04

east at I-15

I-8 east at I-15/SR 15 - San Diego, CA

The first sign for I-15 north and SR 15 south (Exit 7) appears below the high level bridge carrying Interstate 805 above I-8 and Mission Valley. This segment of I-8 is routinely one of the most traveled sections of freeway in the city of San Diego. 07/18/14

I-8 east at I-15/SR 15 - San Diego, CA

Back to back ramps (Exit 7) depart in one half mile for Interstate 15 north and SR 15 south. Heading north toward the Inland Empire, I-15 expands into a ten and twelve mile freeway with Express toll lanes through North County. 07/18/14

I-8 east at I-15/SR 15 - San Diego, CA

Green overlays cover 40th Street for SR 15 south. SR 15 replaced 40th Street with the completion of the freeway section between Adams Avenue and I-805 in 1999. 07/18/14

I-8 east at I-15/SR 15 - San Diego, CA

Exit 7 leaves I-8 east for SR 15 south through Mid-City toward Barrio Logan, San Diego. The SR 15 freeway ends at 32nd Street, just north of Naval Base San Diego Station, adjacent to massive shipyards and the Coronado-San Diego Bay Bridge. 07/18/14

I-8 east at I-15/SR 15 - San Diego, CA

The succeeding exit along I-8 east is the two pronged ramp for I-15 north and Fairmount Avenue. Fairmount Avenue is a major city street that leads south into the Mid-City community, including City Heights. Mission Gorge Road is an arterial that roughly parallels the San Diego River northeast from the Mission Gorge neighborhood near I-8 all the way to SR 52 at Santee. 07/18/14

I-8 east at I-15/SR 15 - San Diego, CA

Exit 7 separates with two lanes for the adjacent interchange with Fairmount Avenue and Mission Gorge Road and a loop ramp for Interstate 15 north. Riverside, the main control city of I-15 north, appears for the first time on I-8 east. 07/18/14

west at I-15

I-8 west at I-15/SR 15 - San Diego, CA

The interchange sequence sign at the Waring Road was installed in 1998 following reconstruction of the SR 15 ramp to eliminate a blind merge. It was one of the last non-reflective, button-copy signs to be placed on a California freeway. Beyond the overpass is the Alvarado Canyon Road flyover leading west to Mission Gorge Road. This ramp was a mitigation measure built in 2001 as part of the trolley construction process. 07/07/18

I-8 west at I-15/SR 15 - San Diego, CA

Interstate 8 travels with six overall lanes on the approach to Fairmount Avenue and Mission Gorge Road, two major arterials, and I-15/SR 15. I-8 through Mission Valley is among the busiest stretches of freeway in all of San Diego County. 07/07/18

I-8 west at I-15/SR 15 - San Diego, CA

Westbound Interstate 8 reaches Exit 8 for Mission Gorge Road northeast to Mission Trails Regional Park and Santee and Fairmount Avenue south to City Heights. Succeeding ramps follow for I-15 north and SR 15 south. 07/07/18

I-8 west at I-15/SR 15 - San Diego, CA

Exit 7B departs from I-8 west to Interstate 15 for the northern reaches of San Diego, Escondido, Temecula, and Riverside / San Bernardino Counties. A loop ramp (Exit 7A) follows for SR 15 south for Mid-City San Diego and a cutoff to I-805 south for National City and Chula Vista. 07/07/18

California Route 15 north at I-15

SR 15 north at I-8/15 - San Diego, CA

Northbound SR 15 at Adams Avenue (Exit 6A), one mile south of the transition to I-15 at I-8. This is the end of the 2001 opened section of the SR 15 freeway. The previous freeway northward to Interstate 8 was also improved in 2001. 07/08/18

SR 15 north at I-8/15 - San Diego, CA

Interstate 8 heads toward the eastern end of the city of San Diego, as well as the suburbs of La Mesa and El Cajon. Leading west, I-8 enters Mission Valley, then follows the San Diego River until it ends in Mission Bay Park at Sunset Cliffs and Nimitz Boulevards. 07/08/18

SR 15 north at I-8/15 - San Diego, CA

The freeway descends from City Heights into the Mission Valley community, which follows the San Diego River on an east-west course through the center of San Diego. All traffic to I-8 and Camino del Rio South departs in unison at a cloverstack interchange (Exit 6B). 07/08/18

I-15 north of I-8 - San Diego, CA

The first confirming signage for northbound Interstate 15 appears ahead of the parclo interchange (Exits 7A/B) with Friars Road. Beyond here, I-15 heads north through Murphy Canyon before ascending to Mira Mesa, Scripps Ranch, and Rancho Bernardo. 07/08/18

Throwback – California Route 15 north at I-15

Button copy guide signs along California State Route 15 north leading to the exchange with I-8 and I-15 were replaced as a result of 2015-17 construction to add bus lanes along the freeway median. 07/28/14

Southern Terminus – / 32nd Street – San Diego, California

California Route 15 south at I-5 / Wabash Blvd

SR 15 south at I-5 - San Diego, CA

Left Exit 1C departs from the SR 15 southbound mainline for I-5 south to National City, Chula Vista and Tijuana, Mexico. 08/08/04

SR 15 south at I-5 - San Diego, CA

The remainder of the SR 15 freeway continues south to ramps for I-5 north (Exit 1B), Main Street (Exit 1A) and Wabash Boulevard. 08/08/04

SR 15 south at Wabash Blvd - San Diego, CA

Wabash Boulevard, a city of San Diego maintained freeway, extends south from the end of SR 15 to 32nd Street. 32nd Street connects the boulevard with Harbor Drive and the gate to Naval Base San Diego nearby. 08/08/04

I-5 south at California Route 15

I-5 south at SR 15 - San Diego, CA

Leaving Downtown San Diego, Interstate 5 parallels San Diego Bay through a series of S-curves southeast ahead of National City. Traffic joins the freeway southbound from the Coronado Bridge on the one mile approach to SR 15. 07/08/18

I-5 south at SR 15 - San Diego, CA

An exit number sign was posted for Interstate 15 in place of SR 15 during Summer 2006. It stands adjacent to the 28th Street overpass at the Barrio Logan community. 07/08/18

I-5 south at SR 15 - San Diego, CA

One half mile ahead of Exit 13A for SR 15 north. Named the Escondido Freeway, SR 15 heads north from the old Wabash Boulevard Expressway and 40th Street Corridor to become Interstate 15 at the exchange with I-8. 07/08/18

I-5 south at SR 15 - San Diego, CA

A loop ramp (Exit 13A) departs I-5 south for SR 15 north to Mid-City. There is no access in this direction to Wabash Boulevard south to Harbor Drive. 07/08/18

I-5 north at California Route 15

I-5 south at SR 15 - San Diego, CA

Interstate 5 follows the historic alignment of U.S. 101 (Montgomery Freeway) north through National City to meet SR 15 in one mile. 07/19/14

I-5 south at SR 15 - San Diego, CA

Exit 12 parts ways with Interstate 5 north for Main Street and Division Streets. The parclo interchange marks the city boundary between San Diego to the north and National City to the south. SR 15 begins at the ensuing exit within the San Diego community of Barrio Logan. 07/19/14

I-5 south at SR 15 - San Diego, CA

The control city for SR 15 and I-15 north in San Diego County is Riverside. The original proposed alignment for I-15 north of Temecula took the route through both Riverside and San Bernardino. That changed by 1970 to Corona and Ontario, with Riverside served by I-15E and later Interstate 215. 07/19/14

I-5 south at SR 15 - San Diego, CA

High speed ramps connect I-5 north with SR 15 north and SR 15 south with I-5 south. This is an otherwise incomplete interchange, as SR 252 was originally planned to begin here. Known as the Southcrest Freeway and killed by local opposition in 1980, unconstructed SR 252 was proposed east to the high speed ramps at the 43rd Street interchange along I-805. 07/19/14

32nd St / Wabash Blvd north at California Route 15

32nd St north at Wabash Blvd - San Diego, CA

32nd Street leads north from Harbor Boulevard (former U.S. 101) and quickly splits with the freeway beginning of SR 15 at Norman Scott Road. Photo taken 12/03/06.

Wabash Blvd north at SR 15 - 1998

The city of San Diego previously placed an Interstate 15 shield along Wabash Boulevard north after the separation with 32nd Street. It was removed by 2003, and replaced later for a brief time with another I-15 marker. 03/98

Wabash Blvd north at SR 15 - San Diego, CA

Maintained by the city of San Diego, Wabash Boulevard is a limited access roadway that leads directly onto SR 15 north prior to the I-5 over crossing. A begin freeway sign appears at the Main Street underpass. There is no access from SR 15 north to either direction of Interstate 5 (Montgomery Freeway). 12/30/06

Sources:

  1. Re: Interstate 15E signage in San Bernardino and Riverside Counties?” online posting by sparker, AARoads Forum, July 13, 2016.
  2. Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Eisenhower Interstate Highway System: Previous Interstate Facts of the Day by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).
  3. “Let the Construction Begin; I-15: UDOT Selects Low Bidder; I-15: UDOT Picks Low Bidder for $1.6 Billion Rebuild.” Salt Lake Tribune, The (UT), March 27, 1997.
  4. Timeline outlines Montana Department of Transportation history.Montana Standard, June 16, 2013.

Page updated January 23, 2020.

Sources:

  1. Re: Interstate 15E signage in San Bernardino and Riverside Counties?” online posting by sparker, AARoads Forum, July 13, 2016.
  2. Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Eisenhower Interstate Highway System: Previous Interstate Facts of the Day by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).
  3. “Let the Construction Begin; I-15: UDOT Selects Low Bidder; I-15: UDOT Picks Low Bidder for $1.6 Billion Rebuild.” Salt Lake Tribune, The (UT), March 27, 1997.
  4. Timeline outlines Montana Department of Transportation history.Montana Standard, June 16, 2013.

Page updated January 22, 2020.