Interstate 880 (Decommissioned) California

History

Interstate 880 is the former designation for the Sacramento bypass, now part of Interstate 80. It was constructed in the late 1960s and early 1970s, and it was decommissioned in 1980 by Federal Highway Administration action. Signs were removed in 1982. Interstate 880 between 1970 and 1982 provided a bypass to the north of downtown Sacramento that is now provided by Interstate 80. For a complete history of how the Sacramento Bypass alignment of Interstate 880 was decommissioned, go to the Interstate 305 in California page.

The following map shows the planned Interstate 880 bypass of Sacramento as seen in the California Official State Map from 1969 (Sacramento inset - note the other planned freeways for the Sacramento area that were not built, including the realignment of Interstate 80):

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Western Terminus - Interstate 80 - West Sacramento, California
Perspective from Interstate 80 east
Eastbound Interstate 80 approaching Eastbound Business Loop I-80 and U.S. 50 (Hidden Interstate 305). As shown in this picture, Interstate 305 is not signed. Photo taken by Joel Windmiller (05/12/02).
Close-up of signage for Eastbound Business Loop I-80 and U.S. 50 (Hidden Interstate 305). Note the strip pasted onto the sign for Capital City Freeway; it was added around 1996. Photo taken by Joel Windmiller (05/12/02).
Close-up of through traffic Interstate 80 sign. This sign was placed in 1970, and it originally displayed Interstate 880, until the routes were re-signed in 1982. The green square to the right of the Interstate 80 shield is for the Sacramento International Airport, which is on Interstate 5 north of Sacramento. Photo taken by Joel Windmiller (05/12/02).
Westbound Interstate 80 at Junction Hidden Interstate 305, Business Loop I-80 and U.S. 50 Eastbound. Photo taken by Joel Windmiller (05/12/02).
Perspective from Interstate 305, Business Loop I-80, and U.S. 50 west
Westbound Interstate 305/U.S. 50/Business Loop I-80 approaching Harbor Boulevard, three-quarters of a mile. Unlike other freeway to freeway interchanges in Sacramento, the Interstate 80/Business Loop I-80/U.S. 50/Interstate 305 is the most subdued. Even though the Harbor Boulevard interchange is within a couple miles of Interstate 80, there are few advance signs indicating Interstate 80 is coming. Photo taken 08/23/03.
Westbound Interstate 305/U.S. 50/Business Loop I-80 approaching Harbor Boulevard, the last exit before meeting Interstate 80. Photo taken 08/23/03.
Westbound Interstate 305/U.S. 50/Business Loop I-80 at Harbor Boulevard, approaching Eastbound Interstate 80. Photo taken 08/23/03.
Westbound Interstate 305/U.S. 50/Business Loop I-80 at Eastbound Interstate 80. Photo taken 08/23/03.
Westbound Interstate 305/U.S. 50/Business Loop I-80 passes under the Interstate 80 interchange. There are no end shields present for either U.S. 50 or Business Loop I-80. No signs indicate that U.S. 50 is about to become Interstate 80 westbound. Photo taken by Andy Field and Joel Windmiller (01/03); second photo taken 08/23/03.
Westbound Interstate 305/U.S. 50/Business Loop I-80 end as they merge with Interstate 80 traffic from the right. The next exit along westbound Interstate 80 is Enterprise Boulevard/West Capitol Avenue (Historic U.S. 40/U.S. 99W). Photo taken 01/03.
Perspective from Interstate 305, Business Loop I-80, and U.S. 50 east
After eastbound Interstate 80 traffic exits, this mileage sign is primarily intended for U.S. 50 traffic. It provides the distance to two California destinations -- Placerville and South Lake Tahoe -- as well as Ocean City, Maryland, the eastern terminus of U.S. 50, which is some 3,000 miles away! Photo taken 01/03.
Eastern Terminus - California 51 and California 99 - Sacramento, California
Perspective from Business Loop I-80 east and California 51 north
Eastbound Business Loop I-80/Northbound California 51 approaching Interstate 80, one and one-half miles. Historically, this route was Interstate 80, and the bypass route that currently carries Interstate 80 was formerly known as Interstate 880. Photo taken 08/22/03.
Motorists must use northbound Watt Avenue to reach westbound Interstate 80 from eastbound Business Loop I-80/Northbound California 51 as evidenced by this sign. Photo taken 08/22/03.
Eastbound Business Loop I-80/Northbound California 51 reaches northbound Watt Avenue exit. Photo taken 08/22/03.
Eastbound Business Loop I-80/Northbound California 51 approaching Junction unsigned eastbound California 244/Auburn Boulevard. The freeway merges onto eastbound Interstate 80. Note that there is no direct connection from the eastbound business loop freeway to westbound Interstate 80. Photo taken 08/22/03.
Eastbound Business Loop I-80/Northbound California 51 at Auburn Boulevard/California 244. California 244 is one of the shortest state routes, as it merely connects Interstate 80/Business Loop I-80 with Historic U.S. 40/Auburn Boulevard. It was to be a much longer freeway route, but its construction is increasingly unlikely as development continues and rights of way are sold by Caltrans. Photo taken 08/22/03.
Mileage sign along eastbound Business Loop I-80/Northbound California 51 as it merges onto eastbound Interstate 80. The next exits, all on Interstate 80, include Madison Avenue and Greenback Lane/Elkhorn Boulevard/Junction Sacramento County Route E-14. Photo taken 08/22/03.
Eastbound Business Loop I-80/Northbound California 51 merges into eastbound Interstate 80 on the approach to the Madison Avenue exit. Photo taken 08/22/03.

Page Updated January 9, 2007.



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Mileage

State California
Mileage 12*
Cities Sacramento
Junctions I-80, I-5, I-80
Source: 2002 Rand McNally Road Atlas (* - estimation of former routing)