California State Route 217

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State Route 217

SR 217 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by Caltrans
Length2.525 mi[1] (4.064 km)
Major junctions
West endUC Santa Barbara
East end US 101 in Goleta
CountryUnited States
CountiesSanta Barbara
Highway system
SR 216 SR 218

State Route 217 (SR 217) is a state highway in the U.S. state of California that serves as a spur route from U.S. Route 101 to the University of California, Santa Barbara. Although the entire route is a freeway, SR 217 is officially named Ward Memorial Boulevard in honor of California State Senator Clarence C. Ward, who represented Santa Barbara County from 1941 to 1955.[2]

Route description

Sign on US 101 for SR 217 exit
The Henley Gate at the UC Santa Barbara eastern entrance, located a few yards to the west of where SR 217 ends at the campus's official eastern boundary

It connects the University of California, Santa Barbara and the Santa Barbara Municipal Airport with U.S. Route 101, which is the major highway that connects Santa Barbara with other major cities along California's Pacific Coast. State Route 217 can be found about 6 miles (9.7 km) west of Central Santa Barbara. It is a freeway for its entire length.

SR 217 is part of the National Highway System,[3] a network of highways that are considered essential to the country's economy, defense, and mobility by the Federal Highway Administration.[4]

Exit list

Except where prefixed with a letter, postmiles were measured on the road as it was in 1964, based on the alignment that existed at the time, and do not necessarily reflect current mileage. R reflects a realignment in the route since then, M indicates a second realignment, L refers to an overlap due to a correction or change, and T indicates postmiles classified as temporary (for a full list of prefixes, see California postmile § Official postmile definitions).[1] Segments that remain unconstructed or have been relinquished to local control may be omitted. The entire route is in Santa Barbara County.

Isla Vista0.46University of California, Santa Barbara eastern boundaryWest end of SR 217; road continues to the Henley Gate
0.931 Sandspit RoadServes Santa Barbara Airport
Goleta2.232Hollister Avenue

Patterson Avenue to US 101 north (SR 1 north)
Eastbound exit and westbound entrance
US 101 south (SR 1 south) – Santa Barbara
East end of SR 217; US 101 exit 104B
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. ^ a b c California Department of Transportation. "State Truck Route List". Sacramento: California Department of Transportation. Archived from the original (XLS file) on June 30, 2015. Retrieved June 30, 2015.
  2. ^ California Department of Transportation; California State Transportation Agency (January 2021). 2020 Named Freeways, Highways, Structures and Other Appurtenances in California (PDF). Sacramento: California Department of Transportation. pp. 86, 362. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 20, 2022. {{cite book}}: |archive-date= / |archive-url= timestamp mismatch; October 10, 2022 suggested (help)
  3. ^ Federal Highway Administration (March 25, 2015). National Highway System: Santa Barbara, CA (PDF) (Map). Scale not given. Washington, DC: Federal Highway Administration. Retrieved September 9, 2017.
  4. ^ Natzke, Stefan; Neathery, Mike & Adderly, Kevin (June 20, 2012). "What is the National Highway System?". National Highway System. Washington, DC: Federal Highway Administration. Retrieved July 1, 2012.
  5. ^ California Department of Transportation (July 2007). "Log of Bridges on State Highways". Sacramento: California Department of Transportation.
  6. ^ California Department of Transportation, All Traffic Volumes on CSHS, 2005 and 2006
  7. ^ California Department of Transportation, California Numbered Exit Uniform System, SR-217 Eastbound and SR-217 Westbound, accessed February 2008

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