California State Route 22

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State Route 22

SR 22 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by Caltrans
Length14.725 mi[1] (23.698 km)
SR 22's length is broken into pieces and therefore does not reflect the overlaps that would be required to make the route continuous.
Major junctions
West end SR 1 in Long Beach
Major intersections
East end SR 55 in Orange
CountryUnited States
CountiesLos Angeles, Orange
Highway system
SR 20 SR 23

State Route 22 (SR 22) is an east–west state highway in the U.S. state of California that serves southern Los Angeles County and northern Orange County. It runs between Pacific Coast Highway (State Route 1) in Long Beach and the Costa Mesa Freeway (State Route 55) in Orange by way of Garden Grove. The westernmost part of SR 22 runs along Long Beach's 7th Street. From West Garden Grove to its eastern terminus in Orange, it is known as the Garden Grove Freeway. It is one of the two principal east–west routes in Orange County (the other being SR 91 approximately 6 miles (9.7 km) to the north).

Route description

SR 22 begins at the intersection of 7th Street and Pacific Coast Highway (State Route 1) in Long Beach. Then, 7th Street widens from an expressway into a freeway just before crossing the San Gabriel River (and with it, the Los Angeles/Orange County line). It then merges with the San Diego Freeway (Interstate 405) at the Interstate 605 interchange and runs concurrently with it for approximately three miles before the two routes diverge in northeastern Seal Beach. Thereafter, the Garden Grove Freeway travels mostly within the city of Garden Grove or along its border with neighboring Westminster. Just inside the Orange city limits, the freeway enters the infamously congested Orange Crush interchange with the Santa Ana and Orange Freeways (Interstate 5 and State Route 57, respectively). It continues along the border of Orange and Santa Ana for 3 miles (4.8 km) until terminating at the Costa Mesa Freeway (State Route 55).

SR 22 is part of the California Freeway and Expressway System,[2] and 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] SR 22 from I-405 to SR 55 is known as the Garden Grove Freeway, as named by the State Highway Commission on October 22, 1957.[5] An 8-mile (13 km) stretch of Route 22 is named the Garden Grove Police Officers Memorial Highway to honor police officers killed in the line of duty.[6]


SR 22 was originally designated in 1934, when the state highway system was first numbered. Before the freeway was built, it was routed along Garden Grove Boulevard (formerly Ocean Avenue).[7]

Opened in 1967, the Garden Grove Freeway had the distinction of being one of the few freeways in Southern California to have never been widened from its original alignment, eventually resulting in severe rush hour congestion, particularly as Santa Ana's population surged to over 300,000 during the 1990s.

In late 2004, in response to California's budgetary deficit, OCTA began a widening project to add one mixed-flow and one high occupancy vehicle lane to the route in each direction, as well as reconfiguring and upgrading on and off ramps to contemporary standards at several interchanges, all funded by Measure M, the half-cent tax of Orange County, CA. This $700 million Design-Build projected completed in a record 2 year time frame in 2007 was led by consortium composed of Granite Construction and URS Corp. as the lead designer along with several sub-consultants. A second phase to add HOV lane interchanges at the I-605 junction and at the split with I-405 was recently completed.

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 numbers reset at county lines; the start and end postmiles in each county are given in the county column.

Los Angeles
LA 0.00-1.47
Long Beach0.007th StreetContinuation beyond SR 1
SR 1 north (Pacific Coast Highway)
Western terminus; no left turn to SR 1 south; former US 101 Alt.

Bellflower Boulevard to SR 1 south (Pacific Coast Highway)
1.141Studebaker RoadWest end of freeway
San Gabriel River
ORA 0.00-R13.16
Seal BeachR0.372

I-605 north (San Gabriel River Freeway) to I-405 north (San Diego Freeway) – Santa Monica
Southern terminus of I-605; eastbound exit and westbound entrance; I-605 south exit 1A
23.28[N 1]

I-405 north (San Diego Freeway) to I-605 north (San Gabriel River Freeway) – Santa Monica
West end of I-405 overlap; westbound left exit and eastbound left entrance; former SR 7; I-405 exit 23; I-605 south exit 1B
22.64[N 1]22Seal Beach Boulevard, Los Alamitos BoulevardExit number follows I-405; Los Alamitos Boulevard was former SR 35
Seal BeachGarden Grove
Westminster tripoint
20.75[N 1]

I-405 south (San Diego Freeway) – Irvine, San Diego
East end of I-405 overlap; eastbound left exit and westbound left entrance; I-405 south exit 21
Garden GroveWestminster lineR0.925

Garden Grove Boulevard, Valley View Street, Bolsa Chica Road to I-405 south
Bolsa Chica Road/I-405 south not signed eastbound, Garden Grove Boulevard not signed westbound; I-405 north exit 21

I-405 north / SR 22 west
HOV access only; westbound left exit and eastbound entrance; future I-405 Express Lanes north
R2.657Knott Street, Goldenwest Street
R3.598 SR 39 (Beach Boulevard)
Garden GroveR4.819Magnolia Street
R5.8210Brookhurst Street – Garden Grove
R6.8111Euclid Street
R7.8312Harbor BoulevardSigned as exits 12A (south) and 12B (north) eastbound
R8.8213Fairview StreetEastbound signage
Haster StreetWestbound signage
OrangeR9.7314AThe City DriveFormerly Manchester Avenue[11]
Santa AnaR10.0114BBristol StreetEastbound exit and westbound entrance
OrangeSanta Ana lineR10.4814C
I-5 south (Santa Ana Freeway) – Santa Ana, San Diego
Eastbound exit and westbound entrance; western end of Orange Crush interchange; I-5 north exit 106, south exit 107B

I-5 north (Santa Ana Freeway) / SR 57 north (Orange Freeway) – Los Angeles, Pomona, Glendora
Eastern end of Orange Crush interchange; signed as exit 14B westbound; provides direct exit ramp onto Chapman Avenue; I-5 north exit 106, south exit 107A; SR 57 south exits 1A-B
OrangeR10.9915Main StreetFormer SR 51
R11.8316Glassell Street, Grand Avenue
R12.8717ATustin AvenueEastbound exit and westbound entrance
R13.1617B-C SR 55 (Costa Mesa Freeway) – Anaheim, Riverside, Newport BeachEastern terminus; signed as exits 17B (south) and 17C (north); SR 55 exit 13
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
  1. ^ a b c Indicates that the postmile represents the distance along I-405 rather than SR 22.


  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. ^ "Article 2 of Chapter 2 of Division 1". California Streets and Highways Code. Sacramento: California Office of Legislative Counsel. Retrieved February 6, 2019.
  3. ^ Federal Highway Administration (March 25, 2015). National Highway System: Los Angeles, CA (PDF) (Map). Scale not given. Washington, DC: Federal Highway Administration. Retrieved October 19, 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; California State Transportation Agency (January 2021). 2020 Named Freeways, Highways, Structures and Other Appurtenances in California (PDF). Sacramento: California Department of Transportation. p. 28. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 20, 2022. {{cite book}}: |archive-date= / |archive-url= timestamp mismatch; October 10, 2022 suggested (help)
  6. ^ Luevano, Amanda (May 14, 2009). "Garden Grove police unveil memorial highway sign". Orange County Register. Retrieved May 15, 2009.
  7. ^ California Highways
  8. ^ "California Log of Bridges on State Highways: District 7" (PDF). Caltrans. October 2006. Archived from the original (PDF) on June 29, 2007. Retrieved September 19, 2019.
  9. ^ California Department of Transportation, All Traffic Volumes on CSHS, 2005 and 2006
  10. ^ California Department of Transportation, California Numbered Exit Uniform System, State Route 22 Freeway Interchanges, I-405 Northbound and I-405 Southbound, Retrieved on 2009-02-05.
  11. ^ "USGS Map Name: Anaheim, CA - Map MRC: 33117G8". TopoQuest Map Viewer. Retrieved 2022-06-18.

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