Interstate 380 (California)

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Interstate 380

Quentin L. Kopp Freeway
I-380 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by Caltrans
Length3.3 mi[1] (5.3 km)
NHSEntire route
Major junctions
West end I-280 in San Bruno
Major intersections
East end US 101 in South San Francisco
CountryUnited States
CountiesSan Mateo
Highway system
SR 371 US 395

Interstate 380 (I-380) is a short 3.3-mile (5.3 km) east–west auxiliary Interstate Highway in the San Francisco Bay Area of Northern California, connecting I-280 in San Bruno to US Route 101 (US 101) near San Francisco International Airport. The highway primarily consists of only three intersections: I-280, State Route 82 (SR 82/El Camino Real), and US 101. Like the nearby I-280, I-380 never connects to I-80, its parent Interstate Highway. However, there is no rule that says that spur routes need to. (Similarly, the spur route I-795 branches off from I-695, a beltway around Baltimore, and is only indirectly linked to I-95.)

I-380 is officially known as the Quentin L. Kopp Freeway, named after the prominent California state senator from San Mateo County. This highway was previously named the Portola Freeway to honor the 18th-century Spanish explorer Gaspar de Portolá, whose expedition in 1769–1770 discovered the San Francisco Bay, from a viewpoint on the Sweeney Ridge located between San Bruno and Pacifica.

Route description

Along eastbound on I-380 near the SR 82 exit. Note the very broad freeway median.

I-380 begins at a junction with I-280 in San Bruno. This junction was only partially built, with room to accommodate a proposed freeway extension west toward SR 1. The freeway itself lacks overhead guide signs mentioning I-380. It then travels east through the city of San Bruno, intersecting with SR 82 (El Camino Real) before reaching US 101.

At its terminus at US 101, the mainline lanes of I-380 continue to North Access Road. The ramps to and from southbound US 101 provide connections to collector–distributor roads leading directly to San Francisco International Airport, allowing traffic between the Interstate and the airport to avoid merging with the main traffic lanes of US 101.

I-380 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 (FHWA).[4]


There were plans to extend I-380 west to SR 1 (Cabrillo Highway), but, due to the route's passing over the San Andreas Fault and opposition from members of the local community, this project was abandoned. The westbound lanes of I-380 branch off to the right at I-280, leaving a wide, paved space which would carry the freeway extension under I-280 toward SR 1. This space is currently often used as storage space for equipment used in highway maintenance. A pair of unused bridges crossing over the I-280 south to I-380 east offramp remain as evidence.

Chapter 2, Article 3, Section 608 of the California Streets and Highways Code legally defines Route 380 as traveling from "Route 1 near Pacifica to Route 280 in San Bruno",[5] and the exit numbers assigned at I-280 start at 5 instead of 1 or 0.[6]

Exit list

Under the official exit list by Caltrans, mileage is measured from the unconstructed western terminus at SR 1 near Pacifica. It starts at the location of the SR 82 interchange, labeling the start of the I-280 ramps at that same point.[6] The entire route is in San Mateo County.

San Bruno5.478.805A-B I-280 (Junipero Serra Freeway) – San Francisco, San JoseWestbound exit and eastbound entrance; signed as exits 5A (north) & left 5B (south); west end of I-380; Exits 43B northbound & 43A southbound on I-280; stack interchange with westbound part being stub road
5C SR 82 (El Camino Real) – San BrunoSigned as exit 5 eastbound
6 US 101 (Bayshore Freeway) – San Francisco International Airport, San Jose, San FranciscoSigned as exits 6A (south) and 6B (north) eastbound; US 101 exit 423B
South San Francisco6.6010.627South Airport Boulevard/ North Access RoadEastbound exit and westbound entrance
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. ^ "Table 2: Auxiliary Routes of the Dwight D. Eisenhower National System Of Interstate and Defense Highways". FHWA Route Log and Finder List. Federal Highway Administration. December 31, 2021. Retrieved July 6, 2022.
  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: San Francisco–Oakland, CA (PDF) (Map). Scale not given. Washington, DC: Federal Highway Administration. Retrieved July 29, 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. ^ "2005 California codes 300-635". 2005.
  6. ^ a b c d Warring, KS (2009-01-29). "Interstate 380 Freeway Interchanges" (PDF). California Numbered Exit Uniform System. Caltrans.

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