Interstate 5 in California

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Interstate 5

I-5 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by Caltrans
Length796.77 mi[1] (1,282.28 km)
ExistedJuly 1, 1964[2]–present
HistoryCompleted October 12, 1979
NHSEntire route
Major junctions
South end Fed. 1 / Fed. 1D at the Mexican border in San Diego
Major intersections
North end I-5 at the Oregon state line south of Ashland, OR
CountryUnited States
CountiesSan Diego, Orange, Los Angeles, Kern, Kings, Fresno, Merced, Stanislaus, San Joaquin, Sacramento, Yolo, Colusa, Glenn, Tehama, Shasta, Siskiyou
Highway system
SR 4 US 6

Interstate 5 (I-5) is a major north–south route of the Interstate Highway System in the United States, stretching from the Mexican border at the San Ysidro crossing to the Canadian border near Blaine, Washington. The segment of I-5 in California runs 796.77 miles (1,282.28 km)[1] across the length of the state from San Ysidro to the Oregon state line south of the Medford-Ashland metropolitan area. It is the longest interstate in California, and accounts for more than half of I-5's total length.[3]

It is the more important and most-used of the two major north–south routes on the Pacific Coast, the other being U.S. Route 101 (US 101), which is primarily coastal. I-5 links the major California cities of San Diego, Santa Ana, Los Angeles, Stockton, Sacramento, and Redding. The San Francisco Bay Area is about 80 miles (130 km) west of the highway.

I-5 is known colloquially as "the 5" to Southern California residents and "5" to Northern California residents due to varieties in California English. I-5 also has several named portions: the John J. Montgomery Freeway, San Diego Freeway, Santa Ana Freeway, Golden State Freeway, and West Side Freeway.[4]

Route description

I-5 southbound in San Diego toward Mexico, September 2012
I-5 looking south toward Downtown San Diego, January 2002
I-5 crosses the Los Angeles River twice; the northern of these is on the border between Los Angeles and Glendale
I-5 northbound prior to entering the Newhall Pass Interchange
I-5 in the Newhall Pass Interchange, where it meets I-210 and SR 14 in northern Los Angeles
I-5 in the Central Valley, facing northbound near Millux, California
I-5 in the Central Valley between Tracy and Patterson
I-5 southbound approaching Weed and Mount Shasta
Hilt (exit 796) is the last exit before the Oregon state line

I-5 is part of the California Freeway and Expressway System,[5] and is part of the National Highway System,[6] a network of highways that are considered essential to the country's economy, defense, and mobility by the Federal Highway Administration.[7] The segment of I-5 from State Route 89 (SR 89) to US 97 forms part of the Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway, an All-American Road.[8] I-5 is also eligible to be included in the State Scenic Highway System;[9] however, it is a scenic highway as designated by the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) only from SR 152 to I-580.[10]

San Diego County

I-5 begins at the San Ysidro Port of Entry from Mexico in the San Ysidro neighborhood of San Diego. Immediately after the border, I-805 splits off to the northeast and serves as a bypass of I-5 that avoids Downtown San Diego. I-5 itself continues northwest and meets the western end of SR 905, a route that connects with the Otay Mesa border crossing. I-5 then continues northward and joins the southern end of SR 75, a highway connecting to Coronado via the Silver Strand. I-5 then enters Chula Vista, briefly leaving the San Diego city limits. It continues along the east side of San Diego Bay where it intersects with SR 54 and enters National City. From there, I-5 veers around Naval Base San Diego and reenters the city limits of San Diego. I-5 subsequently intersects with four state routes: the southern end of SR 15 (the extension of I-15), SR 75 and the Coronado Bay Bridge, the western end of SR 94, and SR 163. In addition to serving Downtown San Diego, I-5 also provides access to Balboa Park from the Pershing Drive exit.[11][12] The portion of I-5 from the Mexican border to SR 94 at downtown San Diego is named the John J. Montgomery Freeway in honor of John J. Montgomery, a pioneer aviator who flew a glider from a location near Chula Vista in 1884.[13]

I-5 continues northwest from downtown as the San Diego Freeway[14] until it reaches its junction with I-8, then turns slightly to the north while passing SeaWorld and Mission Bay. Thereafter, I-5 intersects the western end of SR 52 near La Jolla before entering University City. At Nobel Drive, the San Diego LDS Temple towers over I-5.[15] Shortly afterward, I‑5 passes through the UC San Diego campus and intersects the northern terminus of I-805 before continuing north and intersecting the western end of SR 56. At this interchange, there is a local bypass that provides the only access to Carmel Mountain Road from both directions and provides the only direct access to SR 56 going northbound.[11]

North of the San Diego city limits, I-5 enters the city limits of Solana Beach, and then three incorporated cities to the north: Encinitas, Carlsbad and Oceanside. This segment is currently undergoing expansion as part of the North Coast Corridor project.[16] In Oceanside, I-5 intersects the SR 78 freeway and the SR 76 expressway and continues through Camp Pendleton. It then follows the Pacific Ocean coastline for the next 18 mi (29 km). Toward the northern end of its routing through Camp Pendleton, I-5 passes through San Onofre State Beach and near the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station. I-5 enters Orange County at the Cristianitos Road exit.[11]

Orange County

Upon entering Orange County, I-5 goes through San Clemente. At Dana Point, I-5 turns inland while SR 1 continues along the coast. I-5 then heads due north through San Juan Capistrano and Mission Viejo, intersecting the SR 73 toll road heading northwest. I-5 continues to the El Toro Y interchange with I-405 in southeastern Irvine, splitting into lanes for regular traffic as well as for truck traffic (though autos can use these lanes as well).[17] From that point, I-405 takes over the San Diego Freeway designation, while I-5 becomes the Santa Ana Freeway as it runs southeast to northwest.[18]

After the El Toro Y junction, I-5 intersects SR 133, a toll road that eventually connects to SR 241. Just before the Tustin city limits, I-5 passes over SR 261, the final toll road of the Eastern Transportation Corridor, but traffic must use Jamboree Road to access the latter. I-5 then intersects SR 55 and enters Santa Ana, the county seat of Orange County. Towards the northern side of Santa Ana, I-5 intersects both SR 57 and SR 22 in what is known as the Orange Crush interchange. Following this, I-5 briefly enters the city of Orange and then traverses Anaheim, passing along the north side of Disneyland. I-5 then intersects SR 91, passes through Buena Park and crosses into Los Angeles County.[18]

Los Angeles County

After crossing the county line, I-5 goes through several cities southeast of Los Angeles, including La Mirada, Santa Fe Springs, and Norwalk. In Downey, I-5 intersects I-605, which serves as a north–south connector route between the cities east of Los Angeles, including those in the San Gabriel Valley. I-5 then enters Commerce, passing the Citadel Outlets shopping center, and intersects I-710 before entering the large unincorporated community of East Los Angeles and later the city proper of Los Angeles. When the freeway reaches the East Los Angeles Interchange 1 mi (1.6 km) east of downtown Los Angeles, I-5 becomes the Golden State Freeway as US 101 takes over the Santa Ana Freeway designation. At this interchange, I-10, SR 60, and US 101 intersect; I-10 continues north on I-5 for about 2 mi (3.2 km) before continuing east towards San Bernardino and points farther east.[19]

On the north side of downtown, the Golden State Freeway follows the Los Angeles River, intersects SR 110 and SR 2 and passes along the eastern side of Griffith Park. The route continues through the San Fernando Valley, intersecting the Ventura Freeway (SR 134). It briefly enters the city of Glendale and then Burbank, passing near Burbank Airport before reentering the Los Angeles city limits and intersecting the northern end of the Hollywood Freeway (SR 170). Near the city of San Fernando, I-5 intersects SR 118. Following this, I-5 intersects three routes in succession: the northern end of I-405, the western end of I-210, and the southern end of SR 14 at the Newhall Pass interchange. It then crosses the Newhall Pass through the Santa Susana Mountains into the Santa Clarita Valley. I-5's carpool lanes also have direct connectors with the carpool lanes on the SR 170 and SR 14 freeways (an additional direct connector with the HOV lanes on I-405 near Mission Hills is planned.[20]) This allows a continuous HOV lane to run from Palmdale to North Hollywood via SR 14 to I-5 to SR 170.

I-5 continues along the western city limits of Santa Clarita and passes Six Flags Magic Mountain, intersecting SR 126 just north of there. The Golden State Freeway then rises sharply, passing by Lake Castaic and undergoing a unique crossover resulting in a left-driving configuration for about 5 mi (8.0 km) before the highway crosses back into its standard alignment. It passes Pyramid Lake and intersects SR 138 before crossing the Tejon Pass through the Tehachapi Mountains,[19] with Path 26 power lines generally paralleling the freeway. After entering Kern County, the freeway sharply descends for 12 mi (19 km) from 4,144 ft (1,263 m) at the Tejon Pass to 1,499 ft (457 m) at Grapevine near the southernmost point of the San Joaquin Valley, approximately 30 mi (48 km) south of Bakersfield and 5 mi (8.0 km) south of its interchange with SR 99 at Wheeler Ridge.[21]

The stretch of I-5 through the Tejon Pass and Grapevine typically gets snow at higher elevations during the winter. Although Caltrans may require vehicles to use snow tires, snow chains, or other traction devices during and after snowstorms,[22] the California Highway Patrol will instead usually close this segment altogether during these conditions because of the steep grade of the pass, and the amount of passenger traffic and big-rigs that generally use the corridor.[23][24] Whenever there is such a closure, traffic must either wait for it to reopen, or endure a multi-hour detour.[25][26] An automated gate on the freeway's median in Castaic north of Lake Hughes Road allows drivers to turn around when such closures occur.[27]

Central Valley

From SR 99 to Woodland, I-5 is known as the West Side Freeway. I-5 parallels SR 33, skirting along the far more remote western edge of the Central Valley, and is largely removed from the major population centers such as Bakersfield, Fresno and Modesto; other state highways provide connections. I-5 still runs within the vicinity of Avenal, Coalinga, Los Banos, and a handful of other smaller cities on the western edge of the Central Valley. For most of this section, the Path 15 electrical transmission corridor follows the highway, forming an infrastructure corridor along with the California Aqueduct. After the Grapevine, I-5 crosses the California Aqueduct. This is first time out of 5 times that I-5 crosses the aqueduct.

North of the Grapevine, I-5 intersects SR 166, SR 119 and SR 43 before meeting SR 58, a highway that continues east to Bakersfield, near the town of Buttonwillow. I-5 then intersects SR 46 before entering Kings County.[21] From the Utica Avenue exit to I-580, I-5 parallels the eastern foothills of the Diablo Range. It crosses the California Aqueduct for the second time. In Kings County, I-5 intersects SR 41 before briefly entering the city limits of Avenal, where it intersects SR 269.[28] In Fresno County, I-5 intersects SR 198 and SR 145 before running concurrently with SR 33 for several miles. I-5 then crosses into Merced County, intersecting SR 165, SR 152 and SR 33 near the San Luis Reservoir (where SR 152 provides a major connection to the Monterey Peninsula and the Silicon Valley), and SR 140 at the Stanislaus county line. I-5 crosses the California Aqueduct for the third time between SR 152 and SR 33 and again near Crows Landing.[29]

In San Joaquin County, I-580 splits off from I-5 south of Tracy, providing a spur-route connection to the San Francisco Bay Area. From here, I-5 crosses the California Aqueduct for the final time and intersects SR 132, a major route to Modesto and the mountains in the east, as well as the northern end of SR 33. After passing Tracy, I-5 intersects I-205, a connector route to I-580, before intersecting the SR 120 freeway near Manteca. After passing through Lathrop, I-5 heads due north through Stockton, intersecting the SR 4 freeway that provides access to downtown Stockton. I-5 passes through the western portion of the Lodi city limits before intersecting SR 12 and entering Sacramento County.[29]

I-5 enters the city of Elk Grove while passing along the eastern edge of the Stone Lakes National Wildlife Refuge. It then crosses into the Sacramento city limits, soon paralleling the Sacramento River before intersecting the Capital City Freeway, which carries US 50 and I-80 Business (I-80 Bus.). SR 99 merges with I-5 at this point, and the two routes pass through the western half of Downtown Sacramento. Following the bridge over the American River, I-5 and SR 99 intersect the major transcontinental route of I-80. Just as I-5 leaves Sacramento, SR 99 splits off and continues north while I-5 turns due west past Sacramento International Airport and crosses the Sacramento River into Yolo County. In Woodland, the SR 113 freeway merges with I-5 before exiting to the north.[30] The Interstate heads northwest again toward Dunnigan, where it converges with I-505.[29]

I-5 skirts north along the western edge of the Sacramento Valley, bypassing the larger cities of the region, including Yuba City, Oroville and Chico, before reaching Red Bluff. From Dunnigan, I-5 enters Colusa County, passing through the city of Williams and intersecting SR 20. In Glenn County, I-5 intersects SR 162 in Willows and SR 32 in Orland. I-5 then crosses into Tehama County, passing through Corning before entering Red Bluff and intersecting SR 36, which connects to the northern end of SR 99. I-5 crosses the Sacramento River twice before entering Shasta County.[29]

Cascade Region

I-5 then enters the Shasta Cascade region, intersecting SR 273 in Anderson before passing through Redding and intersecting SR 44 and SR 299. The freeway then continues through the city of Shasta Lake, intersecting SR 151, before crossing over Shasta Lake on the Pit River Bridge and climbing up to near the foot of Mount Shasta. Just north of the bridge over Shasta Lake, I-5 also boasts the second-largest median in California after I-8's In‑Ko‑Pah grade. In Siskiyou County, I-5 passes through Dunsmuir before intersecting SR 89 near Lake Siskiyou and entering the city of Mount Shasta. North of here, US 97 intersects I-5 in Weed, providing access to Klamath Falls, Oregon. The Interstate then continues to Yreka, intersecting SR 3 and SR 96 before crossing the Klamath River and reaching the Oregon border and the Siskiyou Summit.[29]

North of Redding, I-5 regularly gets snow at higher elevations from fall to spring. Caltrans sometimes requires vehicles to use snow tires, snow chains, or other traction devices in the mountains during and after snowstorms. Checkpoints are often set up to enforce chain restrictions on vehicles bound for icy or snowy areas. When chain restrictions are in effect, vehicles must have chains on the driving wheels, except 4WD vehicles with snow tires. Additionally, during the winter season, trucks are required to carry chains whether or not controls are in force.[22][31]


Historical naming

The portion of this highway from Los Angeles to San Diego was also co-signed as US 101 until 1964–1968. The portion of this highway from Woodland to Red Bluff roughly follows old US 99W.

In California, the former western branch of Interstate 5 (the northern end of the spur into the Bay Area) connecting I-80 out of Vacaville to near Dunnigan, previously known as I-5W, was renamed I-505. Interstate 580 running between I-5 and I-80 was also once designated 5W; what is now I-5 (the stretch that runs through Sacramento) had been originally designated I-5E.

The term "Golden State Highway" was the popular name for US 99, stretching from Mexico to Canada through the length of California. Since the construction of I-5, it has taken over the term "Golden State Freeway" from 99 south of the latter's southern terminus in Kern County.

Los Angeles area

The Golden State Freeway was proposed by the California Highway Commission in 1953. The proposal drew strong criticism from East Los Angeles residents as it would dissect and eliminate large residential and commercial areas of Boyle Heights and Hollenbeck Heights.[32][33] The proposal also seemed to indicate a disregard for the ethnic Mexican American population of metropolitan Los Angeles. The "Boyle–Hollenbeck Anti–Golden State Freeway Committee" was formed for the purpose of blocking or rerouting the freeway. Then–Los Angeles City Council member Edward R. Roybal chaired that committee.[32] Despite this opposition, the construction of the freeway went ahead.

When this section was completed in 1956, the newspaper The Eastside Sun wrote the freeway led to the "eradication, obliteration, razing, moving, ripping asunder, demolishing of Eastside homes."[32][33]

The freeway between Orange County and Los Angeles was originally designed to have three lanes on each side. Due to high demand of cars, the freeway started undergoing major extensions and widening in the early 1990s in Orange County. Work from SR 91 north through the Los Angeles–Orange County line was completed in 2010. The improvements between the county line and Interstate 605 was completed by late 2022/early 2023. But, the section between I605 and CA 134 is still in the planning stages.

Newhall Pass

The original route went through the towns of Saugus and Newhall, and then crossed Newhall Pass (current route of SR 14, the Antelope Valley Freeway). In 1862, Beale's Cut was made in the construction of a toll wagon road. The 15 ft wide (4.6 m) by 60 ft deep (18 m) "slot" was dug with picks and shovels. That road would become part of the Midway Route. At the turn of the century, it was the most direct automobile route between Los Angeles and the San Joaquin Valley via the Mojave Desert and Tehachapi Pass.[34]

In 1910, Beale's Cut was bypassed by the Newhall Tunnel. Constructed by Los Angeles County, it was too narrow for two trucks to pass each other inside. As a result, in 1939, the tunnel was completely removed (or "daylighted") when the road was widened to four lanes. Additionally, by 1930, a bypass road was constructed to avoid Newhall Pass via Weldon and Gavin canyons, which is the current route of I-5.[34]

Both routes were eventually built as freeways. The Gavin Canyon route became I-5, and the main north–south route via the Ridge Route. The Newhall Pass route became SR 14, which is the main route between Los Angeles and the growing high desert communities of the Antelope Valley. It is also still a part of the important Midway Route, which is the primary alternate route when I-5 is closed (via SR 58 and SR 14).

The interchange has partially collapsed twice due to earthquakes: the 1971 Sylmar earthquake and the 1994 Northridge earthquake. As a result of the 1994 collapse, this interchange was renamed the "Clarence Wayne Dean Memorial Interchange", honoring a Los Angeles Police Department motorcycle officer killed when he was unable to stop in time and drove off the collapsed flyover ramp from SR 14 south to I-5 south. After both earthquakes, the collapsed portions were rebuilt and surviving portions reinforced.

In the evening of October 12, 2007, two trucks collided in the southbound tunnel that takes the truck bypass roadway under the main lanes near the Newhall Pass interchange. Fifteen trucks caught fire, killing three people and injuring ten.[35][36]

Ridge Route

View of the Grapevine loops looking north toward the San Joaquin Valley c. 1920, before the Ridge Route Alternate was built off to the left
A section of the 1915 Ridge Route in Lebec, abandoned when US 99 (later upgraded to I-5) was constructed over the Tejon Pass in order to make the travel straighter and safer

The Ridge Route refers to the section of highway between Castaic and Grapevine, through the Tejon Pass. The highway had its origins in the early 1910s, when a route was needed to connect Los Angeles to the Central Valley. Some believed that the only option was the route through the Mojave Desert and the Tehachapi Mountains, but a new route was discovered through the Tejon Pass. This route became known as the Ridge Route and saw almost constant planning, construction, and improvement from 1914 to 1970.[34]

The first road was completed in 1915. It was a slow, winding, two-lane road through the mountains with a speed limit of 15 mph (24 km/h) in some places. However, the need for improvements was realized soon after it was completed. The road was paved after World War I, and several blind turns were opened up ("daylighted"). Even with these improvements in the 1920s, it became clear that a new route was needed to keep up with increasing demand.[34]

In 1927, plans were drawn up for a "Ridge Route Alternate", named as it was planned as an addition to the existing Ridge Route and not as a replacement. It opened in 1933 as a three-lane highway through the mountains. The middle or "suicide lane" was used as an overtaking lane for cars in both directions. This route was a great improvement, faster and 9.7 mi (15.6 km) shorter than the old Ridge Route,[34] but was not enough to satisfy demand, and a conversion to a four-lane expressway was needed. The outbreak of World War II delayed this until 1948 and the fourth lane was completed in 1952. However, just three years later, plans were begun for converting the four-lane expressway to a six-lane freeway.[34]

The last major alteration to the Ridge Route began in the early 1960s. By then, the plan for a six-lane freeway had expanded to eight lanes. This construction project made the most changes to the route. Many of the curves that followed the mountainside were cut through. To climb the mountain on the south side of Castaic more easily, traffic lanes were reversed (southbound lanes to the east and northbound lanes to the west). To prevent head-on collisions, the two ends of the route were separated on two different mountainsides, and the section through Piru Canyon was moved to an entirely new alignment to make room for Pyramid Lake. The project was completed by 1970 and brought the Ridge Route to its current alignment.[34]

San Joaquin Valley

When the Interstate Highway System was created in 1956, there was discussion about which way to route the interstate through the San Joaquin Valley (Central Valley). Two proposals were considered. One was to convert the Golden State Highway (US 99, later SR 99) into a freeway. The other was to use the proposed West Side Freeway (current Interstate 5). The Golden State Highway route would serve many farming communities across the San Joaquin Valley, but the West Side Freeway proposal would bypass all the Central Valley communities and thus provide a faster and more direct north–south route through the state and so was eventually chosen.[37]

Construction began in the early 1960s. There were just three phases for the 321 mi (517 km). The first phase, completed in 1967, ran from the San Joaquin County line to Los Banos. The second phase, completed in 1972, extended the freeway south to Wheeler Ridge and connected it to SR 99. The freeway then started to see traffic, as in Stockton there were only 4 mi (6.4 km) between the West Side Freeway and the Golden State Highway. The third phase, completed in 1979, extended the freeway to Sacramento and connected it to the northern I-5.[38]

When the second phase of the freeway opened in 1972, it was a long and lonely route with no businesses alongside. Services were not easily available as the nearest towns were miles away and generally out of sight. It was common for cars to run out of fuel.[39] Over time the West Side Freeway (I-5) saw the development of businesses serving the needs of travelers. For years, there has still been interest in designating the Golden State Highway route as its own interstate, I-7 or I-9.[40]

The median on I-5 between Wheeler Ridge and Tracy is wide enough to accommodate widening the West Side Freeway to six or eight lanes, should the need arise.

I-5W and the San Francisco Bay Area

Interstate 5W

NHSEntire route

I-5's more direct Los Angeles-to-Sacramento route bypasses San Francisco, San Jose, Oakland, and the rest of the San Francisco Bay Area. Original plans also called for a loop Interstate with a directional suffix, I-5W.[37] This route now roughly corresponds to I-580 from I-5 south of Tracy to Oakland, I-80 from Oakland to Vacaville, and I-505 from Vacaville to I-5 near Dunnigan. I-5W and most of the other Interstates around the country with directional suffixes were eventually renumbered or eliminated, except I-35E and I-35W in Texas and Minnesota. Nevertheless, San Francisco is still listed as a control city on northbound I-5 between SR 99 and I-580.

Sacramento area

Interstate 5 in Downtown Sacramento closely follows the Sacramento River. This has resulted in complex engineering work to keep the section dry due to it being located below the water table. Locally, Caltrans refers to this part of the freeway as the "Boat Section".[41] Due to record levels of rainfall in 1980 the Boat Section was flooded with 15 ft (4.6 m) of water. Caltrans began constructing this section during the 1960s and 1970s. The freeway was engineered below grade so it would be out of the view of offices and shops in Downtown Sacramento. To achieve this, the site was excavated and the seeping water was pumped from the area. An intricate drainage system, water pump and retaining wall are used to protect the freeway from the Sacramento River. However, the system slowly clogged up over the years with sand and silt buildup [42] Major repair work of the Boat Section began on May 30, 2008.[41] The construction was to take 40 days to complete, requiring complete northbound and southbound closures on an alternating schedule.

Exit list

San DiegoSan Diego0.000.00 Fed. 1 – TijuanaSouthern terminus of I-5; South end of the John J. Montgomery Freeway;[14] roadway continues beyond the Mexican border at San Ysidro Port of Entry as Federal Highway 1
0.220.351ACamino de la PlazaLast exit before the Mexican border (southbound) and northbound exit via the border inspection station's SENTRI and Ready lanes
I-805 north
Northbound exit and southbound entrance; south end of I-805
1.111.791BVia de San YsidroNo southbound entrance
2.223.572San Ysidro Boulevard, Dairy Mart Road
SR 905 east / Tocayo Avenue
Future I-905; exits 1A-B on SR 905; former SR 117
3.956.364Coronado Avenue
SR 75 north (Palm Avenue) – Imperial Beach
South end of SR 75
Chula Vista5.318.555BMain Street
5.979.616Palomar Street
6.7210.817AL Street
7.2111.607BJ Street, Marina Parkway
7.7212.428AH Street
8.4713.638BE Street (CR S17)
National City9.3114.989
SR 54 east
Exits 1A-B on SR 54
9.9516.0110Mile of Cars Way (24th Street), Bay Marina Drive
10.6617.1611AHarbor Drive, Civic Center Drive
11.0417.7711BPlaza Boulevard, 8th Street – Downtown National City
San Diego11.5718.6212Division Street, Main Street, National City Boulevard
SR 15 north (Escondido Freeway) – Riverside
Future I-15; exits 1B-C on SR 15; former SR 103
13.3021.4013B28th Street, National Avenue
SR 75 south (San Diego-Coronado Bridge) – Coronado
Exit 13 on SR 75
14.0322.5814BCesar E. Chavez ParkwayFormerly Crosby Street[46][47]

J Street to SR 94 east (M. L. King Jr. Freeway)
Northbound signage
Imperial AvenueSouthbound signage
SR 94 east (M. L. King Jr. Freeway)
Northern end of the John J. Montgomery Freeway and southern end of San Diego Freeway;[14] northbound access via exit 15A; exit 1A on SR 94
15.3224.6615CB Street, Pershing DriveSigned as exit 15B northbound
SR 163 north / Tenth Avenue – Escondido
Signed as exit 16 southbound; exit 1B on SR 163; former US 395
16.2226.1016B6th Avenue – Downtown San DiegoNorthbound exit and southbound entrance
16.8227.0717Front Street, 2nd Avenue – Civic CenterNo northbound exit
16.8227.0717A Hawthorn Street – San Diego AirportNo southbound exit
17B Sassafras Street – Rental Car Center, San Diego AirportSigned as exit 18A southbound
17.6828.4518APacific HighwayNorthbound exit and southbound entrance; former US 101
18.1929.2718BWashington StreetFormer US 80 east
18.9430.4819Old Town AvenueServes Old Town San Diego State Historic Park
19.9732.1420Rosecrans StreetSouthbound exit and northbound entrance; former SR 209 south
19.9732.14 I-8 – Beaches, El CentroNo southbound exit to I-8 west; exit 2 on I-8
20.7333.3621Sea World Drive, Tecolote Road
22.1735.6822Clairemont Drive, E. Mission Bay Drive
22.7836.6623AGrand Avenue, Garnet AvenueNorthbound exit and southbound entrance; connection to Mission Bay Drive; Mission Bay Drive follows the original routing of former US 101/BL I-5
23.3937.6423BBalboa Avenue eastSouthbound exit is via exit 23; former SR 274
23.3937.6423Balboa Avenue, Garnet AvenueSouthbound exit and northbound entrance; connection to Mission Bay Drive; Mission Bay Drive follows the original routing of former US 101/BL I-5
25.8641.6226ALa Jolla Parkway westNorthbound exit and southbound entrance; formerly Ardath Road[48]
SR 52 east
Signed as exit 26 southbound; SR 52 west exit 1A
26.7042.9727Gilman Drive, La Jolla Colony Drive
28.0745.1728ANobel DriveNorthbound exit and southbound entrance
28.3445.6128BLa Jolla Village DriveSigned as exit 28 southbound
29.3747.2729Genesee Avenue (CR S21)
30.3448.8330Sorrento Valley RoadNorthbound exit and southbound entrance

I-5 Local Bypass to SR 56 east
South end of Local Bypass lanes
I-805 south (Jacob Dekema Freeway) – Chula Vista
Southbound exit and northbound entrance; I-805 exit 33A to Local Bypass lanes; northern terminus of I-805
31.7251.0532Carmel Mountain RoadLocal Bypass lanes access only
SR 56 east (Ted Williams Freeway)
Local Bypass lanes access only; northbound exit and southbound entrance; southbound access via exit 33
32.8152.80I-5 Local Bypass to Carmel Mountain RoadNorth end of Local Bypass lanes

Carmel Valley Road to SR 56 east
Signed as exit 33 southbound
34.0454.7834Del Mar Heights Road
San DiegoSolana Beach line36.1858.2336Via de la Valle (CR S6)
Solana Beach37.2960.0137Lomas Santa Fe Drive (CR S8)
Encinitas38.5362.0139Manchester Avenue
39.7463.9640Birmingham Drive
40.5165.1941ASanta Fe Drive
41.4266.6641BEncinitas Boulevard (CR S9)
42.6268.5943Leucadia Boulevard
EncinitasCarlsbad line43.9870.7844La Costa Avenue
Carlsbad45.4873.1945Poinsettia Lane, Aviara Parkway
46.9475.5447Palomar Airport Road (CR S12)
47.8977.0748Cannon Road
49.1979.1649Tamarack Avenue
50.0280.5050Carlsbad Village Drive – Downtown CarlsbadFormerly Elm Avenue[49]
50.5981.4251ALas Flores Drive
SR 78 east (Ronald Packard Freeway) / Vista Way – Escondido, Oceanside
Signed as exits 51B (SR 78) and 51C (Vista Way) northbound; SR 78 exits 1A-B
51.3882.6951CCassidy StreetNo northbound exit
52.2184.0252Oceanside Boulevard
53.1285.4953Mission Avenue (SR 76 Bus.) – Downtown OceansideServes Mission San Luis Rey
SR 76 east / Coast Highway (CR S21)
Coast Highway (formerly Hill Street) is not signed southbound[50]
53.8486.6554BCamp PendletonNorthbound signage
Coast Highway (CR S21)Southbound signage; former US 101
Camp Pendleton South54.3087.3954CHarbor Drive, Vandergrift Boulevard – Oceanside, Camp PendletonVandergrift Boulevard not signed northbound; Oceanside not signed southbound
Aliso Creek Rest Area
61.9999.7662Las Pulgas Road
71.30114.7571Basilone Road – San Onofre
San DiegoOrange
county line
San Clemente72.19116.1872Cristianitos RoadFormer I-5 Bus. north
Orange73.28117.9373Avenida MagdalenaNorthbound signage
Avenida CalafiaSouthbound signage
73.91118.9574El Camino RealFormer US 101; former I-5 Bus.
74.94120.6075Avenida PresidioNo southbound exit
74.94120.60Avenida PalizadaSouthbound exit and northbound entrance; former I-5 Bus. south
75.67121.7876Avenida Pico
76.56123.2177Avenida Vista Hermosa
San ClementeDana Point line78.08125.6678Camino de Estrella
Dana PointSan Juan Capistrano line79.06127.2379
SR 1 north (Pacific Coast Highway) / Camino Las Ramblas – Beach Cities
Pacific Coast Highway was former US 101 Alt. north
San Juan CapistranoStonehill DriveNorthbound entrance only
80.83130.0881Camino Capistrano
SR 74 east (Ortega Highway) – San Juan Capistrano
83.19133.8883Junipero Serra Road
San Juan CapistranoMission Viejo line84.83136.5285A

SR 73 Toll north (San Joaquin Hills Toll Road) – Long Beach
Northbound exit and southbound entrance
Mission Viejo85.22137.1585BAvery ParkwaySigned as exit 85 southbound
86.06138.5086Crown Valley Parkway
87.50140.8288Oso Parkway
Mission ViejoLaguna Hills line88.81142.9389La Paz Road
89.75144.4490Alicia Parkway
Laguna HillsLake Forest line90.97146.4091El Toro Road (CR S18)
91.78147.7192Lake Forest DriveSigned as exit 92A northbound
Irvine92.45148.78Bake ParkwaySigned as exit 92B northbound

I-405 north
HOV access only; northbound exit and southbound entrance

I-405 north (San Diego Freeway north) to SR 133 south – Long Beach
Northern end of San Diego Freeway and southern end of Santa Ana Freeway;[14] northbound exit and southbound entrance; El Toro Y; former SR 7
94.49152.0794BAlton ParkwaySigned as exit 94 southbound
94.84152.63Barranca ParkwayHOV access only; southbound exit and northbound entrance
SR 133 south / Barranca Parkway – Laguna Beach
Southbound exit and northbound entrance; northbound access is via exit 94; SR 133 north exit 10
96.22154.8596ASand Canyon AvenueSigned as exit 96 northbound

SR 133 Toll north (Eastern Toll Road) – Rancho Santa Margarita, Riverside
Signed as exit 95 northbound; SR 133 south exits 10A-B
97.27156.5497Jeffrey Road
98.86159.1099Culver Drive
IrvineTustin line99.86160.71100

Jamboree Road to SR 261 Toll
Provides access to and from SR 261[51]
TustinMyford RoadExit removed in the 1990s during the expansion of I-5
100.50161.74101ATustin Ranch Road
101.37163.14101BRed Hill Avenue
101.90163.99102Newport AvenueSouthbound exit and northbound entrance
102.54165.02103 SR 55 (Costa Mesa Freeway) – Riverside, Anaheim, Newport BeachSigned as exits 103A (north) and 103B (south) northbound; no southbound exit to SR 55 north; exits 10B-11A on SR 55
Santa Ana103.18–
104AFirst Street, Fourth StreetSigned as exit 103C northbound

SR 55 south
HOV access only; southbound exit and northbound entrance
Grand Avenue, Santa Ana BoulevardHOV access only; northbound exit and southbound entrance
104.04167.44104BGrand Avenue, Santa Ana BoulevardSigned as exit 104 northbound
104.74168.56105A17th Street
Main StreetHOV access only; southbound exit and northbound entrance; removed with freeway upgrades[52]
105.37169.58105BMain Street, BroadwayMain Street south of I-5 was SR 73 south; north of I-5, it was former SR 51 north
Santa AnaOrange lineFlower StreetExit removed in 1991 for expansion of I-5; was southbound exit only[53]
106.52171.43106 SR 22 (Garden Grove Freeway) – Long Beach, OrangeSigned as exits 107A (east) and 107B (west) southbound; south end of Orange Crush interchange; SR 22 east exits 14C–D, west exit 14B; no northbound exit to SR 22 east
106.52171.43107ALa Veta Avenue, Bristol StreetNorthbound exit is part of exit 106; serves Angel Stadium
SR 57 north (Orange Freeway) – Pomona
Northbound exit and southbound entrance; north end of Orange Crush interchange; SR 57 exit 1A

SR 57 north
HOV access only; northbound exit and southbound entrance
Orange106.52171.43107BChapman AvenueNo southbound exit
107.48172.97107CState College Boulevard, The City DriveState College Boulevard was former SR 250 north
Anaheim107.96173.74Gene Autry Way, Disney WayHOV access only; Disney Way not signed southbound
108.65174.86109Katella Avenue, Disney Way, Orangewood AvenueSigned as exit 109A southbound; Disney Way not signed southbound, Orangewood Avenue (former SR 51 south) not signed northbound
108.89175.24109BDisney Way, Anaheim BoulevardNo northbound exit; Anaheim Boulevard was former SR 72
109.68176.51110AHarbor Boulevard, Ball RoadSigned as exit 110 northbound; Ball Road not signed southbound
109.95176.95110BDisneyland Drive, Ball RoadNo northbound exit
Disneyland DriveHOV access only; southbound exit only
South Street, West StreetExit removed in the 1990s during the expansion of I-5; was northbound exit and entrance
111.23179.01111Lincoln AvenueFormer SR 214
Loara StreetExit removed in the 1990s during the expansion of I-5; was northbound exit and entrance
111.77179.88112Euclid Street
Crescent AvenueExit removed in December 1997 for expansion of I-5; was northbound exit and entrance[54]
112.79181.52113Brookhurst Street, La Palma AvenueSigned as exits 113A (Brookhurst Street, La Palma Avenue west) and 113B (La Palma Avenue east) northbound
AnaheimFullerton line113.78183.11113C
SR 91 west (Artesia Freeway)
Northbound exit and southbound entrance; SR 91 east exit 24

SR 91 west
HOV access only; northbound exit and southbound entrance

Magnolia Avenue to SR 91 east
No northbound entrance; southbound exit signed as Magnolia Avenue only; signed as exit 114 northbound
FullertonBuena Park line114.38184.08114B
SR 91 east (Riverside Freeway) – Riverside
Southbound exit and northbound entrance; SR 91 west exit 24

SR 91 east
HOV access only; southbound exit and northbound entrance
Buena ParkOrangethorpe AvenueNorthbound entrance only
115.41185.73115Auto Center DriveFormerly Manchester Boulevard; northbound exit only; southbound entrance removed; former US 101 / SR 14[55]
115.71186.22116 SR 39 (Beach Boulevard)
OrangeLos Angeles
county line
Buena ParkLa Mirada line116.54187.55117Knott Avenue, Artesia BoulevardFormer SR 91
Los AngelesLa MiradaSanta Fe Springs line117.87189.69118Valley View Avenue
Santa Fe SpringsAlondra BoulevardClosed April 18, 2017
Santa Fe SpringsNorwalk line119.07191.62119Carmenita Road
120.10193.28120Rosecrans AvenueFormerly exit 120A northbound
Norwalk120.30193.60120BFirestone BoulevardClosed; was northbound exit and southbound entrance; former SR 42
120.88194.54121Norwalk Boulevard, Imperial HighwaySigned as exit 122 southbound; former SR 35 (Norwalk Boulevard); former SR 90 (Imperial Highway)
121.57195.65122Imperial Highway, Pioneer BoulevardCombined with exit 121 with freeway upgrades
Santa Fe SpringsDowney line123.04198.01123Florence AvenueNo southbound exit
123.51198.77124 I-605 (San Gabriel River Freeway)I-605 exit 11
Downey124.97201.12125 SR 19 (Lakewood Boulevard, Rosemead Boulevard)
125.61202.15126AParamount Boulevard
MontebelloCommerce line126.36203.36126BSlauson AvenueNo northbound entrance
127.54205.26128ABandini Boulevard, Garfield AvenueBandini Boulevard not signed northbound
Commerce128.21206.33128BWashington Boulevard
129.46208.35129Atlantic Boulevard, Eastern AvenueNorthbound exit signed as "Atlantic Boulevard north" only; former SR 15

Atlantic Boulevard south to I-710 south (Long Beach Freeway)
Northbound exit and entrance only
129.71208.75Triggs StreetSouthbound exit and entrance only
130.44209.92130BEastern AvenueNorthbound exit only
I-710 north (Long Beach Freeway) – Pasadena
Northbound left exit and southbound left entrance; I-710 south exit 18
I-710 south (Long Beach Freeway) – Long Beach
Southbound exit and northbound entrance; I-710 north exit 18A
East Los Angeles130.81210.52131AOlympic BoulevardSouthbound exit and northbound entrance; former SR 26 / SR 245
131.46211.56131BDitman Avenue, Indiana StreetSigned as exit 131 northbound
Los Angeles131.60211.79132Indiana Street, Calzona Street
132.86213.82133Grande Vista AvenueNorthbound exit; southbound entrance via Concord Street
US 101 north (Santa Ana Freeway north) – Los Angeles
I-5 south transitions onto Santa Ana Freeway south[14] southern end of Golden State Freeway; northbound left exit and southbound entrance; south end of East Los Angeles Interchange proper; access to Los Angeles Civic Center
I-10 west (Santa Monica Freeway) – Santa Monica
Northbound exit signage
133.37214.64134BSoto StreetSigned as exit 134A southbound, previously exit 133A for northbound
SR 60 east (Pomona Freeway) – Pomona
Southbound left exit and northbound entrance; SR 60 exits 1A and 1E
133.41214.70134CSeventh StreetNo southbound exit; left exit northbound, formerly exit 133B
I-10 west (Santa Monica Freeway) – Santa Monica
Southern end of I-10 overlap; southbound exit signage; I-5 south follows I-10 exit 16B;[56] north end of East Los Angeles Interchange proper
134.22216.01135AFourth StreetFormer SR 60[57]
135.11217.44135BCesar Chavez AvenueNorthbound exit and southbound entrance; formerly Brooklyn Avenue
I-10 east (San Bernardino Freeway) – San Bernardino
Northern end of I-10 overlap; 5-10 Split portion of the East Los Angeles Interchange; signed as exit 135B southbound; I-10 exit 19B
Marengo StreetNorthbound entrance only
135.45217.99135CMission RoadNo northbound exit
136AMain StreetSigned as exit 136 southbound; no entrance ramps
136.39219.50136BBroadwaySouthbound exit is part of exit 137A
SR 110 north (Arroyo Seco Parkway) – Pasadena
Signed as exit 137B northbound; SR 110 south exit 26B
137.10220.64137Figueroa StreetNorthbound exit is part of exit 137A, southbound is part of exit 137B; direct entrance ramp to I-5 southbound; former SR 159 / SR 163 north
SR 110 south (Arroyo Seco Parkway) – Los Angeles
Southbound exit and northbound entrance; SR 110 north exit 26A
138.49222.88138Stadium Way
139.21224.04139 SR 2 (Glendale Freeway) – Glendale, Echo ParkSigned as exits 139A (north) and 139B (south) northbound; SR 2 north exit 13, south exit 13A
139.68224.79140AFletcher DriveSouthbound exit and northbound entrance; former SR 2
140.32225.82140BGlendale BoulevardSigned as exit 140 northbound
140.82226.63141ALos Feliz BoulevardSigned as exit 141 southbound
140.99226.90141BGriffith ParkNorthbound exit and southbound entrance
142.44229.23142Colorado StreetFormer SR 134 east / SR 163 south
SR 134 east (Ventura Freeway) – Glendale, Pasadena
Signed as exit 144 southbound; SR 134 west exit 5; northbound exit also includes direct exit ramp to Zoo Drive, which serves the Los Angeles Zoo
SR 134 west (Ventura Freeway) – Ventura
Northbound exit and southbound entrance; southbound access is via exit 145A; SR 134 east exits 5A-B

Western Avenue to SR 134 west
Burbank145.09233.50145BAlameda AvenueFormer SR 134 west
145.82234.67146AOlive Avenue, Verdugo Avenue
146.44235.67146BBurbank Boulevard
147.27237.01147AScott RoadFormer interchange with no southbound entrance; closed as part of the Empire Avenue interchange project
147.30237.06147BLincoln StreetFormer northbound exit and southbound entrance; closed as part of the Empire Avenue interchange project
147.41237.23147 Empire Avenue, N. San Fernando BoulevardAccess to Hollywood Burbank Airport
147.89238.01148Buena Vista Street
Los Angeles149.01239.81149 Hollywood WayAccess to Hollywood Burbank Airport
149.94241.31150AGlenoaks BoulevardNorthbound exit and southbound entrance
150.34241.95150BSunland Boulevard – Sun ValleySigned as exit 150 southbound
150.94242.91151Penrose StreetNo northbound entrance
151.65244.06152Lankershim Boulevard, Tuxford StreetFormer SR 170
152.60245.59153ASheldon Street
SR 170 south (Hollywood Freeway) – Hollywood
Southbound exit and northbound entrance; SR 170 north exit 11B

SR 170 south
HOV access only; southbound exit and northbound entrance
153.02246.26153BBranford StreetNorthbound exit and southbound entrance
154.07247.95154Osborne Street – Arleta
154.62248.84155ATerra Bella StreetNorthbound exit and southbound entrance
155.16249.71155BVan Nuys Boulevard – PacoimaNorthbound exit and southbound entrance

Paxton Street to SR 118 west
Signed as exit 156B northbound
156.02251.09156B SR 118 (Ronald Reagan Freeway)Signed as exit 156A northbound; southbound exit to SR 118 west is via exit 156A; SR 118 exit 44A
156.64252.09157ABrand Boulevard – San FernandoNorthbound exit and southbound entrance; former SR 118
156.90252.51157BSan Fernando Mission Boulevard – San FernandoSigned as exit 157 southbound; former US 6 south / US 99 south
I-405 south (San Diego Freeway) – Santa Monica
Southbound exit and northbound entrance; former SR 7 south

I-5 Truck south to I-405 south
Southbound truck route
159.31256.38159Roxford Street – SylmarSigned as exits 159A (east) and 159B (west) northbound
I-210 east (Foothill Freeway) – Pasadena
Signed as exit 161 northbound; I-210 exits 1A-B

I-5 Truck north to SR 14 north
South end of truck route; south end of Newhall Pass interchange at Newhall Pass

SR 14 north
HOV access only; northbound exit and southbound entrance
161.09259.25161BBalboa Boulevard, San Fernando RoadSouthbound exit only; northbound entrance is via Sierra Highway
SR 14 north (Antelope Valley Freeway) – Palmdale, Lancaster
Northern end of HOV lanes on I-5; SR 14 exits 1A-B; southbound entrance includes direct exit ramp to exit 161B

I-5 Truck south to SR 14 north / Sierra Highway
North end of truck route; north end of Newhall Pass interchange at Newhall Pass
Santa Clarita165.69266.65166Calgrove Boulevard
166.99268.74167Lyons Avenue, Pico Canyon Road
168.10270.53168McBean Parkway – Stevenson Ranch
169.13272.19169Valencia Boulevard
170.23273.96170Magic Mountain ParkwayFormer SR 126 east
170.82274.91171Rye Canyon RoadSouthbound exit and entrance only
SR 126 west / Newhall Ranch Road – Ventura
Castaic173.26278.83173Hasley Canyon Road
175.67282.71176AParker Road – CastaicNorthbound exit and southbound entrance
176.15283.49176BLake Hughes Road – Castaic Lake Park, CastaicSigned as exit 176 southbound
182.63293.91183Templin Highway
191.13307.59191Vista del Lago Road
194.62313.21195Smokey Bear Road
SR 138 east – Lancaster, Palmdale
Northbound exit and southbound entrance
198.42319.33198Quail Lake RoadSigned as exit 198B northbound
SR 138 east – Lancaster, Palmdale
Southbound exit and northbound entrance
202.46325.83202GormanConnects to Gorman School Road
203.67327.78Tejon Pass, elevation 4,144 feet (1,263 m)[58]
Los AngelesKern
county line
Lebec205.23330.29205Frazier Mountain Park Road
Kern205.97331.48Tejon Pass Rest Area
206.88332.94207LebecConnects to Lebec Service Road, Lebec Road
210.29338.43210Fort TejonConnects to Lebec Road
215.42346.68215GrapevineConnects to Grapevine Road West, Grapevine Road East
218.79352.11219Laval RoadSigned as exits 219A (east) and 219B (west)
Wheeler Ridge221.13355.87221
SR 99 north (Golden State Highway[14]) – Bakersfield, Fresno
Wheeler Ridge Interchange; southern end of West Side Freeway;[14] northbound left exit and southbound left entrance; former US 99 north

I-5 Truck south
Southbound truck bypass
224.88361.91225 SR 166 (Maricopa Highway) – Mettler, Maricopa, Taft
228.16367.19228Copus Road
234.34377.13234Old River Road
SR 223 east (Bear Mountain Boulevard) – Arvin
244.06392.78244 SR 119 (Taft Highway) – Pumpkin Center, LamontFormer US 399
246.46396.64246 SR 43 (Enos Lane) – Shafter, Wasco, Taft, Maricopa
SR 58 east (Stockdale Highway) – Bakersfield
Southern end of SR 58 overlap
SR 58 west – Buttonwillow, McKittrick
Northern end of SR 58 overlap
259.38417.43Buttonwillow Rest Area
261.91421.502627th Standard Road, Rowlee RoadNorthbound exit and southbound entrance
263.28423.71263Buttonwillow, McKittrickSouthbound exit and northbound entrance; connects to Buttonwillow Drive
267.88431.11268Lerdo Highway – Shafter
Lost Hills278.29447.86278 SR 46 – Lost Hills, Paso Robles, WascoFormer US 466
287.62462.88288Twisselman Road
Kings304.66490.30305Utica Avenue
Kettleman City308.90497.13309 SR 41 (E.G. Lewis Highway) – Kettleman City, Fresno, Paso Robles
county line
Avenal319.25513.78319 SR 269 (Lassen Avenue)
Fresno320.45515.71Avenal-Coalinga Rest Area

Jayne Avenue to SR 198 west – King City, Coalinga
333.89537.34334 SR 198 – Lemoore, Hanford
SR 33 south – Coalinga
Southbound signage; southern end of SR 33 overlap

SR 145 north – Kerman
Northbound signage; southern terminus of SR 145
SR 33 north (Derrick Avenue) – Mendota
Northern end of SR 33 overlap
357.38575.15357Kamm Avenue
364.82587.12365Manning Avenue
368.01592.25368Panoche Road
371.77598.31372Russell Avenue
379.10610.10379Shields Avenue (CR J1) – Mendota
384.80619.28385Nees Avenue – Firebaugh
Merced385.83620.93John Erreca Safety Roadside Rest Area
SR 165 north (Mercey Springs Road) – Los Banos
402.76648.18403 SR 33 / SR 152 – Los Banos, Hollister, Gilroy, San Jose, MontereySigned as exits 403A (south/east) and 403B (north/west)
Santa Nella407.02655.04407 SR 33 – Santa Nella, Gustine, Gilroy
SR 140 east – Gustine, Merced
Stanislaus423.17681.03423Stuhr Road (CR J18) – Newman
428.38689.41428Fink Road – Crows Landing
Patterson433.52697.68434Diablo Grande Parkway, Sperry Avenue (CR J17) - Patterson
440.73709.29441Howard Road (CR J16) – Westley
444.86715.93Westley Rest Area
San Joaquin446.35718.33446
I-580 west – Tracy, San Francisco
Northbound left exit and southbound left entrance
449.16722.85449 SR 132 – Modesto, San FranciscoSigned as exits 449A (east) and 449B (west)
SR 33 south (Ahern Road) – Tracy, Vernalis
Ahern Road north of I-5 was former SR 33 north
456.78735.12457Kasson Road (CR J4)
I-205 BL west (Eleventh Street) – Tracy
Southbound exit and northbound entrance; former US 50 west

I-205 west (Robert T. Monagan Freeway) to I-580 – San Francisco
Southbound exit and northbound entrance
459.59739.64460Mossdale Road, Manthey Road
SR 120 east – Manteca, Sonora
SR 120 exits 1A-B
462.19743.82462Louise Avenue
463.24745.51463Lathrop Road
465.30748.83465Roth Road – Sharpe Depot
French Camp466.57750.87467AEl Dorado StreetNorthbound exit and southbound entrance; former US 50 east
467.16751.82467BMathews RoadSigned as exit 467 southbound
Stockton468.26753.59468French Camp Road (CR J9), Arch Airport Road
469.38755.39469Downing Avenue, Carolyn Weston Boulevard
470.36756.97470Eighth Street
SR 4 west (Charter Way / SR 4 Bus. east)
Southern end of SR 4 overlap; former SR 4 east

SR 4 east to Navy Drive / SR 99 – Downtown Stockton
Northern end of SR 4 overlap; serves the Port of Stockton; SR 4 exits 65A-B
472.71760.75473Pershing Avenue, Oak Street, Fremont Street
473.64762.25474AMonte Diablo Avenue
474.25763.23474BCountry Club Boulevard, Alpine Avenue
475.71765.58476March Lane
477.17767.93477Benjamin Holt Drive
478.38769.88478Hammer Lane
481.02774.13481Eight Mile Road
485.27780.97485 SR 12 – Lodi, Fairfield
487.39784.38487Turner Road
490.43789.27490Peltier Road (CR J12)
493.33793.94493Thornton, Walnut GroveConnects to CR J11
Sacramento497.67800.92498Twin Cities Road (CR E13)
504.03811.16504Hood Franklin Road
Elk Grove506.37814.92506Elk Grove Boulevard (CR E12)
507.58816.87508Laguna Boulevard
Sacramento509.91820.62510Cosumnes River Boulevard

Pocket Road, Meadowview Road to SR 160 south – Freeport
512.73825.16513Florin Road
514.19827.5151443rd AvenueSouthbound exit and northbound entrance
514.84828.55515Fruitridge Road, Seamas Avenue
516.07830.53516Sutterville Road

US 50 (I-80 BL/I-305) to SR 99 south – South Lake Tahoe, San Francisco
Southern end of SR 99 overlap; former I-80; US 50/I-80 BL exit 4A; provides direct exit/entrance ramps to/from Broadway
518.72834.80519AQ StreetEntrances are via P Street; serves Golden 1 Center
519.34835.80519BJ Street – Downtown SacramentoEntrances are via I Street; serves Golden 1 Center
520.19837.16520Richards Boulevard
520.88838.28521AGarden HighwaySigned as exit 521 southbound
521.51839.29521BWest El Camino AvenueNorthbound exit and southbound entrance
522.26840.50522 I-80 – San Francisco, RenoFormer I-880; I-80 exit 86
523.59842.64524Arena Boulevard
524.56844.20525ADel Paso Road
SR 99 north – Yuba City, Marysville
Northern end of SR 99 overlap; SR 99 exit 306
527Metro Air Parkway[59]
528.27850.17528 Sacramento International AirportConnects to Airport Boulevard
529.26851.76Elkhorn Rest Area (southbound only)
Yolo530.71854.09531Road 22Former SR 16
Yolo Bypass530.71854.09Elkhorn Causeway
Woodland535.72862.16536Road 102 (CR E8)

Main Street (I-5 Bus. north) to SR 113 south – Woodland
Northbound exit and southbound entrance; former SR 16
SR 113 south – Davis
Southern end of SR 113 overlap; southbound exit and northbound entrance
SR 113 north (East Street) – Yuba City
Northern end of SR 113 overlap
539.60868.40540West Street
SR 16 west (I-5 Bus. south) – Esparto
542.53873.12542YoloConnects to Road 17
547.81881.61548ZamoraConnects to Road 13, CR E10
I-505 south – Winters, San Francisco
Southbound exit and northbound entrance
553.98891.54554Road 8
555.76894.41556DunniganConnects to Road 6, CR E4
556.52895.63Dunnigan Rest Area
county line
559.11899.80559County Line Road
ColusaArbuckle565.90910.73566Arbuckle, College CityNo northbound entrance; connects to I-5 Bus. north
566.81912.19567Frontage Road (I-5 Bus. south) – ArbuckleFormer US 99W
569.42916.39569Hahn Road
Williams575.02925.40575Husted Road (I-5 Bus. north)
577.09928.74577WilliamsConnects to SR 20 Bus.
577.83929.93578 SR 20 – Clear Lake, Colusa
583.41938.91Maxwell Rest Area
585.84942.82586Maxwell Road
588.36946.87588MaxwellSouthbound exit and northbound entrance; former US 99W; connects to I-5 Bus. south
590.95951.04591Delevan Road
Glenn595.00957.56595Road 68 – Princeton
Willows601.09967.36601Road 57 (I-5 Bus. north)
603.35971.00603 SR 162 – Willows, Oroville
607.38977.48607Road 39 – Bayliss
608.00978.48Willows Rest Area
610.28982.15610ArtoisConnects to Road 33
614.30988.62614Road 27
Orland618.30995.06618South Street, Road 16
619.29996.65619 SR 32 – Orland, Chico
621.29999.87621Road 7 (I-5 Bus. south)
Tehama628.001,010.67628Liberal Avenue, Road 99W
Corning629.721,013.44630South Avenue
631.211,015.83631Corning Road, Solano Street (CR A9)
632.731,018.28Lt. John C. Helmick Rest Area
632.771,018.34633Finnell Avenue – Richfield
636.201,023.86636Gyle Road (CR A11) – Tehama, Los Molinos
642.011,033.21642Flores Avenue – Proberta, Gerber
Red Bluff647.101,041.41647ASouth Main Street (I-5 BL / Historic US 99 north / CR A8 south)Signed as exit 647 northbound; former US 99W
647.171,041.52647BDiamond AvenueSouthbound exit and northbound entrance
SR 36 (Antelope Boulevard) to SR 99 – Chico
Former US 99E
649.701,045.59650Adobe Road
650.611,047.06651Main Street (I-5 BL / Historic US 99 south)Southbound exit and northbound entrance; connects to SR 36 west; northern end of West Side Freeway[14]
651.781,048.94652Wilcox Golf Road
652.981,050.87653Jellys Ferry Road
655.661,055.18Herbert S. Miles Rest Area
657.111,057.52657Auction Yard Road, Hooker Creek Road
659.461,061.30659Sunset Hills Drive, Auction Yard Road
662.271,065.82662 Bowman Road / CR A17 – Cottonwood
Cottonwood Creek662.861,066.77Bridge
ShastaCottonwood663.761,068.22664Gas Point Road
664.761,069.83665CottonwoodSouthbound exit and northbound entrance
SR 273 north (Historic US 99 north)
Northbound exit and southbound entrance
667.141,073.66667BDeschutes Road, Factory Outlets DriveSigned as exit 667 southbound; no southbound entrance
668.491,075.83668Balls Ferry RoadNorthbound signage
North StreetSouthbound signage
669.591,077.60670Riverside Avenue
672.621,082.48673 Knighton Road – Redding Airport
Redding675.001,086.31675S. Bonnyview Road, Churn Creek Road
677.311,090.02677Cypress Avenue
678.301,091.62678 SR 44 – Eureka, Lassen National ParkSigned as exits 678A (east) and 678B (west) southbound; SR 44 exits 2A-B; NB exit to SR 44 east provides exit ramp to Hilltop Drive
680.171,094.63680 SR 299 (Lake Boulevard)
680.921,095.83681ATwin View BoulevardSigned as exit 681 northbound
681.331,096.49681B SR 273 (Market Street / Historic US 99 south)Southbound exit and northbound entrance
682.251,097.97682Oasis Road
Shasta Lake683.851,100.55684Pine Grove Avenue
684.991,102.38685 SR 151 (Shasta Dam Boulevard)
686.931,105.51687Wonderland Boulevard – Mountain Gate
688.891,108.66689Fawndale Road, Wonderland Boulevard
690.481,111.22690Bridge Bay Road
690.561,111.35Pit River Bridge over Shasta Lake
692.171,113.94692Turntable Bay Road
693.451,116.00693Packers Bay RoadSouthbound exit and entrance only
693.881,116.69O'Brien Rest Area (northbound only)
695.011,118.51695Shasta Caverns Road – O'Brien
698.181,123.61698Gilman Road, Salt Creek Road
Lakehead-Lakeshore702.401,130.40702Lakeshore Drive, Antlers Road
703.661,132.43704Riverview Drive – Lakehead
704.501,133.78Lakehead Rest Area (southbound only)
707.111,137.98707Vollmers, DeltaConnects to Delta School Road
710.311,143.13710Slate Creek Road – La Moine
711.971,145.80712Pollard FlatConnects to Pollard Camp Road
713.761,148.69714Gibson Road
718.271,155.94718Sims Road
720.211,159.07720Flume Creek Road
721.371,160.93721Conant Road
722.611,162.93723Sweetbrier Avenue
724.441,165.87724CastellaConnects to Castle Creek Road
726.271,168.82726Soda Creek Road
726.861,169.77727Crag View DriveNorthbound exit only
727.701,171.12728Railroad Park Road, Crag View Drive
Siskiyou728.571,172.52729Dunsmuir Avenue (I-5 BL / Historic US 99 north)
Dunsmuir730.391,175.45730Dunsmuir Avenue (I-5 BL / Historic US 99)Northbound signage
Central DunsmuirSouthbound signage
731.721,177.59732Dunsmuir Avenue (I-5 BL / Historic US 99 south), Siskiyou Avenue
733.781,180.90734Mott Road
736.361,185.06736 SR 89 – McCloud, Reno
736.701,185.60737S. Mount Shasta Boulevard (I-5 BL / Historic US 99 north)Northbound exit and southbound entrance
Mount Shasta738.371,188.29738W. Lake Street (CR A10)
739.941,190.82740N. Mount Shasta Boulevard (I-5 BL / Historic US 99 south)Southbound exit and northbound entrance
741.061,192.62741Abrams Lake Road
743.221,196.10743Summit Drive, Truck Village Drive
Weed745.321,199.48745Vista Drive (I-5 BL north)
746.951,202.10747 US 97 (S. Weed Boulevard / I-5 BL / Historic US 99 north) – Klamath Falls
747.741,203.37748 SR 265 (N. Weed Boulevard / I-5 BL / Historic US 99 south)
750.541,207.88751Stewart Springs Road – Edgewood, Gazelle
753.431,212.53753Weed Airport RoadServes Weed Airport, Weed Rest Area
758.721,221.04759Louie Road
Grenada765.751,232.36766Montague, Grenada, GazelleConnects to CR A12
770.051,239.28770Easy Street, Shamrock Road
To SR 3 (I-5 BL / Historic US 99 north) – Yreka, Fort Jones, Etna
775.041,247.31775Central YrekaNorthbound signage
Miner Street, N. Foothill DriveSouthbound signage
775.721,248.40776 SR 3 (I-5 BL / Historic US 99 south) – Montague
SR 96 west (Klamath River Highway) – Willow Creek
Serves Randolf Collier Rest Area
Hornbrook789.031,269.82789Henley, Hornbrook (CR A28)
790.401,272.03790Hornbrook Highway, Ditch Creek Road
790.321,271.90Agricultural Inspection Station (southbound only)
793.001,276.21793Bailey Hill Road
795.811,280.73796HiltConnects to Hilt Road
I-5 north – Medford, Portland
Continuation into Oregon
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Newhall Pass truck route

The I-5 truck route through the Newhall Pass Interchange in Sylmar has its own separate exits. The route runs from the I-210 interchange to north of the SR 14 interchange.

The entire route is in Los Angeles County. All exits are unnumbered.

I-5 south – Los Angeles
South end of I-5 truck route
I-210 east (Foothill Freeway) – Pasadena
Southbound exit and northbound entrance
1.572.53Sierra HighwaySouthbound exit and northbound entrance

SR 14 north – Palmdale, Lancaster
No northbound entrance
I-5 north – Sacramento
North end of I-5 truck route
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Related routes

There are six signed auxiliary Interstate Highways associated with I-5 in California:

There is also one unsigned auxiliary Interstate Highway: I-305 runs along US 50 from I-80 in West Sacramento to SR 99 in Sacramento.

There is one future auxiliary Interstate Highway: SR 905 from I-5 in San Diego to the Mexico–U.S. border in Otay Mesa is proposed to become I-905.

There are also several business routes of Interstate 5 in California, primarily parts of the original routing of US 99.


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