California 13

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California 13

Routing

Located in the East Bay, California 13 connects Interstate 80 with California 24 via Ashby Avenue through Berkeley, then travels southeast to link with Interstate 580 via the Warren Freeway. Prior to the completion of the California 24 freeway to downtown Oakland, Ashby Avenue was formerly part of California 24.

Highway Guide

California 13/Warren Freeway north
The first exit along northbound California 13/Warren Freeway is Exit 1, Carson Street and Redwood Road. From this interchange, Carson Street travels southwest before ending at Tompkins Avenue. To the east, Redwood Road travels east and uphill to Skyline Boulevard, then connects with Redwood Regional Park and Anthony Chabot Regional Park. A connection to southern Moraga in Contra Costa County is provided via northbound Pinehurst Road and Canyon Road. Photo taken 11/28/04.
The freeway section of California 13 lies entirely within the city of Oakland, which is the eighth-largest city in California (2000 Census population: 399,484 people) and contains 78.2 square miles (including water). Oakland was founded in 1852, contains dozens of villages with distinct identities, and is growing in population. Photo taken 11/28/04.
The first three exits along northbound California 13 are Exit 1, Carson Street/Redwood Road; Exit 2, Lincoln Avenue/Joaquin Miller Road; and Exit 3, Mountain Boulevard to Park Boulevard. Photo taken 11/28/04.
Use Exit 1 to Holy Names University and Merritt College. A pedestrian bridge crosses over the freeway. Photo taken 11/28/04.
Northbound California 13/Warren Freeway reaches Exit 1, Carson Street and Redwood Road. The next interchange is Exit 2, Lincoln Avenue and Joaquin Miller Road. Photo taken 11/28/04.

This mileage sign provides the distance to the next three exits along northbound California 13: Exit 2, Lincoln Avenue/Joaquin Miller Road; Exit 3, Mountain Boulevard to Park Boulevard; and Exit 4, Moraga Avenue to the city of Piedmont. Photo taken 11/28/04.
The next exit along northbound California 13 is Exit 2, Lincoln Avenue/Joaquin Miller Road. For most of its freeway segment, California 13 is four lanes, with two lanes in each direction. The road has a rural feel, with lush landscaping on both sides of the freeway. Photo taken 11/28/04.
Northbound California 13 reaches Exit 2, Lincoln Avenue/Joaquin Miller Road. Note the odd exit sign, which is posted on the left side of the northbound lanes for a right hand exit. This sign is posted this way due to limited sight distance. Photo taken 11/28/04.
After rounding the curve, the offramp from California 13 north to Exit 2, Lincoln Avenue/Joaquin Miller Road comes into view. Use Joaquin Miller Road east to Joaquin Miller Park, Woodminster Amphitheater, and Roberts Regional Recreation Area. To the west, Lincoln Avenue travels toward the Dimond neighborhood of the city of Oakland. Photo taken 11/28/04.
This reassurance shield for California 13 north is posted after the onramp from Joaquin Miller Road. Continue north on California 13/Warren Freeway to California 24 and the University of California at Berkeley. Photo taken 11/28/04.
The next exit along California 13 north is Exit 3, Mountain Boulevard/Park Boulevard to the Montclair District of the city of Oakland. Photo taken 11/28/04.
Continuing north, this view shows California 13 descending into the Palo Seco Creek valley. The next offramp is visible in the distance. Photo taken 11/28/04.
Northbound California 13/Warren Freeway reaches Exit 3, Lincoln Boulevard/Park Boulevard to Montclair. Photo taken 11/28/04.
The next exit along California 13 north is Exit 4, Moraga Avenue west to the city of Piedmont and Thornhill Drive northeast to the Forest Park District of Oakland. Photo taken 11/28/04.
Northbound California 13/Warren Freeway reaches Exit 4, Moraga Avenue west to the city of Piedmont and Thornhill Drive northeast to the Forest Park District of Oakland. Photo taken 11/28/04.
The next exit along California 13 north is Exit 5A, Glenwood Glade to Broadway Terrace. Broadway Terrace travels west to the Rockridge District of Oakland and travels east to the Forest Park District of Oakland before ending at Skyline Boulevard in Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve. Photo taken 11/28/04.
Emerging from the trees, northbound California 13 approaches Exits 5B-C, Junction California 24 west to downtown Oakland/San Francisco and east to Walnut Creek and Concord via the Caldecott Tunnel. Photo taken 11/28/04.
The first ramp from northbound California 13 connects to Exit 5B, Junction California 24 east to Walnut Creek. The left exit (second ramp) connects to California 24 west to downtown Oakland/San Francisco. This is a very tight interchange with limited sight distance and almost no deceleration lanes. Photo taken 11/28/04.
Northbound California 13 reaches Exit 5C, Junction California 24 west to downtown Oakland/San Francisco. From here, California 13 will downgrade from a freeway to a city street - but the state highway designation continues. Photo taken 11/28/04.
The next intersection along northbound California 13 is with Claremont Drive, which travels east along the north side of California 24 and offers a connection to the westbound freeway (hence the control cities of Oakland and San Francisco). The freeway ends here. Photo taken 11/28/04.
Northbound California 13 reaches Exit 5D, Claremont Drive. After this traffic signal, California 13 leaves Oakland and enters the city of Berkeley. Home to 102,743 people as of the 2000 Census, Berkeley was incorporated in 1878 and contains 17.7 square miles (of which 10.5 square miles is land). Berkeley is home of the University of California-Berkeley campus, which is the flagship school of the University of California system and the oldest campus in that system. Photo taken 11/28/04.
California 13/Tunnel Road north
California 13/Ashby Avenue west
After the Warren Freeway ends, through traffic on California 13 north is defaulted onto Tunnel Road, which turns due west at the Domingo Road intersection. From here, California 13 follows Ashby Avenue west through Berkeley toward Interstate 80-580/Eastshore Freeway. Photo taken 11/28/04.
Ashby Avenue is a two-lane city street with residences lining both sides. It does not feel like a state highway and certainly not like the freeway section of California 13. Photo taken 11/28/04.
Prior to the College Avenue intersection, westbound California 13/Ashby Avenue makes a slight jog southwest at the Ashby Place intersection. At the College Avenue intersection, turn north to the University of California at Berkeley campus. Photo taken 11/28/04.
Westbound California 13/Ashby Avenue meets Colby Street at this traffic signal near the Alta Bates Medical Center. Photo taken 11/28/04.
Soon thereafter, California 13/Ashby Avenue west intersects Telegraph Avenue here. From here, California 13 will intersect Shatuck Avenue, Adeline Street, Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Sacramento Street, and California 123/San Pablo Avenue (Old U.S. 40). Photo taken 11/28/04.
After the 7th Street intersection, westbound California 13 uses this subway to pass under the Union Pacific Railroad tracks. Photo taken 11/26/04.
The final interchange along westbound California 13 is with Interstate 80-580/Eastshore Freeway. Use Interstate 80 east and Interstate 580 west to Vallejo and Sacramento. The second ramp connects to Interstate 80 west and Interstate 580 east to Oakland and San Francisco. Photo taken 11/26/04.
After crossing over Interstate 80-580/Eastshore Freeway, the westbound lanes merge directly onto Interstate 80 west and Interstate 580 east. Photo taken 11/26/04.
California 13/Ashby Avenue east
Departing the ramp from northbound Interstate 80-580/Eastshore Freeway onto eastbound California 13/Ashby Avenue, the first exit is to Shellmound Street south to Emeryville. Photo taken 11/26/04.
After the Shellmound Street exit, the ramp merges with the ramp from southbound Eastshore Freeway to form eastbound Ashby Avenue. Photo taken 11/26/04.
This older bridge carries Shellmound Avenue and the Union Pacific Railroad tracks over California 13/Ashby Avenue. Photo taken 11/26/04.
The first traffic signal along eastbound California 13/Ashby Avenue is with 7th Street. A park and ride is located at the southwestern corner of this intersection. Photo taken 11/26/04.
California 13/Tunnel Road south
California 13/Warren Freeway south

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Page Updated December 18, 2007.