Descending from the crest of the American River bridge on Interstate 80 westbound. Interstate 80 leaves Sacramento County and enters West Sacramento in Yolo County. Photo taken 09/10/05.
A before and after look at the Exit 83 folded-diamond interchange with Reed Avenue (California 84). Note the pavement change in the five months that transpired between photos. Reed Avenue joins Interstate 80 with Riverside Parkway to the west and Harbor Boulevard & Sacramento Avenue to the east, all within West Sacramento. Unsigned California 84 travels east along Reed Avenue and Sacramento Avenue to Jefferson Boulevard south. Photos taken 04/02/05 & 09/10/05.
Business Loop Interstate 80 (Capital City Freeway) returns to Interstate 80 at Exit 82 in West Sacramento. The business route follows the pre-1982 routing of Interstate 80 through downtown Sacramento. U.S. 50 and hidden Interstate 305 overlap with Business Loop I-80 from the east junction with California 99 west to Exit 82. A flyover ramp allows Interstate 80 westbound motorists to the eastbound business loop. Photo taken 09/10/05.
Westbound Interstate 80 meets Exit 82, Junction Business 80, Interstate 305, and U.S. 50 east at a directional interchange. The trio head back toward West Sacramento and cross the American River near Sacramento central business district. U.S. 50 co-signs with the western half of the Capital City Freeway for continuity purposes between Interstate 80 and its freeway east to Rancho Cordova, Folsom, Placerville, and Lake Tahoe. The federal route originally traveled south to Tracy and west to Oakland by way of the Interstate 580 corridor. Business Loop Interstate 80 replaced Interstate 80 in 1982 after the Sacramento City Government voted against construction of a new Interstate-standard freeway from the east end (Exit 95) to California 160 and the American River. The withdraw of that proposal resulted in the loss of Interstate 80 along the substandard section of freeway between U.S. 50 east to Interstate 80. Thus the original Interstate 880 bypass of Sacramento became the new Interstate 80 mainline, old Interstate 80 became Business Loop Interstate 80, and the Interstate-standard section of highway from West Sacramento to junction U.S. 50 became unsigned Interstate 305. Photos taken 04/02/05 and 09/10/05.
West Capitol Avenue (Historic U.S. 40 and U.S. 99W) passes underneath Interstate 80 ahead of the merge with Business Loop I-80 and U.S. 50. From there the surface street continues west and interchanges with Interstate 80 at Exit 81. The east-west street constitutes the original alignment of U.S. 40 in West Sacramento. Photo taken 09/10/05.
Interstate 80 travelers must merge to the left ahead of the Exit 81 partial-cloverleaf interchange with West Capital Avenue and Enterprise Boulevard. Enterprise Boulevard heads south from the junction to Industrial and Seaport Boulevards and Channel Drive. At this point, traffic from Business 80 merges onto Interstate 80 west from the west. This is the former end of Interstate 880 (until that designation was removed from the Sacramento north beltline in 1980). Photos taken 08/02/11 and 09/10/05.
Use Exit 81 to Industrial Boulevard. Photo taken 08/02/11.
Westbound Interstate 80 meets Exit 81, West Capital Avenue (U.S. 40-99W) east and Enterprise Boulevard south. West Capitol Avenue returns east 1.6 miles to Harbor Boulevard en route to downtown West Sacramento. Enterprise Boulevard serves a warehouse and industrial area south of the freeway. Photo taken 08/02/11.
At the bottom of the ramp, turn right for U.S. 40-99W/West Capitol Boulevard east to West Sacramento and Sacramento. Photo taken 08/02/11.
Turn left for Enterprise Boulevard and Industrial Boulevard. Photo taken 08/02/11.
At the end of the ramp is this traffic signal with Historic U.S. 40-99W/West Capitol Boulevard. Photo taken 08/02/11.
Interstate 80 leaves West Sacramento at the Tule Canal onto the Yolo Bypass. The six-lane viaduct travels above the flood plains west of the American River. Exit 78 ahead serves the adjacent frontage road system, formally named Chiles Road (eastbound) and Road 32A (westbound). Note the button copy sign replacement and name change between the two photos. Photos taken 08/20/03 and 09/10/05.
Westbound Interstate 80 meets Exit 78, Chiles Road and Road 32A (folded-diamond interchange). The frontage roads stem east from Mace Boulevard and El Macero to Webster and the Yolo turnaround. Photo taken 09/10/05.
This Interstate 80 westbound reassurance marker is posted beyond the Exit 78 off-ramp at Webster. The Union Pacific Railroad line draws close and parallels the freeway through Davis ahead. Photo taken 09/10/05.
The next exit along Interstate 80 west is Exit 75, Mace Boulevard and Junction Yolo County Route E-6/Covell Boulevard west. Yolo County Route E-6 follows Covell Boulevard to skirt the northern edge of Davis, while Mace Boulevard leads south to Tremont Road and areas near the west edge of the Yolo Bypass flood control system. Photo taken 09/10/05.
An extra lane joins Interstate 80 westbound for the two-lane ramp departure to Mace Boulevard (Exit 75). This is the first exit into Davis. Photo taken 09/10/05.
Westbound Interstate 80 meets Exit 75, Mace Boulevard and Junction Yolo County Route E-6/Covell Boulevard west. A partial-cloverleaf interchange joins Interstate 80 with Mace Boulevard and Yolo County E6. Yolo County E6 (Mace Boulevard) transitions into Covell Boulevard and meets Yolo County E8 (Pole Line Road) in 2.7 miles. Mace Boulevard serves nearby El Macero to the south. Photo taken 09/10/05.
Interstate 80 continues three miles west to the University of California - Davis from Mace Boulevard. A pedestrian bridge travels over the freeway in this scene. Photo taken 09/10/05.
Next in line for westbound travelers is the Exit 73 off-ramp to Olive Drive. Olive Drive comprises a westbound side frontage road from near Pole Line Road to Richards Boulevard. Photo taken 09/10/05.
Westbound Interstate 80 meets Exit 73, Olive Road. Pole Line Road passes over Interstate 80 at the Exit 73 off-ramp to Olive Road. There is no access between Olive Road and Pole Line Road. Olive Road otherwise parallels the Union Pacific Railroad area before turning south and intersecting Richards Boulevard near Exit 72 of Interstate 80. Photo taken 09/10/05.
Westbound Interstate 80 meets Exit 72B, Richards Boulevard North. This is the main exit into Davis. Unfortunately the replacement signs mislabeled the exit numbers for both Exit 72B and Exit 72A at this exit. It is correct in the next sign. Richards Boulevard otherwise enters Davis at the intersection of 1st and E Streets. Photos taken 08/20/03 and 09/10/05.
Soon thereafter, Interstate 80 west meets the Exit 72A loop ramp onto Richards Boulevard South. Interstate 80 meets the Yolo-Solano County Line at this interchange, but the highway straddles the county line until Exit 70, Junction California 113 Northbound. Richards Boulevard heads east from the three-quarter cloverleaf interchange to Research Park Drive where it becomes Cowell Boulevard. Cowell Boulevard meanders east to Pole Line Road, Drummond Avenue, and Mace Boulevard. Photos taken 08/20/03 and 09/10/05.
This mileage sign along Interstate 80 west provides the distance to Exit 71, the University of California at Davis and Exit 70, Junction Northbound California 113 Freeway. The two ramps are part of the same interchange complex. Photo taken 09/10/05.
Nearing the Exit 71 diamond interchange with Old Davis Road and the campus of UC Davis. Old Davis Road heads north from Becker Road into the University. Use Exit 71 for the Robert & Magrit Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts. The university itself constitutes a sprawling facility that occupies the area north and east of the Interstate 80 & California 113 interchange. Photo taken 09/10/05.
An older button copy overhead reminds motorists of the Exit 71 off-ramp to UC Davis. Old Davis Road straddles the county line from California Avenue to A Street through the university campus. Photo taken 09/10/05.
Westbound Interstate 80 meets Exit 71, Old Davis Road and UC Davis. The freeway prepares to merge with California 113 southbound from between Exits 70 and 66B. California 113 (Vic Fazio Highway) constitutes a freeway between Interstate 80 at Davis and Interstate 5 at Woodland. Two pairs of sweeping directional ramps join the two highways at Exit 70. Photo taken 09/10/05.
California 113 (Exit 70) travels north from Davis to Woodland, providing another western bypass of the Sacramento metropolitan area parallel to Historic U.S. 99W. North of Woodland, California 113 provides connections to California 99. Continuing westbound, Interstate 80 and California 113 are merged on the freeway between Davis and Dixon. In this vicinity, Interstate 80 leaves Yolo County and enters Solano County. Photo taken 09/10/05.