Interstate 580

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Interstate 580

Crossing Altamont Pass, wind turbines generate electricity constantly. At sunset, they provide the foreground for a beautiful sunset. Photo taken 06/28/06.

Routing

Interstate 580 connects U.S. 101/Redwood Highway in San Rafael with Interstate 5 south of Tracy via San Quentin, Richmond, Oakland, Hayward, Pleasanton, Dublin, and Tracy.

History

The section between Oakland and Tracy generally follows old U.S. 50/Lincoln Highway. Originally conceived as part of Interstate 5W in 1964, Interstate 580 is a fast route from northbound Interstate 5 in the Central Valley to the San Francisco Bay Area. It is also a heavily used commuter route, with several sections featuring eight or more lanes, including the section passing through the thinly populated Altamont Pass.

The following list provides the opening dates for the Interstate 580 freeway, courtesy of C.J. Moon:

  • Interstate 5 to Interstate 205 November 1, 1967
  • Interstate 205 to Midway Undercrossing February 28, 1967
  • Midway Undercrossing to Vasco Road December 17, 1969
  • Vasco Road to El Charro Road Circa 1954 (widened November 1, 1972)
  • El Charro Road to Rancho Drain Circa 1954 (widened April 23, 1971)
  • Rancho Drain to Tassajara Creek Circa 1954 (widened December 1, 1991)
  • Tassajara Creek to Chabot Canal Circa 1954 (widened April 23, 1971)
  • Chabot Canal to Hopyard-Dougherty Road Circa 1954 (widened June 25, 1969)
  • Hopyard-Dougherty Road to Alamo Canal Circa 1952 (widened December 21, 1965)
  • Alamo Canal to Interstate 680 Circa 1952 (widened March, 20, 2003)
  • Interstate 680 to San Ramon Road Circa 1952 (widened December 22d, 1977)
  • San Ramon Road to Schaefer Ranch Road December 22, 1977 (widened April 1, 1983)
  • Schaefer Ranch Road to Crow Canyon Road Circa 1957 (widened April 14, 1987)
  • Crow Canyon Road to Lake Chabot Pedestrian Overcrossing April 15th, 1988 (widened March 19, 1990)
  • Lake Chabot Pedestrian Overcrossing to Strobridge Undercrossing Circa 1957 (widened March 19, 1990)
  • Strobridge Undercrossing to California 238 March 19, 1990
  • California 238 to Benedict Drive Connector May 20, 1966
  • Benedict Drive Connector to MacArthur Boulevard July 6, 1964
  • MacArthur Boulevard to MacArthur Boulevard (near California 13) October 14, 1965
  • MacArthur Boulevard (near California 13) to 13th Avenue April 28, 1964
  • 13th Avenue to Grand Avenue Circa 1962
  • Grand Avenue to Adeline Street Circa 1961
  • Adeline Street to Interstate 80-880 Circa 1961 (widened April 30, 1993)
  • Interstate 80-880 to Temescal Creek Circa 1936 (widened Circa 1955)
  • Temescal Creek to California 13 Circa 1954 (widened July 27, 1967)
  • California 13 to Gilman Street Circa 1939 (widened Circa 1956)
  • Gilman Street to Interstate 80-580 North Split Circa 1955
  • Interstate 80-580 North Split to Cerritos Creek Circa 1960 (widen October 8, 1972)
  • Cerritos Creek to Stege Drain Circa 1953 (widen May 20, 1992)
  • Stege Drain to Bayview Avenue Circa 1953 (April 8, 1987)
  • Bayview Avenue to Meeker Avenue Circa 1953 (May 4, 1989)
  • Meeker Avenue to S 23rd Street May 4, 1989
  • S 23rd Street to Marina Way October 18, 1989
  • Marina Way to Harbour Way October 18, 1989 (widened April 4, 1990)
  • Harbour Way to Cutting Boulevard April 4, 1990
  • Cutting Boulevard to Canal Boulevard April 4, 1990 (widened December 14, 1990)
  • Canal Boulevard to Marine Street December 14th, 1990
  • Marine Street to Scofield Avenue Circa 1956 (widened June 21, 1988)
  • Scofield Avenue to Western Drive Circa 1956
  • Western Drive to Beg Steel Med Bar October 21, 1965 (widened July 1, 1980)
  • Beg Steel Med Bar to Sir Francis Drake Boulevard Circa 1957
  • Sir Francis Drake Boulevard to U.S. 101 Circa 1959

Highway Guides

Scenes Pertaining to Interstate 580
Eastbound Patterson Pass Road approaches Interstate 580 southwest of Tracy in the Central Valley. Photo taken 07/06/04.
Traveling west along Interstate 580, this sunset view of the wind turbines and the vast sky is found near Altamont Pass. Photo taken 06/28/06.
Between Interstate 205 and Altamont Pass, Interstate 580 passes under several sets of major power transmission lines. This tall structure carries 500kV lines in a double circuit north toward Tracy. Photos taken 06/28/06.
This Interstate 580 freeway entrance assembly and a trailblazer shield assembly west of Tracy. Photos taken by Joel Windmiller, 06/19/01.
Interstate 580 freeway entrance shield assembly, shield close-up, and junction signage along Eden Canyon Road (Exit 39). Photos taken 12/27/01.
This view of San Quentin State Penitentiary can be seen from westbound Interstate 580 (upper deck of the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge) looking southwest. The infamous prison is bounded by Interstate 580, Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, and San Francisco Bay. Photo taken 06/28/06.

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Page Updated July 24, 2010.