California 163 North


Eleventh Avenue north
After passing C Street, Eleventh Avenue prepares to split into two ramps, one serving northbound California 163 and the other connecting to northbound Interstate 5. Use the left lanes for California 163 and the right lanes for Interstate 5. The famous San Diego Trolley follows C Street east toward the downtown financial district and west toward San Diego City College. Photo taken 10/08/05.
The next east-west street is B Street, which travels one-way west toward the financial district. The freeway entrance is one and a half blocks north of here. Photo taken 10/08/05.
A Street is the final traffic signal on northbound Eleventh Avenue. The city street shifts into a freeway configuration immediately after the A Street intersection. Photo taken 10/08/05.

California 163 north
Rather than using a freeway entrance shield assembly, the change from northbound 11th Avenue to northbound California 163 (Cabrillo Freeway) is marked by a "Begin Freeway" sign, with one posted on either side of the road. Photo taken 10/06/05.
The first "exit" along northbound California 163 is only accessible from the lanes that connect eastbound A Street to northbound California 163. The Ash Street off ramp makes a sharp turn to the left, while the through lanes continue north along California 163 toward Balboa Park, Mission Valley, Serra Mesa, eastern Clairemont Mesa, and Kearny Mesa. Since California 163 merges onto northbound Interstate 15 near Miramar, the control city is Escondido, the largest inland suburb of San Diego. Photos taken 03/19/10 and 10/06/05.
Now on the Ash Street "off ramp," we see a short, one-way connector that travels west to this stop sign at the southbound lanes (10th Avenue). Beyond the stop sign, Ash Street continues west after crossing the southbound lanes of California 163 as a one-way, three-lane city street toward the bayfront. Photo taken 10/06/05.
Northbound California 163 (Cabrillo Freeway) meets Exit 1A, Interstate 5 (San Diego Freeway) north. There is no direct access to Southbound Interstate 5; this is one of two movements missing from what would otherwise be a symmetrical stack interchange. This interchange is almost a symmetrical stack interchange, except that it lacks movements from northbound Interstate 5 to southbound California 163 and from northbound California 163 to southbound Interstate 5. In actuality, Interstate 5 is running east-west through this area, while California 163 is oriented north-south. Photos taken 04/05/03, 10/06/05, 03/19/10, and 03/07/06.
These photos show the transition from California 163 north to Interstate 5 north. Taking an east-west trajectory through downtown San Diego, Interstate 5 passes over California 163 on the top deck of the stack interchange. Photos taken 03/19/10 and 03/07/06.
In 2003, California 163 between Interstate 5 and Interstate 8 was designated as an historic route. Brown signs such as this one were placed to designate the highway. The trouble is, this sign should have a California 163 shield or a U.S. 395 shield. The hybrid shield, however, is incorrect, considering that U.S. 163 is in Utah/Arizona. This shield used to be located along northbound 11th Avenue as it transitions onto northbound California 163; it was corrected by Fall 2003 with a white state shield. Photo taken 04/05/03.
This is the replacement signage for the Historic California 163 (Cabrillo Parkway) route. The only change from the prior version is that the U.S. 163 shield is replaced with a white California 163. This sign is not truly accurate either; along California used to sign its state routes with white miner' spades until around 1954, the white shield was never used for California 163 since it did not come into existence until 1964, when U.S. 395 was legislatively decommissioned south of Hesperia. Photo taken 10/06/05.
This is the view along the transition ramp from northbound 11th Avenue to northbound Interstate 5. There is no access to 4th Avenue from this ramp. Photo taken 03/07/06.
The ramp from northbound Eleventh Avenue onto northbound California 163 (Cabrillo Freeway) passes under the four-level interchange that facilitates traffic flow between Interstate 5 and California 163. Photos taken 04/19/13, 03/19/10, and 10/08/05.
The bus lane consolidates with the main lane along northbound California 163 after the four-level interchange. The single resulting lane will become the left lane of the new freeway; the right lane feeds into the freeway from the northbound Interstate 5 connection. Photos taken 03/19/10, 04/19/13, and 10/08/05.
The primary approach to California 163 is from northbound 11th Avenue and from Interstate 5 north and south. This brief series of photos documents the approach from Park Boulevard and Interstate 5. This sign is posted on the ramp from Park Boulevard to California 163 north. This sign is old enough to show remnants from when there was also a ramp to Interstate 5 north, but that ramp was removed due to interchange spacing and safety considerations near the downtown four-level stack interchange. Photo taken 06/05/08.
The ramp from Park Boulevard merges with the ramp from Interstate 5 north. Photo taken 06/05/08.
The four-level interchange between Interstate 5 and California 163 is lushly landscaped, owing to its location within Balboa Park. Photo taken 06/05/08.
Soon thereafter, this image shows the transition ramp after traffic merges Interstate 5 before it connects to northbound California 163 (Cabrillo Freeway). This view shows the lane from Interstate 5 south merging with the lane from Interstate 5 north. During commuting hours, watch for delays through here. Ahead, the transition ramp will merge onto California 163 north. Photo taken 01/08/06.
The purple flowers of a Jacaranda tree adds a splash of purple to the otherwise green valley. These trees, which are native to Central America, grow well in Southern California. Their purple blooms dominate the area in late spring and early summer, usually between May and July. Photo taken 06/05/08.
Now back on the mainline, the two lanes of California 163, one from Eleventh Avenue and the other from Interstate 5 , meet for the first time ahead. The wide, grassy median protected by faux wooden guardrail that helps make California 163 (Cabrillo Freeway) into a scenic route comes into view. Photos taken 04/19/13.
After the ramp from Interstate 5 merges with California 163 north, this view shows the two northbound lanes prior to the Cabrillo Bridge. Photo taken 01/08/06.
This sign recommends using Exit 1C, Richmond Street to the San Diego Zoo, museums, and Balboa Park (second exit after Exit 1B, Quince Street). Upon exiting, follow Richmond Street north to Upas Street, then take Upas Street east to Park Boulevard south to the zoo, museums, and park. Photos taken 07/14/02 and 01/08/06.
The Laurel Street Bridge, also known as the Cabrillo Bridge, comes into view as California 163 (Cabrillo Freeway) turns in the park. Built between 1912 and 1915, the bridge was constructed in anticipation of the Panama-California Exposition. With 56-foot wide spaces between pillars, two lanes of freeway and shoulders could easily fit under each arch in the bridge. The two northbound lanes passes under the third arch from the east, the bridge footing between the third and fourth arches rests on the median, and the southbound lanes passes under the fourth arch from the east. Restoration activities brought the bridge back to a more pristine condition. Photos taken 04/19/13 and 03/19/10.
The next exit along northbound California 163 (Cabrillo Freeway) is Exit 1B, Quince Street/Balboa Park. Continue north on California 163 to the Balboa Park museums or the World Famous San Diego Zoo (via Exit 1C, Richmond Street). Photos taken 01/08/06 and 07/14/02.
Northbound California 163 (Cabrillo Freeway) reaches Exit 1B, Quince Street and Balboa Park. This exit takes traffic on a one-way trip northwest to Sixth Avenue. To return to California 163, traffic must follow Sixth Avenue north through Hillcrest. Photos taken 04/19/13 and 10/08/05.
This series of pictures follows the off-ramp from California 163 to Sixth Avenue and Quince Street in Balboa Park. The off-ramp used to facilitate two-way traffic but now only takes traffic off the freeway. At the top of the ramp is an original, white "Sixth Avenue Area" porcelain enamel sign with green font. Photos taken 10/11/10.
Looking down on the freeway is this view of California 163 (Cabrillo Freeway) from the Cabrillo Bridge in Balboa Park. The off-ramp to Exit 1B is clearly visible below the bridge. Photo taken 03/19/10.
Back on the mainline, the next exit along northbound California 163 (Cabrillo Freeway) is Exit 1C, Richmond Street. Use this exit to Balboa Park, which includes 15 major museums as well as the World Famous San Diego Zoo. Photos taken 01/08/06, 04/19/13, and 10/08/05.
Northbound California 163 (Cabrillo Freeway) reaches Exit 1C, Richmond Street/Balboa Park Museums/World Famous San Diego Zoo. Photos taken 03/19/10, 01/08/06, and 10/08/05.
California 163 meets the gore point for Exit 1C and next passes under the Richmond Street overpass. Since the connection from southbound Richmond Street onto southbound California 163 was eliminated, this bridge does not serve any vehicular traffic, and as such, it is in excellent condition. Photos taken 04/19/13, 03/19/10, and 06/05/08.
The next exit along northbound California 163 (Cabrillo Freeway) is Exit 2A, Robinson Avenue. Robinson Avenue connects the Cabrillo Freeway with the communities of Hillcrest, University Heights and North Park. Photos taken 01/08/06 and 10/08/05.
Continuing north, California 163 (Cabrillo Freeway) expands to include a wide grassy median. The freeway passes under a pedestrian bridge that provides a connection for hikers seeking to cross the freeway between the eastern and western portions within Balboa Park. After the bridge, look for the off-ramp to Exit 2A, Robinson Avenue. Photos taken 04/19/13 and 06/05/08.
California 163 is an official state scenic route. The wide, grassy median comes to an end immediately after this sign and before the Robinson Avenue off-ramp. Between Robinson Avenue and Washington Street, there is a narrow planter with palm trees, and a jersey barrier constitutes the median north of Washington Street. Photos taken 04/19/13.
As the Cabrillo Freeway leaves Balboa Park, northbound California 163 (Cabrillo Freeway) reaches Exit 2A, Robinson Avenue. From northbound, this is the best route into the Hillcrest and University Heights communities of San Diego. There is no comparable connection from southbound California 163 to Robinson Avenue. Photos taken 01/14/11, 01/08/06, and 04/19/13.
This California 163 north reassurance shield is posted after the off-ramp to Robinson Avenue. When the Cabrillo Freeway was first constructed, this exit marked where U.S. 80 and U.S. 395 split, with U.S. 80 turning east via Washington Street toward eastern San Diego and U.S. 395 continuing north on the freeway toward Mission Valley, Escondido, and points north. Photos taken 04/19/13 and 10/08/05.
The next exit along California 163 (Cabrillo Freeway) north is Exit 2B, Business Loop I-8/Washington Street (Historic U.S. 80) east. This is located prior to the Robinson Avenue overpass. An second auxiliary sign that showed "Route 8 Business Next Right" was posted for Business Loop I-8 on the University Avenue overpass, but it was removed in 2000 and not replaced. The palm trees were added as part of a beautification effort around the same time. Photos taken 01/08/06 and 04/19/13.
A small, palm-lined median ensues between the Robinson Avenue and University Avenue overpasses. Prior to 2000, a "Route 8 Business Next Right" sign was mounted onto the University Avenue overpass in anticipation of the Washington Street off-ramp (Exit 2B). With the removal of most of the signs associated with the Washington Avenue/Normal Street/El Cajon Boulevard alignment of Business Loop I-8, removal of this sign is consistent. Nothing was mounted back onto the sign as seen in this picture. Photos taken 04/19/13.
This view looks from the University Avenue north onto the California 163 mainline. Visible here is the off-ramp for Exit 2B, Washington Street (Business Loop I-8 and Historic U.S. 80). Photos taken 01/25/07.
Northbound California 163 (Cabrillo Freeway) reaches Exit 2B, Business Loop I-8/Washington Street (Historic U.S. 80) east. This interchange marks the western terminus for Business Loop I-8 (the theory being that traffic could take California 163 northbound to return to Interstate 8). Photos taken 01/08/06 and 10/08/05.
The freeway passes under the Washington Street overpass (after Exit 2B). Unlike the other advisory signs, this curve demands a 45 miles-per-hour speed. Photos taken 06/05/08 and 04/19/13.
Passing through the curve, another overpass crosses California 163. This ramp connects Washington Street west with California 163 south. Photos taken 03/19/10 and 06/05/08.
As traffic merges onto California 163 north, a new third and fourth lane will join the flow. Photos taken 06/05/08 and 04/19/13.
To Qualcomm Stadium (formerly Jack Murphy Stadium), follow California 163 north to Friars Road east. Photos taken 05/08/09 and 10/08/05.
After passing the Washington Street exit, California 163 (Cabrillo Freeway) starts to assume Interstate standards, with additional lanes, wider shoulders, and less curves. New reflective signage was posted in late 2005/early 2006 (but there' no exit numbers on these overhead guide signs). The next exit is Exits 3A-B, Interstate 8 (Mission Valley Freeway). Photos taken 01/14/11 and 10/08/05.
The left three lanes continue north on California 163, while the right two lanes connect to Exit 3A, Interstate 8 east to El Centro and Exit 3B, Interstate 8 west to Beaches and Friars Road to Mission Valley. Photos taken 01/14/11 and 10/08/05.
A roadside sign shows the exit number for Friars Road and Interstate 8 (Mission Valley Freeway) (Kumeyaay Highway) west (Exit 3B) via collector distributor lanes. The next exit is Exit 3A, Interstate 8 (Mission Valley Freeway) (Kumeyaay Highway) east. Photo taken 07/16/10.
The right two lanes connect to eastbound Interstate 8, with the right lane becoming an exit only. Photo taken 01/14/11.
Northbound California 163 reaches Exit 3A, Interstate 8 (Kumeyaay Highway) east. The next exit is Exit 3B, Interstate 8 west and Friars Road (via a collector distributor lane). Photo taken 03/19/10.
Immediately thereafter, northbound California 163 reaches Exit 3B, westbound Interstate 8 and Friars Road. Exit here for access to all points in Mission Valley, including the Fashion Valley shopping mall. Photo taken 03/19/10.
The right lane transitions onto a loop ramp to westbound Interstate 8; the other lane connects to both directions of Friars Road. Through traffic may exit here, as the exit ramp becomes a collector distributor (local) lanes (a dual freeway configuration). Photos taken 01/08/06 and 10/08/05.
A subsequent sign advises of the split between Friars Road and Interstate 8 west (loop ramp) as seen from the mainline. Photo taken 01/14/11.
Now in Mission Valley, northbound California 163 crosses the San Diego River between Interstate 8 and Friars Road. By this point, the through lanes will not see another exit until Genesee Avenue, which is at the top of the hill. All access to Mission Valley is provided via Exit 3B, Friars Road (on the local collector distributor lanes). Photo taken 01/14/11.
The San Diego River originates in the mountains near Julian and flows generally west to southwest toward the Pacific Ocean, entering the ocean near Ocean Beach and Mission Bay Park (near the western end of Interstate 8). Photo taken 01/14/11.
After passing the Interstate 8/Friars Road off-ramp, a dual freeway carries the local traffic to these two exits. The transition ramp to westbound Interstate 8 is first, and then the Friars Road exit follows. This photo shows the signage for the Friars Road exit as seen from the mainline. Photo taken 01/14/11.
To the east, Friars Road follows an expressway alignment along the north edge of Mission Valley. While it does not connect to Interstate 805, it does provide the most direct route to Qualcomm Stadium. To the west, Friars Road passes Fashion Valley en route toward Linda Vista. Photos taken 01/14/11 and 07/21/04.
Northbound California 163 reaches Exit 3B, Friars Road. Access is only available from the collector distributor lanes. The porcelain-enamel, pull-through sign, the original U.S. 395 shield was scraped off the shield. While barely noticeable, the gap between "California 163" and "NORTH" leaves enough room for the now-gone U.S. 395 route marker. This sign is the only one left that contains evidence of the former U.S. 395 designation for the Cabrillo Freeway. Photos taken 04/19/13 and 03/19/10.
San Diego Gas & Electric power transmission lines (230kV, 138kV, and 69kV) pass over the freeway as California 163 begins to climb out of Mission Valley and continues northeast toward Linda Vista, Clairemont Mesa, and Kearny Mesa. Photos taken 04/19/13 and 03/19/10.
The main lanes and collector distributor lanes merge back together as we begin to climb out of Mission Valley. Photo taken 03/19/10.
The next two exits along California 163 (Cabrillo Freeway) north are Exits 5A-B, Genesee Avenue east and west (north). Some maps depict this interchange as the southern terminus of San Diego County S-21 (which travels northwest toward Torrey Pines), but no signage is present for the county route anywhere on Genesee Avenue. Photo taken 01/14/11.
This mileage sign provides the distance for the next three exits along northbound California 163 (Cabrillo Freeway): Exits 5A-B, Genesee Avenue; Exit 6, Mesa College Drive; and Exit 6B, Interstate 805 (Dekema Freeway). Photo taken 03/19/10.
Northbound California 163 reaches Exit 5A, Genesee Avenue eastbound, which leads east into the community of Serra Mesa. The next exit is Exit 5B, Genesee Avenue north. (Some maps say Genesee Avenue northbound from this interchange is designated as San Diego County S-21, but we've not found any evidence of this in the field.) Photo taken 03/19/10.
Immediately thereafter, California 163 north meets Exit 5B, Genesee Avenue northwestbound. This exit leads to the communities of Clairemont Mesa and Linda Vista. Photo taken 10/08/05.
Use Mesa College Drive west to Mesa College, a two-year community college. Follow Kearny Villa Road (old U.S. 395) northeast to Montgomery Field, a city airport designed for smaller aircraft. Photo taken 10/08/05.
Northbound California 163 (Cabrillo Freeway) reaches Exit 6, Mesa College Drive. As the name implies, this exit connects to Mesa College, a local public community college. Photos taken 10/08/05 and 03/19/10.
Upon exiting, the left two lanes connect to Mesa College Drive, the middle lane connects to Annrae Street, and the right two lanes turn onto Kearny Villa Road northbound. A series of signs provides lane allocations for traffic departing onto Exit 6. Photos taken 03/19/10.
Back on the mainline, the next exit along northbound is Exit 7A, Interstate 805/Jacob Dekema. Interstate 805 leads north toward the industrial area of Sorrento Valley, then joins Interstate 5 near Carmel Valley/Torrey Hills. Photo taken 01/08/06.
Northbound California 163 splits with Interstate 805/Dekema (Inland) Freeway north at Exit 7A. There is no connection to Interstate 805 south. Photo taken 01/08/06.
The next exit along northbound California 163 (Cabrillo Freeway) is Exit 7B, former Balboa Avenue (old California 274). California 274 was decommissioned in 2001, but signage for the old state route is still in place as of October 2005. By December 2012, all references to California 274 wre removed from California 163. Photos taken 05/02/13 and 01/08/06.
This mileage sign along northbound California 163 provides the distance to Exit 7B/former Balboa Avenue (old California 274); Exit 8, Clairemont Mesa Boulevard; and Exits 9A-B, California 52. Photos taken 05/02/13 and 01/08/06.
The two right lanes exit northbound California 163 and connects to both directions of Balboa Avenue. The ramp to eastbound connects to the frontage road (parallel Kearny Villa Road), which in turn connects to Balboa Avenue. Photos taken 05/02/13 and 01/08/06.
Northbound California 163 meets Exit 7B, Balboa Avenue (former California 274). This is a modified cloverleaf interchange. Photos taken 05/02/13 and 01/08/06.
Now on the collector distributor ramp, the two-lane off-ramp splits, with the right lane turning off to Kearny Villa Road, which is a frontage road parallel to California 163 to the east that connects to eastbound Balboa Avenue. Photos taken 05/02/13 and 07/18/04.
This smaller sign marks the gore point where the collector distributor lane splits. Continue straight ahead to reach westbound. A replacement sign was installed in 2005. Photos taken 10/08/05 and 07/18/04.
Another mileage sign is posted on the Balboa Avenue overpass. It has the distance to the Clairemont Mesa Boulevard interchange and the distance to California 52. Photo taken 07/18/04.
This overhead sign, located on the collector distributor ramp in this modified cloverleaf interchange, marks the right lane for exit to westbound Balboa Avenue (former California 274, which is still signed here). The left lane returns to California 163 northbound. Photos taken 05/02/13 and 07/18/04.
Similar to the ramp to eastbound Balboa Avenue, the ramp to westbound Balboa meets Kearny Villa Road. To reach Balboa Avenue westbound, turn right at this traffic signal and then turn right again at the Balboa Avenue traffic signal. Note that California 274 was identified as a truck route (blue shield beneath the guide sign). Photo taken 07/18/04.
This is the gore point signage on the collector distributor lane between the ramp to Kearny Villa Road (to westbound Balboa Avenue) and the continuation of the ramp back onto northbound California 163. Photos taken 05/02/13 and 10/08/05.
The next exit along northbound California 163 (Cabrillo Freeway) is Exit 8, Clairemont Mesa Boulevard. The northbound interchange was a modified cloverleaf, but the loop ramp to westbound Clairemont Mesa Boulevard was eliminated in 2007. The configuration shown in the 2007 photo shows the new sign and revised configuration. Photos taken 07/22/07 and 10/08/05.
Like the Balboa Avenue interchange, the Clairemont Mesa Boulevard interchange was a modified cloverleaf with a collector distributor lane until 2007. By 2008, the interchange was reconfigured with all connections to Clairemont Mesa Boulevard afforded via the first ramp. The former loop ramp was eliminated at that time. Photos taken 07/22/07 and 10/08/05.
This sign is posted at the gore point for the connection from northbound California 163 to Clairemont Mesa Boulevard. Note the changes between the 2005 and 2007 pictures: The older picture show a direct connection to eastbound Clairemont Mesa Boulevard, while the later picture shows that this ramp now connects to both directions of Clairemont Mesa Boulevard. Photos taken 04/19/13, 07/22/07, and 10/08/05.
Back on the mainline of California 163 north, a mileage sign provides the distance to the final two major interchanges with California 52 (Soledad Freeway) and Interstate 15 (Escondido Freeway). There are four exits left from California 163 north: Exit 9A, California 52 east to Mission Trails and Santee; Exit 9B, California 52 west to La Jolla; Exit 10, Kearny Villa Road; and Exit 11, Interstate 15 (Escondido Freeway) north. This sign was replaced in 2012. Photos taken 04/19/13 and 10/08/05.
Back to the Exit 8 off-ramp, we now examine the former loop ramp from the collector distributor lane that used to connect northbound California 163 to westbound Clairemont Mesa Boulevard. This loop ramp was removed in 2007 when the interchange was reconfigured. Note that the green California 163 shield on the green guide sign covered an Interstate shield, so it is likely that the state shield was added to correct an error. This sign and exit ramp are now gone. Photo taken 10/08/05.
After the ramp to Clairemont Mesa Boulevard but prior to rejoining California 163 north, there is another ramp that connects to Kearny Villa Road (the frontage road) that connects to the community of Kearny Mesa. Photo taken 10/08/05.
California 52 is part of the San Diego Inner Loop, connecting La Jolla with Clairemont Mesa, Kearny Mesa, Tierrasanta, and Mission Trails Park. Upon reaching Santee, California 52 transitions onto southbound California 125, which carries the Inner Loop south to California 54 (South Bay Freeway). California 54 returns the Inner Loop back to Interstate 5. Photo taken 10/08/05.
The movements at the interchange with California 52 is nearly full, with the exception of a transition from westbound California 52 to northbound California 163 and from southbound California 163 to eastbound California 52. In theory, those travelers would use Interstate 15 instead. This picture shows northbound California 163 at eastbound California 52 (Exit 9A); the following exit is westbound California 52 (Exit 9B). Photo taken 10/08/05.
The westbound exit for California 52 (Exit 9B) is a loop ramp from northbound. In the background, the flyover ramps connects westbound California 52 to southbound California 163. Continuing northbound, California 163 angles northeast in anticipation of its merge with northbound Interstate 15. Photo taken 10/08/05.
The next exit along northbound California 163 is Exit 10, Kearny Villa Road (former U.S. 395). This is the last interchange along northbound before California 163 subsumes into Interstate 15. Photo taken 02/11/11.
Continuing north, the next three exits are Exit 10, U.S. 395/Kearny Villa Road; Exit 11, Interstate 15; and Exit 13, Miramar Way. This sign was replaced in December 2012. Photos taken 05/02/13 and 01/08/06.
The Interstate 15 Express Lanes, which offer a direct connection from the 163/15 merge north to the California 56 interchange, are generally open in the afternoons on northbound California 163. The express lanes require a carpool of two or more people (high occupancy vehicle or HOV). Motorists who have purchased transponders from SANDAG, the regional association of governments, may also use the lanes at a cost per use (which in essence is a toll for single occupancy vehicles to use these lanes). Photo taken 10/08/05.
Note that the ramp to the express lanes is located after the Kearny Villa Road off-ramp. Photo taken 10/08/05.
Northbound California 163 (Cabrillo Freeway) reaches Exit 10, Kearny Villa Road. The next ramp connects to the high occupancy vehicle express lanes for through traffic on northbound Interstate 15. Use Kearny Villa Road north to see an old alignment of U.S. 395, which remains a four-lane expressway through the military base to this day. Photo taken 02/11/11.
After the Kearny Villa Road off-ramp, another dynamic message sign advises of the Interstate 15 Express Lanes, a managed lanes arrangement that extends from California 163 north to California 78 in Escondido. Photo taken 02/11/11.
All lanes of California 163 will default onto Interstate 15 north (Exit 11). An end shield is posted further ahead, at the point where California 163 north merges with Interstate 15 north. Photo taken 01/08/06.
The next exit connects California 163 with Interstate 15 Express Lanes. The toll amount (which varies by levels of congestion) is posted on this sign. Photo taken 02/11/11.
Northbound California 163 (Cabrillo Freeway) meets the transition ramp to the Interstate 15 Express Lanes. The off-ramp sign was replaced in 2011 with the new standard Interstate 15 Express Lanes sign. Photos taken 05/02/13 and 02/11/11.
After the off-ramp to the Interstate 15 Express Lanes, California 163 prepares to merge onto Interstate 15 north from the left. Photos taken 02/11/11.
As traffic from Interstate 15 north merges with California 163 from the right, California 163 comes to an end. An end shield is posted near the merge point between the two busy freeways. Ahead, Interstate 15 proceeds toward the San Diego communities of Scripps Ranch, Mira Mesa, Rancho Peasquitos, and Rancho Bernardo. Photo taken 02/11/11.


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