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California State Route 24

State Route 24 marker

State Route 24
Route information
Defined by Streets and Highways Code § 324
Maintained by Caltrans
Length: 13.492 mi[1] (21.713 km)
Existed: 1934[2] – present
Restrictions: Trucks carrying hazardous material are only permitted through the Caldecott Tunnel between 3:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m.[3]
Major junctions
West end: I‑580 / I‑980 in Oakland
  SR 13 in Oakland
East end: I‑680 / Mount Diablo Boulevard in Walnut Creek
Highway system
SR 23 SR 25

State Route 24 (SR 24) in the U.S. state of California is a heavily traveled east–west freeway in the eastern side of the San Francisco Bay Area of northern California that runs from the Interstate 580/Interstate 980 interchange (just east of the MacArthur Maze) in Oakland, and through the Caldecott Tunnel under the Berkeley Hills, to the Interstate 680 junction in Walnut Creek. It lies in Alameda County, where it is highly urban, and Contra Costa County, where it passes through wooded hillsides and suburbs.


  • Route description 1
  • History 2
  • Exit list 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Route description

This route is part of the California Freeway and Expressway System[4] and is eligible for the State Scenic Highway System.[5] Caltrans has only designated it as a scenic highway between the eastern end of the Caldecott Tunnel and I-680, however.[6] SR 24 is designated as both the Grove Shafter Freeway (named after streets the route travels along - Grove Street was later renamed Martin Luther King Jr. Way) and the William Byron Rumford Freeway from the Caldecott Tunnel to the I-580 interchange segment of the MacArthur Maze, continuing henceforth as I-980 to the terminus with I-880.[7]

SR 24 begins at the four-level interchange with Interstate 580 and Interstate 980 in Oakland; this interchange is located on top of Grove Shafter Park. SR 24 initially heads north before turning east near the Berkeley city limits. Route 24 rises from near sea level in downtown Oakland past its interchange with State Route 13, which is a freeway south of SR 24 (completed August 1999) and a surface street north of SR 24. After this, SR 24 crosses the Contra Costa County county line through the four-bore Caldecott Tunnel and offers some attractive views of the hilly terrain through which it passes. Some protection of the views comes from the highway's designation as a California Scenic Highway. [8]

On the other side of the tunnel, SR 24 travels through unincorporated Contra Costa County before entering Orinda. SR 24 crosses the Mokelumne Aqueduct soon after entering the city of Lafayette. SR 24 terminates at the intersection with Interstate 680 just inside the city limits of Walnut Creek.[9]

The Pittsburg/Bay Point Line of the Bay Area Rapid Transit runs in the freeway's center median, excepting the vicinity of the Caldecott Tunnel and the approach to the interchange with Interstate 680.

SR 24 near Lafayette with BART track and Mt Diablo in the background


Highway 24 was designated in 1932 in conjunction with the ongoing construction of the Broadway Low Level Tunnel (subsequently renamed the Caldecott Tunnel) which opened in 1937,[10] connecting with the new Eastshore Highway and the approaches to the new Bay Bridge by way of Ashby Avenue through Berkeley west of the Berkeley Hills, and routed along Mount Diablo Boulevard through Contra Costa County east of the hills.

Highway 24 remained along Ashby Avenue until completion of the Grove-Shafter Freeway in the late 1960s. This new freeway, which ran from the Caldecott Tunnel through downtown Oakland to the MacArthur and Nimitz Freeways, was designated Route 24 and Ashby was re-designated Route 13.

Route 24 used to extend much further east. The section of Interstate 680 between the current terminus of SR 24 and State Route 242 was dual-signed I-680 and SR 24 until ca. 1987; State Route 242 which runs primarily in Concord was signed as Route 24 until the same time. Older maps show routes for 24 which continue along State Route 4 from the current intersection of 242 to the Antioch Bridge, continuing along the river road to Sacramento, currently State Route 160, then continuing north to Woodland, Marysville, Oroville, along the North Fork of the Feather River to a junction with State Route 89, where it continued dual-numbered with 89 through Quincy. Highway 24 split from 89 near Graeagle, and continued east through Portola east until its terminus at U.S. Route 395.[11] Parts of the same route were also sometimes designated as State Route 84.

At least one published map from the 1960s incorrectly showed Route 24 extending eastward from Interstate 680 in Walnut Creek to Route 4 in Pittsburg that followed the Ygnacio Valley Road-Kirker Pass Road-Railroad Avenue corridor, presumably as a future extension that never materialized.

Exit list

Mileage is measured from the route's original western terminus, now part of Interstate 980.

County Location mi[12] km Exit[12] Destinations Notes
Alameda Oakland 2.35 3.78 2A I‑980 to I‑880 / 27th Street, West Grand Avenue – Downtown Oakland Continuation beyond I-580; I-980 exit 2B
2.35 3.78 2B I‑580 (MacArthur Freeway) – San Francisco, Hayward Westbound exit and eastbound entrance; west end of SR 24; I-580 east exit 19C, west exit 19D
2.35 3.78 2 Martin Luther King Jr Way, 51st Street Eastbound exit and westbound entrance
3.06 4.92 3 Telegraph Avenue Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
3.06 4.92 3 Claremont Avenue Eastbound exit and westbound entrance
4.15 6.68 4A College Avenue Westbound exit only
4.15 6.68 4B Broadway Signed as exit 4 eastbound
5.12 8.24 5A SR 13 south (Warren Freeway) – Hayward Signed as exit 5 eastbound; SR 13 north exits 5B-C
5.12 8.24 5B SR 13 north (Tunnel Road) – Berkeley Exits only, no access from SR 13 south to SR 24; eastbound exit is via exit 4
6.24 10.04 6 Tunnel Road Signed as "Old Tunnel Road" eastbound
Berkeley Hills Caldecott Tunnel
Contra Costa   6.64 10.69 7A Fish Ranch Road
Orinda 7.39 11.89 7B Wilder Road Formerly Gateway Boulevard, renamed February 2010
8.50 13.68 9 Orinda, Moraga (Camino Pablo)
9.66 15.55 10 St. Stephens Drive, Hidden Valley Road
Lafayette 10.59 17.04 11 Acalanes Road, Mount Diablo Boulevard, Upper Happy Valley Road
12.46 20.05 12 Oak Hill Road – Central Lafayette, Moraga Signed as exit 13 westbound
13.85 22.29 14 Pleasant Hill Road, Mount Diablo Boulevard
Walnut Creek 15.33 24.67 15A I‑680 north / Ygnacio Valley Road – Sacramento, Concord Eastbound exit and westbound entrance; I-680 south exit 46
15.33 24.67 15B I‑680 south / Mount Diablo Boulevard – San Jose, Dublin Eastbound exit and westbound entrance; east end of SR 24; I-680 north exit 46A
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. ^ California Department of Transportation. "State Truck Route List". Sacramento: California Department of Transportation. Archived from the original ( 
  2. ^ California Highways: State Route 24
  3. ^ "Vehicle Code Section 31301 - Caldecott Tunnel Restriction". California Department of Motor Vehicles. Retrieved July 21, 2014. 
  4. ^ CA Codes (shc:250-257)
  5. ^ CA Codes (shc:260-284)
  6. ^ "Officially Designated State Scenic Highways and Historic Parkways". California Department of Transportation. December 7, 2007. Retrieved June 22, 2011. 
  7. ^ 2007 Named Freeways, Highways, Structures and Other Appurtenances in California (PDF).  
  8. ^ California Road Atlas and Driver's Guide (Map). Thomas Brothers. 2000. p. L,158,156. 
  9. ^ The Road Atlas (Map). Rand McNally. 2008. p. 13. 
  10. ^ CalTrans State Highway Routes Selected Information 1995, p.39
  11. ^ Road Map of North Central California (Map) (undated, before 1956 ed.). National Automobile Club. § Section 2. 
  12. ^ a b Warring, KS (April 2, 2008). "State Route 24 Freeway Interchanges" (PDF).  

External links

  • California @ AARoads - State Route 24
  • Caltrans: Route 24 highway conditions
  • California Highways: SR 24
  • Alternate routes considered for Route 24 in Oakland
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