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Encyclopedia > California State Route 17
State Route 17
Defined by S&HC § 317, maintained by Caltrans
Length: 26.49 mi[1] (42.63 km)
Formed: 1930s[2]
South end: SR 1 in Santa Cruz
Major
junctions:
SR 35 near Redwood Estates
SR 85 in Los Gatos
North end: I-280 / I-880 in San Jose
State highways in California (list - pre-1964)
County routes in California (list)
< SR 16 SR 18 >
History - Unconstructed - Deleted - Freeway - Scenic

State Route 17 commonly known locally as Highway 17, is a freeway and expressway that runs between San Jose and Santa Cruz in the U.S. State of California . Highway 17 carries substantial commuter and vacation traffic between San Jose and Santa Cruz. Image File history File links California_17. ... Caltrans logo The soaring ramps in the stack interchanges favored by Caltrans often provide stunning views. ... Image File history File links California_State_Route_17. ... “Miles” redirects here. ... “km” redirects here. ... Image File history File links California_1. ... State Route 1, often called Highway 1, is a state highway that runs along a large length of the Pacific coast of the U.S. State of California. ... Downtown Santa Cruz Santa Cruz is the county seat of Santa Cruz County, California, United States. ... Image File history File links California_35. ... JUNCTION POSTMILE SR-17 ?? SR-9 ?? SR-92 ?? I-280 ?? SR-1 Legend Prev Next < Route 33 Route 36 > California State Highways Current - Unconstructed - Deleted - Scenic California State Route 35, generally known as Skyline Boulevard, is a 2-lane road running along the western ridge of Silicon Valley in California. ... Image File history File links California_85. ... Route 85 through much of Saratoga and Los Gatos is a sunken highway. ... Los Gatos is a town located in Santa Clara County, California. ... Image File history File links I-280_(CA). ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... A view of the scenic portion of Interstate 280 Interstate 280 (abbreviated I-280) is a 57-mile-long interstate highway in the San Francisco Bay Area metropolitan area of Northern California. ... Interstate 880 is a regional bypass interstate highway in the Bay Area metropolitan area of Northern California. ... City nickname: Capital of Silicon Valley County Santa Clara County, California Area  - Total  - Water 461. ... Example State Route signage. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Image File history File links California_16. ... JUNCTION MILE POST SR-20 COL 0. ... JUNCTION POSTMILE (signed ) SR-210 SBD T06. ... Image File history File links California_18. ... Main article: State highways in California The state highway system in the U.S. state of California dates back to 1896, when the state took over maintenance of the Lake Tahoe Wagon Road. ... Below is a list and summary of the entirely unconstructed state highways in California as outlined by the legislature in and after 1964. ... Below is a list and summary of some of the deleted state highways (i. ... Wikisource has original text related to this article: California Streets and Highways Code Section 250-257 The California Freeway and Expressway System is a system of existing or planned freeways and expressways in the U.S. state of California. ... The following highways are designated, in whole or part, by the State of California as State Scenic Highways: // State Scenic Highways Entire route The following routes have their entire length designed as a scenic highway: California State Route 28 California State Route 35 California State Route 38 - In San Bernardino... For specific systems, such as the Autobahns of Germany, see list of highway systems with full control of access and no cross traffic. ... A typical expressway in Santa Clara County, California. ... For other uses, see San José. Nickname: Location of San Jose within Santa Clara County, California Location of San Jose with the state of California Coordinates: , Country State County Santa Clara Pueblo founded November 29, 1777 Incorporated March 27, 1850 Government  - Type charter city, mayor-council  - Mayor Chuck Reed  - Vice... For other uses, see Santa Cruz. ... Federal courts Supreme Court Circuit Courts of Appeal District Courts Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Local Government Other countries Atlas  US Government Portal      A U.S. state is any one of the fifty subnational entities of... This article is about the U.S. state. ...


This route is part of the California Freeway and Expressway System[3] and is eligible for the State Scenic Highway System[4]. Wikisource has original text related to this article: California Streets and Highways Code Section 250-257 The California Freeway and Expressway System is a system of existing or planned freeways and expressways in the U.S. state of California. ... The following highways are designated, in whole or part, by the State of California as State Scenic Highways: // State Scenic Highways Entire route The following routes have their entire length designed as a scenic highway: California State Route 28 California State Route 35 California State Route 38 - In San Bernardino...

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Route description

From its northern terminus in San Jose near Interstate 280 to Los Gatos, Route 17 is a freeway with as many as eight lanes at some points. For other uses, see San José. Nickname: Location of San Jose within Santa Clara County, California Location of San Jose with the state of California Coordinates: , Country State County Santa Clara Pueblo founded November 29, 1777 Incorporated March 27, 1850 Government  - Type charter city, mayor-council  - Mayor Chuck Reed  - Vice... A view of the scenic portion of Interstate 280 Interstate 280 (abbreviated I-280) is a 57-mile-long interstate highway in the San Francisco Bay Area metropolitan area of Northern California. ... Los Gatos redirects here. ...


Between Los Gatos and Scotts Valley, Route 17 is a four-lane expressway that twists and turns through the Santa Cruz Mountains. The road crosses the Santa Clara/Santa Cruz county line through the Patchen Pass, commonly referred to as "The Summit", at an elevation of 1,800 feet (545 m). The Santa Cruz Mountains, part of the Pacific Coast Ranges, are a mountain range in central California, United States. ...


After exiting the mountains, most of the remaining southern portion from Scotts Valley southward is four-lane freeway. Route 17 terminates at a junction with State Route 1 in Santa Cruz. Scotts Valley is an elite suburb community of Santa Cruz located in central, Santa Cruz County, California. ...


This route is part of the California Freeway and Expressway System[3] and is eligible for the State Scenic Highway System[4]. Wikisource has original text related to this article: California Streets and Highways Code Section 250-257 The California Freeway and Expressway System is a system of existing or planned freeways and expressways in the U.S. state of California. ... The following highways are designated, in whole or part, by the State of California as State Scenic Highways: // State Scenic Highways Entire route The following routes have their entire length designed as a scenic highway: California State Route 28 California State Route 35 California State Route 38 - In San Bernardino...


Safety

Major cities
Bolded cities are officially-designated control cities for signs

Highway 17's combination of narrow shoulders, dense traffic, sharp turns, blind curves, wandering fauna such as deer and mountain lions, and sudden changes in traffic speeds have led to driving conditions that result in a number of accidents and fatalities, leading to the reputation of Highway 17 as one of the most dangerous highways in the state. In the winter months, because Highway 17 crosses a high precipitation area in the Santa Cruz Mountains, the roadway can become very slippery from rain or snow, making the road worse. Some sections of 17 have become so notoriously dangerous that they have attained nicknames amongst the locals. (For example, Northbound 17 after Summit Road with its sharp turns and steep slope has been deemed "Valley Surprise" for the fact that many unfamiliar drivers hit the median on their way to Silicon Valley.) This sign in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma lists control cities of Wichita, Kansas and Ft. ... For other uses, see Santa Cruz. ... Scotts Valley is an elite suburb community of Santa Cruz located in central, Santa Cruz County, California. ... Los Gatos redirects here. ... Campbell is a city located in Santa Clara County, California, part of Silicon Valley. ... For other uses, see San José. Nickname: Location of San Jose within Santa Clara County, California Location of San Jose with the state of California Coordinates: , Country State County Santa Clara Pueblo founded November 29, 1777 Incorporated March 27, 1850 Government  - Type charter city, mayor-council  - Mayor Chuck Reed  - Vice... Oakland redirects here. ... Interstate 880 is a regional bypass interstate highway in the Bay Area metropolitan area of Northern California. ...


Efforts to improve safety have included adding electronic speed monitoring signs and warnings lights on curves, removing trees to improve visibility around blind curves, and increased patrol and enforcement of traffic laws. The portion between Los Gatos and Scotts Valley has been designated the Highway 17 Safety Corridor by Caltrans and the California Highway Patrol. Caltrans logo The soaring ramps in the stack interchanges favored by Caltrans often provide stunning views. ... // The California Highway Patrol (CHP) is a state agency that acts as the state police force of California. ...


Gillian Cichowski Memorial Overcrossing Bridge, over Route 17 near Los Gatos at Lexington Reservoir, was named by California Senate Concurrent Resolution 32, Chapt. 70 in 1994. Gillian Cichowski was killed in an accident at this location in 1992. This is one of the few highway constructions in California named for a woman. The overpass was in response to a campaign by friends of Gillian Cichowski to make the intersection (with Bear Creek Road) safer. The overpass was open to northbound traffic July 18, 1996 and opened to southbound traffic August 29, 1996. Margaret Green of Sunnyvale, California died in a similar accident near the same location during overpass construction.

Gillian Cichowski Memorial Overcrossing.

The cost of improving the treacherous expressway segment to modern freeway standards has been estimated to be at least $200 million. For specific systems, such as the Autobahns of Germany, see list of highway systems with full control of access and no cross traffic. ...


History

The earliest connection between Santa Cruz and San Jose was an old Native America foot trail. The first road that could be navigated by a wagon was a dirt toll road built by Charlie McKiernan, known as "Mountain Charlie" by the locals, some time around 1853. Portions of this road still exist as Mountain Charlie Road, to the west of Highway 17 and south of Summit Road. Several other stage lines were built as competitors, such as the San Jose Turnpike (1863), which follows the route of present day Soquel Road.

Looking downhill from the Summit Road overpass; brake lights can be seen as cars slow down in anticipation of the tight curves ahead.

Highway 17 was opened in 1940, replacing several other modes of transportation, including the old Glenwood Highway from 1919 (which still exists in the sleepy town of Glenwood), and the railroad which went all the way from Santa Cruz to San Francisco and Oakland. The railroad stopped operating in 1940 and the tunnels that it passed through were soon after sealed. Nearly all the tunnel entrances still exist, but are unusable as the tunnels themselves are collapsed. The rise in the use of automobiles made the railroads unprofitable. Photo of curves on California Highway 17, taken March 2004 by User:Stan Shebs. ... Photo of curves on California Highway 17, taken March 2004 by User:Stan Shebs. ...


Parts of the original Highway 17 lie underwater in Lexington Reservoir. When the reservoir was built, the highway was rerouted to higher ground, and the two towns along its path (Alma and Lexington) were abandoned. When the reservoir levels are extremely low, the old highway pavement is visible as well as some stone and concrete foundations of buildings.


Until the mid-1980s, Highway 17 extended from its current southern terminus at State Route 1 in Santa Cruz through Oakland and across the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge to San Rafael. The roadway still exists (apart from the mile-long Cypress section in Oakland, destroyed in the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake) but parts have been redesignated. The section between Interstate 80 and US 101 in San Rafael was renumbered as an extension of Interstate 580. Prior to the redesignation, this part of 17 followed Richmond streets, including an expressway called Hoffman Boulevard, to the bridge; a freeway built to Interstate standards was completed in 1990 after the corridor became 580's northwestern leg. Additionally, Highway 17 between Interstate 280 in San Jose and the freeway's new northern terminus in Oakland was re-designated as Interstate 880 later that year. JUNCTION POSTMILE I-5 ORA 0. ... Oakland redirects here. ... The Richmond-San Rafael Bridge is the northernmost of the east-west crossings of the San Francisco Bay in California, USA, connecting Richmond on the east to San Rafael on the west end. ... San Rafael (IPA: ; originally IPA: ), is the county seat of Marin County, California, United States. ... The Loma Prieta earthquake was a major earthquake that struck the San Francisco Bay Area of California on October 17, 1989 at 5:04 p. ... Interstate 80, a major east-west route of the Interstate Highway System, has its western terminus in San Francisco, California, United States. ... In the U.S. state of California, U.S. Route 101 (also known as Highway 101, The 101 in Southern California, and simply 101 in Northern California) is one of the last remaining and longest U.S. Routes still active in the state. ... Interstate 580 (abbreviated I-580) is an interstate highway in Northern California. ... A view of the scenic portion of Interstate 280 Interstate 280 (abbreviated I-280) is a 57-mile-long interstate highway in the San Francisco Bay Area metropolitan area of Northern California. ... Interstate 880 is a regional bypass interstate highway in the Bay Area metropolitan area of Northern California. ...


Before the Freeway was built in Milpitas, Fremont, Hayward and Oakland, 17 followed what is now Old Oakland Road (San Jose), Main Street (Milpitas) and Warm Springs Blvd (southern Fremont); from the Irvington section of Fremont, the route proceeded along what is now Fremont Blvd, which becomes Alvarado Blvd in Union City. From there, the route proceeded along Hesperian Blvd in Hayward and Washington Avenue in San Leandro, joining with E 14th Street as it proceeded into Oakland. From Oakland, 17 would follow U.S 40 along San Pablo Avenue up to its split in Albany. Route 17 then followed what is now Interstate 580 over the San Rafael Bridge (formerly a ferry crossing), terminating at U.S 101 in San Rafael.


In 1990 the city of Scotts Valley approved redeveloment plans calling for improvements to the Santa's Village and Granite Creek ramp systems as well as proposals for a pedestrian overcrossing and Park and ride lot.[5] Scotts Valley is a city located in Santa Cruz County, California. ... // Santas Village East Dundee, Illinois (1959-2006) was a theme park built in 1959 by Glenn Holland who also built the other two in San Bernardino County, California and Santa Cruz County, California. ... a park-and-ride bus in Oxford Park and ride terminals are public transport stations that allow commuters to drive short distances in their personal automobiles to catch a ride on a bus or railroad system (usually classified as light rail or the heavier commuter rail). ...


Exit list

Note: Except where prefixed with a letter, postmiles were measured in 1964, based on the alignment as it existed at that time, and do not necessarily reflect current mileage. The numbers reset at county lines; the start and end postmiles in each county are given in the county column.
County Location Postmile
[6][7][8]
#[9] Destinations Notes
Santa Cruz
SCR 0.00-12.55
Santa Cruz 0.00 1 SR 1Santa Cruz, Half Moon Bay, Watsonville, Monterey Southbound exit and northbound entrance; signed as exits 1A (north) and 1B (south)
0.74 1C Pasatiempo Drive Signed as exit 1 northbound
2.18 El Rancho Drive, La Madrona Drive
Scotts Valley 3.44 3 Mount Hermon Road
5.45 5 Granite Creek Road, Scotts Valley Drive (Bus. 17 south)
Santa's Village Road Northbound exit and entrance
North end of freeway
0.11 Summit Road (SR 35) Interchange
Santa Clara
SCL 0.00-13.95
1.25 Redwood Estates Interchange
4.06 Bear Creek Road Interchange
South end of freeway
Los Gatos 6.16 19 Santa Cruz Avenue Northbound left exit and southbound entrance
7.07 20A East Los Gatos (CR G10)
7.07 20B SR 9 south – Los Gatos, Saratoga
8.89 21 Lark Avenue
9.35 22 SR 85Mountain View, Gilroy
Campbell 10.50 23 Camden Avenue, San Tomas Expressway (CR G4)
12.34 25 Hamilton Avenue
San Jose 13.95 26 I-280 – Downtown San Jose, San Francisco Northbound exit and southbound entrance; signed as exits 26A (south) and 26B (north)
13.95 I-880 north (Nimitz Freeway) – Oakland Continuation beyond I-280

A milemarker on the National Road giving distances from many places Milestones redirects here. ... A milemarker on the National Road giving distances from many places Milestones redirects here. ... Exit numbers on Interstate 4 in Volusia County, Florida. ... Santa Cruz County is a county located on the Pacific coast of the U.S. state of California, just south of the San Francisco Bay Area, it forms the northern coast of the Monterey Bay. ... For other uses, see Santa Cruz. ... Image File history File links California_1. ... State Route 1, often called Highway 1, is a state highway that runs along a large length of the Pacific coast of the U.S. State of California. ... For other uses, see Santa Cruz. ... Half Moon Bay redirects here. ... Aerial view of the southern section of Watsonville and the Pajaro River Sunrise in an industrial area on Beach Street in Watsonville. ... For other uses, see Monterey (disambiguation). ... Scotts Valley is an elite suburb community of Santa Cruz located in central, Santa Cruz County, California. ... JUNCTION POSTMILE SR-17 ?? SR-9 ?? SR-92 ?? I-280 ?? SR-1 Legend Prev Next < Route 33 Route 36 > California State Highways Current - Unconstructed - Deleted - Scenic California State Route 35, generally known as Skyline Boulevard, is a 2-lane road running along the western ridge of Silicon Valley in California. ... Santa Clara County is a county located in the San Francisco Bay Area of the U.S. state of California. ... Redwood Estates is an eclectic, rural community along California State Route 17 in the coastal Santa Cruz Mountains. ... Los Gatos redirects here. ... Santa Clara County Route G10, more commonly known along the majority of its route as Blossom Hill Road for the majority of its length is an important east-west arterial roadway through the Almaden Valley area of Santa Clara County, California, in Silicon Valley. ... Image File history File links California_9. ... JUNCTION MILE POST SR-17   SR-35   SR-1   Legend < Route 4 Route 12 > The California State Highways SR-9 California State Highway 9 is mainly a rural and mountainous route that travels 35 mi. ... Los Gatos redirects here. ... Saratoga (IPA: ) is a city in Santa Clara County, California, USA. It is located on the west side of the Santa Clara Valley, in the San Francisco Bay Area. ... Image File history File links California_85. ... Route 85 through much of Saratoga and Los Gatos is a sunken highway. ... Mountain View is a city in Santa Clara County, in the U.S. state of California. ... Gilroy (IPA: ) is the southmost city in Santa Clara County, California, USA. According to the United States 2000 Census, the city population was 41,464. ... Campbell is a city located in Santa Clara County, California, part of Silicon Valley. ... The Santa Clara County expressway system is a system of expressways in Santa Clara County, California. ... Santa Clara County Route G4, more commonly referred to as San Tomas Expressway and Montague Expressway is a busy 14. ... For other uses, see San José. Nickname: Location of San Jose within Santa Clara County, California Location of San Jose with the state of California Coordinates: , Country State County Santa Clara Pueblo founded November 29, 1777 Incorporated March 27, 1850 Government  - Type charter city, mayor-council  - Mayor Chuck Reed  - Vice... Image File history File links I-280_(CA). ... A view of the scenic portion of Interstate 280 Interstate 280 (abbreviated I-280) is a 57-mile-long interstate highway in the San Francisco Bay Area metropolitan area of Northern California. ... The Downtown Historic District of San Jose, California is an area of the city roughly the size of one square block. ... San Francisco redirects here. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Interstate 880 is a regional bypass interstate highway in the Bay Area metropolitan area of Northern California. ... Interstate 880 is a regional bypass interstate highway in the Bay Area metropolitan area of Northern California. ... Oakland redirects here. ...

References

  1. ^ January 1, 2006 California Log of Bridges on State Highways
  2. ^ California Highways: State Route 17
  3. ^ a b CA Codes (shc:250-257)
  4. ^ a b CA Codes (shc:260-284)
  5. ^ Environmental Impact Report for the Scotts Valley Redeveopment Area, Earth Metrics Inc, State of California Clearinghouse Rpt. 7888, March, 1990
  6. ^ California Department of Transportation, State Truck Route List (XLS file), accessed February 2008
  7. ^ California Department of Transportation, Log of Bridges on State Highways, July 2007
  8. ^ California Department of Transportation, All Traffic Volumes on CSHS, 2005 and 2006
  9. ^ California Department of Transportation, California Numbered Exit Uniform System, SR-17 Northbound and SR-17 Southbound, accessed February 2008
  • Richard Beal: Highway 17: The Road to Santa Cruz. Aptos, California: Pacific Group, 1990. ISBN 0-9629974-0-4

Caltrans logo The soaring ramps in the stack interchanges favored by Caltrans often provide stunning views. ... Caltrans logo The soaring ramps in the stack interchanges favored by Caltrans often provide stunning views. ... Caltrans logo The soaring ramps in the stack interchanges favored by Caltrans often provide stunning views. ... Caltrans logo The soaring ramps in the stack interchanges favored by Caltrans often provide stunning views. ... The California Numbered Exit Uniform System (Cal-NExUS) is the California Department of Transportations (Caltrans) program for numbering the exits of Californias freeways. ...

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