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Encyclopedia > Santa Clara County Route G4

Santa Clara County Route G4, more commonly referred to as San Tomas Expressway and Montague Expressway is a busy 14.5 mile long link across the Silicon Valley. G4 is part of the Santa Clara County expressway system. Silicon Valley is a commonly used nickname for the southern part of the San Francisco Bay Area in northern California, USA, originally referring to the concentration of silicon chip innovators and manufacturers, but eventually becoming a metaphor for the entire concentration of high tech businesses. ... The Santa Clara County expressway system is a system of expressways in Santa Clara County, California. ...


Route summary

G4 begins in the south at its interchange with California State Highway 17 and Camden Avenue as San Tomas Expressway in the city of Campbell, California. The road is three lanes wide with an HOV carpool lane occupying the right lane from CA-17 north to U.S. Highway 101. The majority of intersections along San Tomas are at grade controlled by traffic lights, however access is limited to these intersections only (there are no driveways etc with access to the expressway). The only separated grade intersections along San Tomas are at CA-17, US-101 and the junction with Santa Clara County Route G6. G4 intersects at grade with California State Route 82 (El Camino Real) and widens to 8 lanes at this intersection which is in Santa Clara. Further north in Santa Clara, G4 crosses US 101 and becomes Montague Expressway. JUNCTION MILE POST I-880 SCL 13. ... Campbell is a city located in Santa Clara County, California, part of Silicon Valley. ... A permanent, separated high-occupancy vehicle lane on I-91 in Connecticut A high occupancy vehicle (or HOV) is any vehicle with a driver and one or more (or sometimes two or more, or three or more) passengers. ... U.S. Highway 101, or U.S. Route 101 (U.S. 101), is a north-south highway that is aligned along the Pacific West Coast of the United States. ... Traffic lights can have several additional lights for filter turns or bus lanes. ... JUNCTION MILE POST 101 SCL 0. ... El Camino Real in California is historically the road built in 1769 by Father Junípero Serra to connect the Catholic missions in Alta California between Sonoma in the north, and (what is now Presidio Park in) San Diego in the south, during the Spanish colonial era, and now a... Santa Clara, founded in 1852, is a city located in Santa Clara County, in the U.S. state of California. ...

Montague Expressway is signed as an east-west route, however it is not signed as G4 along its entire length. Montague continues east as a 6 lane road again having lost a lane at US-101. Montague crosses Interstate 880 in on the San Jose/Milpitas city line. G4 reaches its eastern terminus at Interstate 680 but the physical road continues as Landess Ave further east. Interstate 880 is a regional bypass interstate highway in the Bay Area metropolitan area of Northern California. ... Looking east toward Monument Peak in Milpitas. ... Interstate 680/California State Route 24 interchange in Walnut Creek. ...

History and legislative status

G4 was designated and signed in 1962 along the San Tomas portions. Montague was designated later around 1978. Whether this has anything to do with Montague not being physically signed as G4 is uncertain. Emergency Call boxes along Montague however are labeled as being on G4 leaving no doubt that Montague is part of G4. 1962 was a common year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1978 was a common year starting on Sunday (the link is to a full 1978 calendar). ...

Original plans called for G4 to originate at present day G21's junction with US-101, then head north via present day Capitol Expressway, Hillsdale Avenue, and Camden Avenue where it would have met the present day southern terminus. These plans were never brought to fruition.

From CA-82 south to Interstate 280, G4 is an unsigned part of the Juan Bautista De Anza National Historical Trail which follows the route Juan Bautista De Anza took leading his expedition into California from Mexico in 1775-76 (note: to continue north on the trail you must leave utilize Saratoga Avenue to access I-280 as G4 has no interchange with the interstate). Interstate 280 is the name of four distinct spur routes of Interstate 80 in the United States. ...

Landmarks and points of interest

Intel Corporation (NASDAQ: INTC) (founded 1968) is a US-based multinational corporation that is best known for designing and manufacturing microprocessors and specialized integrated circuits. ... The Great Mall of the Bay Area (commonly called Great Mall) is a large shopping mall in Milpitas, California. ... Sun Microsystems is a computer, semiconductor and software manufacturer headquartered in Santa Clara, California, in Silicon Valley. ...

Major cities

Campbell is a city located in Santa Clara County, California, part of Silicon Valley. ... City nickname: Capital of Silicon Valley Location of San Jose within Santa Clara County, California. ... Santa Clara, founded in 1852, is a city located in Santa Clara County, in the U.S. state of California. ... Looking east toward Monument Peak in Milpitas. ...

See also

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