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State Route 82 runs from U.S. Route 101 at Blossom Hill Road in San Josemarker to Interstate 280 in San Franciscomarker following the San Francisco Peninsula. It forms part of El Camino Real.

Route description

Route 82 at the intersection with Mathilda Avenue (Sunnyvale)
Route 82 begins its journey at US 101 and Blossom Hill Road, where it heads north onto Monterey Highway, later known as Monterey Road north of Capitol Expressway. At Alma Avenue the road becomes South First Street, and Route 82 veers onto Market Street upon approaching downtown San Jose just north of Interstate 280 (which has no direct interchange with Route 82). In less than a mile, Route 82 turns west on San Carlos Street past Downtown San Jose's hotels and convention center, then soon turns north on Montgomery Street and Autumn Street where it quickly turns again west onto The Alameda at the HP Pavilionmarker.

Once it enters Santa Claramarker, Route 82 bends northward around the city's downtown and onto El Camino Real, where it continues for the remainder of its trip up the San Francisco Peninsula. Route 82, referred to by local residents almost always as "El Camino," runs through a number of cities on the Peninsula, including Palo Altomarker (passing by Stanford Universitymarker), San Carlosmarker, San Mateomarker, and Millbraemarker, and it is a central artery of the Peninsula communities through which it passes.

In Daly Citymarker, Route 82 becomes Mission Street, connecting with San Franciscomarker's Mission Street, but then quickly flows onto San Jose Avenue, crossing Alemany Boulevardmarker, and terminating at I-280.

Route 82 takes an inland course paralleling the Bayshore Freeway . The entire route is at street level with at least four lanes of traffic; no portions of it exist as a freeway, although the route is occasionally a divided highway. The Bayshore Freeway and the Interstate 280 tend to provide faster alternatives than Route 82 even during traffic jams on those freeways.

From 1964 to 1968, Route 82 continued past its current end north on Alemany Boulevard to Bayshore Boulevard in San Francisco (see below).


Originally a segment of U.S. Route 101 (and before that, the historic El Camino Real), rapid growth of the San Francisco Bay Areamarker after World War II, including urbanization of the towns along its path, made it completely inadequate for the needs of traffic. The Bayshore Highway to the east was later upgraded to a freeway and was originally built as "Bypass U.S. 101".

In 1964, U.S. Route 101 was officially moved onto the Bayshore Freeway (now Route 101), and its former alignment on El Camino Real became Route 82. It was defined as two portions: From Route 101 near Ford Road south of San Jose to Route 101 in San Francisco (which today corresponds to the Alemany Mazemarker), and from Route 101 near Alemany Boulevard to Route 87 (current unbuilt State Route 230) in San Francisco. In 1968, the portions from Route 280 (at current Route 82) to Route 101 and from Route 101 to Route 87 were transferred to Route 280. Route 82 today is designated as part of El Camino Real.

Major intersections

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

Destinations Notes
Santa Claramarker
SCL R0.00-26.37
San Josemarker R0.00 Silver Creek Valley Road Continuation beyond US 101
R0.00 Interchange
R0.36 Monterey Road, Blossom Hill Road (CR G10), Cottle Road Interchange
2.81 Capitol Expressway (CR G21) Interchange
6.90 Interchange
R7.31 San Carlos Street, Market Street
R7.72 Interchange
R8.08 Bird Avenue, San Carlos Street
R8.61 Santa Clara Street
9.90 Interchange
Santa Claramarker 11.38 De la Cruz Boulevard, Coleman Avenue to US 101 Interchange
14.30 Lawrence Expressway (CR G2) Interchange
Sunnyvalemarker 17.04 Mathilda Avenue Former SR 85
Mountain Viewmarker 18.84 Interchange
21.84 San Antonio Road
Los Altosmarker
Palo Altomarker 24.04
25.88 Palm Drive, University Avenue – Stanford Universitymarker, Palo Alto Caltrain Stationmarker Interchange
San Mateomarker
SM 0.00-25.15
Menlo Parkmarker 0.77 Santa Cruz Avenue No left turns
Athertonmarker 1.89 Atherton Avenue
Redwood Citymarker 3.44 Interchange
San Carlosmarker 6.57 Holly Street
Belmontmarker 7.69 Ralston Avenue Former Legislative Route 214
San Mateomarker 9.33 Hillsdale Boulevard Interchange
10.55 Interchange
Burlingamemarker 12.96 Peninsula Avenue
Millbraemarker 15.95 Millbrae Avenue
San Brunomarker 18.96 Interchange
South San Franciscomarker 21.91 Hickey Boulevard
Colmamarker Serramonte Boulevard
Daly Citymarker 24.85 John Daly Boulevard
24.93 Mission Street
San Franciscomarker
SF 0.00-R0.21
Alemany Boulevardmarker Former SR 82 north
R0.21 Interchange; northbound exit and southbound entrance
R0.21 San Jose Avenue Continuation beyond I-280

See also


  1. California Department of Transportation, State Truck Route List (XLS file), accessed January 2008
  2. California Department of Transportation, Log of Bridges on State Highways, July 2007
  3. California Department of Transportation, All Traffic Volumes on CSHS, 2005 and 2006

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