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State Route 163
Cabrillo Freeway
Defined by S&HC § 463, maintained by Caltrans
Length: 11.088 mi[1] (17.844 km)
South end: A Street and Ash Street in Downtown San Diego
North end: I-15 in Miramar
State highways in California (list - pre-1964)
< SR 162 SR 164 >
History - Unconstructed - Deleted - Freeway - Scenic
The Cabrillo Freeway from the University Ave. overpass in the Hillcrest section of San Diego

State Route 163 (SR 163), the Cabrillo Freeway, is a state highway in San Diego, in the U.S. state of California. It is an 11 mile (18 km) stretch of freeway which was once the southern end of U.S. Route 395, the San Diego portion of which was eliminated in 1979. It splits from Interstate 15 at the south end of Miramar and extends south to Interstate 5, ending in Downtown San Diego. The southernmost 2.5 miles (4 kilometers) of Route 163 passes through Balboa Park and under the Cabrillo Bridge.

The section of Highway 163 north of Interstate 8 is an Interstate-standard, eight-lane freeway. The section of Highway 163 south of Interstate 8 through Balboa Park is not Interstate standard, featuring a wide, grassy median with many mature trees. It has only four lanes for the most part and has several sharp curves (for a freeway). In an effort to improve safety along this section, wooden guardrails with steel reinforcement were installed in December 2004 on either side of the grassy median.[2]

This route is part of the California Freeway and Expressway System[3] and is designated a State Scenic Highway[4].

The southernmost portion of the highway, running through Balboa Park, was designated a California Historic Parkway in 2002.[5] This segment, which opened in 1948, was the first freeway in San Diego County and one of the first in California.[6]

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 entire route is in San Diego, San Diego County.

#[9] Destinations Notes
0.60 1A Ash Street No exit number northbound; northbound exit only accessible from A Street
0.89 1A I-5 north (San Diego Freeway) / 4th Avenue – Los Angeles Southbound exit is part of exit 1B
0.89 1B I-5 south (San Diego Freeway) / Park Boulevard Southbound exit and northbound entrance
1.62 1B Quince Street – Balboa Park Northbound exit only
1.80 1C Richmond Street – San Diego Zoo, Museums Northbound exit only
2.49 2A Robinson Avenue Northbound exit and southbound entrance
2.75 2A Washington Street east (I-8 Bus.) Signed as exit 2B northbound
2.75 2B Washington Street west (I-8 Bus.) No northbound exit
2.98 2C University Avenue No northbound exit
3.74 3 I-8 / Hotel Circle – El Centro, Beaches Signed as exits 3A (east) and 3B (west)
4.37 4 Friars Road Northbound exit is part of exit 3B
5.79 5 Genesee Avenue Signed as exits 5A (east) and 5B (west) northbound
6.54 6 Mesa College Drive, Kearny Villa Road Northbound exit and southbound entrance
7.04 7A I-805 north (Jacob Dekema Freeway) – Los Angeles Northbound exit and southbound entrance
7.04 7A I-805 south (Jacob Dekema Freeway) Southbound exit and northbound entrance
8.01 7B Balboa Avenue Former SR 274
8.81 8 Clairemont Mesa Boulevard
9.55 9A SR 52 east Northbound exit and southbound entrance
9.55 9B SR 52 west Signed as exit 9 southbound; no northbound entrance
R10.84 10 Kearny Villa Road Former I-15
R11.66 I-15 north (Escondido Freeway) – Riverside Northbound exit and southbound entrance


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