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Interstate 238
Auxiliary route of the Interstate Highway System
Defined by S&HC § 538, maintained by Caltrans
Length: 2.126 mi[1] (3.421 km)
Formed: May 1983 by FHWA[2]
South end: I-580 / SR 238 in Castro Valley
North end: I-880 in San Leandro
State highways in California (list - pre-1964)
< SR 237 SR 238 >
History - Unconstructed - Deleted - Freeway - Scenic

Interstate 238 (I-238) is a short auxiliary route of the Interstate Highway System in the San Francisco Bay Area, California, United States. Part of State Route 238 until 1983, and still considered the same route (part of Route 238) by the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), it connects Interstate 580 in Castro Valley (where SR 238 continues south) with Interstate 880 in San Leandro. Despite running in an east–west direction, it is signed north–south, as the rest of Route 238 is more north–south than east–west.

The number does not follow established rules for numbering Interstates, as there is no Interstate 38. Of the nine possible numbers ending in 80 (as it connects two auxiliary routes of Interstate 80), two - 180 and 480 - were in use by State Routes (the latter an Interstate until 1968), and the seven others were used by other Interstates. (I-880 was designated at the same time as I-238; it too could only be an auxiliary route of I-80.)

This route is part of the California Freeway and Expressway System.[3]

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Route description

Although the 2.16-mile (3.48 km) I-238 goes in an east–west direction from Castro Valley to San Leandro, Caltrans officially signs it as a north–south freeway since the rest of State Route 238 is more north–south. The south (or east) terminus of I-238 is at its interchange with Interstate 580 and SR 238 in Castro Valley. From there, it enters into the southern portion of the census-designated place of Ashland, running parallel to its border with Cherryland. Then after entering San Leandro, I-238 terminates at Interstate 880.

History

The section of road that is now I-238 had no signed number before the 1964 renumbering; it was pre-1964 Legislative Route 228 (along with an unbuilt extension west to unbuilt State Route 61, which is still included in the Route 238 definition).

The segment from what is now I-580 to I-880 was built as a freeway in 1956.[4] The rest of SR 238 south to Interstate 680 in Fremont was also planned to be upgraded to a freeway (parallel to present I-880), but after it was unsuccessfully submitted to the Interstate Highway System in October 1968,[2] and after several lawsuits, it never got off the ground.[5]

When present Interstate 880 was added to the Interstate Highway System as a renumbering of part of State Route 17, the short piece of SR 238 connecting I-880 to I-580 was also added; both were non-chargeable routes (not eligible for Interstate Completion funds). Both numbers — I-238 and I-880 - were approved by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) on July 7, 1983.[2] The interchanges with I-580 and I-880 were rebuilt from 1988 to 1994, in part to add missing ramps between I-238 and I-880 towards the south.[4] Prior to the completion of the ramps, access was provided by Hesperian Boulevard.

As the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials said on July 7, 1983 when approving the designation,

This is to inform you that your application for the elimination of Route 180 and extension of Route 580, and the establishment of Route 880 and Route 238 have been approved.

However, since the I-238 designation does not fit the overall national numbering sequence and was necessitated only because all three [-digit] combinations of I-80 have been used, the Committee has a further option to offer for your consideration. If the I-580 designation were continued from Castro Valley to San Lorenzo and then used in place of the proposed I-880 designation northerly to Oakland and over existing I-180 between Albany and San Rafael, then existing I-580 between Castro Valley and Oakland could be designated I-180. The Committee does recognize this option would involve considerable resigning, however.

Caltrans responded on July 27, 1983:

We already have a state route 180 in our Fresno area, and this route is separated from I-580 in Castro Valley by about 100 miles. We are therefore unable to recommend the designation of existing I-580 between Castro Valley and Oakland as I-180.[6]

With the deletion of State Route 480 in 1991, the "480" designation is once again available.

Future

The entire length of I-238 is being reconstructed, including a reconfigured interchange with I-880, and an added travel lane in each direction. The existing pavement is being removed to allow for the roadbed to be rebuilt, then new pavement will be laid. Additionally, almost all of the bridges and overpasses are being replaced with new ones meeting current earthquake resistance standards.

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 Alameda County.

Location Postmile
[1][4][7]
#[8] Destinations Notes
Castro Valley R14.47 14 I-580 (MacArthur Freeway) – Oakland, Stockton Southbound exit and northbound entrance
R14.47 SR 238 / Castro Valley Boulevard – Hayward Southbound exit and northbound entrance
Ashland 14.95 15 SR 185 (Mission Boulevard, East 14th Street)
San Leandro 16.28 16B Hesperian Boulevard – San Lorenzo Northbound exit and southbound entrance
16.70 16A I-880 south (Nimitz Freeway) – San Jose, San Mateo Bridge Northbound exit and southbound entrance
16.70 17A Washington Avenue Northbound exit and southbound entrance
16.70 17B I-880 north (Nimitz Freeway) – Oakland Northbound exit and southbound entrance

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Main Interstate Highways (major interstates highlighted)
4 5 8 10 12 15 16 17 19 20 22 24 25 26 27 29 30
35 37 39 40 43 44 45 49 55 57 59 64 65 66 68 69
70 71 72 73 74 75 76 (W) 76 (E) 77 78 79 80 81 82
83 84 (W) 84 (E) 85 86 (W) 86 (E) 87 88 (W) 88 (E) 89 90
91 93 94 95 96 97 99 (238) H-1 H-2 H-3
Unsigned  A-1 A-2 A-3 A-4 PRI-1 PRI-2 PRI-3
Lists  Primary  Main - Intrastate - Suffixed - Future - Gaps
Auxiliary  Main - Future - Unsigned
Other  Standards - Business - Bypassed
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Simple English

Interstate 238 is an Interstate Highway in the state of California in the United States. It goes from Interstate 580 in Castro Valley east to Interstate 880 in San Leandro. The route is 2.126 miles (3.421 km) long.[1] The route is not like a 3-digit route as there is no Interstate 38. It is called Interstate 238 as it was a part of California State Route 238 and no numbers with "80" at the end were able to be used.

References

  1. California Department of Transportation, State Truck Route List (XLS file), accessed February 2008
Main Interstates (numbers that end in 0 or 5 are colored pink)
4 5 8 10 12 15 16 17 19 20 22 24 25 26 27 29 30
35 37 39 40 43 44 45 49 55 57 59 64 65 66 68 69
70 71 72 73 74 75 76 (W) 76 (E) 77 78 79 80 81 82
83 84 (W) 84 (E) 85 86 (W) 86 (E) 87 88 (W) 88 (E) 89 90
91 93 94 95 96 97 99 (238) H-1 H-2 H-3
Unsigned  A-1 A-2 A-3 A-4 PRI-1 PRI-2 PRI-3

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