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State Route 82

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Routing Routing

Rte 82(a) From Route 880 in San Jose to Route 280 in San Francisco.

(b) The relinquished former portion of Route 82 within the City of San Jose is not a state highway and is not eligible for adoption under Section 81. For the relinquished former portion of Route 82, the City of San Jose shall maintain within its jurisdiction signs directing motorists to the continuation of Route 82 and shall ensure the continuity of traffic flow on the relinquished former portion of Route 82, including any traffic signal progression. The city may apply to the department for approval of a business route designation in accordance with Chapter 20, Topic 21, of the Highway Design Manual.

Post 1964 Signage History Post 1964 Signage History

In 1963, this route was defined as "(a) Route 101 near Ford Road south of San Jose to Route 101 in San Francisco. (b) Route 101 near Alemany Boulevard to Route 87 in San Francisco." There also was the following condition: "Notwithstanding the provisions of Section 89 of Chapter 1062 of the Statutes of 1959, construction of all or any portion of subdivision (b) of Route 82 may be commenced at any time, if the City and County of San Francisco has conveyed or does convey to the State of California, without charge, all real property presently acquired by it for the construction of said subdivision (b) of this route or such portion thereof." This appeared to be a long-standing contention: that San Francisco must provide the land for the consturction.

In 1968, Chapter 282 truncated the definition to "Route 101 near Ford Road south of San Jose to Route 280 in San Francisco." and transfered the condition to I-280. This chapter also transferred the portion from I-280 to US 101, as well as the entire part (b) routing, to I-280.

In 1988, Chapter 106 changed the origin to be "Route 101 near Blossom Hill Road in San Jose"

In 2010, Chapter 448 (AB 1670, 9/29/10) renumbered the routing as (a) and added subsection (b) covering the relinquishment from Route 101 to Route 880.

In December 2011, the CTC authorized relinquishment of right of way in the city of San Jose on Route 82 from Route 880 to Route 101 (near Blossom Hill Road), under terms and conditions determined to be in the best interest of the State, as stated in the relinquishment agreement scheduled to be approved by the City at their November 29, 2011 Council Meeting. Authorized by Chapter 448, Statutes of 2010, which amended Section 382 of the Streets and Highways Code.

In 2013, Chapter 525 (SB 788, 10/9/13) reworded the definition to reflect relinquishments:

(a) From Route 880 Route 101 near Blossom Hill Road in San Jose to Route 280 in San Francisco.

(b) The relinquished former portion of Route 82 within the City of San Jose is not a state highway and is not eligible for adoption under Section 81. For the relinquished former portion of Route 82, the City of San Jose shall maintain within its jurisdiction signs directing motorists to the continuation of Route 82 and shall ensure the continuity of traffic flow on the relinquished former portion of Route 82, including any traffic signal progression. The city may apply to the department for approval of a business route designation in accordance with Chapter 20, Topic 21, of the Highway Design Manual. Upon a determination by the commission that it is in the best interests of the state to do so, the commission may, upon terms and conditions approved by it, relinquish to the City of San Jose the portion of Route 82 from Route 101 to Route 880 in that city if the department and the city enter into an agreement providing for that relinquishment. The following conditions shall apply upon relinquishment:

(1) The relinquishment shall become effective on the date following the county recorder's recordation of the relinquishment resolution containing the commission's approval of the terms and conditions of the relinquishment.

(2) On and after the effective date of the relinquishment, the relinquished portion of Route 82 shall cease to be a state highway.

(3) The portion of Route 82 relinquished under this subdivision shall be ineligible for future adoption under Section 81.

(4) The City of San Jose shall ensure the continuity of traffic flow on the relinquished portion of Route 82, including any traffic signal progression.

(5) For the portion of Route 82 that is relinquished under this subdivision, the City of San Jose shall install and maintain within the jurisdiction of the city signs directing motorists to the continuation of Route 82 to the extent deemed necessary by the department.

Pre 1964 Signage History Pre 1964 Signage History

State Shield US Highway Shield This is the former surface routing of US 101; it was signed as US 101 until the 1964 route realignment and the signing of Bypass US 101 as US 101. It was the original portion of LRN 2, defined in 1909. Note that the route of current Route 82 in downtown San Jose differs from the route of US 101 when it ran down the El Camino routing: instead of continuing on West Santa Clara Street east to Market, Route 82 south turns right at San Jose Arena onto Montgomery Street (northbound Route 82 uses Montgomery to Autumn Street, then makes the left turn on West Santa Clara at the arena). Route 82 southbound then uses San Carlos Street northeast to reconnect with Market; this rerouting may have occured as a result of the construction of the I-280/Route 87 interchange and occured several years before San Jose Arena was finished.

According to Chris Sampang much of Old Mission Road is the original alignment of US 101 and the El Camino Real which was bypassed in the 1930s. The original alignment of Old Mission Road bent back towards Route 82 over Colma Creek at one point.
(Source: Tom Fearer: Gribblenation Blog on Route 82, February 2019)

The Historic Aerials site permits closer examination of the intersection of Mission Road (former El Camino Real/US 101) and Oak Avenue, where the current road turns to the southeast to meet up with Chestnut Avenue. In 1946, the existing westerly routing crossing Colma Creek closer to Colma was already in existence, but Mission Road still returned to El Camino Real at its south end, about a thousand feet south of the current Chestnut/El Camino intersection. By 1956, Mission was widened in the South San Francisco portion, but truncated to Chestnut Avenue, crossing Colma Creek near where Mission and Oak presently intersect via the road that is now "Antoinette Lane." Some time between 1968 and 1980, the section of historic El Camino Real/US 101 along what is now Antoinette Lane between the creek and Chestnut Avenue was bypassed by the current, modern routing of Mission Road southeast of Oak Avenue, and truncated to not cross the creek.

X-ed Out Pre-1964 State Shield Route 82 was not defined as part of the initial state signage of routes in 1934. It is unclear what (if any) route was signed as Route 82 between 1934 and 1964.

Status Status

Route 82 General

In October 2011, the CTC approved $11.2 million to install closed-circuit video cameras, vehicle detection systems and improved traffic signals along Route 82.

Former Route 82 in San Jose

In August 2011, it was reported that owners of more than 50% of the properties on The Alameda (in downtown San Jose, S of 880) have given verbal agreements to support the formation of a Maintenance Improvement District to fund a $4 million makeover of the segment. The makeover funding comes primarily from a Metropolitan Transportation Commission grant with some additional funding from the San Jose Department of Transportation. The grant was based on the vision offered of raised medians with landscaping and pedestrian refuges, new lighting, gateway and neighborhood markers, enhanced pedestrian crosswalks and corner sidewalk bulb-outs. It would stretch from Stockton Avenue down The Alameda to where it meets Fremont Street and Schiele Avenue.

San Jose / Santa Clara (I-880) to Mountain View (Route 85)

Grand Blvd Initiative (~ SCL 11.545 to SCL 21.604)

The SAFETEA-LU act, enacted in August 2005 as the reauthorization of TEA-21, provided the following expenditures on or near this route: High Priority Project #1942: El Camino Real Grand Blvd initiative in San Mateo Santa Clara County. $3,000,000.

In August 2011, the San Francisco Chronicle reported on the Grand Boulevard Initiative. The Grand Boulevard Initiative is an ongoing effort to transform the street into "a destination of valued places," spur development and improve the pedestrian feel of a roadway that now varies in width from 129 feet in Millbrae to 46 feet in Burlingame, where the eucalyptus trees on either side are protected as part of the city's cultural heritage. Additional details may be found in the full article from the Chronicle.

[Grand Initiative]In October 2011, more information on the Grand Boulevard Initiative was published. The plan includes removing two lanes of traffic from Lafayette Street in Santa Clara to Showers Drive in Mountain View and turn them into bus-only lanes running down the middle of the road. The express buses would be sleek and look more like light-rail trains, with ticket areas in the median and signals that turn green as a bus approaches an intersection. A 3-inch curb would separate the bus lanes from cars, enough to alert motorists who may wander into the transit-only lanes. The curbs would be low enough to allow emergency vehicles access. For this initiative to be realized, the VTA needs city councils in all six cities along El Camino within the county to endorse the changes, in addition to approval from Caltrans (VTA will be submitting the plan in June 2012) as El Camino is a state route. Money for the project is coming from the ½¢ transit-only sales tax approved in 2000 to bring BART to the South Bay and make other rail and bus improvements. The VTA will also seek some federal funding. The El Camino changes could cost $240 million, with $75 million possible from Washington.
(Source: San Jose Mercury News, 10/23/2011)

In November 2018, it was reported that the VTA, Santa Clara and Mountain View have big plans to overhaul El Camino over the next decade (~ SCL 18.924). Here is what is being considered:
(Source: Mercury News, 11/13/2018)

In October 2019, it was reported that the Mountain View City Council unanimously approved an estimated $81 million improvement plan for El Camino Real featuring protected bicycle lanes, wider sidewalks and three new crosswalks with signals. Although the upgrades are expected to take years to complete, the council’s decision marks the first step toward making the safety improvements that elected officials and city staff have spent years discussing. In 2014, the city of Mountain View adopted a plan for El Camino that provided a road map for future changes and investment to the boulevard. City staff subsequently began developing a more detailed outline. Five years later, under the newly adopted plan, on-street parking will be replaced with protected bike lanes, bus stops will be updated to allow for the safety of cyclists and three new mid-block crosswalks with signals will be constructed at Crestview Drive, Bonita Avenue and Pettis Avenue. As for the remaining $40 million in estimated costs, city staff said that Catrans will cover some as part of its upcoming paving and ADA projects, the city will seek outside grants and the remainder will be funded through the city’s capital improvement program.
(Source: $$ Mercury News, 10/1/2019)

The 2020 SHOPP, approved in May 2020, included the following NEW Bridge Restoration item of interest: 04-Santa Clara-82 PM R11.4/26.4 PPNO 2021B Proj ID 0418000032 EA 0P980. Route 82 in the cities of Santa Clara and Palo Alto, at De La Cruz Boulevard Overcrossing (OC) No. 37-0214 (PM R11.38), Mayfield Pedestrian Undercrossing (UC) No. 37-0091 (PM 24.15), University Avenue OC No. 37 -0092 (PM 25.88), and San Francisquito Creek Bridge No. 37-0018 (PM 26.36). Upgrade bridge rails at three locations and abandon the Mayfield Pedestrian UC in Palo Alto (PM 24.15). Programmed in FY22-23, with construction scheduled to start in November 2023. Total project cost is $5,197K, with $1,965K being capital (const and right of way) and $3,232K being support (engineering, environmental, etc.).
(Source: 2020 Approved SHOPP a/o May 2020)

Atherton (Route 84) to San Mateo (N of Route 92)

Route 82 / Route 92 Interchange (~ SM 10.518)

In June 2010, it was reported that studies are beginning to improve the El Camino Real (Route 82)/Route 92 interchange. Officials from three local transit agencies are splitting a $450,000 study that by the end of Summer 2011 should map out why cars move so slowly through the area, and what can be done about it. The purpose of the study is to figure out if there are any quick and easy fixes for operational problems in the interchange. C/CAG, MTC and the county Transportation Authority will each pay $150,000 to fund the study.
[Source: Oakland Tribune, 6/9/10]

In January 2011, results from the study were disclosed. Five options are being considered. The favored option includes converting the existing cloverleaf configuration to a “partial cloverleaf” configuration. This would require the elimination of two loop ramps and the construction of diagonal off-ramps. Cost for the work is expected to be up to $15 million and San Mateo is currently sitting on a $2.8 million grant from the federal government for the design and construction of the project. The city is also seeking about $5 million for the project from the Metropolitan Transportation Commission. The focused study also favored an option that calls for constructing partial cloverleafs at the interchange with the widening of Route 92 by one lane in each direction. The other three options include:

In February 2014, it was reported that the draft EIR for reconstruction of the El Camino Real/Route 92 interchanage was released for public comment. The current El Camino Real-Route 92 interchange is laid out in a full cloverleaf configuration, with four circular ramps guiding cars on and off the highway. The merging lanes are short and tricky to negotiate. Traffic on Route 92 often backs up as motorists slow down to exit or accommodate cars shifting from the onramp to the highway. Caltrans proposes dismantling two of the cloverleafs. The planned configuration would funnel vehicles leaving the highway to new three-way intersections with stoplights at El Camino Real. If the plan is approved in its current form, Caltrans expects to begin construction in 2017.

Route 92 - El Camino Real InterchangeIn March 2015, it was reported that after entering into a cooperative agreement last year, the city of San Mateo and Caltrans are collaborating on a $16 million reconfiguration of the on- and off-ramps into a partial cloverleaf design. The project will also entail two signalized intersections that will accommodate drivers entering El Camino Real while also providing safer crossings for bicyclists and pedestrians. San Mateo has assumed landscaping responsibilities after the completion of the project on top of its $2.75 million contribution — the majority of which came from a federal grant and San Mateo County Transportation Authority Measure A fund. Caltrans is taking the lead on the project as it has the in-house design staff. In the future, drivers entering Route 92 from El Camino Real will continue to have access to separate eastbound and westbound on-ramps. Those exiting Route 92 will only have one off-ramp in either direction that would eventually widen into two or three lanes at a signalized intersection allowing drivers to turn either north or south onto El Camino Real (Route 82). The project will add two additional intersections with traffic lights between Bovet Road and 20th Avenue. The current design is about 65% complete and Caltrans hopes to begin construction in July 2016 with the project completed around April 2018.
(Source: San Mateo Daily Journal, 3/7/2015)

In October 2015, it was reported that the San Mateo County Transportation Authority allocated $16.2 million toward the project that will convert the dangerous Route 92/El Camino Real Interchange into a partial cloverleaf, realign the off- and on-ramps and add signalized intersections on El Camino Real. The project will improve safety by eliminating the short weave distance between drivers merging on and off Route 92 as well as deter existing backups when drivers spill onto the westbound portion of the highway at El Camino Real.
(Source: San Mateo Daily Journal, 10/2/2015)

In August 2016, the CTC approved a proposal from the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, the San Mateo City/County Council of Governments (C/CAG) and the San Mateo County Transportation Authority (SMCTA) to program an AB 3090 cash reimbursement project (PPNO 0668B) in order to use local funds for construction of the Route 92/Route 82 Interchange Improvements – Phase 1 project (PPNO 0668A) in San Mateo County. The San Mateo County Transportation Authority requested reimbursements over a two-year period beginning in Fiscal Year (FY) 2019-20. This project will reconstruct and reconfigure the existing interchange. Once completed, these improvements will result in increased operational efficiencies. SMCTA proposes to amend the STIP to revise the funding plan to advance project delivery with the use of $5,000,000 in local sales tax (Measure A) funds for construction support, and request reimbursements in FYs 2019-20 and 2020-21. This request follows AB 3090 Guidelines, which allow a local agency to use its own funds (non-state or non-federal) to complete a project component early to be later reimbursed with STIP funds currently programmed on the project.

In October 2016, the CTC approved the following STIP allocation: 04-SM-92 10.3/10.7; 11.0/11.5 | Route 92/Route 82 Interchange Improvements - Phase 1. In San Mateo. Modify existing on/off ramps at the Route 92/Route 82 interchange. It is proposed to remove the southeast and the northwest quadrant loops. Two new signalized intersections would be created at new on and off ramps on Route 82 (El Camino). $5,000,000

The Route 92/Route 82 interchange project in San Mateo was completed in early 2018, after several months in 2017 of realigning or removing the old ramps from the original cloverleaf.

San Mateo (N of Route 92) to San Francisco (Jct. I-280)

Floribunda Avenue Intersection Improvements / Burlingame (~ SM 13.683)

In December 2014, the CTC was provided the ability to comment on a draft EIR regarding a project in San Mateo County that will widen the intersection and install traffic signals on Route 82 at Floribunda Avenue in the city of Burlingame and the town of Hillsborough. The project is programmed in the 2014 State Highway Operation and Protection Program. The total estimated cost is $5,837,000 for capital and support. Construction is estimated to begin in Fiscal Year 2015-16. The scope, as described for the preferred alternative, is consistent with the project scope programmed by the Commission in the 2014 State Highway Operation and Protection Program. The decision to prepare an EIR was made due to a substantial amount of public controversy surrounding the project associated with the proposed removal of five historic trees. To mitigate this specific concernt, five replacement trees of an approved variety will be planted in the Halston-Ralston Eucalyptus Tree Rows along Route 82. Alternatives considered for the proposed project include:

In December 2019, the CTC had the following SHOPP amendment on its agenda: 04-SM-82 13.7 PPNO 0686. Proj ID 0400002011 EA 1G020. On Route 82 Near Burlingame and Hillsborough city limits, at the intersection of Route 82 and Floribunda Avenue. Install left turn signal. Note: Delete project. An 18-month study period concluded that the identified safety issue can be resolved by prohibiting the left-turn movement at this intersection. There is no need to proceed further with this project.
(Source: December 2019 CTC Agenda, Agenda Item 2.1a.(1d) Item 18)

Naming Naming

Historically, this route is close to the original "El Camino Real" (The Kings Road). This route has officially been designated as "El Camino Real by Assembly Bill 1769, Chapter 1569, in 1959.

Betty Meltzer Memorial HighwayThe segment of Route 82 between Page Mill Road (SCL 24.04) and San Francisquito Creek (SCL 26.37/SM 0.000) in the City of Palo Alto is named the "Betty Meltzer Memorial Highway" This segment was named in memory of Elizabeth T. (Betty) Meltzer, best known in Palo Alto for her environmental efforts, including being a key organizer of the "Dream of a Thousand Trees for El Camino Real Project" in Palo Alto, and cofounder with Ellen Wyman of Palo Alto Tomorrow, an organization that successfully promoted sensible growth in downtown Palo Alto. Betty Meltzer was born on May 3, 1939, in San Francisco to Anna Rose and Sam Taylor, and moved to Palo Alto in 1948, where she graduated from Palo Alto High School in 1956. Betty Meltzer graduated from Smith College in 1960 and received her master's degree in education from Stanford University in 1961. Beginning in the mid 1980's, Betty Meltzer began her community organizing for a better Palo Alto with the cofounding of Palo Alto Tomorrow. Betty Meltzer was also a graduate of the first class in 1987 of the "Leadership Palo Alto" (later "Leadership Midpeninsula") program designed to train both citizens and government people on how to contribute to local civic betterment. Betty Meltzer was an active member in the Palo Alto Garden Club and the Palo Alto Women's Club. Meltzer taught in the Palo Alto Unified School District for five years, trained blind people how to read, and for many years tutored elementary school students who had reading disabilities. Meltzer served on the board of the former Peninsula Conservation Center Foundation (PCCF), now Acterra, and was especially active in creating the Business Environmental Network, which gave awards to environmentally outstanding businesses. Betty Meltzer was cofounder with Susan Rosenberg of the Trees for El Camino Project which aided the City of Palo Alto in obtaining the funding for hundreds of new trees along the 4.3 miles of El Camino Real in Palo Alto. Betty Meltzer, who was known for her tenacious attitude and steadfast commitment to her work for the City of Palo Alto, was able to work with the Department of Transportation to relax the department's regulations on the planting of trees in road medians in order to realize her dream of seeing Palo Alto's portion of El Camino Real become a welcoming, tree-lined boulevard. Betty Meltzer died on September 29, 2008. Named by Senate Concurrent Resolution (SCR) 30, Resolution Chapter 74, on 7/16/2009.
(Image source: Canopy Magazine, Spring 2010; Palo Alto Online)

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De Anza Auto Route This route is part of the De Anza National Historic Trail.

Statistics Statistics

Overall statistics for Route 82:

Pre-1964 Legislative Route Pre-1964 Legislative Route

LRN 82 was first defined in 1933 as the route from "Etna Mills to Montague". In 1935, it was codified into the highway code as that routing.

In 1959, Chapter 1062 changed the origin to "[LRN 20] near Weaverville".

This is present-day Route 3; it is unclear how this was signed before 1964 — it may have been part of Route 36.


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