Richmond Parkway (California)

The Richmond Parkway (originally Richmond Bypass) is an arterial road connecting Interstate 580 and Interstate 80 through Richmond, California. The road allows drivers traveling between Marin County (to the west) and Solano County (to the north) to bypass central Richmond.

Richmond Parkway
Route information
Maintained by CCTA, City of Richmond DPW, C.C. Co. PWD
Length7 mi[1] (11 km)
Major junctions
South end I-580 in Point Richmond
North end I-80 and Fitzgerald Drive at city limits of Richmond and Pinole
CountiesContra Costa
Highway system
An I-80 exit onto the Richmond Parkway at its eastern most terminus


The original idea for the Richmond Parkway came from a state proposal for State Route 93 in the early 1980s. However, when the state did not implement the plan, local officials assembled $200 million in state and local funds to fund a road largely following the same route as proposed Route 93, which was built in the 1990s.[2] While it mostly functions as an expressway, some parts do not meet state expressway standards.

The city of Richmond would like Caltrans to take it over, but currently Caltrans is not in favor of the idea.[2] It was originally named Richmond Bypass, because it would allow motorists to avoid entering the streets of Richmond. This was considered offensive to many community members sensitive to the idea of isolation and a process locals termed as "environmental racism", leading to the term "parkway" being used instead in place of "bypass".[citation needed]

Major intersectionsEdit

The entire route is in Richmond, Contra Costa County.

Destinations Notes
  I-580 (John T. Knox Freeway) – San Rafael, Oakland West end of arterial; I-580 exit 7B
Castro Street Richmond Parkway joins/splits two existing routes: Castro Street and Garrard Boulevard; traffic southbound defaults onto Garrard Boulevard; interchange
Giant Highway Interchange
San Pablo Avenue Former US 40
  I-80 (Eastshore Freeway) – San Francisco, Sacramento East end of arterial; I-80 exit 20

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Richmond, CA - Official Website - History of Richmond: Transportation
  2. ^ a b Katherine Tam, City looks to unload costly Parkway, Contra Costa Times, March 27, 2008. Accessed 2008-03-27

External linksEdit

Route map:

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