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On the Exit 21 and 20 ramps, respectively, courtesy Lou Corsaro. CA 209 is long dead, but Caltrans is in no hurry to update signs.


All courtesy Lou Corsaro. Makes you wonder what was under everything in that last sign. Sassafras St. (Exit 18A) was obviously a one-lane exit widened to two.


The last two photos are on the Exit 17 ramp, and all of the rest are courtesy Lou Corsaro. Sometimes, in order to fit an exit tab, I guess Caltrans has to patch over the entire first line with the same destination. And yet, as you'll see below, they're very clever about trying to avoid that scenario, sometimes (okay, always) too clever for their own good. The Exit 17 sign also shows the consequence of the last round of button copy installed by Caltrans, which incorrectly inset the white border (should never happen for a dark-background sign). The patch has the correct borders, so they don't line up.


Grape St. NB, continuing the sequence from the main I-5 page.


The last two photos are on the left and right of the same gantry. I wonder if the second I-5 is patched over a US 101, which would date the sign to earlier than 1964. Given the button copy numerals, it's plausible. Also, the "Exit 16" on the second photo qualifies as the worst patched exit number anywhere in California - and they're knocking out some doozies. Click on the third photo for a closeup of the I-5 pull-through BGS over the left lanes, courtesy Lou Corsaro, which may hint at another US 101 coverup (check the white bulge to the right of the right shield).


The last two photos are on the left and right of the same gantry, and the first photo is courtesy Lou Corsaro.


From the sky and from the ground, Exits 15B and 15A. Exit 15C (Pershing Dr.) is in the foreground of the first photo, with Exit 15B (CA 94) just behind it, ramps braided together. Exit 15A is several overpasses south of there, and then Exits 14B and 14A (CA 75, San Diego-Coronado Bridge) are around the curve.


19th St. NB at J St. just north of the Exit 15A onramp, which is why traffic has to circle around the block to continue north.


The last two photos are on the left and right of the same gantry.


The first photo looks west at the San Diego-Coronado Bridge. The last two photos are again on the left and right of the same gantry.


The last photo is on the Exit 13B ramp.


The last three photos are courtesy Lou Corsaro, with the last on the Exit 7B ramp (at Chula Vista Harbor); the view of the battleship actually comes just before the previous photo, but that would have made captioning less convenient.


The second photo is on the CA 75 (Exit 5A) ramp. (CA 75 is a beach loop that begins and ends at I-5.) Button copy is gone from the mainline, but survives up and down ramps and cross streets.


This entire assembly, courtesy Matt Kleiman, has since been removed. The speedometer check posts, also seen in the NB direction at that time, are now gone. They were probably confused with mileposts, especially in the SB direction where they counterintuitively increased as one got closer to the border.


The last photo, courtesy Matt Kleiman, with all of its myriad arrows was on the ramp for Camino de la Plaza (the trolley exit) but is gone now.


As far south as Matt and his friends were willing to get.

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Onto former CA 209
Exit 16 to CA 163
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Onto CA 75
Onto CA 15
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