California Highway 76

November 13, 2001 - Philip J. Erdelsky, pje@efgh.com

California Highway 76 begins in Downtown Oceanside and runs east approximately 52 miles to a junction with California Highway 79 near Lake Henshaw. It runs roughly parallel to the San Luis Rey River, which it crosses in two places.

The 7.9-mile portion west of Melrose Dr. is an expressway, which is not quite a freeway. Like a freeway, an expressway has a fenced right of way and no access between intersections. Unlike a freeway, intersections are at grade level and are controlled by traffic lights. This portion is also a Class 2 bike route, with bike lanes on both sides. See photograph.

The following table lists the major intersections and landmarks on California Highway 76.

miles from west end left (for eastbound traveler) control right (for eastbound traveler) remarks
000.0 San Diego County Highway S21 NORTH, Coast Hwy traffic light San Diego County Highway S21 SOUTH, Coast HwyCalifornia Highway 76 begins
000.2   interchange, traffic lights Interstate 5  
000.7   traffic light Loretta St  
001.4   traffic light Canyon Dr  
002.0 Benet Rd traffic light Benet Rd  
002.4 Airport Rd traffic light Airport Rd  
002.8 Foussat Rd traffic light Foussat Rd  
004.0 Douglas Dr traffic light    
004.4 Rancho del Oro Dr traffic light Rancho del Oro Dr  
005.1 Old Grove Rd traffic light Old Grove Rd  
005.8 Frazee Rd traffic light Frazee Rd  
006.1   traffic light Town Center Dr  
006.4 College Blvd traffic light College Blvd  
006.9 North Santa Fe Ave traffic light North Santa Fe Ave  
007.4 Guajome Lake Road traffic light Guajome Lake Road  
007.9 Melrose Dr traffic light Melrose Dr  
009.7 Old River Rd traffic light E Vista Way  
010.4 North River Rd traffic light    
012.2 Olive Hill Rd traffic light Camino del Rey  
012.6 Mission Rd, San Diego County Highway S13 traffic light    
014.2 Via Monserate Rd     
014.8 Gird Rd     
017.1 Old Highway 395 traffic light Old Highway 395  
017.3 I-15 NORTH interchange, traffic lights I-15 SOUTH  
019.4 Rice Canyon Rd     
019.5     Couser Canyon Rd  
023.0 Pala Mission Rd     to San Diego County Highway S16
024.1 E Pala Mission Rd     to San Diego County Highway S16
027.1     Wilderness Gardens Preserve  
028.9 Pauma Reservation Rd     
029.8     Cole Grade Rd  
030.1 Nate Harrison Grade     
032.8 Rincon Springs Rd   San Diego County Highway S6 SOUTH, Valley Center Rd San Diego County Highway S6 NORTH straight ahead
037.8 San Diego County Highway S6 NORTH, South Grade Rd   Calle El Potrero  
041.3     La Jolla Indian Campground  
043.2   cattle guard    
045.6     San Luis Rey Picnic Ground  
045.7   cattle guard    
047.3 E Grade Rd, San Diego County Highway S7     
047.8   cattle guard, photograph    
049.8     Center Loop to Mesa Grand Rd
050.0     Center Loop to Mesa Grand Rd
051.8 California Highway 79 NORTH stop sign California Highway 79 SOUTH California Highway 76 ends