Also called Pacific Coast Highway, Cabrillo Highway, and California State Route 1, this highway runs along the California coastline. Much of Mission Street is actually part of Highway 1, which adds to the already voluminous amount of traffic that crosses through that area every day. Intersecting streets on Highway 1 outside of city limits often show "Cabrillo Highway" as the crossroad.

Highway 1 webcams: 

Webcams from CalTrans for Highway 1 in Santa Cruz, appear on the CalTrans web site:
Web cam at night. (Hwy 1 at Emeline Street.)

There are web cams along parts of Highway 1 listed at the website


Highway 1/17 Merge Lanes project 

Highway 1/17 Merge Lanes Project: The main construction phase of the project was completed before the end of September 2008; way ahead of schedule because of the unusually dry weather conditions.  The landscaping phase continued for another 2 years.

Southbound during the widening project in 2007.


Highway 1 - Soquel to Morrissey Auxiliary Lanes Project: The purpose of the project is to improve traffic conditions for lane changes and merges on Highway 1 between Soquel Avenue and Morrissey Boulevard.  This includes the replacement of the La Fonda Avenue overpass, which will begin on August 6, 2012, and will continue for about 7 months.  The bridge was closed beginning August 6, when the part of the bridge going over the southbound side of the freeway gets demolished.  The southbound direction of the freeway was completely closed for two nights for the removal process.  The same process  occured for the section of bridge passing over the northbound direction of the freeway during the two nights of August 13 & 14, 2012.  Construction started in February 2012, and completed by Autumn 2013.

A. Donald Hoover Memorial Freeway
Since August 2013, the northbound lane of Highway 1 near Park Avenue and the southbound lane near the La Fonda Avenue Bridge has the name A. Donald Hoover Memorial Freeway.

Officer Albert Donald Hoover was killed in a motorcycle accident while on patrol. Another vehicle turned off of a cross street, striking his bike at Slaughterhouse Curve, which is now Soquel Drive near Commercial Way. He was the first officer killed in the line of duty in Santa Cruz County.

Officer Albert Donald Hoover
California Highway Patrol, California
End of Watch: Friday, August 31, 1934

John Pedro Memorial Freeway
In June 2005, a stretch of Highway 1 between Harkins Slough Road and the Pajaro River Bridge, was named the John Pedro Memorial Freeway.

Officer Pedro, who had only been on duty for 14 minutes, turned on his emergency lights and accelerated onto an exit ramp from Highway 1 near Watsonville. As he did so, his patrol car went out of control and overturned several times before striking a tree.

Officer John Pedro
California Highway Patrol, California
End of Watch: Monday, June 3, 2002

Henry J. Mellow Memorial Freeway.
In June, 2015, the four miles of Highway 1 near the Salinas Road overpass was named for California Senator Henry J. Mellow.

La Fonda Avenue @ bridge looking south (April 2012)

Highway 1, north of La Fonda Avenue (April 2012)La Fonda Avenue overpass. (April 2012)

Highway 1, south of La Fonda Avenue (April 2012)

A date embossed in the curb of the La Fonda Avenue overpass showing year of construction.



Freeway Exits

North bound   South bound
• Salinas Road (exit 423)   Ocean Street (exit 442)
Highway 129 / Riverside Drive (exit 425)   Highway 17 (exit 441)
Highway 152 / Harkins Slough Road (exit 426)   Morrissey Boulevard (exit 440)
Airport Boulevard (exit 427)   Soquel Avenue / Soquel Drive (exit 439)
Buena Vista Drive (exit 428)   41st Avenue (exit 438)
Mar Monte Avenue (exit 431)   Porter Street / Bay Avenue (exit 437)
San Andreas Road / Larkin Valley Road (exit 432)   Park Avenue (exit 436)
Freedom Boulevard (exit 433A)   State Park Drive (exit 435)
Rio Del Mar Boulevard (exit 433B)   Rio Del Mar Boulevard (exit 433B)
State Park Drive (exit 435)   Freedom Boulevard (exit 433A)
Park Avenue (exit 436)   Larkin Valley Road / San Andreas Road (exit 432)
Bay Avenue / Porter Street (exit 437)   Mar Monte Avenue (exit 431)
41st Avenue (exit 438)   Buena Vista Drive (exit 428)
Soquel Avenue / Soquel Drive (exit 439)   Airport Boulevard (exit 427)
Morrissey Boulevard (exit 440)   Highway 152 / Main Street (exit 426)
Emeline Street (exit 441A)   Highway 129 / Riverside Drive (exit 425)
Highway 17 (exit 441B)   • Salinas Road (exit 423)
Ocean Street (exit 442)    




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