Highway 880

HISTORY OF HUMAN IMPACT: This high volume highway, which runs 47 miles from San Jose to Oakland, has grown substantially in size and traffic since it opened in 1948.  It passes within 200 meters of Damon Marsh inEast Oakland.

ECOLOGICAL EFFECTS: Highway 880 represents a significant barrier to wildlife migrations, and is largely built on bay fill.  The highway produces air and noise pollution, and poses a significant threat to wildlife that venture across its congested lanes.    

FUN FACT: In 2002, the American Automobile Association (AAA) named Highway 880 the “Bay Area’s Rudest Road” due to the aggressive behavior of its drivers. 


Photo Courtesy of Dcoetzee