Since I was closing out routes on the Monterey Peninsula on the 18th I figured that I would drive all of CA 218 given it was only about 2.9 miles. Really CA 218 is a odd urbanized route that runs from CA 1 southeast to CA 68 along Canyon Del Ray Boulevard through the city of Del Ray Oaks. The route isn't very notable aside from it being oddly short and surprising in nature given it is still part of the Caltrans route inventory. I started out by exiting the CA 1 freeway and making my way to CA 68, I did manage to get both "end" placards.
The history of CA 218 is pretty simplistic:
- Legislative Route 169 first appears on California State Highway Maps in 1960. LRN 169 would have run between SSR 1 which was on Fremont Street southeast to LRN 117. LRN 117 was signed as SSR 68 by 1961.
- LRN 169 became LRN 218 during the 1964 State Highway renumbering but doesn't appear to have been signed until 1969. LRN 218 appears to have been extended to the new CA 1 freeway by 1967 but I'm not 100% certain of the time that particular segment was opened.
The map references I cited can be viewed on the following links:
1960 State Highway Map
1961 State Highway Map
1964 State Highway Map
1967 State Highway Map
1969 State Highway Map