Pasadena Freeway

Ξ January 6th, 2009 | → 1 Comments | ∇ 90042, Highland Park, Press |

York Avenue On/Offramp in 1961

York Blvd On/Offramp in 1961

Any of us who routinely commute on the 110 can empathize with Ernest Beltran Sr., who died when his car fatally plummeted off the 110 near the I-5 interchange.  The Pasadena Star reports that Mr. Beltran’s family is suing the city and state for failing to install a guardrail that contractors recommended a year prior.  If recent payouts serve as any barometer, I expect the city to settle for millions before the close of business hours today.  Still, despite all its design inequities and traffic problems, the 110, between Dodger Stadium and Pasadena is one of those terrible characteristics of our neighborhood that I wouldn’t trade for all the Century Freeways in the world.  I can’t help but feel just a little proud after successfully merging from Avenue 57 or navigating smoothly from the Figueroa onramp across lanes to exit on the left for Union Station/Chinatown.

Did you know:

  • Ground was broken on the 110 on March 22, 1938?
  • It was originally dubbed the “Arroyo Seco Parkway”, a name which it still retains in part today?
  • Four bridges (the Avenue 26 Bridge, Avenue 60 Bridge, York Boulevard Bridge, and Santa Fe Arroyo Seco Railroad Bridge) predate the freeway and still cross it today?
  • It is a California Historic Parkway, National Civil Engineering Landmark, and a National Scenic Byway?
  • The tunnels in the northbound lanes used to be Figueroa St. and handled two way traffic?
Looking south along the 110 in 1940

Marmion Way and York Blvd in 1940

 

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