onthefreeway

While The Wife and I were driving through Los Angeles this past weekend, we were once again reminded just how vast La Ciudad really is, especially as we’d been on the road for 42 minutes (no traffic) heading due east and were only barely creeping toward the voluminous borders of our county.

Perhaps the most striking feature of the L.A. architecture is the freeways – to get six miles, we took four separate freeways and in total utilized eight and passed perhaps ten more.  It got me wondering – is this really an accurate overhead view of our city?

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Perhaps not, though it feels like it.  This is a more accurate map:

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In case you were wondering (and thank you SCVresources), there are 48 – yes, FORTY EIGHT – freeways in Los Angeles. For the detail-oriented, here is a numerical listing:

State Routes :
1 – Pacific Coast Highway / Lincoln Blvd / Sepulveda Blvd
2 – Santa Monica Blvd. / Glendale Freeway / Angeles Crest Highway
14 – Antelope Valley Freeway / Sierra Highway / Midland Trail
18 – Waterman Road / Rim of the World Drive / Apple Valley Road / Palmdale Road
19 – Lakewood Blvd. / Rosemead Blvd.
22 – Garden Grove Freeway / 7th Street
23 – Decker Canyon Road / Westlake Blvd / Moorpark Freeway / Grimes Canyon Road
27 – Topanga Canyon Blvd.
30 / 210 – Foothill Freeway
38 – Mill Creek Road
39 – San Gabriel Canyon Road / Azusa Avenue / Beach Blvd. – Updated 8/10
42 – Manchester Blvd  / Firestone Blvd
47/103 – Terminal Island Freeway
55 – Newport Blvd. / Costa Mesa Freeway
57 – Orange Freeway
60 – Pomona Freeway / Moreno Valley Freeway
66 – Foothill Blvd. / 5th Street
71 – Corona Freeway / Corona Expressway – Future Chino Hills Freeway
72 – Whittier Blvd.
73 – San Joaquin Hills Toll Road
74 – Ortega Highway
83 – Euclid Avenue
90 – Imperial Hwy and the Marina Freeway (Johnny Carson’s “Slauson Cutoff”)
91 – Artesia Blvd. / Gardena Freeway / Artesia Freeway / Riverside Freeway
107 – Hawthorne Blvd.
110 – Gaffey Street / Pasadena Freeway / Arroyo Parkway
118 – Ronald Reagan Freeway / Los Angeles Avenue
126 – Henry Mayo Drive / Magic Mountain Parkway / San Fernando Road
133 – Laguna Freeway / Laguna Canyon Road
134 – Ventura Freeway
138 – Lancaster Road / Avenue D / Palmdale Blvd. / 47th Street / Pearblossom Highway
142 – Carbon Canyon Road
170 – Hollywood Freeway Extension
213 – Western Avenue
241 – Foothill Transportation Corridor (Toll)
261- Eastern Transportation Corridor (Toll)
330 – City Creek Road

US Routes :
101 – Santa Ana Freeway / Hollywood Freeway / Ventura Freeway

Interstate Routes :
5 – San Diego Freeway / Santa Ana Freeway / Golden State Freeway
10 – Santa Monica Freeway / San Bernardino Freeway
15 – Mojave Freeway
105 – Glenn Anderson Freeway (Century Freeway)
110 – Harbor Freeway
210 – Foothill Freeway
215 – San Bernardino Freeway
405 – San Diego Freeway
605 – San Gabriel River Freeway
710 – Long Beach Freeway

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images from http://www.io9.com, http://www.inetours.com, Corbis Images

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2 Comments

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2 responses to “onthefreeway

  1. This is a great post. I’ve always wanted to quantify the sheer number of freeways in LA. Why do you think LA decided to build freeways rather than a mass transit system? Better question……are freeways the worst form of public transportation for a city so large with a population so vast?

  2. With so many freeways, why am i always stuck???? What came first, the freeway or the car?

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