Imperial Highway

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Imperial Highway is a road in Orange and Los Angeles counties in California. It begins at the Anaheim-Orange boundary and runs through several cities until it stops at Dockweiler State Beach in Los Angeles near the Los Angeles International Airport. For much of the way, Imperial Highway is signed as State Route 90. A de facto freeway portion of the route in Yorba Linda is also known as the Richard M. Nixon Parkway. Total length of Imperial Highway is approximately 41 miles (66 km), of which 14 miles (23 km) run through Orange County and 27 miles (43 km) through Los Angeles County. East to west, the highway passes through the towns of Anaheim, Yorba Linda, Placentia, Brea, Fullerton, La Habra, La Mirada, Santa Fe Springs, Norwalk, Downey, Paramount, South Gate, Lynwood, Los Angeles, Inglewood, Hawthorne, and El Segundo.

Along its route, Imperial Highway crosses over or under eight freeways. West to east:

Imperial Highway route map


Metro Local lines 120 and 625 run through Imperial Highway, as well as Norwalk Transit line 4 and OCTA line 20; Metro line 625 runs between Pershing Drive and Aviation Boulevard, Metro line 120 between Aviation Boulevard and Norwalk Station, Norwalk line 4 between Norwalk Station and Beach Boulevard, and Orange County line 20 east of Beach Boulevard. Imperial intersects with the Blue Line and the Green Line at Wilmington Avenue at the Imperial/Wilmington Station.

Western terminus coordinates (El Segundo): 33°55′50.91″N 118°26′5.42″W / 33.9308083°N 118.4348389°W / 33.9308083; -118.4348389
Eastern terminus coordinates (Anaheim): 33°50′7.76″N 117°47′43.32″W / 33.8354889°N 117.7953667°W / 33.8354889; -117.7953667

Other uses[edit]

There are a handful of other Imperial Highways in the United States, including one in San Diego (better known as Imperial Avenue) and in the Detroit suburbs of Redford Township, Michigan and Westland, Michigan. Despite the name, Westland's version is hardly a highway and anything but imperial: it runs just two blocks, northeast from Hambleton Street, across John Hauk Road and stopping at Pardo Street. (At one time, it continued another block to Ford Road, but this portion is now taken up by a hardware store parking lot.) Why this tiny street (which has all of six houses) should have such a grand name is unknown; many residents believe it was given the moniker as a joke.[1]

Strangely, however, when examining a map,[2] the small segments in Redford Township and Westland appear to be collinear; this could be suggestive of a possible “highway” connecting the two through Livonia, Michigan. (A theoretical Imperial Highway could begin at I-275 south of Michigan Avenue and extend northeast to hook up with I-75 in Troy, Michigan.) Although this seems far from coincidental, it is very doubtful that such a highway was ever planned, and it would be unfeasible to build one in this location today due to the way the highway would have to pass through several developed neighborhoods.