Ventura Freeway

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Not to be confused with "Ventura Highway", the 1972 song by the band America.

Ventura Freeway
Route information
Maintained by Caltrans
Component
highways:
US 101 from the Santa Barbara/Ventura county line[1] to North Hollywood
SR 134 from North Hollywood to Pasadena
Major junctions
West end: US 101 at the Santa Barbara/Ventura county line
  SR 23 in Thousand Oaks
I‑405 in Sherman Oaks
US 101 / SR 134 / SR 170 in North Hollywood
I‑5 in Burbank
SR 2 in Glendale
East end: I‑210 / SR 710 in Pasadena
Highway system
SR 133 134 SR 135

The Ventura Freeway is a freeway in southern California running from the Santa Barbara/Ventura county line[1] to Pasadena. It is the principal east-west route (designated north-south) through Ventura County and in the southern San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles County. From the Santa Barbara County line to its intersection with the Hollywood Freeway in the southeastern San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles (the Hollywood Split), it is signed as U.S. Route 101, which was built in the late 1950s and opened on April 5, 1960.[2] East of the Hollywood Freeway intersection, it is signed as State Route 134 (SR 134) which was built by 1971. The entire Ventura Freeway is not built to freeway standards, however; the segment that runs through the coastal communities of La Conchita and Mussel Shoals in western Ventura County still remains an expressway.

Prior to the construction of a new alignment in 1971, the portion east of the Golden State Freeway was known as the Colorado Freeway in reference to nearby Colorado Boulevard, a historic thoroughfare in Pasadena and northeastern Los Angeles.

Route description[edit]

The Ventura Freeway begins at the Santa Barbara/Ventura county line at the Bates Road exit of U.S. 101 (Exit 83), west of La Conchita. The road alternates between a freeway and an expressway up to the seashore community of Mussel Shoals, when it becomes a freeway for the rest of its length. The freeway travels eastward through the citrus orchards and strawberry fields of the Oxnard Plain before ascending the short, steep Conejo Grade into the Conejo Valley. Continuing eastward through the northern Santa Monica Mountains, it crosses the Ventura/Los Angeles county line before entering the San Fernando Valley. The freeway continues eastward along the valley's southern rim, crossing the 405 and 5 freeways and the Los Angeles River. After passing through Downtown Glendale south of the Verdugo Mountains, it continues along the southern slope of the San Rafael Hills between Glendale and Eagle Rock before entering Pasadena near the Arroyo Seco and terminating at the Foothill Freeway.

The Ventura Freeway suffers from severe congestion. Its intersection with the San Diego Freeway, in Sherman Oaks, is consistently rated as one of the five most congested interchanges in the nation.[3] Where it meets the Hollywood Freeway at the Hollywood Split junction, it is also notably congested. During events at the Rose Bowl, the freeway's eastern portions often resemble a parking lot.

The east-west geographical alignment of the Ventura Freeway and the overall north-south (Washington-to-California) designation of U.S. 101 on freeway signs can be confusing to visitors; the same freeway entrance can often be signed as "101 North" and "101 West"; this is most common in the San Fernando Valley.[4]

California State Route 134[edit]

Westbound SR 134 at I-5 in Glendale.

State Route 134 is part of the California Freeway and Expressway System.[5]

The road is the main connector from the San Fernando Valley and points north to the San Gabriel Valley and points east. The future Interstate 710 dead-ends at California Blvd and is signed as State Route 710. Residents of South Pasadena have blocked efforts to extend Interstate 710 north to California Boulevard from its current end at Valley Boulevard north of Interstate 10 near the Alhambra/Los Angeles city limit. Signs on SR 134 and I-210 refer to the SR 710 stub in Pasadena as TO State Route 110, because exiting left from the Route 710 stub onto California Blvd and turning right on Arroyo Parkway will take you directly to SR 110, which is Pasadena's only direct freeway link to Downtown Los Angeles.

The SR 134 portion of the Ventura Freeway at the western edge of Burbank, California looking west from N Pass Ave.

The Interstate 5 offramp at Colorado St. is old SR 134, and there are still mileposts that refer to it as such. Old SR 134 followed Colorado St. through Glendale and Colorado Boulevard in Eagle Rock to the ramp connecting Colorado Boulevard and Figueroa Street to the Ventura Freeway. Old SR 134 continued onto the ramp and then onto what is now the Ventura Freeway to Orange Grove Boulevard in Pasadena. The Colorado Boulevard/Figueroa Street ramps and the segment of freeway between the ramps and just east of Orange Grove Boulevard used to be known as the Colorado Freeway.

History[edit]

The interchange of SR 134 and Interstate 5 is dedicated "Gene Autry Memorial Interchange". Autry's Museum of the American West is located near the interchange in Griffith Park.

The second location of Los Angeles High School was in the path of the freeway. The school moved to its third and current location in 1917. The school buildings were converted into a school for boys with truancy problems until 1948, when it was demolished to make way for the freeway.[6]

Legal definition[edit]

Sign marking the "Screaming Eagles Highway"

The Ventura Freeway is Routes 101 and 134 from Route 5 to the Santa Barbara County line.[1] This does not include the portion of Route 134 between Route 5 and Route 210 even though local usage extends the name over this portion of freeway. At the freeway's eastern terminus with Interstate 210 in Pasadena, highway signs still indicate "Ventura" as the destination for Route 134.

Assembly Concurrent Resolution 54, Chapter 85 in 2003 also designated Route 101 in Ventura County as the "Screaming Eagles Highway".[7] This honors the 101st Airborne Division of the United States Army, which formed on July 23, 1918 and has been involved in every major war that the United States has participated in since then.[8]


Exit list[edit]

This exit list proceeds from east to west, since the majority of the freeway is the north-south US 101. Except where prefixed with a letter, postmiles were measured on the road as it was in 1964, based on the alignment that existed at the time, and do not necessarily reflect current mileage. R reflects a realignment in the route since then, M indicates a second realignment, L refers an overlap due to a correction or change, and T indicates postmiles classified as temporary (for a full list of prefixes, see the list of postmile definitions).[9] Segments that remain unconstructed or have been relinquished to local control may be omitted. The numbers reset at county lines; the start and end postmiles in each county are given in the county column.

County Location Postmile
[9][10][11]
Exit
[12][13]
Destinations Notes
Los Angeles
LA R13.34-0.00
11.75-38.19
Pasadena R13.34 I‑210 east (Foothill Freeway) – San Bernardino Eastbound exit and westbound entrance; east end of SR 134/Ventura Fwy
  Fair Oaks Avenue, Marengo Avenue Eastbound exit and westbound entrance
R13.34 13B I‑210 west (Foothill Freeway) – San Fernando Eastbound exit and westbound entrance
R13.34 13B To SR 110 (SR 710 south) / Del Mar Boulevard, California Boulevard
R12.97 13A Colorado Boulevard, Orange Grove Boulevard Former SR 248
R12.36 12 San Rafael Avenue, Linda Vista Avenue Linda Vista Avenue was former SR 159 north
Los Angeles R11.44 11 Figueroa Street, Colorado Boulevard Figueroa Street was former SR 159 south; Colorado Boulevard was former SR 248 east; westbound exit and eastbound entrance for Colorado Boulevard only
Glendale R8.96 9B SR 2 (Glendale Freeway) Signed as exit 9A eastbound
R8.81 9A Harvey Drive Signed as exit 9B eastbound
R7.87 8 Glendale Avenue
R6.96–
R7.13
7B Central Avenue, Brand Boulevard
R6.57 7A Pacific Avenue
R6.18 6 San Fernando Road Former US 6 / US 99
R5.47 5 I‑5 north (Golden State Freeway) – Sacramento, Burbank Airport Eastbound exit is via exit 5A
R5.47 5B I‑5 south (Golden State Freeway) – Los Angeles Signed as exit 5 westbound
Los Angeles 4.81 5A Victory Boulevard Eastbound exit and westbound entrance
3.81 4 Forest Lawn Drive
Burbank 2.90 3 Bob Hope Drive, Buena Vista Street
2.11 2 Hollywood Way No eastbound exit
1.82 2 Pass Avenue – Burbank Eastbound exit only
Los Angeles 0.86 1D Cahuenga Boulevard – Hollywood Signed as exit 1 eastbound; no westbound entrance
0.51 1C Lankershim Boulevard – North Hollywood Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
0.35 Vineland Avenue No westbound exit
0.00 1B SR 170 north (Hollywood Freeway) – Sacramento West/northbound exit and east/southbound entrance
0.00
11.75
West/north end of SR 134; east/south end of US 101 overlap
11.75 US 101 south (Hollywood Freeway) – Los Angeles East/southbound exit and west/northbound entrance
11.83 13A Tujunga Avenue Southbound exit and northbound entrance
12.85 14 Laurel Canyon Boulevard – Studio City
13.88 15 Coldwater Canyon Avenue
14.89 16 Woodman Avenue
15.91 17 Van Nuys Boulevard
16.94 18 Sepulveda Boulevard Northbound exit and southbound entrance
17.17 19A I‑405 (San Diego Freeway) – Santa Monica, Sacramento
17.50 19B Haskell Avenue No southbound entrance
18.61 20 Hayvenhurst Avenue Northbound exit and southbound entrance
19.22 21 Balboa Boulevard – Encino
20.23 22 White Oak Avenue
21.25 23 Reseda Boulevard
22.25 24 Tampa Avenue
23.26 25 Winnetka Avenue – Woodland Hills
24.31 26A De Soto Avenue, Serrania Avenue Signed as exit 26 southbound
24.85 26B Canoga Avenue Northbound exit and southbound entrance
25.34 27 SR 27 (Topanga Canyon Boulevard) / Ventura Boulevard Signed as exits 27A (north) and 27B (south) northbound
25.76 27C Shoup Avenue Northbound exit and southbound entrance
26.45 28 Fallbrook Avenue Southbound exit only
26.86 28 Woodlake Avenue Northbound exit and entrance
27.36 29 Mulholland Drive, Valley Circle Boulevard
Calabasas 28.29 30 Parkway Calabasas
31.06 32 Las Virgenes Road – Malibu Canyon
31.92 33 Lost Hills Road
Agoura Hills 32.79 34 Liberty Canyon Road
33.69 35 Chesebro Road – Agoura Hills
35.04 36 Kanan Road
36.18 38 Reyes Adobe Road
Westlake Village 37.54 39 Lindero Canyon Road
Ventura
VEN 0.00-R43.62
Thousand Oaks 0.70 40 SR 23 south (Westlake Boulevard) South end of SR 23 overlap
1.62 41 Hampshire Road
3.02 43A Rancho Road Signed as exit 43B northbound
3.11 43B SR 23 north (Moorpark Freeway) – Fillmore North end of SR 23 overlap; signed as exit 43A northbound
4.06 44 Moorpark Road – Thousand Oaks
5.05 45 Lynn Road – Thousand Oaks
6.19 46 Ventu Park Road – Newbury Park
7.02 47A Rancho Conejo Boulevard, Borchard Road Signed as exits 47A (Rancho Conejo Boulevard) and 47B (Borchard Road) northbound
7.89 47B Wendy Drive – Newbury Park Signed as exit 47C northbound
Camarillo 10.74 50 Camarillo Springs Road – Camarillo Grove County Park
12.30 52 Santa Rosa Road, Pleasant Valley Road
13.75 53A Flynn Road, Dawson Drive
13.85 53B SR 34 (Lewis Road)
14.80 54 Carmen Drive – Camarillo
15.89 55 Las Posas Road
  56 Springville Drive
17.75 57 Central Avenue
Oxnard 19.17 59 Del Norte Boulevard
20.08 60 Santa Clara Avenue, Rice Avenue
21.01 61 Rose Avenue
22.01 62A SR 232 (Vineyard Avenue) – Oxnard
22.73 62B SR 1 south (Oxnard Boulevard) South end of SR 1 overlap
  63A Wagon Wheel Road Southbound exit only
Ventura R23.45 63B Johnson Drive – Montalvo Signed as exit 63 northbound
R24.65 64 Victoria Avenue – Channel Islands Harbor
25.97 65 Telephone Road
26.39 66A SR 126 east (Santa Paula Freeway) – Santa Paula Signed as exit 66 southbound; no southbound entrance
26.72 66B Main Street (US 101 Bus. north) – Ventura No southbound exit
28.45 68 Seaward Avenue
29.45 69 Vista del Mar Drive, Sanjon Road Northbound exit and southbound entrance
30.15 70A California Street, Ventura Avenue
30.91 70B SR 33 north (Ojai Freeway) – Ojai
31.50 71 Main Street (US 101 Bus. south) – Ventura Southbound exit and northbound entrance
  R32.70 72 SR 1 north (PCH) – State Beaches North end of SR 1 overlap; northbound exit and southbound entrance
  R38.98 78 SR 1 south (PCH) – Seacliff South end of SR 1 overlap
  T40.61 North end of freeway
    South end of freeway
  R43.57 83 Bates Road
VenturaSanta Barbara
county line
  R43.62   US 101 north – Santa Barbara, San Francisco Continuation into Santa Barbara County
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c 2007 Named Freeways, Highways, Structures and Other Appurtenances in California. Caltrans. p. 78. Retrieved 2007-03-28. 
  2. ^ Kevin Starr, Golden Dreams: California in an Age of Abundance, 1950-1963 (New York: Oxford University Press, 2009), p. 3.
  3. ^ Infoplease, Quoting the" American Highway Users Alliance, Unclogging America’s Arteries, 1999–2004 [1] rates 101-405 as the Worst Highway Bottleneck
  4. ^ Total Traffic LA 101 NORTH (WEST) AT WINNETKA IN WOODLAND HILLS CLOSED DUE TO AN OVERTURNED SUV (note 101 NORTH (WEST))
  5. ^ CA Codes (shc:250-257)
  6. ^ "Problem Boys All Won't Be Sent to Belmont High School." Los Angeles Times. Sep. 3, 1948. p. A 1
  7. ^ Ib. at 76
  8. ^ "California Highways (www.cahighways.org): Routes 97 through 104". www.cahighways.org. Retrieved 2012-11-07. 
  9. ^ a b Staff. "State Truck Route List" (XLS file). California Department of Transportation. Retrieved August 21, 2012. 
  10. ^ California Department of Transportation, Log of Bridges on State Highways, July 2007
  11. ^ California Department of Transportation, All Traffic Volumes on CSHS, 2005 and 2006
  12. ^ California Department of Transportation, California Numbered Exit Uniform System, US-101 Northbound and US-101 Southbound. Retrieved February 2008.
  13. ^ California Department of Transportation, California Numbered Exit Uniform System, SR-134 Eastbound and SR-134 Westbound. Retrieved February 2008.

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