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| US 101 from the Santa Barbara/Ventura county line to North Hollywood
SR 134 from North Hollywood to Pasadena
|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 / I-710 in Pasadena|
|Southern California freeways|
The Ventura Freeway is a freeway in southern California running from the Santa Barbara/Ventura county line 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. 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.
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. 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.
California State Route 134
The road is the main connector from the San Fernando Valley and points north to the San Gabriel Valley and points east. Presently, 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 Interstate 5 offramp at Colorado St. is actually 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 presently the Ventura Freeway to Orange Grove Boulevard in Pasadena. The Colorado Boulevard/Figueroa Street ramps plus the segment of freeway between the ramps and just east of Orange Grove Boulevard were previously known as the Colorado Freeway.
In popular culture
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The group America had a top 10 hit in 1972 with the song "Ventura Highway" which is not about the Ventura Freeway. The group said was about their dreams of moving to Southern California while living in Nebraska. The name came from a highway sign they had seen which read "Ventura".
The song "A Sorta Fairytale" by Tori Amos is about a woman visiting her friend, a fading porn star. It mentions the Ventura Freeway with the lines "On my way up north, up on the Ventura" and "Things you said that day up on the 101."
The Ventura Freeway is Routes 101 and 134 from Route 5 to the Santa Barbara County line. 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". This honors the 101st Airborne Division of the United States Army, which formed on July 23, 1918 and subsequently has been involved in every major war that the United States has participated in since then.
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, and do not necessarily reflect current mileage. R reflects a realignment in the route since then. The numbers reset at county lines; the start and end postmiles in each county are given in the county column.
|Pasadena||R13.34||I-210 east (Foothill Freeway) – San Bernardino||Eastbound exit and westbound entrance|
|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|
|7B||Central Avenue, Brand Boulevard|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|36.18||38||Reyes Adobe Road|
|Westlake Village||37.54||39||Lindero Canyon Road|
|Thousand Oaks||0.70||40||SR 23 south (Westlake Boulevard)||South end of SR 23 overlap|
|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|
|Oxnard||19.17||59||Del Norte Boulevard|
|20.08||60||Santa Clara Avenue, Rice 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|
|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|
|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|
||R43.62||Santa Barbara County line|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
- 2007 Named Freeways, Highways, Structures and Other Appurtenances in California. Caltrans. p. 78. Retrieved 2007-03-28.
- Kevin Starr, Golden Dreams: California in an Age of Abundance, 1950-1963 (New York: Oxford University Press, 2009), p. 3.
- Infoplease, Quoting the" American Highway Users Alliance, Unclogging America’s Arteries, 1999–2004  rates 101-405 as the Worst Highway Bottleneck
- Total Traffic LA 101 NORTH (WEST) AT WINNETKA IN WOODLAND HILLS CLOSED DUE TO AN OVERTURNED SUV (note 101 NORTH (WEST))
- CA Codes (shc:250-257)
- Cummings, Stephen D. (1998). The Dixification of America. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 4. ISBN 0275962083.
- Keister, Douglas (2010). Forever L. A. Gibbs Smith. p. 141. ISBN 1423616537.
- Ib. at 76
- "California Highways (www.cahighways.org): Routes 97 through 104". www.cahighways.org. Retrieved 2012-11-07.
- Staff. "State Truck Route List" (XLS file). California Department of Transportation. Retrieved August 21, 2012.
- California Department of Transportation, Log of Bridges on State Highways, July 2007
- California Department of Transportation, All Traffic Volumes on CSHS, 2005 and 2006
- California Department of Transportation, California Numbered Exit Uniform System, US-101 Northbound and US-101 Southbound. Retrieved February 2008.
- California Department of Transportation, California Numbered Exit Uniform System, SR-134 Eastbound and SR-134 Westbound. Retrieved February 2008.
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