Imperial Highway

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Imperial Highway
Length 40 miles
West end SR 1 near Los Angeles International Airport
East end Vía Escola near Anaheim
LosAngelesSign-Imperial Highway.png

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.


The 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.

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.


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, Watts, South 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 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. Westland's version runs two blocks, northeast from Hambleton Street, across John Hauk Road and stopping at Pardo Street.