California 72


California 72 is Whittier Boulevard, the original routing of U.S. 101 southeast of Los Angeles before the Interstate 5/Santa Ana Freeway was built. California 72 begins in Pico Rivera at Junction California 19, and heads southeast to end near its junction with California 39 in La Habra. A few remnant California 72 shields exist west of Pico Rivera, but that stretch of Whittier Boulevard is not maintained by the state. The entire route is a good example of an older-style California expressway.

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California 72/Whittier Boulevard east
An END California 72 shield assembly is posted the junction between California 72/Whittier Boulevard and California 39/Beach Boulevard in La Habra. Photo taken 07/99.
California 72/Whittier Boulevard west
California 72 begins its westbound journey at its intersection with California 39 (Beach Boulevard) in La Habra. Photo taken 07/99.
This California 72 west reassurance shield is mounted on traffic signal pole at the intersection with California 39 (Beach Boulevard) in La Habra along westbound. From here, California 72 picks up the original alignment of U.S. 101 toward downtown Los Angeles. Photo taken 07/99.

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Page Updated March 29, 2003.

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