California 91 East - California 1 to Exit 14


California 91 - Artesia Boulevard east
California 91 leaves the city of Gardena, the "City of Opportunity." Gardena was incorporated on September 11, 1930, and it had a population of 57,746 as of the 2000 Census. Artesia Boulevard approaches its final eastbound traffic signal, with Vermont Avenue. Vermont Avenue serves as the boundary between Gardena and Los Angeles. Immediately after the Vermont Avenue intersection, eastbound California 91 will approach Exits 6A-B, which will connect California 91 with Interstate 110 (Harbor Freeway) and Interstate 405 (San Diego Freeway). Photo taken 05/02/10.
Eastbound California 91 meets Vermont Avenue at this traffic signal. The next interchange is Exit 6A with Interstate 110 (Harbor Freeway) south to Interstate 405 (San Diego Freeway). The second ramp links to Interstate 110 north to downtown Los Angeles. Photo taken 05/02/10.
California 91 - Gardena (Redondo Beach) Freeway east
A pair of freeway entrance shield assemblies for California 91 are posted after the Vermont Avenue traffic signal. At this point, California 91 leaves the city of Gardena and briefly enters the of Los Angeles. A swath of the city follows the Interstate 110 corridor south, connecting Downtown with San Pedro and the Port of Los Angeles. Photo taken 05/02/10.
The right two lanes depart for Interstate 110 (Harbor Freeway) south to San Pedro and the Port of Los Angeles, with a connection to Interstate 405 (San Diego Freeway) north to Santa Monica and south to Long Beach, Irvine, and San Diego (via Exit 6A). Photo taken 05/02/10.
Shortly thereafter, eastbound California 91 meets Exit 6B, Interstate 110 (Harbor Freeway) north to downtown Los Angeles. A mileage sign provides the distance to the next three exits along eastbound: Exit 7A, Main Street; Exit 7B, Avalon Boulevard; and Exit 8, Central Avenue. Photo taken 05/02/10.
The ramp to Interstate 110 north (Exit 6B) comes after California 91 passes under Interstate 110' main lanes. Photo taken 05/02/10.

California 91 leaves the city of Los Angeles and enters the city of Carson, "Future Unlimited" (population 89,730 as of the 2000 Census, incorporated on February 20, 1968). The first standalone exit on California 91 east is with north-south Main Street (Exit 7A). A two-lane exit links California 91 with Main Street, whcih serves Carson. Main Street is a long urban arterial that extends north all the way to downtown Los Angeles. Photo taken 05/02/10.
Eastbound California 91 (Gardena Freeway) reaches Exit 7A, Main Street to Carson. Exit 7B also serves Carson. (The Gardena Freeway is also known as the Redondo Beach Freeway, which was officially eliminated in 1991 and sometimes referred to as a continuation of the Artesia Freeway.) Photo taken 05/02/10.
Passing under two double-circuit Southern California Edison 220-230kV power lines, this interchange sequence sign provides the distance to the next three exits along California 91 (Gardena Freeway): Exit 7B, Avalon Boulevard to Carson; Exit 8, Central Avenue; and Exit 9, Wilmington Avenue. Photo taken 05/02/10.
Eastbound California 91 (Gardena Freeway) reaches Exit 7B, Avalon Boulevard to Carson. Photo taken 05/02/10.
The next exit along California 91/Gardena (Redondo Beach) Freeway is Exit 8, Central Avenue. Central Avenue, along with Exit 9, Wilmington Avenue and Exit 10, Acacia Avenue, serve the city of Compton (incorporated May 11, 1888 and population 93,493 as of the 2000 Census). Central Avenue is the boundary between Carson and Compton. Photo taken 05/02/10.
Eastbound California 91 (Gardena Freeway) reaches Exit 8, Central Avenue. The next off-ramp from California 91 east is Exit 9, Wilmington Avenue to Compton. Photo taken 05/02/10.
A carpool (high occupancy vehicle) lane follows California 91 east along the Gardena, Artesia, and Riverside Freeways. On the Riverside Freeway, the carpool lanes widen into the 91 Express Lanes through the Santa Ana Canyon. Photo taken 05/02/10.
This mileage sign provides the distance to the next three exits along California 91 (Gardena Freeway) east: Exit 9, Wilmington Avenue; Exit 10A, Acacia Avenue; and Exit 10B, California 47 (Alameda Street). Photo taken 05/02/10.
Eastbound California 91 (Gardena Freeway) reaches Exit 9, Wilmington Avenue. The next off-ramp is Exit 10A, Acacia Avenue. Interestingly, even when the overhead guide signs were replaced, the overhead sign bridges from the 1970s were retained. Photo taken 05/02/10.
A dynamic message sign provides the travel time to the freeway interchange with Interstate 605 (while omitting the travel distance to the next freeway interchange, which is with Interstate 710 (Long Beach Freeway)). Photo taken 05/02/10.
This mileage sign provides the distance to the next three exits along California 91 (Gardena Freeway) east: Exit 10A, Acacia Avenue; Exit 10B, California 47 (Alameda Street); and Exit 10C, Santa Fe Avenue. Photo taken 05/02/10.
Eastbound California 91 (Gardena Freeway) reaches Exit 10A, Acacia Avenue. The next off-ramp is for Exit 10B, California 47 (Alameda Street), followed by Exit 10C, Santa Fe Avenue. Exits 10A-C all serve the city of Compton; Exit 10C also connects to Compton Community College on the north side of the freeway. Photo taken 05/02/10.
This mileage sign provides the distance to the next three exits along California 91 (Gardena Freeway) east: Exit 10B, California 47 (Alameda Street); Exit 10C, Santa Fe Avenue; and Exit 11, Long Beach Boulevard. Photo taken 05/02/10.
Eastbound California 91 (Gardena Freeway) reaches Exit 10B, California 47 (Alameda Street). From this interchange, California 47 travels south along Alameda Street, an expressway that parallels a major railroad corridor leading south to the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. While the triple-track railroad remains below grade, California 47 remains mostly at-grade with grade-separations with most major arterials south of California 91. This provides an alternate route for trucks leaving the port area. Upon reaching Henry Ford Avenue, California 47 turns south to merge onto the Terminal Island Freeway for the final distance to Terminal Island and most port facilities. California 47 crosses the Heim Bridge to Terminal Island and turns west to cross the Vincent Thomas Bridge to return to the mainland, ending at Interstate 110 (Harbor Freeway) in San Pedro. Photo taken 05/02/10.
Eastbound California 91 (Gardena Freeway) reaches Exit 10C, Santa Fe Avenue to Compton Community College. This is the final interchange to serve the city of Compton. Photo taken 05/02/10.
This mileage sign provides the distance to the next three exits along California 91 (Gardena Freeway) east: Exit 11, Long Beach Boulevard; Exit 12A, Interstate 710 (Long Beach Freeway) south to Long Beach; and Exit 12B, Interstate 710 (Long Beach Freeway) north to Alhambra and Pasadena to Atlantic Avenue. Photo taken 05/02/10.
The right lane of California 91 (Gardena Freeway) east becomes exit only for Exit 11, Long Beach Boulevard. Stay right for the connection to Exit 12A, Interstate 710 (Long Beach Freeway) south to Long Beach; and Exit 12B, Interstate 710 (Long Beach Freeway) north to Alhambra and Pasadena to Atlantic Avenue. Photo taken 05/02/10.
California 91 leaves Compton and enters the city of Long Beach. Shortly after entering Long Beach, eastbound California 91 meets Exit 11, Long Beach Boulevard. Photo taken 05/02/10.
To Atlantic Avenue (former California 15), use Exit 12B, Interstate 710 (Long Beach Freeway) north to Pasadena. A slip ramp from the transition ramp links to Atlantic Avenue, which generally parallels Interstate 710 (Long Beach Freeway). Atlantic Avenue' intersection with California 1 (Pacific Coast Highway) holds the historical role of serving as the southern/western terminus of former U.S. 91 and former U.S. 6 until 1964. Photo taken 05/02/10.
The next interchange along California 91 east is with Interstate 710 and contains Exit 12A to Interstate 710 south and Exit 12B to Interstate 710 south to Long Beach. Photo taken 05/02/10.
Eastbound California 91 reaches Exit 12A, Interstate 710 (Long Beach Freeway) south to Long Beach. The next exit along eastbound is Exit 12B, Interstate 710 (Long Beach Freeway) north. Photo taken 05/02/10.
Shortly thereafter, eastbound California 91 meets Exit 12B, Interstate 710 (Long Beach Freeway) north and Atlantic Avenue. Signing Interstate 710 north to Pasadena is still not realized, as the controversial 710 Tunnel is still incomplete. However, Interstate 710 still provides connections to Interstate 105, Interstate 5, California 60, and Interstate 10 before ending at Valley Boulevard. Photo taken 05/02/10.
South of downtown Los Angeles, the Los Angeles River is almost always recognizable by the towering power lines that parallel the path of the concreted river. These massive Southern California Edison structures come into view as California 91 approaches the Los Angeles River crossing, which is located immediately after California 91 passes through the Interstate 710 interchange. Photo taken 05/02/10.
California 91 - Artesia Freeway east
Leaving the massive interchange with Interstate 710 (Long Beach Freeway), the next exit along California 91 (Artesia Freeway) east is with Exit 13, Cherry Avenue. The freeway name changes from Gardena Freeway to Artesia Freeway upon crossing the Long Beach Freeway and Los Angeles River. Photo taken 05/02/10.
This mileage sign provides the distance to the next three exits along California 91 (Artesia Freeway) east, all within the city of Long Beach: Exit 13, Cherry Avenue; Exit 14A, Paramount Boulevard; and Exit 14B, Downey Avenue. To the city of Paramount, which lies north of the freeway, follow Cherry Avenue north or Paramount Boulevard north. Photo taken 05/02/10.
The right lane of California 91 (Artesia Freeway) east becomes exit only for Exit 13, Cherry Avenue. Photo taken 05/02/10.
Eastbound California 91 (Artesia Freeway) reaches Exit 13, Cherry Avenue. Photo taken 05/02/10.
The next exit along California 91 (Artesia Freeway) east is Exit 14A, Paramount Boulevard, followed by Exit 14B, Downey Avenue. Photo taken 05/02/10.
Eastbound California 91 (Artesia Freeway) meets Exit 14A, Paramount Boulevard. Photo taken 05/02/10.
The next exit along eastbound California 91 (Artesia Freeway) is Exit 14B, Downey Avenue. Photo taken 05/02/10.
This mileage sign along eastbound California 91 (Artesia Freeway) provides the distance to the next three exits: Exit 14B, Downey Avenue; Exit 15, California 19 (Lakewood Boulevard); and Exit 16, Bellflower Boulevard. Photo taken 05/02/10.
Eastbound California 91 (Artesia Freeway) reaches Exit 14B, Downey Avenue. At this interchange, California 91 leaves the city of Long Beach and enters the city of Bellflower. The city was incorporated on September 3, 1957. As of the 2000 Census, the city had a population of 72,878 people and consisted of 6.2 square miles of area. Photo taken 05/02/10.


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