Interstate 605 North - Whittier Boulevard to U.S. 66


Interstate 605 (San Gabriel River Freeway) north
The next exit along Interstate 605 (San Gabriel River Freeway) north is Exit 16, Beverly Boulevard. Photo taken 11/13/05.
An interchange sequence sign along Interstate 605 north provides the distance to the next three exits: Exit 16, Beverly Boulevard; Exit 17, Rose Hills Boulevard; and Exit 18, Peck Road to the City of Industry. Photo taken 11/13/05.
Use either Exit 16, Beverly Boulevard west or Exit 17, Rose Hills Road to the city of Pico Rivera. After the Beverly Boulevard interchange, Interstate 605 will briefly reenter the city of Pico Rivera. Photo taken 09/29/07.
A roadside sign for Exit 16, Beverly Boulevard is posted shortly thereafter. Photo taken 09/29/07.
Continuing north, Interstate 605 reenters the city of Pico Rivera. Photo taken 09/29/07.
Northbound Interstate 605 (San Gabriel River Freeway) reaches Exit 16, Beverly Boulevard. The next interchange along northbound is Exit 17, Rose Hills Road. Photo taken 01/14/07.

This mileage sign provides the distance to the next three exits along Interstate 605 (San Gabriel River Freeway) north: Exit 17, Rose Hills Road; Exit 18, Peck Road; and Exit 19, California 60 (Pomona Freeway). Photo taken 11/13/05.
Use Exit 17, Rose Hills Road east to Workman Mill Road north to Rio Hondo College. Use Rose Hills Road west to the Pico Rivera Sports Arena, which is located near the Whittier Narrows Dam. Photo taken 09/29/07.
A Southern California Edison (SCE) high voltage power line crosses over Interstate 605 prior to the Rose Hills Road interchange. This line will turn north along the freeway corridor toward the San Gabriel Valley. Photo taken 09/29/07.
Northbound Interstate 605 reaches Exit 17, Rose Hills Road. This is the second and final Pico Rivera interchange. Photo taken 09/29/07.
The next exit along Interstate 605 north is Exit 18, Peck Road (1.25 miles). In the distance, a Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) power line approaches and parallels Interstate 605. Photo taken 09/29/07.
This mileage sign provides the distance to the next three exits along Interstate 605 (San Gabriel River Freeway) north: Exit 18, Peck Road; Exit 19, California 60 (Pomona Freeway); and Exit 21, Valley Boulevard. This is a really old porcelain enamel sign that has lost most of its reflectivity and is in need of replacement. A California 60 shield was pasted onto the old sign, and the state highway shield is far more visible than the rest of the sign. Photo taken 01/14/07.
Upon passing through the Whittier Narrows (a gap in the Puente Hills where the Rio Hondo and the San Gabriel River converge), Interstate 605 now enters the San Gabriel Valley, which includes the remainder of the freeway route to Duarte. West of here is the Whittier Narrows Dam (visible from California 19), which was built in 1957 to contain floodwaters along the San Gabriel River. Two sets of power lines (LADWP on the left and SCE on the right, presumably 230kV) follow Interstate 605 on either side of the freeway. Photo taken 11/13/05.
Reassurance shield posted for Interstate 605 at the Whittier Narrows. Photo taken 09/29/07.
The LADWP power line turns toward the northwest, and the Southern California Edison power line intercepts an east-west line. Power lines will continue to follow Interstate 605 north. Photo taken 09/29/07.
Northbound Interstate 605 (San Gabriel River Freeway) reaches Exit 18, Peck Road. At this point, Interstate 605 enters a section of the City of Industry. Incorporated on June 18, 1957, the population of the City of Industry was 777 as of the 2000 Census. The next exit along Interstate 605 north is Exit 19, California 60 (Pomona Freeway). Photo taken 01/14/07.
This mileage sign provides the distance to the next three exits along Interstate 605 (San Gabriel River Freeway) north: Exit 19, California 60 (Pomona Freeway); Exit 21, Valley Boulevard; and Exit 22, Interstate 10 (San Bernardino Freeway). Photo taken 11/13/05.
The right three lanes of Interstate 605 (San Gabriel River Freeway) north will transition onto Exit 19, California 60 (Pomona Freeway). Use California 60 west to downtown Los Angeles and east to Riverside. Photo taken 11/13/05.
Northbound Interstate 605 (San Gabriel River Freeway) reaches Exit 19, California 60 (Pomona Freeway). These old signs are very difficult to read. It seems like almost every sign associated with California 60 is dirty and difficult to read. Photo taken 11/13/05.
This view shows the transition ramp from Interstate 605 north to California 60 (Pomona Freeway). At the end of the ramp, the right lane splits to California 60 east, and the left lane connects to California 60 west. Photo taken 11/13/05.
After the California 60 (Pomona Freeway) interchange, northbound Interstate 605 approaches Exit 21, Valley Boulevard; Exit 22, Interstate 10 (San Bernardino Freeway); and Exit 23, Ramona Boulevard. Photo taken 11/13/05.
An Interstate 605 San Gabriel River Freeway reassurance sign is posted shortly thereafter. Photo taken 11/13/05.
The next exit along northbound Interstate 605 (San Gabriel River Freeway) is Exit 21, Valley Boulevard to the City of Industry and El Monte. Photo taken 11/13/05.
To El Monte, use Exit 21. Photo taken 11/13/05.
The LADWP power line crosses over the Interstate 605 freeway. Photo taken 11/13/05.
Another entrance/exit to the HOV lanes is allowed after the California 60 interchange. All traffic in the HOV lanes for Interstate 10 should merge onto the main lanes. Photo taken 09/29/07.
The LADWP power line again skirts the edge of Interstate 605. Photo taken 09/29/07.
Northbound Interstate 605 (San Gabriel River Freeway) reaches Exit 21, Valley Boulevard. Use Valley Boulevard southeast to the unincorporated communities of Bassett and Avocado Heights as well as the City of Industry. Photo taken 09/29/07.
The next exit along Interstate 605 north is Exit 22, Interstate 10 (San Bernardino Freeway). Photo taken 11/13/05.
This mileage sign along Interstate 605 north provides the distance to the next three exits: Exit 22, Interstate 10 (San Bernardino Freeway); Exit 23, Ramona Boulevard; and Exit 24, Lower Azusa Road. Photo taken 01/14/07.
An Interstate 605 north reassurance shield is posted after the on-ramp from Valley Boulevard. Photo taken 11/13/05.
The right two lanes of Interstate 605 north will connect to Exit 22, Interstate 10 (San Bernardino Freeway). Interstate 10 travels west to downtown Los Angeles and east to San Bernardino, Indio, Blythe, and Phoenix. The control city for eastbound is San Bernardino, which is the seat of San Bernardino County. Photo taken 11/13/05.
Northbound Interstate 605 (San Gabriel River Freeway) reaches Exit 22, Interstate 10 (San Bernardino Freeway) west to Los Angeles and east to San Bernardino and Phoenix. Photo taken 01/14/07.
Now on the transition ramp, this view shows the collector distributor exit ramp from Interstate 605 north to Interstate 10 (San Bernardino Freeway) east (first ramp) and west (second ramp). The right two lanes connect to Interstate 10 east; the next exit connects to Interstate 10 west. Photo taken 11/13/05.
Soon thereafter, the collector distributor lanes split between Interstate 10 west to Los Angeles (loop ramp) and Interstate 605 north to Duarte. This old sign includes the name "San Bernardino Freeway" for Interstate 10, which is increasingly uncommon as newer reflective signs are installed around Greater Los Angeles. Photo taken 09/29/07.
Passing through the Interstate 10 interchange, Interstate 605 enters the city of Baldwin Park. Baldwin Park had a population of 75,837 as of the 2000 Census. The city was incorporated on January 25, 1956, and consists of 6.8 square miles. This mileage sign along Interstate 605 north provides the distance to the next two exits: Exit 23, Ramona Boulevard and Exit 24, Lower Azusa Road, Los Angeles Street, and Rivergrade Road. Photo taken 09/29/07.
The right lane of Interstate 605 north becomes exit only for Exit 23, Ramona Boulevard. The left four lanes continue north on Interstate 605 toward Duarte. The section of Interstate 605 between Interstate 10 and Interstate 210 was part of unconstructed California 243 from 1963 until 1968, when the segment was added to the Interstate Highway System and funding allocated from Interstate Highway funds. At that time, California 243 was decommissioned. During construction, the freeway carrying Interstate 605 was known as the Rivergrade Freeway, but that name is not typically used today. Photo taken 09/29/07.
Use Exit 23 to Ramona Boulevard east to Baldwin Park and west to El Monte. While Interstate 605 does not enter El Monte, it provides direct access from the east. El Monte had a population of 115,965 as of the 2000 Census, sits at an elevation of 299 feet, consists of 9.7 square miles, and was incorporated on November 18, 1912. Photo taken 09/29/07.
Massive Southern California Edison 230kV power lines parallel the 605 freeway on the west side between the freeway and the San Gabriel River. Photo taken 09/29/07.
Northbound Interstate 605 (San Gabriel River Freeway) reaches Exit 23, Ramona Boulevard east to Baldwin Park and west to El Monte. Photo taken 09/29/07.
The next exit along Interstate 605 north is Exit 24, Lower Azusa Road and Los Angeles Street. Lower Azusa Road travels west into El Monte and east changes into Los Angeles Street to serve Baldwin Park. Additionally, Interstate 605 leaves the city of Baldwin Park and now enters the city of Irwindale. Incorporated on August 6, 1957, the city of Irwindale consists primarily of rock quarries and has a small population of 1,446 as the 2000 Census. Use Exit 25 to the Irwindale Speedway and the Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area. Photo taken 09/29/07.
This northbound reassurance shield is posted after the on-ramp from Ramona Boulevard. Photo taken 09/29/07.
The next two exits along Interstate 605 north are Exit 24, Lower Azusa Road and Los Angeles Street and Exit 25, Live Oak Avenue. Photo taken 01/14/07.
Around this point, Interstate 605 crosses over the San Gabriel River and is for the first time situated west of the river. Use Exit 24 to Rivergrade Road, which travels north to Live Oak Avenue (which is a suitable alternative to using Exit 25). Photo taken 09/29/07.
Northbound Interstate 605/San Gabriel River (Rivergrade) Freeway reaches Exit 24, Lower Azusa Road and Los Angeles Street. Photo taken 09/29/07.
The next exit along Interstate 605 north is Exit 25, Live Oak Avenue (one mile). Photo taken 01/14/07.
This mileage sign provides the distance to the final four exits along Interstate 605 north: Exit 25, Live Oak Avenue; Exit 27A, Interstate 210 (Foothill Freeway) east to San Bernardino; Exit 27B, Interstate 210 (Foothill Freeway) west to Pasadena; and Exit 27C, U.S. 66/Huntington Drive in Duarte. Photo taken 09/29/07.
Steep mountains too insurmountable for a freeway dominate the view on Interstate 605 as we approach the north end of this freeway. Photo taken 01/14/07.
Since there is no direct access from Interstate 605 north to Arrow Highway, motorists must depart at Exit 25 (Live Oak Avenue east) to Arrow Highway. Arrow Highway continues east toward San Bernardino. There is access to Arrow Highway from Interstate 605 south. A massive Southern California Edison substation is located east of Interstate 605. Photo taken 01/14/07.
To the Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area, use the Live Oak Avenue exit. This park, which is located in a flood control basin and operated by the County of Los Angeles, features a lake suitable for fishing and boating. Photo taken 01/14/07.
Northbound Interstate 605 reaches Exit 25, Live Oak Avenue. Separate ramps connect to eastbound and westbound Live Oak Avenue. This is the final interchange to serve the city of Irwindale. Photo taken 09/29/07.
Upon exiting the freeway, this sign advises of the route to the Santa Fe Dam via Rivergrade Road at the Live Oak Avenue interchange. Photo taken 01/14/07.
The next interchange along Interstate 605 north is Exits 27A-B, Interstate 210 (Foothill Freeway). Photo taken 01/14/07.
Southern California Edison' power transmission system continues to parallel Interstate 605 through Irwindale. Watch for slowing or stopped traffic in advance of the Interstate 210 interchange. Photo taken 09/29/07.
Interstate 605 north passes under Arrow Highway, which is not accessible from this direction. Photo taken 09/29/07.
Northbound Interstate 605 passes under the SCE power lines and turns slightly toward the northeast. Photo taken 09/29/07.
A final mileage sign provides the distance to the final three exits along Interstate 605 north: Exit 27A, Interstate 210 (Foothill Freeway) east to San Bernardino; Exit 27B, Interstate 210 (Foothill Freeway) west to Pasadena; and Exit 27C, U.S. 66/Huntington Drive in Duarte. On the east side of the freeway is Santa Fe Dam. Photo taken 01/14/07.
An end Interstate 605 shield assembly is posted on the right post of this overhead sign assembly. To Interstate 210 west (Exit 27B), use the left lanes; to Interstate 210 east, use the right lanes. Photo taken 01/14/07.
Remain in the center lanes to connect to U.S. 66 and Huntington Drive to Duarte. Photo taken 01/14/07.
Once again, Southern California Edison power lines cross over Interstate 605. Photo taken 01/14/07.
The right two lanes depart to Exit 27A, Interstate 210 (Foothill Freeway) east to San Bernardino. The next exits are Exit 27B, Interstate 210 (Foothill Freeway) west to Pasadena and Exit 27C, U.S. 66/Huntington Drive in Duarte. Photo taken 01/14/07.
The interchange between Interstate 605 and Interstate 210 is known as the Deputy Sheriff David W. March Memorial Interchange. Photo taken 09/29/07.
Shortly thereafter, the left two lanes transition onto Interstate 210 (Foothill Freeway) west and the right lane departs toward Huntington Drive (Historic U.S. 66) in Duarte. This interchange is physically located within Irwindale; the ramp to Huntington Drive will enter the city of Duarte shortly after leaving the interchange. Photo taken 01/14/07.
This view shows the transition ramp from Interstate 605 north to Interstate 210 west. Photo taken 09/29/07.
Exit 27C is signed with an exit number at the gore point split. Photo taken 01/14/07.
The ramp to Huntington Drive starts with one lane, but a second lane merges in from Interstate 210. Photo taken 01/14/07.
A flyover ramp from Interstate 210 west to Interstate 605 south passes over the ramp to Huntington Drive (Historic U.S. 66) in the city of Duarte. As of the 2000 Census, the population of the city of Duarte was 21,486 people. The city sits at an elevation of 512 feet and consists of 6.7 square miles. Duarte incorporated on August 22, 1957. Photo taken 01/14/07.
A second ramp from Interstate 210 to Huntington Drive merges onto the Exit 27C ramp. Photo taken 01/14/07.
The final distance to Huntington Drive has two lanes in each direction; arguably, Interstate 605 continues all the way to Huntington Drive. Photo taken 01/14/07.
A traffic signal governs the flow of traffic between the north end of Interstate 605 and U.S. 66/Huntington Drive. Historic U.S. 66, which was decommissioned in stages through the late 1960s, is still signed as a historic route through Los Angeles and San Bernardino Counties. Between Pasadena and San Bernardino, U.S. 66 parallels the modern Interstate 210 corridor. Photo taken 01/14/07.
The right lane turns east on U.S. 66/Huntington Drive, and the left lane turns west on U.S. 66/Huntington Drive. Photo taken 01/14/07.
The freeway ends as we meet U.S. 66 at this traffic signal with Huntington Drive. Continue straight ahead to follow Mount Olive Drive into residential Duarte. The commercial (downtown) strip of Duarte is located west of this intersection. Photo taken 01/14/07.


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