Interstate 605 South - Whittier Boulevard to California 22


Interstate 605 (San Gabriel River Freeway) south
This Interstate 605 south reassurance shield is actually posted on the transition ramp from Interstate 5 south to Interstate 605 south. Photo taken 06/17/06.
Now on the mainline, this mileage sign provides the distance to the next two exits along Interstate 605 south: Exit 10, Firestone Boulevard (former California 42) and Exit 9B, Interstate 105/Century (Glenn Anderson) Freeway west and Imperial Highway. Interstate 605 continues south through the city of Norwalk (population 103,298 as of the 2000 Census and incorporated on August 26, 1957). Photo taken 06/17/06.
The right lane of Interstate 605 south becomes exit only for both Exit 10, Firestone Boulevard and Exit 9B, Interstate 105/Century (Glenn Anderson) Freeway west and Imperial Highway. With the completion of the Interstate 105 freeway in 1993, Firestone Boulevard was gradually removed from the state highway system. Its former designation of California 42 was decommissioned in phases as local cities took over portions of the route. Today, the only places California 42 are mentioned are a couple of leftover shields on intersecting freeways plus one or two remnant shields along the route. Photo taken 06/17/06.
Southbound Interstate 605 (San Gabriel River Freeway) reaches Exit 10, Firestone Boulevard (former California 42). The second exit is Exit 9B, Interstate 105/Century (Glenn Anderson) Freeway west and Imperial Highway. Photo taken 06/17/06.
The right two lanes of Interstate 605 south connect to Exit 9B, Interstate 105/Century (Glenn Anderson) Freeway west and Imperial Highway. Interstate 105 is a major east-west freeway connecting Norwalk with El Segundo; the Metro Green Line parallels the freeway for much of the route. Use this exit to Imperial Highway. Photo taken 06/17/06.
After the off-ramp to Interstate 105 west and Imperial Highway, the next exit along Interstate 605 south is Exit 9A, Rosecrans Avenue. Photo taken 06/17/06.
As traffic from Interstate 105 east streams onto Interstate 605 north via this flyover ramp, an interchange sequence sign is posted for Interstate 605 (San Gabriel River Freeway) south: Exit 9A, Rosecrans Avenue; Exit 7B, Alondra Boulevard; and Exit 7A, California 91 (Artesia Freeway). Photo taken 06/17/06.
The right lane of Interstate 605 south becomes exit only for Exit 9A, Rosecrans Avenue. A flyover ramp carries traffic from Interstate 605 north to Interstate 105 west. Photo taken 06/17/06.
Southbound Interstate 605 (San Gabriel River Freeway) reaches Exit 9A, Rosecrans Avenue. The next exit is Exit 7B, Alondra Boulevard. Photo taken 06/17/06.
After traffic from Interstate 105 fully merges onto Interstate 605 south, this mileage sign provides the distance to the three exits along Interstate 605 south after the Interstate 105 interchange in Norwalk: Exit 7B, Alondra Boulevard; Exit 7A, California 91 (Artesia Freeway); and Exit 5B, South Street. Photos taken 07/19/09 and 06/17/06.
An Interstate 605 south reassurance shield is posted shortly thereafter. Photo taken 07/19/09.
Use Alondra Boulevard east to Norwalk and Cerritos College and west to Bellflower. Photo taken 07/19/09.
Southbound Interstate 605 reaches Exit 7B, Alondra Boulevard; the next exit is Exit 7A, California 91 (Artesia Freeway). At this point, Interstate 605 leaves the city of Norwalk and enters the city of Cerritos. Photo taken 07/19/09.
This mileage sign provides the distance to the next three exits along Interstate 605 south after the Interstate 105 interchange in Norwalk: Exit 7A, California 91 (Artesia Freeway); Exit 5B, South Street; and Exit 5A, Del Amo Boulevard. Photo taken 07/19/09.
The right two lanes of Interstate 605 south become exit only for Exit 7A, California 91 (Artesia Freeway). Originally planned and designated as California 14, it was renumbered as California 91 for route continuity in 1964 (the same year that U.S. 91 was eliminated in California). Photo taken 07/19/09.
Southbound Interstate 605 (San Gabriel River Freeway) reaches Exit 7A, California 91 (Artesia Freeway). California 91 travels east to Anaheim, Corona, and Riverside or west to Gardena and Redondo Beach. Photo taken 07/19/09.
Now on the off-ramp from Interstate 605 to California 91, the left two lanes connect to California 91 (Artesia Freeway) east to Riverside, and the right two lanes connect to California 91 (Artesia Freeway) west to Gardena and Redondo Beach. Photo taken 07/19/09.

This mileage sign provides the distance to the next three exits along Interstate 605 south: Exit 5B, South Street; Exit 5A, Del Amo Boulevard; and Exit 3, Carson Street west and Lincoln Avenue east. Photo taken 06/17/06.
South Street serves the city of Cerritos (formerly known as Dairy Valley). Cerritos had a population of 51,488 as of the 2000 Census and incorporated on April 24, 1956. Photo taken 06/17/06.
The right two lanes of Interstate 605 south connect to Exit 5B, South Street. Photo taken 06/17/06.
Southbound Interstate 605 (San Gabriel River Freeway) reaches Exit 5B, South Street. Photo taken 06/17/06.
This mileage sign provides the distance to the next two exits along Interstate 605 south: Exit 5A, Del Amo Boulevard and Exit 3, Carson Street west and Lincoln Avenue east. Photo taken 06/17/06.
As several power lines cross over the freeway, southbound Interstate 605 reaches Exit 5A, Del Amo Boulevard. At this point, Interstate 605 leaves the city of Cerritos and enters the city of Lakewood. The population of Lakewood was 79,345 as of the 2000 Census. Lakewood incorporated on April 16, 1954. Photo taken 06/17/06.
This mileage sign provides the distance to the next two exits along Interstate 605 (San Gabriel River Freeway) south: Exit 3, Carson Street west and Lincoln Avenue east and Exit 2B, Spring Street west and Cerritos Avenue east. Photo taken 06/17/06.
Use Carson Street/Lincoln Avenue east to the city of Hawaiian Gardens. This small city was incorporated on April 9, 1964, and it had a population of 14,779 as of the 2000 Census. Photo taken 06/17/06.
The right two lanes of Interstate 605 (San Gabriel River Freeway) south will connect to Exit 3, Carson Street west and Lincoln Avenue east. Photo taken 06/17/06.
Southbound Interstate 605 (San Gabriel River Freeway) reaches Exit 3, Carson Street west and Lincoln Avenue east. Carson Street changes into Lincoln Avenue just east of Hawaiian Gardens after it crosses Coyote Creek and the Los Angeles-Orange County line. Photo taken 06/17/06.
The next exit along Interstate 605 (San Gabriel River Freeway) south is Exit 2B, Spring Street west and Cerritos Avenue east. Photo taken 06/17/06.
Use Spring Street west to El Dorado Regional Park and El Dorado Park West. Briefly, Interstate 605 clips the eastern corner of the city of Long Beach. Photo taken 06/17/06.
Southbound Interstate 605 (San Gabriel River Freeway) reaches Exit 2B, Spring Street west to Long Beach and Cerritos Avenue east to Los Alamitos. Photo taken 06/17/06.
The next exit along Interstate 605 (San Gabriel River Freeway) south is Exit 2A, Willow Street west to Long Beach. A mileage sign here also provides the distance to the next five exits: Exit 2A, Willow Street west to Long Beach; Exit 1D, Katella Avenue east to Los Alamitos; Exit 1C, Interstate 405 north to Long Beach and Santa Monica; Exit 1B, Interstate 405 south and California 22 east to Garden Grove and Irvine; and Exit 1A, California 22 west to Long Beach. Photo taken 06/17/06.
Southbound Interstate 605 (San Gabriel River Freeway) reaches Exit 2A, Willow Street west to Long Beach. The next exit along southbound is Exit 1D, Katella Avenue east to Los Alamitos. Interstate 605 crosses over Coyote Creek ahead, and will pass into Orange County for its final distance. Upon crossing, Interstate 605 leaves Long Beach and enters the city of Los Alamitos and skirts the western edge of unincorporated Rossmoor. Photo taken 06/17/06.
Immediately thereafter, southbound Interstate 605 (San Gabriel River Freeway) meets Exit 1D, Katella Avenue east to Los Alamitos. Photo taken 06/17/06.
This interchange sequence sign provides the distance to the final three exits: Exit 1C, Interstate 405 north to Long Beach and Santa Monica; Exit 1B, Interstate 405 south and California 22 east to Garden Grove and Irvine; and Exit 1A, California 22 west to Long Beach. Photo taken 06/17/06.
Southbound Interstate 605 approaches Interstate 405. This view is looking south from the collector distributor lanes at the Katella Avenue and Willow Street interchange (Exit 1D) at the point where the c-d lane meets the off-ramp to eastbound Katella Avenue. Photo taken 05/02/10.
The final three exits along Interstate 605 (San Gabriel River Freeway) south are: Exit 1C, Interstate 405 (San Diego Freeway) north to Santa Monica and Sacramento; Exit 1B, Interstate 405 (San Diego Freeway) south to Irvine and San Diego and California 22 east to Garden Grove and Santa Ana; and Exit 1A, California 22 (Seventh Street) west to Long Beach. Photos taken 06/17/06 and 05/02/10.
This route marker is the final Interstate 605 south reassurance shield; it is located immediately after the on-ramp from Katella Avenue and Willow Street. Photo taken 05/02/10.
A roadside guide sign is posted for Exit 1C, Interstate 405 (San Diego Freeway) north to Santa Monica and Sacramento. It is one of the few remaining that still acknowledge Interstate 405 is the San Diego Freeway. Photo taken 05/02/10.
Southbound Interstate 605 (San Gabriel River Freeway) reaches Exit 1C, Interstate 405 (San Diego Freeway) north to Santa Monica and Sacramento. Ahead, the left two lanes will connect to Exit 1B, Interstate 405 (San Diego Freeway) south to Irvine and San Diego and California 22 east to Garden Grove and Santa Ana, while the right two lanes will connect to Exit 1A, California 22 (Seventh Street) west to Long Beach. Photo taken 05/02/10.
Interstate 605 leaves Los Alamitos and enters the city of Seal Beach, which had a population of 24,157 as of 2000 Census and incorporated on October 25, 1915. The brief segment of Interstate 605 between the Interstate 405 interchange and California 22 was briefly known as California 240 from 1963 until 1968; it was added to 605' mileage in 1968. Photo taken 05/02/10.
The left two lanes of Interstate 605 depart onto Exit 1B, Interstate 405 (San Diego Freeway) south to Irvine and San Diego and California 22 east to Garden Grove and Santa Ana. East of here, Interstate 405 and California 22 share alignment for about two or three miles, then separate in eastern Seal Beach near Westminster. Stay right for the connection to Exit 1A, California 22 (Seventh Street) west to Long Beach. Photo taken 05/02/10.
On the transition ramp to Interstate 405 south and California 22 east, a tunnel serves to carry Interstate 605 south traffic onto the San Diego Freeway. Photo taken 06/17/06.
This series of pictures follows the connecting ramp from Interstate 605 south to California 22 west to Long Beach (Exit 1A). At the point where the concrete lanes end, the stub ramp belies the point where a proposed extension of California 605 would have continued south to connect with California 1 (Pacific Coast Highway). Such an extension is no longer likely to be built. This marks the southern terminus of Interstate 605; no end shield is present. Photos taken 05/02/10.


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