Arroyo Parkway south
Southbound Arroyo Parkway meets U.S. 66/Colorado Boulevard at this signalized intersection in downtown Pasadena (population 133,936 as of the 2000 Census and incorporated on June 19, 1886). Turn left for U.S. 66 east to eastern Pasadena or Alternate U.S. 66 (Original U.S. 66) west to cross the Pioneer Bridge and follow Figueroa Street south toward downtown Los Angeles. Photo taken 11/08/08.
Leaving the U.S. 66/Colorado Boulevard intersection, this California 110 south reassurance shield was posted at the beginning of southbound Arroyo Parkway in Pasadena at the intersection with Morgan Alley. The next signal is with Green Street. Photo taken 11/08/08.
Continuing south, a California 110 trailblazer shield is posted between Green Street and Cordova Street next to a storage facility. Arroyo Parkway continues south for a direct connection to the Arroyo Seco Parkway (Pasadena Freeway). Photo taken 11/08/08.
Southbound Arroyo Parkway meets Cordova Street. Photo taken 11/08/08.
Arroyo Parkway next approaches Del Mar Boulevard. Photo taken 11/08/08.
After passing through the Bellevue Drive intersection, southbound Arroyo Parkway meets California Boulevard at this traffic signal. Photo taken 11/08/08.
This California 110 south reassurance shield was posted along southbound Arroyo Parkway just south of the California Boulevard intersection. This segment of city street was decommissioned from the state highway system by 2008. Currently, only one known California 110 shield remains on the Arroyo Parkway segment (on southbound after the Colorado Boulevard intersection). The next intersection is with Pico Street, followed by the traffic signals with Fillmore Street and Glenarm Street. After Glenarm Street, Arroyo Parkway transitions directly onto the Arroyo Seco Parkway (Pasadena Freeway). Photo taken 07/21/01.
California 110 (Historic U.S. 66 and California 11) south
Back in 2003, we took a walk on the Arroyo Seco Parkway courtesy of ArroyoFest, a onetime festival in honor of the Arroyo Seco. We began the walk at the north end of the Pasadena Freeway (historic Arroyo Seco Parkway) southwest through the arroyo, ending at Avenue 43 (Exit 27). California 110 leaves the city of Pasadena and enters the city of South Pasadena (population 24,292 as of 2000 Census and incorporated on March 2, 1888). Photo taken 06/15/03.
The ArroyoFest was held on June 15, 2003, as an opportunity to walk along an historic parkway that is normally a very busy and congested freeway. Organizers hope to host additional freeway walks in the future to continue to foster community relations. On this day, members of the AARoads photography corps were out in force to walk as much of the highway as possible. Starting at the north end, this sign greets walkers to the historic Arroyo Seco Parkway as California 110 leaves Pasadena and begins its trek southwest toward downtown Los Angeles. Photo taken 06/15/03.
The Arroyo Seco Parkway (Pasadena Freeway) begins as Arroyo Parkway transitions directly onto southbound California 110 as it leaves the city of Pasadena. The segment of Arroyo Seco Parkway was designated as U.S. 66 from the parkway's construction in 1940 until 1964, when that route was decommissioned. Photo taken 07/21/01.
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The first exit along California 110/Arroyo Seco Parkway is Exit 31B, Fair Oaks Avenue. This sign, placed on an old-style structure, is the first porcelain-enamel sign on the parkway. Photos taken 06/15/03.
Two lanes carry the Pasadena Freeway (Arroyo Seco Parkway) south through South Pasadena leading into Los Angeles. Note the overall narrowness of the road and right of way and the limited sight distance. This highway is listed in the National Historic Registry, and it is not likely to be reconstructed into a modern freeway. Photo taken 07/21/01.
The freeway begins shortly after the brown historic sign. Photo taken 06/15/03.
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The first exit along southbound is Exit 31B, Fair Oaks Avenue. Photos taken 06/15/03.
Orange Grove Avenue leads to a hospital and Norton Simon Museum. Photo taken 06/15/03.
This typical bridge designation sign is used by most Caltrans districts to identify the name of the road/water body/barrier the highway is passing, bridge log reference number, route number, and post mile number (including county name) to two decimal places. Photo taken 06/15/03.
California 110 approaches Exit 31A, Orange Grove Avenue (0.50 mile). Photo taken 06/15/03.
View of southbound California 110 and ArroyoFest walkers. Photo taken 06/15/03.
This mileage sign provides distances to the next three exits: Exit 31A, Orange Grove Avenue; Exit 30B, York Boulevard; and Exit 30A, Avenue 60. Photo taken 06/15/03.
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The next exit is Exit 31A, Orange Grove Avenue. Notice how this sign was mounted onto the Prospect Avenue bridge and is a bit uneven. Photos taken 06/15/03.
Southbound California 110 approaching Exit 30/York Boulevard, 0.75 mile. Photo taken 06/15/03.
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California 110 crosses the Arroyo Seco at this bridge. It was built in 1939 ... yes, a bridge that old is still in use along this major freeway. Note the presence of a sidewalk, which may harken back to a day when sidewalks may have been considered for use on freeway bridges. Photos taken 06/15/03.
On many of these walkabout pictures along California 110, pictures speak louder than words, especially the entirely vacant northbound lanes of the often-congested freeway. Photo taken 06/15/03.
This mileage sign along southbound California 110 provides the distance to the next three exits: Exit 30, York Boulevard; Exit 29, Avenue 60; and Exit 28B, Via Marisol. Photo taken 06/15/03.
The next five exits serve Highland Park. Photo taken 06/15/03.
Southbound California 110/Pasadena Freeway meets Exit 30, York Boulevard. There are no deceleration and acceleration lanes present for this interchange. Photo taken 06/15/03.
A couple of exit ramps are posted for a five mile-per-hour exit speed, including this one for Exit 30/York Boulevard. Photo taken 06/15/03.
Small, old-style, button-copy, non-reflective, gore sign for Exit 30, York Boulevard. With the advent of exit numbers, few of these signs remain in place. Photo taken 06/15/03.
The next exit along California 110 south is Exit 29, Avenue 60 (0.75 mile). Photo taken 06/15/03.
This mileage sign provides the distance to Exit 29, Avenue 60; Exit 28B, Via Marisol; and Exit 28A, Avenue 52. Photo taken 06/15/03.
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Views of rail bridge over the Arroyo Seco Parkway. Photos taken 06/15/03.
An old-style milepost 29 marker is situated in the median of California 110/Pasadena Freeway. Photo taken 06/15/03.
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California 110/Arroyo Seco Parkway approaches Exit 29, Avenue 60. Photo taken 08/26/07. Second photo taken 06/15/03.
Southbound California 110/Pasadena Freeway (Historic U.S. 66 and California 11/Arroyo Seco Parkway) meets Exit 29, Avenue 60. Photo taken 06/15/03.
This right turn serves as the offramp from southbound California 110/Arroyo Seco Parkway to Avenue 60. Is there any doubt that this freeway is not Interstate-standard? Photo taken 06/15/03.
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This mileage sign along California 110/Pasadena Freeway (Arroyo Seco Parkway) south provides the distance to the next three exits: Exit 28B, Via Marisol; Exit 28A, Avenue 52; and Exit 27, Avenue 43. Photo taken 07/10/10. Second photo taken 06/15/03.
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Stay right to connect from California 110/Pasadena Freeway (Arroyo Seco Parkway) south to Exit 28B, Via Marisol. The offramp, hidden by the Via Marisol overpass shown here, comes quickly after the freeway curves to the right. Photo taken 07/10/10. Second photo taken 06/15/03.
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Southbound California 110/Pasadena Freeway meets Exit 28B, Via Marisol. Photo taken 07/10/10. Second photo taken 06/15/03.
This contractor's stamp, embedded in the concrete on the southbound California 110 lanes approaching Exit 28A/Avenue 52, shows that the concrete was poured and set in 1940. At the time this photo was taken, this concrete was over 63 years old! Photo taken 06/15/03.
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Southbound California 110/Pasadena Freeway (Historic U.S. 66 and California 11/Arroyo Seco Parkway) meets Exit 28A, Avenue 52. Photos taken 06/15/03.
The next exit along California 110/Arroyo Seco Parkway is Exit 27, Avenue 43. This was the end of the freeway walk from the Arroyo Fest. It may not seem like we traveled very far, but it certainly was a good workout for our photographers! Photo taken 06/15/03.
This mileage sign along California 110/Pasadena Freeway (Arroyo Seco Parkway) south provides the distance to the next three exits: Exit 27, Avenue 43; Exit 26B, Junction Interstate 5/Golden State Freeway north/south; and Exit 26A, Avenue 26. Photo taken 08/26/07.
Southbound California 110/Pasadena Freeway (Arroyo Seco Parkway) meets Exit 27, Avenue 43. Use Exit 27 for Avenue 43 to the Lummis Home (located just west of the parkway on the banks of the Arroyo Seco), Heritage Square Museum (upon exiting, turn left/east on Avenue 43 then turn right/south on Homer Street), the Audubon Center at Ernest E. Debs Regional Park (turn east on Avenue 43, then north on Griffin Avenue), and the Southwest Museum of the American Indian (part of the Autry Museum; use Avenue 43 west to Figueroa Street northeast to Avenue 45 west to Marmion Way north to Museum Drive west). Photo taken 08/26/07.
California 110/Pasadena Freeway (Arroyo Seco Parkway) passes under the overpass for Avenue 43. Photo taken 08/26/07.
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These pictures were taken along California 110 south after the Avenue 43 interchange. The Arroyo Seco Parkway carries three lanes in each direction at this point. Development hems in the parkway on the west side. Photos taken 08/26/07.
The next exit along California 110/Pasadena Freeway (Arroyo Seco Parkway) south is Exit 26B, Junction Interstate 5/Golden State Freeway north to Sacramento and south to Santa Ana and San Diego. Photo taken 08/26/07.
California 110/Pasadena Freeway (Arroyo Seco Parkway) passes under Avenue 35 and the Metro Gold Line. Photo taken 08/26/07.
Southbound California 110/Pasadena Freeway (Arroyo Seco Parkway) meets Exit 26B, Junction Interstate 5/Golden State Freeway north to Sacramento and south to Santa Ana and San Diego. A dedicated two-lane offramp links California 110 to Interstate 5. To U.S. 101, continue south on California 110. Photo taken 08/26/07.
At Exit 26B, traffic takes a short transition ramp from California 110 south that connects to Interstate 5/Golden State Freeway south to Santa Ana and San Diego and north to Bakersfield and Sacramento. Photo taken 06/15/03.
The next exit along California 110/Pasadena Freeway (Arroyo Seco Parkway) south is Exit 26A, Avenue 26 (former California 163). Photo taken 08/26/07.
Southbound California 110/Pasadena Freeway (Arroyo Seco Parkway) meets Exit 26A, Avenue 26 (former California 163). Photo taken 08/26/07.
The next exit along California 110/Pasadena Freeway (Arroyo Seco Parkway) south is Exit 25, Academy Road (one mile). Photo taken 08/26/07.
Southbound California 110 passes over the offramp from California 110 north to U.S. 66/Figueroa Street and prepares to pass under Interstate 5/Golden State Freeway. Photo taken 08/26/07.
California 110 approaches Exit 25, Academy Road. The southbound lanes stay at a higher elevation, thus avoiding the Figueroa Street Tunnels that are found along northbound. Photo taken 08/26/07.
A Los Angeles Department of Water and Power triple-circuit power line tower carries wires across the parkway. Note the old style bridge railing, which had been reinforced with a jersey barrier on both sides of the freeway lanes. Photo taken 08/26/07.


 


Photo Credits:

07/21/01, 06/15/03, 08/26/07, 11/08/08, 07/10/10 by AARoads

Page Updated 08-25-2011.