Los Angeles Freeways Reviews
"L.A. is a Great Big Freeway" Oct 21, 2010
Los Angeles often conjures up a vision of endless suburbs strung together by a network of superhighways. Despite tremendous strides in public transportation development in recent years, the freeway system does hold the region together.
They may be called interstates, expressways, or motorways in other areas, but in California they are freeways. The Pasadena Freeway was the first, opened in 1940, to connect downtown Los Angeles and Pasadena. The Hollywood Freeway followed shortly thereafter. Freeway construction boomed in the 1950s and 1960s and new ones continue to be built.
The current freeways system forms a grid connecting all parts of the Los Angeles basin. Traffic on them is something of legend. But, I personally find them easy to drive. (They are more pleasant to drive and less congested than interstates around Washington, DC!) Southern California drivers are generally courteous and follow the rules of the road. They will let you merge if you signal your intention and they avoid weaving in and out of traffic for the most part.
Freeways are numbered and included in the Interstate Highway scheme or the U.S. Highway scheme or are numbered California state highways. Whatever the route scheme, freeways are most often referred to by their route number: the 110 Freeway, the 405, the 210, the 118, etc. (They also have names, but these are less frequently used now. The 405 is the San Diego Freeway, for example.) "Take the 105 to the 110" an Angeleno will tell when giving directions from LAX to downtown.
No tolls, of course, as they are Freeways after all!
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