Category Archives: Roads

Image of the Week – 2/23/15

I-5 and State 110 Interchange in 1962, looking northerly along the Arroyo Seco Parkway (State 110, then  US 66).
I-5 and State 110 Interchange in 1962, looking northerly along the Arroyo Seco Parkway (State 110, then US 66).

Image of the Week – 2/16/15

Mt Baldy Road, Lower Tunnel. Built in 1949.
Mt Baldy Road, Lower Tunnel. Built in 1949.

Victoria Bridge in Riverside, CA

Built in 1928, the Victoria Bridge crosses the Tequesquite Arroyo in style. This bridge was built to carry streetcars on Victoria Avenue across the arroyo as well as auto and horse carriage traffic. It is a rare example in Southern California of an arch bridge of this magnitude crossing a generally dry location. The deck and railing were restored in the early 2000’s to their original 1920’s appearance.

Victoria Avenue in the Riverside area itself is a rather beautiful roadway to travel. It was constructed in the early 1900’s as such a roadway and retains most of the original features today, south of this bridge. Quite a few miles of the roadway are comprised of a two-lane divided roadway surrounded by orange groves. These orange groves comprise some of the last remaining groves in Southern California. It is significant as the Riverside area was home to the original orange groves that were planted in the late 1800’s in Southern California.

Side view showing the multiple arch span.
Side view showing the multiple arch span.
Deck view with the restored railing and lighting.
Deck view with the restored railing and lighting.
New dedication plaque.
New dedication plaque.

Image of the Week – 12/26/14

Photo of the Week  – 12/26

City signage for former State 274 in the Clairemont area of San Diego.
City signage for former State 274 in the Clairemont area of San Diego.

Image of the Week – 12/21/14

Late 1950's view of the Santa Ana Freeway (I-5) at the Long Beach Freeway (I-710) with the original signage and route numbers.
Late 1950’s view of the Santa Ana Freeway (I-5) at the Long Beach Freeway (I-710) with the original signage and route numbers.

Image of the Week – 11/30/14

100' Below Sea Level in Death Valley near Furnace Creek.
100′ Below Sea Level in Death Valley near Furnace Creek.

Image of the Week – 10/14/14

Old State 78 near Santa Ysabel with 1920's concrete.
Old State 78 near Santa Ysabel with 1920’s concrete.

Image of the Week

US 60 and US 395 at the eastern State 60 and I-215 interchange.
US 60 and US 395 at the eastern State 60 and I-215 interchange. This sign has survived two major freeway construction projects and stands today.

Park Blvd Traffic Update

While the buses aren’t running yet, most of the major changes to Park Blvd are complete. There are two new signals, one at Howard Ave and another at Lincoln Ave. At Howard Ave,  left turns onto Park Blvd are now allowed.

Park Blvd at Lincoln Ave
Park Blvd at Lincoln Ave

At Polk Ave, things are a bit different. Polk Ave is now blocked at Park Blvd,  with only a pedestrian signal in place. To get past Park Blvd,  use Howard or Lincoln. Left turns from SB Park Blvd are also now allowed onto University Ave.

Sharrows have also been added to Park Blvd as a part of this project. They run from near Cypress Ave to El Cajon Blvd. These changes have made bicycling and walking around the area much easier. While it was at the loss of the historic aspects of the roadway, it is an overall positive change. Please be aware of these changes and adjust your trips accordingly.

Old US 99 in Colton, CA

Realigned sometime in the 1930’s, the original alignment of US 99 is still visible near the intersection of Valley Blvd and Pepper Ave. Little remains of the original paving of US 99 through the Los Angeles area, so this is a special section.

Looking west along the original paving.
Looking west along the original paving.
Original paving, looking east.
Original paving, looking east.
Cross section of the original paving. Note the lack of rebar. This is most likely from the 1910's.
Cross section of the original paving. Note the lack of rebar. This is most likely from the 1910’s.

Around late 2007, Valley Blvd was again realigned to better accommodate traffic at the I-10 interchange. Sections of the 1930’s paving are now sticking out from under the asphalt.

Colton welcome sign and old Valley Blvd.
Colton welcome sign and old Valley Blvd.
Concrete from the 1930's visible under the asphalt cover.
Concrete from the 1930’s visible under the asphalt cover.
Looking west along Valley toward Pepper Ave.
Looking west along Valley toward Pepper Ave.

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