The break in the freeway has been fought for the past 30 years by the residents of South Pasadena. It has caused traffic jams, increased pollution, increased wear on the area roadways, and general hassle. Caltrans wants to see it built in the next 10 years. Earlier plans for the completed freeway included interchanges at Valley Blvd, Huntington Drive, Monterey Avenue, State 110 (Pasadena Freeway), and California Blvd. More recent plans have eliminated the State 110 interchange.
After the 105 was built, SR-42 was supposed to be gone. Most of it was relinquished in mid 1998. In early 2000, all of it was gone.
Both Route 7 shields have been removed. For a short time in the mid 1990’s, the sign on the 405 SB to 710 NB carried a SR-7 shield. It was later covered up.