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Encyclopedia > Golden State Freeway
Interstate 5
Golden State Freeway
Maintained by CalTrans
Length: 45 mi (72 km)
Direction: North-South
From: I-10 in Boyle Heights
Major
junctions:
SR 134 in North Hollywood
SR 170 in Burbank
I-405 in Mission Hills
I-210 in San Fernando
SR 14 in Santa Clarita
To: SR 99 in Lebec
System: Southern California Freeway System
California State Routes
Unconstructed - Deleted - Freeway - Scenic
Interstate 5; the Golden State Freeway is highlighted in red, the Santa Ana Freeway is highlighted in purple, and the San Diego Freeway is highlighted in blue.
Interstate 5; the Golden State Freeway is highlighted in red, the Santa Ana Freeway is highlighted in purple, and the San Diego Freeway is highlighted in blue.

The Golden State Freeway is a north-south freeway running through Kern County and Los Angeles County, California. Originally built as U.S. Highway 99, it was re-signed as Interstate 5 in 1964. Image File history File links I-5_(CA). ... Caltrans logo The soaring ramps in the stack interchanges favored by Caltrans often provide stunning views. ... A mile is a unit of length, usually used to measure distance, in a number of different systems, including Imperial units, United States customary units and Norwegian/Swedish mil. ... km redirects here. ... Image File history File links I-10_(CA). ... Interstate 10, the major east-west Interstate Highway in the Southern United States, runs east from Santa Monica, California, on the Pacific Ocean, through Los Angeles and San Bernardino to the border with Arizona. ... Boyle Heights is a district on the east side of Los Angeles, California. ... Image File history File links California_134. ... California State Route 134, also known as the Ventura Freeway, runs from US Highway 101 in North Hollywood to Interstate 210 in Pasadena. ... North Hollywood is a district in the San Fernando Valley section of Los Angeles, California. ... Image File history File links California_170. ... State Route 170 is a California State Highway in the city of Los Angeles that runs in a north-south direction. ... Burbank is a city in Los Angeles County, California, United States. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Interstate 405, colloquially referred to as The 405 (the four-oh-five), is one of the principal north-south highways in Southern California, and the major bypass of I-5 running through Southern California. ... For the community in Los Angeles, see Mission Hills, Los Angeles, California. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... This California State Highway article needs to be cleaned up to conform to both a higher standard of article quality and accepted design standards outlined in the WikiProject California State Highways. ... San Fernando is a city located in Los Angeles County, California, United States. ... Image File history File links California_14. ... California 14 is a north-south highway largely in the Mojave Desert, also known as the High Desert, just east of the crest of the Sierra Nevada in its northern part. ... Location of Santa Clarita in California and Los Angeles County Coordinates: Country United States State California County Los Angeles Incorporated December 15, 1987 Government  - Mayor Marsha McLean  - Mayor Pro-Tem Bob Kellar  - City Council Frank Ferry Laurene Weste TimBen Boydston  - City Manager Ken Pulskamp Area  - City  47. ... Image File history File links California_99. ... California State Highway 99 is a 415 mile (668 km) highway that traverses Californias Central Valley from the north at Red Bluff to the south near Bakersfield. ... Lebec is a census-designated place located in Kern County, California. ... Along with beaches, palm trees, and movie studios, the freeway is one of Southern Californias trademarks. ... Example signage of the Califonia State Route System. ... For a list of currently routed California State Routes, please see List of California State Routes. ... Below contains a list and summary of the deleted California State Routes (i. ... Wikisource has original text related to this article: California Streets and Highways Code Section 250-257 The California Freeway and Expressway System is a system of existing or planned freeways and expressways in the U.S. state of California. ... The following highways are designated, in whole or part, by the State of California as California State Scenic Highways: California State Highway 1 California State Highway 2 - From 2. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1572x984, 385 KB) Summary Map of the Metropolitan Los Angeles Freeway system with Interstate 5 highlighted. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1572x984, 385 KB) Summary Map of the Metropolitan Los Angeles Freeway system with Interstate 5 highlighted. ... Southern California freeways The Santa Ana Freeway is one of the principal freeways in Southern California, connecting Los Angeles, California and its southeastern suburbs. ... The San Diego Freeway; the Interstate 405 segment is highlighted in red, the Interstate 5 segment is highlighted in blue. ... For specific systems, such as the Autobahns of Germany, see list of highway systems with full control of access and no cross traffic. ... Kern County is a county located in the southern Central Valley of the U.S. state of California. ... Los Angeles County is a county in California and is the most populous county in the United States. ... Drawing of US 99 through California. ... Interstate 5 (abbreviated I-5) is the westernmost interstate highway in the continental United States. ...

Contents

The Route

I-5 and California State Highway 99 converge near the southernmost point of the San Joaquin Valley, approximately 30 miles (50 km) south of Bakersfield. At this point, the Golden State Freeway begins. It travels southward through the valley until sharply rising to cross the Tejon Pass through the Tehachapi Mountains, continuing through Grapevine Canyon. Path 26 power lines, a southern extension of Path 15, follow the freeway across the pass and onto Pyramid Lake. At one point along the treacherous route, the separated northbound and southbound lanes actually invert, with the southbound lanes being to the east of the northbound ones. The freeway continues into the Santa Clarita Valley, and then crosses Newhall Pass through the Santa Susana Mountains to enter the San Fernando Valley, and in turn, Los Angeles. Several major freeways split from the Golden State Freeway within a few miles of this point: the Foothill Freeway near Sylmar, the San Diego Freeway in Mission Hills, and the Hollywood Freeway in Sun Valley. Traveling through the cities of Burbank and Glendale, it closely follows the Los Angeles River as it skirts the Hollywood Hills. It ends at the East Los Angeles Interchange in Boyle Heights; I-5 continues thereafter as the Santa Ana Freeway. California State Highway 99 is a 415 mile (668 km) highway that traverses Californias Central Valley from the north at Red Bluff to the south near Bakersfield. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Nickname: Location of Bakersfield, California Coordinates: Country United States State California County Kern County Founded 1869 Government  - Mayor Harvey Hall Area  - City  114. ... Tejon Pass Tejon Pass (elevation 4,183 ft/1,275 m) is a mountain pass at the southwest end of the Tehachapi Mountains in southern California in the United States. ... Tehachapi Mountains The Tehachapi Mountains are a short transverse range in southern California in the United States, running SW-NE to connect the Coast Ranges on the west with the southern end of the Sierra Nevada mountains on the east. ... Grapevine is an unincorporated community in Kern County located at the foot of a road grade known as the Grapevine through Tejon Pass in the Tehachapi Mountains at the southern end of the San Joaquin Valley along Interstate 5 (formerly U.S. Highway 99). ... Path 26 is a set of three 500 kV power lines that is Southern California Edisons (SCE) intertie with Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) to the north. ... Transmission towers Transmission lines in Lund, Sweden Electric power transmission, or more accurately Electrical energy transmission, is the second process in the delivery of electricity to consumers. ... Path 15 is the name of a major north-south power transmission corridor in California. ... Pyramid Dam with Pyramid Lake is a part of the California Aqueduct, as is its neighboring Castaic Lake and dam which lies seven miles (10 km) south. ... The Santa Clarita Valley is the valley of the Santa Clara River in Southern California. ... Fremont Pass is a mountain pass in Los Angeles County, California, USA, located at 34°2043N, 118°3026W. Historically called Newhall Pass and San Fernando Pass, it separates the Santa Susana Mountains from the San Gabriel Mountains. ... Santa Susana Mountains The Santa Susana Mountains are a transverse range of mountains in southern California, north of the city of Los Angeles, in the United States. ... San Fernando Valley from southwestern edge. ... Nickname: Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates: State California County Los Angeles County Incorporated April 4, 1850 Government  - Type Mayor-Council  - Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa  - City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo  - Governing body City Council Area  - City  498. ... This California State Highway article needs to be cleaned up to conform to both a higher standard of article quality and accepted design standards outlined in the WikiProject California State Highways. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... The San Diego Freeway; the Interstate 405 segment is highlighted in red, the Interstate 5 segment is highlighted in blue. ... Mission Hills is a suburban community in the San Fernando Valley region of the City of Los Angeles, California. ... The Hollywood Freeway is one of the principal freeways of Los Angeles, California (the boundaries of which it does not leave) and one of the busiest in the United States. ... Sun Valley is a district in the eastern San Fernando Valley region of Los Angeles. ... Burbank is a city in Los Angeles County, California, United States. ... Nickname: The Jewel City Location of Glendale within Los Angeles County and the State of California. ... The Los Angeles River, highlighted in red (on the left). ... The Hollywood Hills, an unofficial designation of part of the City of Los Angeles, California, are part of the eastern section of the low transverse range of the Santa Monica Mountains, which extends from the Los Feliz District and Hollywood, on the south side of the Valley, to Pacific Coast... The East Los Angeles Interchange complex is one of the busiest freeway interchanges in the United States, if not the world. ... Boyle Heights is a district just east of Downtown Los Angeles on the East Side of Los Angeles, California, USA. The neighborhood was once known for its diverse demographics, including large Jewish and Japanese populations, as well as Russian and Yugoslav populations. ... Southern California freeways The Santa Ana Freeway is one of the principal freeways in Southern California, connecting Los Angeles, California and its southeastern suburbs. ...


While the former surface street portions of California State Route 99 are often named the Golden State Highway or Golden State Avenue, Highway 99 itself is not called the Golden State Freeway.


Legal definition

The Golden State Freeway is Route 5 from the 5/10/60/101 Junction to Route 14, as named by the Metropolitan Transportation Engineering Board on February 28, 1958.[1] Note that the segment from California State Highway 14 to Highway 99 is still legally unofficial. The East Los Angeles Interchange complex is one of the busiest freeway interchanges in the United States, if not the world. ... February 28 is the 59th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1958 (MCMLVIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... California 14 is a north-south highway largely in the Mojave Desert, also known as the High Desert, just east of the crest of the Sierra Nevada in its northern part. ...


Earthquakes and the Golden State Freeway

The Golden State Freeway at rush hour in the San Fernando Valley
The Golden State Freeway at rush hour in the San Fernando Valley

On February 9, 1971, the Sylmar earthquake destroyed a portion of the Golden State Freeway, including its interchange (then under construction) with the Antelope Valley Freeway, between the Santa Clarita and San Fernando Valleys. It was soon rebuilt with greater seismic reinforcement, but nevertheless sustained heavy damage in the January 17, 1994 Northridge earthquake (and had to be rebuilt again). The Golden State Freeway, Interstate 5, as photographed on Friday, July 2, 2004, at about 5:00 PM local time. ... The Golden State Freeway, Interstate 5, as photographed on Friday, July 2, 2004, at about 5:00 PM local time. ... San Fernando Valley from southwestern edge. ... February 9 is the 40th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1971 (MCMLXXI) was a common year starting on Friday. ... The Sylmar earthquake struck at 6:00:55 a. ... The Antelope Valley Freeway is a freeway in Los Angeles and Kern counties in southern California. ... January 17 is the 17th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... The 1994 Northridge earthquake occurred on January 17, 1994 at 4:30:55 am Pacific Standard Time in the city of Los Angeles, California. ...


The risk of earthquake damage to the freeway remains high, as the Grapevine route crosses the notorious San Andreas Fault. The risk along this route is such that the proposed high-speed rail corridor between Los Angeles and San Francisco, originally planned to be built within the Golden State Freeway's alignment, will instead veer east into the Antelope Valley, going through the cities of Palmdale and Lancaster before traversing the more seismically stable Tehachapi Pass on its way to Bakersfield. Despite adding over 50 miles (80 km) of line to the railroad and 20 minutes to its travel time, the route change will save billions of dollars in construction costs, as Tehachapi Pass presents relatively few engineering challenges. View of the San Andreas Fault on the Carrizo Plain in central California, 35°07N, 119°39W The San Andreas Fault is a geological fault that runs a length of roughly 800 miles (1300 kilometres) through western and southern California in the United States. ... French designed Eurostar and Thalys TGVs side-by-side in the Paris-Gare du Nord. ... A truck passes eastbound along the busy Highway 58 through the Antelope Valley. ... Motto: Aerospace Capital of America Location of Palmdale in Los Angeles County, California Coordinates: Country United States of America State California County Los Angeles  - Mayor James C. Ledford Jr. ... Location of Lancaster in California and Los Angeles County Coordinates: Country United States State California County Los Angeles Incorporated November 22, 1977 Mayor Henry W. Hearns Area    - City 243. ... Tehachapi Pass Tehachapi Pass (elevation 3793 ft/1156 m, location 35°06′08″ N 118°16′58″ W) is a mountain pass in southern California in the United States. ...


Trivia

In 2002, a local artist[2] took it upon himself to fix one of the signs from the Harbor Freeway to I-5.[3] After nine months, the artists work was eventually discovered and taken down by Caltrans.[4] However, Caltrans later replaced the artist’s sign with one of their own and later offered him a job.[5] This Interstate Highway article needs to be cleaned up to conform to both a higher standard of article quality and accepted design standards outlined in the WikiProject U.S. Interstate Highways. ... Caltrans logo The soaring ramps in the stack interchanges favored by Caltrans often provide stunning views. ...


Control cities

The Golden State Freeway on a Friday evening near Pyramid Lake in the Tehachapi Mountains
The Golden State Freeway on a Friday evening near Pyramid Lake in the Tehachapi Mountains

Northbound Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1200x900, 393 KB) Summary Traffic congestion on northbound Interstate 5 (California) (the Golden State Freeway) near Pyramid Lake (California). ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1200x900, 393 KB) Summary Traffic congestion on northbound Interstate 5 (California) (the Golden State Freeway) near Pyramid Lake (California). ... Pyramid Dam with Pyramid Lake is a part of the California Aqueduct, as is its neighboring Castaic Lake and dam which lies seven miles (10 km) south. ... Tehachapi Mountains The Tehachapi Mountains are a short transverse range in southern California in the United States, running SW-NE to connect the Coast Ranges on the west with the southern end of the Sierra Nevada mountains on the east. ...

Southbound Location of Sacramento in California County Sacramento Government  - Mayor Heather Fargo Area  - City  99. ...

Nickname: Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates: State California County Los Angeles County Incorporated April 4, 1850 Government  - Type Mayor-Council  - Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa  - City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo  - Governing body City Council Area  - City  498. ... Location of Santa Ana within Orange County, California. ...

Communities

Communities along the Golden State Freeway include:

Lebec is a census-designated place located in Kern County, California. ... Gorman, California is an unincorporated community in northwestern Los Angeles County just west of the Antelope Valley where three mountain ranges meet: The San Gabriels, Tehachapis and the Coast Range. ... Location of Santa Clarita in California and Los Angeles County Coordinates: Country United States State California County Los Angeles Incorporated December 15, 1987 Government  - Mayor Marsha McLean  - Mayor Pro-Tem Bob Kellar  - City Council Frank Ferry Laurene Weste TimBen Boydston  - City Manager Ken Pulskamp Area  - City  47. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... San Fernando is a city located in Los Angeles County, California, United States. ... Mission Hills is a suburban community in the San Fernando Valley region of the City of Los Angeles, California. ... Pacoima is a district in the San Fernando Valley region of the City of Los Angeles, California. ... Arleta is a district in the San Fernando Valley region of the City of Los Angeles, California. ... Panorama City is a neighborhood in the San Fernando Valley district of Los Angeles, California. ... Sun Valley is a district in the eastern San Fernando Valley region of Los Angeles. ... Burbank is a city in Los Angeles County, California, United States. ... Nickname: The Jewel City Location of Glendale within Los Angeles County and the State of California. ... Atwater Village is a neighborhood in northeast Los Angeles, California. ... Glassell Park is a neighborhood district in northeastern Los Angeles, California. ... Cypress Park is a neighbourhood east of the Los Angeles River in Los Angeles, California. ... Lincoln Heights is a district on the East Side of Los Angeles, California. ... Boyle Heights is a district just east of Downtown Los Angeles on the East Side of Los Angeles, California, USA. The neighborhood was once known for its diverse demographics, including large Jewish and Japanese populations, as well as Russian and Yugoslav populations. ...

Connecting freeways

Freeways intersected by the Golden State Freeway include:

Image File history File links California_99. ... California State Highway 99 is a 415 mile (668 km) highway that traverses Californias Central Valley from the north at Red Bluff to the south near Bakersfield. ... Image File history File links California_14. ... The Antelope Valley Freeway is a freeway in Los Angeles and Kern counties in southern California. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... The Foothill Freeway is the name assigned to Interstate 210, a bypass interstate about 70 miles long located in the Los Angeles Metropolitan area. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... The San Diego Freeway; the Interstate 405 segment is highlighted in red, the Interstate 5 segment is highlighted in blue. ... Image File history File links California_118. ... Named for former US president Ronald Reagan, the Ronald Reagan Freeway is a freeway running west to east through Ventura and Los Angeles counties in southern California. ... Image File history File links California_170. ... The Hollywood Freeway is one of the principal freeways of Los Angeles, California (the boundaries of which it does not leave) and one of the busiest in the United States. ... Image File history File links California_134. ... The Ventura Freeway is a freeway in southern California running from Ventura to Pasadena. ... Image File history File links California_2. ... Southern California freeways California State Route 2; the Santa Monica Boulevard segment is highlighted in red, Alvarado Street is highlighted in green, the Glendale Freeway is highlighted in blue, and the Angeles Crest Highway is highlighted in purple. ... Image File history File links California_110. ... California State Route 110 extends from from California State Route 47 in San Pedro, California to Glenarm Street in Pasadena, California, USA. Most of Route 110 south of Interstate 10 is designated Interstate 110; the southernmost section is again signed as a state route. ... The East Los Angeles Interchange complex is one of the busiest freeway interchanges in the United States, if not the world. ... Image File history File links I-10_(CA). ... The San Bernardino Freeway is the assigned name of an approximately 60-mile (95 km) long segment of Interstate 10 (I-10) between the cities of Los Angeles, California and San Bernardino, California. ... Image File history File links I-10_(CA). ... Interstate 10; the Santa Monica Freeway segment is highlighted in red and the San Bernardino Freeway is highlighted in blue. ... Image File history File links California_60. ... California State Route 60; the Pomona Freeway is highlighted in red, the Moreno Valley Freeway is highlighted in light blue The Pomona Freeway is the assigned name of the majority of California State Route 60 (CA/SR-60) between its western terminus at the East Los Angeles Interchange complex and... Image File history File links I-5_(CA). ... Southern California freeways The Santa Ana Freeway is one of the principal freeways in Southern California, connecting Los Angeles, California and its southeastern suburbs. ...

References

  1. ^ 2006 Named Freeways, Highways, Structures and Other Appurtenances in California. Caltrans, 60. Retrieved on 2007-03-28. 
  2. ^ Anrom site
  3. ^ http://www.nbc4.tv/news/1448667/detail.html
  4. ^ http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0205/13/ltm.13.html
  5. ^ http://www.thisistrue.com/freeway.html

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