Friday, November 16, 2012

From the Archives: Hollywood Freeway (US 101) 1953

Source: Caltrans Headquarters Library Collection

This picture was taken on the top level of the Downtown Los Angeles Four Level (US 101/I-110 interchange) on March 12, 1953 (I know we’ve had a lot of pictures of the Four Level, but you’d have to admit they are pretty amazing)

The Los Angeles City Hall, Hall of Justice, and the Federal Court Building can be seen in the background.   In the foreground, an array of 40s and 50s era vehicles can be seen traveling on northbound US 101. 

At the time, this interchange was one of the first of its kind in the nation.  It was designed and constructed by the California Division of Highways, Department of Public Works, which later changed its name to the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) in 1972.