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Southern California Traffic

Having lived in Southern California for over 30 years, I have made some observations about traffic in the Los Angeles area. Downtown Los Angeles makes up a large portion of the job market in LA. Much of the downtown traffic flows into the city in the mornings and away from the city in the evenings.

110 Freeway
The 110 freeway runs North-South directly through downtown LA. Parts of the 110 freeway North of Downtown(like the Dodger Stadium and Pasadena portions) experience heavy traffic moving South in the mornings and North in the evenings. Parts of the 110 freeway South of Downtown(like the areas near USC, South Central and the 405 freeway) experience heavy traffic moving North in the mornings and heavy traffic moving South in the evenings. The heavy traffic moving North on the 110 often gets better just North of Dodger Stadium where the cars queue up in the left lane in order to get on the 5 freeway. If you are traveling on the 110 North you will notice the trucks saying that trucks/buses are not allowed on the Pasadena portion of the 110 freeway North of Downtown Los Angleles. This had an impact on us several times when we took a bus from the Hilton in Pasadena to LAX. The bus used an alternate route since it could not take the 110 to the 10 to the 405.
10 Freeway
The 10 Freeway runs from the Pacific Ocean in the West out past the California-Arizona border in the East. The portions of the freeway in Santa Monica and West Los Angeles experience heavy traffic moving East(towards downtown) in the morning and heavy traffic moving West(away from downtown) in the afternoons and evenings. The parts of the 10 freeway East of downtown(near Rosemead blvd and East Los Angleles) experience heavy West-bound traffic in the mornings and heavy East-bound traffic in the afternoons and evenings.
5 Freeway
The 5 Freeway has been called the world's largest parking lot. This is because vehicles do not seem to move on the freeway in certain spots during certain times. Part of the trouble is due to the fact that it is a major interstate freeway with tons of traffic, yet it only has 3 lanes in parts of Los Angeles. It runs all the way through the state of California, from the Mexico border in the South to the Oregon border in the North.
405 Freeway
The 405 Freeway breaks off from the 5 and then reconnects to the 5. It breaks off from the 5 freeway Southeast of LA near Irvine. It then rejoins the 5 Northwest of LA near Magic Mountain. The 405 is somewhat famous because it serves the West side of LA including Los Angeles International Airport(LAX).
105 Freeway
The 105 Freeway goes from the Pacific Ocean in the West to the 605 freeway in the East. It opened in October of 1993 for $2.3 billion dollars. There are 5-level interchanges at the 405 and the 110. The LA Metro commuter line runs in the median. It is one of LA's most modern freeways as it has pavement sensors, video cameras, and a linked computer system to help technicians monitor traffic flow and respond to incidents.

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110 Freeway North No Trucks Sign

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Tunnels on 110 Fwy North

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110 North Near Chinatown

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110 North

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Inside 110 North Tunnels

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Pasadena Tunnels

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