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The Ventura Freeway is a freeway in southern California, United States, running from the Santa Barbara/Ventura county line to Pasadena in Los Angeles County. It is the principal east-west route (designated north-south) through Ventura County and in the southern San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles County. From the Santa Barbara County line to its intersection with the Hollywood Freeway in the southeastern San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles (the Hollywood Split), it is signed as U.S. Route 101, which was built in the late 1950s and opened on April 5, 1960. East of the Hollywood Freeway intersection, it is signed as State Route 134 (SR 134) which was built by 1971.
Ventura Freeway highlighted in red
|Maintained by Caltrans|
| US 101 from the Santa Barbara/Ventura county line to North Hollywood|
SR 134 from North Hollywood to Pasadena
|West end||US 101 at the Santa Barbara/Ventura county line|
| SR 23 in Thousand Oaks|
I-405 in Sherman Oaks
US 101 / SR 134 / SR 170 in North Hollywood
I-5 in Glendale
SR 2 in Glendale
|East end||I-210 in Pasadena|
|Counties||Ventura, Los Angeles|
|Length||14 mi (23 km)|
Prior to the construction of a new alignment in 1971, the portion east of the Golden State Freeway was known as the Colorado Freeway in reference to nearby Colorado Boulevard, a historic thoroughfare in Pasadena and northeastern Los Angeles.
The Ventura Freeway begins at the Santa Barbara/Ventura county line at the Bates Road exit of U.S. 101 (Exit 83), west of La Conchita. The road alternates between a freeway and an expressway up to the seashore community of Mussel Shoals, when it becomes a freeway for the rest of its length. The freeway travels eastward through the citrus orchards and strawberry fields of the Oxnard Plain before ascending the short, steep Conejo Grade into the Conejo Valley. Continuing eastward through the northern Santa Monica Mountains, it crosses the Ventura/Los Angeles county line before entering the San Fernando Valley. The freeway continues eastward along the valley's southern rim, crossing the 405 and 5 freeways and the Los Angeles River. After passing through Downtown Glendale south of the Verdugo Mountains, it continues along the southern slope of the San Rafael Hills between Glendale and Eagle Rock before entering Pasadena near the Arroyo Seco and terminating at the Foothill Freeway.
The Ventura Freeway suffers from severe congestion. Its intersection with the San Diego Freeway, in Sherman Oaks, is consistently rated as one of the five most congested interchanges in the nation. Where it meets the Hollywood Freeway at the Hollywood Split junction, it is also notably congested. During events at the Rose Bowl, the freeway's eastern portions often resemble a parking lot.
The east-west geographical alignment of the Ventura Freeway and the overall north-south (Washington-to-California) designation of U.S. 101 on freeway signs can be confusing to visitors; the same freeway entrance can often be signed as "101 North" and "101 West"; this is most common in the San Fernando Valley.
Both the SR 134 and US 101 portions of the freeway are part of the California Freeway and Expressway System, and is part of the National Highway System, a network of highways that are considered essential to the country's economy, defense, and mobility by the Federal Highway Administration.
California State Route 134Edit
The road is the main connector from the San Fernando Valley and points north to the San Gabriel Valley and points east. The future Interstate 710 dead-ends at California Blvd and is signed as State Route 710. Residents of South Pasadena have blocked efforts to extend Interstate 710 north to California Boulevard from its current end at Valley Boulevard north of Interstate 10 near the Alhambra/Los Angeles city limit. Signs on SR 134 and I-210 refer to the SR 710 stub in Pasadena as TO State Route 110, because exiting left from the SR 710 stub onto California Blvd and turning right on Arroyo Parkway leads directly to SR 110, which is Pasadena's only direct freeway link to Downtown Los Angeles.
The Interstate 5 offramp at Colorado Street is old SR 134, and there are still mileposts that refer to it as such. Old SR 134 followed Colorado Street through Glendale and Colorado Boulevard in Eagle Rock to the ramp connecting Colorado Boulevard and Figueroa Street to the Ventura Freeway. Old SR 134 continued onto the ramp and then onto what is now the Ventura Freeway to Orange Grove Boulevard in Pasadena. The Colorado Boulevard/Figueroa Street ramps and the segment of freeway between the ramps and just east of Orange Grove Boulevard used to be known as the Colorado Freeway.
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History of State Route 134Edit
A pre-freeway alignment of State Route 134 originated at U.S. Route 101 (Ventura Boulevard) and Fulton Avenue in Los Angeles, then along Fulton, Moorpark Street, Riverside Drive and Alameda Avenue before meeting up with U.S. 6/99 (San Fernando Road) in Burbank. It traveled along San Fernando Road to Colorado Street, then ran along Colorado Street (portions of which have been renamed Eagle Vista Drive) through Glendale, Eagle Rock and Pasadena before terminating at U.S. Route 66. The alignment was later cut back to terminate in Studio City at Lankershim and Ventura.
The Interstate 5 off-ramp at Colorado Street is actually a former routing of SR 134, and there are still mileposts that refer to it as such. Old SR 134 followed Colorado Street through Glendale and Colorado Boulevard in Eagle Rock to the ramp connecting Colorado Boulevard and Figueroa Street to the Ventura Freeway. Old SR 134 continued onto the ramp and then onto what is presently the Ventura Freeway to Orange Grove Boulevard in Pasadena. The Colorado Boulevard/Figueroa Street ramps plus the segment of freeway between the ramps and just east of Orange Grove Boulevard were previously known as the Colorado Freeway.
From 1964 to 1992, the Colorado Boulevard portions of Route 134 were renumbered as California State Route 248.
The official Ventura Freeway designation is Routes 101 and 134 from Route 5 to the Santa Barbara County line. This does not include the portion of Route 134 between Route 5 and Route 210 even though local usage extends the name over this portion of freeway. At the freeway's eastern terminus with Interstate 210 in Pasadena, highway signs indicate "Ventura" as the destination direction for Route 134.
The interchange of SR 134 and I-5 is officially the "Gene Autry Memorial Interchange", after the Singing cowboy superstar Gene Autry. Autry's Museum of the American West is located near the interchange in Griffith Park.
Assembly Concurrent Resolution 54, Chapter 85 in 2003 also designated Route 101 in Ventura County as the "Screaming Eagles Highway". This honors the 101st Airborne Division of the United States Army, which formed on July 23, 1918 and has been involved in every major war that the United States has participated in since then.
The California Legislature passed a resolution in 2017 to designate the easternmost segment of the SR 134 freeway between SR 2 and its terminus at I-210 as the "President Barack H. Obama Highway", in honor of the 44th U.S. President Barack Obama, who had attended Occidental College in Eagle Rock from 1979 to 1981. Signs were posted on December 20, 2018.
This exit list proceeds from east to west, since the majority of the freeway is the north-south US 101. Except where prefixed with a letter, postmiles were measured on the road as it was in 1964, based on the alignment that existed at the time, and do not necessarily reflect current mileage. R reflects a realignment in the route since then, M indicates a second realignment, L refers an overlap due to a correction or change, and T indicates postmiles classified as temporary (for a full list of prefixes, see the list of postmile definitions). Segments that remain unconstructed or have been relinquished to local control may be omitted. The numbers reset at county lines; the start and end postmiles in each county are given in the county column.
|Pasadena||R13.34||I-210 east (Foothill Freeway) – San Bernardino||Eastern terminus of SR 134 and Ventura Freeway|
|||25C||Fair Oaks Avenue, Marengo Avenue||No westbound exit; exit number follows I-210 mileage|
|R13.34||13B||I-210 west (Foothill Freeway) to SR 110 / Del Mar Boulevard, California Boulevard – San Fernando||I-210 not signed westbound|
|R12.97||13A||Colorado Boulevard, Orange Grove Boulevard||Former SR 248|
|R12.36||12||San Rafael Avenue, Linda Vista Avenue||Linda Vista Avenue was former SR 159 north|
|Eagle Rock||R11.44||11||Figueroa Street, Colorado Boulevard||Figueroa Street was former US 66 Alt. west / SR 159 south; Colorado Boulevard was former US 66 Alt. east / SR 248 east; westbound exit and eastbound entrance for Colorado Boulevard only connected via 0.7 mile flyover ramps, formerly part of SR 134 west|
|Glendale||R8.96||9B||SR 2 (Glendale Freeway)||Signed as exit 9A eastbound; SR 2 east exits 17A-B, west exit 17B|
|R8.81||9A||Harvey Drive||Signed as exit 9B eastbound|
|7B||Central Avenue, Brand Boulevard|
|R6.18||6||San Fernando Road||Former US 6 / US 99|
|Los Angeles||R5.47||5||I-5 north (Golden State Freeway) – Sacramento, Burbank Airport||Westbound exit and eastbound entrance; I-5 south exit 144|
|R5.47||5B||I-5 south (Golden State Freeway) – Los Angeles||Signed as exit 5 westbound; I-5 north exit 144A-B|
|4.81||5A||To I-5 north / Victory Boulevard||Eastbound exit and westbound entrance|
|3.81||4||Forest Lawn Drive|
|Burbank||2.90||3||Bob Hope Drive, Buena Vista Street|
|2.11||2||Hollywood Way||No eastbound exit|
|1.82||Pass Avenue – Burbank||Eastbound exit only|
|Los Angeles||0.86||1D||Cahuenga Boulevard – Hollywood||Signed as exit 1 eastbound; no westbound entrance|
|0.51||1C||Lankershim Boulevard – North Hollywood||Westbound exit and eastbound entrance|
|0.35||Vineland Avenue||Eastbound exit and entrance only|
|0.00||1B||SR 170 north (Hollywood Freeway) – Sacramento||West/northbound exit and east/southbound entrance; signed as exit 13 on US 101 north; SR 170 south exit 5B|
|West/north end of SR 134; east/south end of US 101 overlap; signed as exit 1A on SR 134 westbound|
|11.75||US 101 south (Hollywood Freeway) – Los Angeles||East/southbound exit and west/northbound entrance|
|11.83||13A||Tujunga Avenue||Southbound exit and northbound entrance|
|12.85||14||Laurel Canyon Boulevard – Studio City|
|13.88||15||Coldwater Canyon Avenue|
|15.91||17||Van Nuys Boulevard|
|16.94||18||Sepulveda Boulevard||Northbound exit and southbound entrance|
|17.17||19A||I-405 (San Diego Freeway) – Santa Monica, Sacramento||I-405 exit 63B|
|17.50||19B||Haskell Avenue||No southbound entrance|
|18.61||20||Hayvenhurst Avenue||Northbound exit and southbound entrance|
|19.22||21||Balboa Boulevard – Encino|
|20.23||22||White Oak Avenue|
|23.26||25||Winnetka Avenue – Woodland Hills|
|24.31||26A||De Soto Avenue, Serrania Avenue||Signed as exit 26 southbound|
|24.85||26B||Canoga Avenue||Northbound exit and southbound entrance|
|25.34||27||SR 27 (Topanga Canyon Boulevard) / Ventura Boulevard||Signed as exits 27A (north) and 27B (south) northbound|
|25.76||27C||Shoup Avenue||Northbound exit and southbound entrance|
|26.45||28||Fallbrook Avenue||Southbound exit only|
|26.86||Woodlake Avenue||Northbound exit and entrance|
|27.36||29||Mulholland Drive, Valley Circle Boulevard|
|31.06||32||Las Virgenes Road – Malibu Canyon|
|31.92||33||Lost Hills Road|
|Agoura Hills||32.79||34||Liberty Canyon Road|
|33.69||35||Chesebro Road – Agoura Hills|
|36.18||38||Reyes Adobe Road|
|Westlake Village||37.54||39||Lindero Canyon Road|
|Thousand Oaks||0.70||40||SR 23 south (Westlake Boulevard)||South end of SR 23 overlap|
|3.02||43A||Rancho Road||Signed as exit 43B northbound|
|3.11||43B||SR 23 north (Moorpark Freeway) – Fillmore||North end of SR 23 overlap; signed as exit 43A northbound; SR 23 south exits 12A-B|
|4.06||44||Moorpark Road – Thousand Oaks|
|6.19||46||Ventu Park Road – Newbury Park|
|7.02||47A||Rancho Conejo Boulevard, Borchard Road||Signed as exits 47A (Rancho Conejo Boulevard) and 47B (Borchard Road) northbound|
|7.89||47B||Wendy Drive – Newbury Park||Signed as exit 47C northbound|
|Camarillo||10.74||50||Camarillo Springs Road – Camarillo Grove County Park|
|12.30||52||Santa Rosa Road, Pleasant Valley Road|
|13.75||53A||Flynn Road, Dawson Drive|
|13.85||53B||SR 34 (Lewis Road)|
|14.80||54||Carmen Drive – Camarillo|
|15.89||55||Las Posas Road|
|Oxnard||19.17||59||Del Norte Boulevard|
|20.08||60||Santa Clara Avenue, Rice Avenue|
|22.01||62A||SR 232 (Vineyard Avenue) – Oxnard|
|22.73||62B||Oxnard Boulevard (SR 1)||South end of SR 1 overlap|
|||63A||Ventura Road||Southbound exit only|
|Ventura||R23.45||63B||Johnson Drive – Montalvo||Signed as exit 63 northbound|
|R24.65||64||Victoria Avenue – Channel Islands Harbor|
|25.97||65||Telephone Road||Northbound entrance is via Main St|
|26.39||66A||SR 126 east (Santa Paula Freeway) – Santa Clarita||Signed as exit 66 southbound; no southbound entrance; SR 126 west exit 1A|
|26.72||66B||Main Street (US 101 Bus. north) – Ventura||No southbound exit|
|29.45||69||Vista del Mar Drive, Sanjon Road||Northbound exit and southbound entrance|
|30.15||70A||California Street, Ventura Avenue|
|30.91||70B||SR 33 north (Ojai Freeway) – Ojai|
|31.50||71||Main Street (US 101 Bus. south) – Ventura||Southbound exit and northbound entrance|
|||R32.70||72||SR 1 north (PCH) – State Beaches||North end of SR 1 overlap; northbound exit and southbound entrance|
|||R38.98||78||SR 1 south (PCH) – Seacliff||South end of SR 1 overlap|
|||R43.62||US 101 north – Santa Barbara, San Francisco||Western terminus of Ventura Freeway; continuation into Santa Barbara County|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi|
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