Historic California highway turns 70-years-old

Museum exhibit to honor California's oldest parkway.
Museum exhibit to honor California's oldest parkway.
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California's first freeway is getting a makeover. The 110 Pasadena Freeway is getting a $17 million makeover that includes replacing existing barriers with a concrete median and barriers and lighting that recalls an earlier era.

The project is expected to be finished in late 2011.

Created with gentle curves and lush landscaping, historic Arroyo Seco Parkway was the first freeway built in California.

The 8.2-mile parkway stretches from Glenarm Street in Pasadena to the Golden State Freeway in Los Angeles. The six-lane highway provided much needed commuter access to downtown Los Angeles when it opened in 1940.

In honor of the historic highway's 70th anniversary, the district launched a museum exhibit to showcase archival photos, historic footage and other memorabilia.

The public is welcome to check it out during regular business hours from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at 100 South Main Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012.