The Historic Arroyo Seco Parkway (aka
Pasadena Freeway) has is a federal senic byway, the only one in Southern California.
The parkway is located between the four-level interchange in
downtown Los Angeles and Glenarm Street in Pasadena. A National Register
eligible historic resource, the parkway is significant as the first
freeway in the west. It represents a transitional time in history when
parkways became freeways. Because of its engineering significance, it was
designated a historic engineering landmark by the American Society of
Civil Engineers in 1999. The parkway will soon be spruced up as part of a
corridor management study being conducted by Caltrans.
These amazing resources tell the story of the Arroyo Seco Parkway:
Historical American Engineering Record -- This project,
completed in 1999, documents the origins and planning of the
Arroyo Seco Parkway Corridor -- This remarkable planning project
by graduate student at CalPoly in 2001 presents a wonderful vision for the
restoration of the parkway to its future grandeur.
Scenic Byways Program -- This site presents the
nomination slides for the successful application to make
the Arroyo Seco Parkway a federal scenic byway.
- Draft Arroyo Seco Parkway Corridor Management Program
-- This 2004 document prepared by the National Trust for Historic Trust for Caltrans presents a rehabilitation and preservation plan for
Southern California's most historic road.
- Current Planning Efforts -- This was the presentation made at a workshop in November 2011 to update the 2004 draft plan and
finalize a National Scenic Byway Corridor Management Plan.