Going nowhere fast

Apparently plenty of motorists were not aware or had forgot that the southbound Arroyo Seco Parkway (110 Pasadena Freeway) in Highland Park would be closed this weekend from York Boulevard to Avenue 52 as part of a Caltrans construction project. Martha Benedict took these photos Saturday afternoon looking south from the Arroyo Drive overpass.

“Everyone going south had to be shunted off at York Boulevard. The traffic jam extended as far as the eye could see in both directions. There was no movement when I was taking pictures. When I came through later, the onramp at Orange Grove was closed. Perhaps they’ll think of doing that sooner in the day tomorrow.”

This weekend’s closures, which will end at 5 A.M. on Monday,  also includes the connection from the northbound 5 Freeway to the northbound Arroyo Seco Parkway.   Southbound sections of the freeway will be closed every other weekend through early next year.

Photos by Martha Benedict


  1. Thanks for posting this. This was a major snafu. People getting on before York had no idea the freeway would be closed. Signs only indicated work and delays. The freeway should have been closed at the arroyo.

  2. I am suprised that more people weren’t aware of the closure. It was mentioned here on the Eastsider, on several of the local NC yahoo pages (ASNC, etc), and I know it’s been posted numerous times about the upcoming closures, dating back to earlier in the year.
    I confess I’m not always sure friends will remember, so I’ll send them an email reminder –
    Since the good merchants on Fair Oaks were hit with two weekends of no access to the 110 I think closing the parkway at the start is drastic, vittorio–we’re supposed to be grown ups and pay attention to our environment.
    usually has most of the ‘legal’ notices (closures, etc). Check out some of the other NC sites, I know the Eastsider is often posting info from them.
    And the photos were great! Thanks Martha!

  3. It was pretty terrible. Even if you knew about the closures, you were still affected by the residual traffic on Figueroa and York. Kind of a mess–lots of patience required.

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