I am deeply fascinated by Dwight Eisenhower’s Interstate Highway System because it is celebrating 65 years from 1956 to 2021. My favorite Interstate Highway is 5, known as the Golden State Freeway and Santa Ana Freeways through Los Angeles and Orange Counties, which replaced old U.S. 6 and 99 through the San Fernando Valley and downtown Los Angeles on the Los Angeles Basin and old U.S. 101 going very close to Disneyland, my favorite theme park in Southern California.
During the year of 1964, the “great” renumbering of highways through the California Division of Highways (Now Caltrans) was put in place. It renumbered U.S. 99 as California state route 99 during the year I was born, 1966, from Mettler to Sacramento, to Red Bluff. I used to live in Visalia, and the former U.S. 99 was to the west of my hometown.
I have purchased a book called “Freewaytopia” by the Paul Haddad, on Amazon where I discovered this book on the Freeways of Los Angeles Facebook page. My birthplace of Glendale was affected by the system for the Ventura Freeway, CA 134. In closing, we should keep funding available for the California Freeway and Expressway System on a monthly basis.
Scott C. Presnal