US 101 Photo Gallery
Orange County and San Diego County
Much of US 101 through Orange County has been replaced or modified, but there are still sections that look almost the same as when they were used almost half a century ago.
This alignment of US 101 was built in 1938 and was superseded by the freeway in 1959. Despite being bypassed, this section is still important, as it has a lot of businesses over it, which is apparent from some the photographs here.
|This section is located in Mission Viejo, just west of I-5. The third lane in the middle of the road is called a suicide lane. This road is now known as Camino Capistrano. Notice how this follows the railroad tracks.|
US 101 Crossing Oso Creek
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Unlike in Orange County, most of US 101 is intact in San Diego County and virtually unchanged in many places. US 101 through much of San Diego County has been signed as an historic route.
US 101 followed two distinct alignments, with I-5 being a third. The sections US 101 pictured below were originally constructed in 1938 and replaced an alignment built in the 'teens. This alignment was paved with asphalt and was four lanes the whole length. It was modified in 1946 with the addition of the concrete lanes on the outside, presumably to compensate for the majority of the traffic being in the right lane. It saw service until 1968 when it was replaced by I-5. It has since been converted into a bike path and parking for San Onofre State Beach.
|Above: Southbound lanes of US 101 over San Mateo Creek near the county line. This bridge, constructed in 1946 carried the southbound lanes until the completion of I-5 in 1969 (high level bridge in background). The northbound bridge was removed for the construction of I-5. Note the lane markings are still visible on the picture to the right.|
|Typical abandoned section. Note concrete and asphalt pavement. The pole and cable fence was added in the early 1960s in response to a large number of head-on collisions due to the narrow 6' median.||Mileage sign. Reads San Clemente 12; Anaheim 48; Los Angeles 76. Sadly, this sign, which had been deteriorating for years, was finally lost to the "Ammo" fire of October 2007. This picture was taken almost 20 years earlier in 1988.|
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|This bridge crosses the San Luis Rey River just to the north
of Oceanside. It originally dates from the 1930s and served southbound traffic for the
1954 Oceanside Carlsbad Freeway.
Above: the bridge in 1997. Below: The bridge in 1951, before the construction of the freeway.
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