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Old 12-26-2011, 06:42 AM
 
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Why are drivers on the 110 heading to Pasadena drive so slow?
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Old 12-26-2011, 08:34 AM
 
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That is the oldest freeway in So. Calif. (opened in 1939 I think). So it is quite narrow, only three lanes in some spots, and has a lot of twists & turns for a freeway. That slows people down.

And remember it's official name was/is: Arroyo Seco PARKWAY.......not "Freeway" b/c when it opened it was supposed to be fast but also scenic.
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Old 12-26-2011, 01:02 PM
 
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This week marks the 71st anniversary of the Arroyo Seco Parkway's opening in late December of 1940. The first recorded traffic jam was (no suprise!) on New Year's Day, 1941. As SalParadise has stated above, the roadway was not designed for high speed travel. The on/off ramps can be treacherous and it is unique in that it has stop signs for merging traffic. Since part of the Arroyo Seco was originally Figueroa Street, there are fire hydrants in the northbound lanes in the area of the four tunnels. And no truck traffic.
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Old 12-26-2011, 02:03 PM
 
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This week marks the 71st anniversary of the Arroyo Seco Parkway's opening in late December of 1940. The first recorded traffic jam was (no suprise!) on New Year's Day, 1941. As SalParadise has stated above, the roadway was not designed for high speed travel. The on/off ramps can be treacherous and it is unique in that it has stop signs for merging traffic. Since part of the Arroyo Seco was originally Figueroa Street, there are fire hydrants in the northbound lanes in the area of the four tunnels. And no truck traffic.

I *think* op is probably less concerned about the posted top speed(50-55mph I believe), and more concerned with the folks who drive about 30 mph, which is an extreme hazard. Basically people who ought not have drivers licenses and ought not be driving at all.

And the horrible people who refuse to step on the gas peddle when entering from one of those attrocious onramps. You have to floor it from those stop signs in order to build up to a safe speed, but many people don't...presumably because of some false notion that they'll do damage to their car somehow.
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Old 12-26-2011, 02:18 PM
 
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Why are drivers on the 110 heading to Pasadena drive so slow?

not a real freeway 110 north of downtown through to pasadena. the on-ramps have stop signs for people coming into that stretch of the 110, and a small merge to make things more risky. plus the 5 junction has a lot of cheaters trying to sneak in, making sudden stops more probable.
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Old 12-26-2011, 02:45 PM
 
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Until it's recent remodel, the posted speed was 45 mph.
Now there are no speed limit signs posted.
Bob.
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Old 12-26-2011, 08:18 PM
 
Location: L.A., CA
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I *think* op is probably less concerned about the posted top speed(50-55mph I believe), and more concerned with the folks who drive about 30 mph, which is an extreme hazard. Basically people who ought not have drivers licenses and ought not be driving at all.

And the horrible people who refuse to step on the gas peddle when entering from one of those attrocious onramps.
It's possible that people are driving 30mph because they anticipate those people merging onto the freeway way too slowly, or because they know there's a tricky section coming up.

Of course, it's also possible that they're idiots...
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Old 12-27-2011, 12:39 PM
 
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Because the speed limit is 55
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Old 12-28-2011, 03:32 PM
 
Location: Boulder Creek, CA
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Why are drivers on the 110 heading to Pasadena drive so slow?
Haven't heard of the "Little Old Lady from Pasadena?" That's her driving in front of you, in the Edsel with the left blinker on.
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Old 12-28-2011, 04:27 PM
 
Location: SoCal - Sherman Oaks & Woodland Hills
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Why are drivers on the 110 heading to Pasadena drive so slow?
Because there are lots and lots of IDIOTS who wait for the last minute to illegally cross the solid WHITE line into the lane that transitions to the 5 fwy north. There should be a sniper somewhere who is just waiting to fire on the idiot drivers who wait until the last minute to try to change lanes. This is what slows down the entire fwy because those idiots dont want to merge when they are supposed to merge.
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