December 17: This Date in Los Angeles Transportation History

Construction under Temple Street to link Figueroa Street to Sunset Boulevard. Note Los Angeles Railway streetcar on Temple Street overhead (Click for more information)

1939:  The required date for completion of the grade-separated reconfiguration of Figueroa Street at Temple Street in downtown Los Angeles.

The construction coincides with preparation for the completion of the Arroyo Seco Parkway in 1941 which will feed traffic into downtown from the area’s first freeway.

The entire story of the reconstruction can be found in the November, 1939 issue of California Highways & Public Works.