April 22: This Date in Los Angeles Transportation History

1964:  De Leuw, Cather & Company present to the City of Beverly Hills their final report on geometric design, alignment analysis and cost estimates for a proposed Beverly Hills Freeway.

The two leading routes westward from Vermont Avenue to Beverly Hills would roughly follow either Melrose Avenue / Sunset Boulevard vs. Beverly Boulevard / Santa Monica Boulevard.

These selections “were the two most logical corridors in terms of traffic service, conformance with the area freeway master plan, existing topographical controls, and on the basis of economic considerations.”

Sections of the freeway proposal include subterranean slots covered with landscaped parking areas.  The project was never built.

More information can be found in the Report on Geometric Design: Proposed Beverly Hills Freeway full-text report.