April 5: This Date in Los Angeles Transportation History

1960:  The last two sections of the Ventura Freeway through the San Fernando Valley are completed.

Governor Edmund G. Brown and numerous officials at the Coldwater Canyon Avenue Bridge in Studio City join with the general public for a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the 8.5-mile freeway with a construction cost of $14 million.

More information, including numerous aerial photos, can be found in the May-June, 1960 issue of California Highways and Public Works.



1926:  The Macy Street Bridge opens to streetcar traffic.

Los Angeles Railway “B” Line streetcar at Macy Street, 1938. Click for more information

Los Angeles Railway Line “B” cars are the inaugural traffic on the viaduct, with all vehicular traffic beginning April 10.

More information can be found in the April 5, 1926 issue of Two Bells, the Los Angeles Railway employee news magazine.