June 5: This Date in Los Angeles Transportation History

1937:  The “Wilmington Link” is completed, marking the final section of State Highway Route 60 to complete the Roosevelt Highway between Santa Monica and Seal Beach.

Wilmington Link ribboncutting

The route had been adopted as a State Highway Route in 1912, but improvements to complete it were not undertaken until 1932.

Wilmington Link

California Governor George Merriam cuts a blue and gold ribbon at the hour-long dedication program at the Avalon Boulevard intersection of the new highway.

The Roosevelt Highway later becomes known as State Highway 1 or Pacific Coast Highway in 1964.

Wilmington Link

More information can be found in the June, 1937 issue of California Highways and Public Works.