Monday, November 28, 2005

Freeway Painting Quiz

I love this 1960 painting of a freeway interchange in L.A. This was painted by Bruce Bomberger for the Portland Cement Association, and you can get a closer look at it here. Commercial illustration like this is really a lost art form now.

Anyway, the quiz is free-form: What can you spot in this picture that's changed in the past 45 years? The quiz starts, of course, with "which interchange does this depict?"

5 Comments:

At Tuesday, January 31, 2006 at 6:01:00 PM PST, Anonymous Doafy said...

Ok, this is the I-5 710 interchange. I'm going to say that I think the 710 offramp from the 5S now curves more. I think it goes under a little tunnel and is not one smooth curve to the right.

 
At Tuesday, January 31, 2006 at 11:36:00 PM PST, Anonymous clynne said...

What's interesting is that the label appears to say "Long Beach Fwy (19)." The 19 is, IIRC, Lakewood Blvd/Rosemead Blvd (unless that's the 39, and Atlantic/Los Robles is the 19, in which case that label is reasonably accurate for the time).

The 5S->710S offramp looks right to me, in fact, that's how I IDed the interchange. The 710N->5N offramp has a jig in it I don't recall; it's a smoother curve these days. There's no tunnel in either of those directions, nor for the 710S->5S interchange.

Anyway, that's what jumped out at me from the picture; I can't respond and study it at the same time so that's all. But, yeah, that's an interchange I know intimately.

 
At Tuesday, January 31, 2006 at 11:40:00 PM PST, Anonymous clynne said...

Oh, I just looked and realized that I was mistaking a left-lane onramp to the 5 S as the 710N -> 5N merge.

 
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