Ventura Freeway

Ventura Freeway

The Ventura Freeway is a freeway in southern California running from Ventura to Pasadena. It is the principal east-west route through Ventura County and in the southern San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles County. From Ventura to its intersection with the Hollywood Freeway in the southeastern San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles (the Hollywood Split), it is signed as U.S. Route 101 which was built in the early 1960s. East of the Hollywood Freeway intersection, it is signed as State Route 134 which was built by 1971.

Prior to the construction of a new alignment in 1971, the portion east of the Golden State Freeway was known as the Colorado Freeway in reference to nearby Colorado Boulevard, a historic thoroughfare in Pasadena and northeastern Los Angeles.

Route description

The freeway begins southeast of La Conchita, which alternates between a freeway, an expressway, and an ordinary divided highway previous to this point. East of this point, U.S. 101 is known as the Ventura Freeway. It travels eastward through the citrus orchards and strawberry fields of the Oxnard Plain before ascending a short, steep pass into the Conejo Valley. Continuing eastward through the northern Santa Monica Mountains, it crosses the Ventura/Los Angeles county line before entering the San Fernando Valley. The freeway continues eastward along the valley's southern rim, crossing the 405 and 5 freeways and the Los Angeles River. After passing through the Glendale civic center south of the Verdugo Mountains, it continues along the southern slope of the San Rafael Hills between Glendale and Eagle Rock before entering Pasadena near the Arroyo Seco and terminating at the Foothill Freeway.

The Ventura Freeway suffers from severe congestion. Its intersection with the San Diego Freeway, in Sherman Oaks, is consistently rated as one of the five most congested interchanges in the nation. Where it meets the Hollywood Freeway at the Hollywood Split junction, it is also notably congested. During events at the Rose Bowl, the freeway's eastern portions often resemble a parking lot.

The east-west geographical alignment of the Ventura Freeway and the north-south designation of U.S. 101 on freeway signs can be confusing to visitors; the same freeway entrance can often be signed as "101 North" and "101 West"; this is most common in the San Fernando Valley.

In popular culture

The freeway "runnin' through the yard" in Tom Petty's 1989 hit, "Free Fallin'", is most likely the Ventura Freeway.

The group America had a top 10 hit in 1972 with the song "Ventura Highway" which the group said was about their dreams of moving to Southern California while living in Nebraska.

The song 'A Sorta Fairytale' by Tori Amos begins with the line "On my way up north, up on the Ventura"


Where the 134 freeway crosses the Arroyo Seco, there's a basketball court under the overpass.

Legal definition

The Ventura Freeway is Routes 101 and 134 from Route 5 to the Santa Barbara County line. This does not include the portion of Route 134 between Route 5 and Route 210 even though local usage extends the name over this portion of freeway.

Assembly Concurrent Resolution 54, Chapter 85 in 2003 also designated Route 101 in Ventura County as the "Screaming Eagles Highway". This honors the 101st Airborne Division of the United States Army, which formed on July 23 1918 and subsequently has been involved in every major war that the United States has participated in since then.

Exit list

Note: Except where prefixed with a letter, postmiles were measured in 1964, based on the alignment as it existed at that time, and do not necessarily reflect current mileage. The numbers reset at county lines; the start and end postmiles in each county are given in the county column.
This exit list proceeds from east to west, since the majority of the freeway is the north-south US 101.

County Location Postmile
# Destinations Notes
Los Angeles
LA 134 R13.34-0.00
101 11.75-38.19
Pasadena R13.34 Eastbound exit and westbound entrance
Fair Oaks Avenue, Marengo Avenue Eastbound exit and westbound entrance
R13.34 13B Eastbound exit and westbound entrance
R13.34 13B
R12.97 13A Colorado Boulevard, Orange Grove Boulevard Former SR 248
See SR 134
Los Angeles 0.86 1D Cahuenga BoulevardHollywood Signed as exit 1 eastbound; no westbound entrance
0.51 1C Lankershim BoulevardNorth Hollywood Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
0.35 Vineland Avenue No westbound exit
134 0.00
101 11.75
1B West/northbound exit and east/southbound entrance
West/north end of SR 134; east/south end of US 101 overlap
East/southbound exit and west/northbound entrance
11.83 13A Tujunga Avenue Southbound exit and northbound entrance
12.85 14 Laurel Canyon BoulevardStudio City
13.88 15 Coldwater Canyon Avenue
14.89 16 Woodman Avenue
15.91 17 Van Nuys Boulevard
16.94 18 Sepulveda Boulevard Northbound exit and southbound entrance
17.17 19A
17.50 19B Haskell Avenue No southbound entrance
18.61 20 Hayvenhurst Avenue Northbound exit and southbound entrance
19.22 21 Balboa BoulevardEncino
20.23 22 White Oak Avenue
21.25 23 Reseda Boulevard
22.25 24 Tampa Avenue
23.26 25 Winnetka Avenue – Woodland Hills
24.31 26A De Soto Avenue, Serrania Avenue Signed as exit 26 southbound
24.85 26B Canoga Avenue Northbound exit and southbound entrance
25.34 27 Signed as exits 27A (north) and 27B (south) northbound
25.76 27C Shoup Avenue Northbound exit and southbound entrance
26.45 28 Fallbrook Avenue Southbound exit only
26.86 28 Woodlake Avenue Northbound exit and entrance
27.36 29 Mulholland Drive, Valley Circle Boulevard
Calabasas 28.29 30 Parkway Calabasas
31.06 32 Las Virgenes Road – Malibu Canyon
31.92 33 Lost Hills Road
Agoura Hills 32.79 34 Liberty Canyon Road
33.69 35 Chesebro Road – Agoura Hills
35.04 36 Kanan Road
36.18 38 Reyes Adobe Road
Westlake Village 37.54 39 Lindero Canyon Road
VEN 0.00-R43.62
Thousand Oaks 0.70 40 South end of SR 23 overlap
1.62 41 Hampshire Road
3.02 43A Rancho Road Signed as exit 43B northbound
3.11 43B North end of SR 23 overlap; signed as exit 43A northbound
4.06 44 Moorpark Road – Thousand Oaks
5.05 45 Lynn Road
6.19 46 Ventu Park Road – Newbury Park
7.02 47A Rancho Conejo Boulevard, Borchard Road Signed as exits 47A (Rancho Conejo Boulevard) and 47B (Borchard Road) northbound
7.89 47B Wendy Drive – Newbury Park Signed as exit 47C northbound
Camarillo 10.74 50 Camarillo Springs Road – Camarillo Grove County Park
12.30 52 Santa Rosa Road, Pleasant Valley Road
13.75 53A Flynn Road, Dawson Drive
13.85 53B
14.80 54 Carmen Drive – Camarillo
15.89 55 Las Posas Road
17.75 57 Central Avenue
Oxnard 19.17 59 Del Norte Boulevard
20.08 60 Santa Clara Avenue, Rice Avenue
21.01 61 Rose Avenue
22.01 62A
22.73 62B South end of SR 1 overlap
63A Wagon Wheel Road Southbound exit only
Ventura R23.45 63B Johnson Drive – Montalvo Signed as exit 63 northbound
R24.65 64 Victoria Avenue – Channel Island Harbor
25.97 65 Telephone Road
26.39 66A Signed as exit 66 southbound; no southbound entrance
26.72 66B Main Street (US 101 Bus. north) – Ventura No southbound exit
28.45 68 Seaward Avenue
29.45 69 Vista del Mar Drive, Sanjon Road Northbound exit and southbound entrance
30.15 70A California Street, Ventura Avenue
30.91 70B
31.50 71 Main Street (US 101 Bus. south) – Ventura Southbound exit and northbound entrance
R32.70 72 State Beaches (SR 1 north) North end of SR 1 overlap; northbound exit and southbound entrance
R38.98 78 Seacliff (SR 1 south) South end of SR 1 overlap
T40.61 North end of freeway


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