|US 101 Photo Gallery
South Orange County
|When US 101 went through south Orange County,
the area was still open country - a far cry from today's urbanized metropolis. The only
areas with any form of development were the little towns of San Clemente, San Juan
Capistrano, and Irvine. The rest were either farms or open country much like what can be
found on I-5 in the Central Valley. US 101 started out as a 15' wide Portland Cement road
similar to the Ridge Route, where it evolved into two and three lane alignments. Railroad
grade crossings were eliminated rather early and a section was even modified for a
railroad realignment. Since the area was so undeveloped , 101 remained as a two and three
lane road until 1959 when it was finally replaced by a four lane freeway.
Right: Construction of the San Diego Fwy over Oso Creek near the Galivan Separation. The old alignment at left was three lanes wide and crossed a bridge built in 1928. The freeway is now part of the 10-lane wide I-5 while the separation and much of old 101 has been buried under new development.
Above: US 101 shortly after the realignment in 1941.
The older alignment has been bisected by the railroad
and is barely visible to the left of the newer alignment.
Above: The 1941 alignment in 1997. The concrete
to the left had been poured later, but the concrete to
the right still bears the 1940 contractors stamp.
The realignment is to the right. The old alignment is to
the left, having been cut through by the railroad
Near the location of the picture to the left in 1997.
The old alignment is to the right and appears in
better shape than the newer alignment. However, it
is on private property and remains inaccessible.
The old Galivan overhead served traffic on US 101 for 32 years between 1927 and 1959. It was replaced in 1959 by the San Diego Freeway (I-5) and removed shortly thereafter. It was located just south of Oso Parkway and has now been covered by Cabot Road. It was similar in appearance to the existing overhead in Del Mar and was, in fact, designed by the same engineer.
Right: The Galivan Overhead shortly after its removal. US 101 ultimately was a three lane highway in this section.
The freeway finally came to south Orange
Right: The completed freeway through San
Avery Pkwy (Crown Valley Pkwy) in 1959. Note
that Camino Capistrano (old US 101) is still
paved with two concrete lanes. The curve is the
location of the present interchange with SR-73.
El Toro Rd / Niguel Rd interchange in 1959. This
is almost unrecognizable today as the freeway
has been transformed from four lanes to 14 and El
Toro Rd is now a key arterial with lots of development.
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