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Sepulveda Boulevard is a street in Los Angeles, Californiamarker, which stretches some 42.8 miles (about 69 km) from Rinaldi Street at the north end of the San Fernando Valleymarker to the city limits of Hermosa Beachmarker, where it "jumps" east and continues on to Long Beachmarker. It generally runs north-south, passing underneath two of the runways of Los Angeles International Airportmarker (LAX). It is the longest street in the city and county of Los Angeles.

History

Sepulveda Boulevard is named for the Sepulveda family of San Pedro, California. The termination of Sepulveda is on a part of the Sepulveda family ranch, Rancho Palos Verdesmarker, which consisted of of the Palos Verdes Peninsulamarker. The original grantee of the King of Spain was Jose Dolores Sepulveda. When he was killed in an Indian uprising just above Santa Barbaramarker in 1824, the rancho went to his oldest son, Juan Capistrano Sepulveda.

Route

Sepulveda Boulevard from a Boeing 757 on approach to LAX


There is a Sepulveda Boulevard in Sylmarmarker, in the San Fernando Valleymarker, starting at San Fernando Road and ending at Roxford Street, which is now used primarily as a service road along the Golden State Freeway (Interstate 5). Prior to the construction of the San Diego Freeway (Interstate 405), the two present-day sections of Sepulveda Boulevard were connected; the Interstate 5 / Interstate 405 interchange was built over the old boulevard between Roxford and Rinaldi streets.

The main portion of Sepulveda Boulevard now begins at Rinaldi Street in Mission Hillsmarker and heads south, running parallel to the 405 through North Hills and Van Nuysmarker. After intersecting Ventura Boulevard in Sherman Oaksmarker, it crosses under the 405 and climbs the Sepulveda Passmarker in a serpentine fashion, peaking at Mulholland Drive (although it does not intersect it, rather tunneling beneath it) near the Skirball Cultural Center. It once again parallels the 405 through a small canyon in Bel Airmarker before flattening out in Brentwoodmarker, into the Los Angeles Basin.

Sepulveda Boulevard functions as a primary thoroughfare through West Los Angelesmarker and upon entering Culver Citymarker it merges with Jefferson Boulevard just north of Slauson Avenue. Heading directly south through Westchestermarker, Sepulveda merges with Lincoln Boulevard on the north side of Los Angeles International Airportmarker (LAX). After the merge with Lincoln, it becomes signed as State Route 1. It then tunnels under the runways of LAX and the western terminus of Interstate 105 into El Segundomarker and the South Bay.

In the South Bay, Sepulveda Boulevard runs from El Segundo through Manhattan Beachmarker and enters Hermosa Beachmarker, where it becomes Pacific Coast Highway (PCH), at Artesia Boulevard, and continues its southern journey.

At Torrance Boulevard (formerly Opal Street) in Redondo Beachmarker, the road turns east a few blocks to Camino Real, then south by southeast to Torrancemarker, where Sepulveda begins again. (That is because originally PCH was Camino Real in Redondo, and it cut and curved directly through to the Camino Real of today.) The roadway is part of El Camino Real, with historic bells along the street to indicate this.

Sepulveda Boulevard runs southeast through Torrance, Harbor Gateway (from Western Avenue to Normandie Avenue) and the unincorporated area of Los Angeles County known as West Carsonmarker (from Normandie to the Harbor Freeway (Interstate 110). It then continues eastward through Carsonmarker to Long Beachmarker, where the name changes to Willow Street.

Public transportation

Public transit along Sepulveda Boulevard is provided by several different bus lines.The portion between Brand Boulevard and Ventura Boulevard is operated by Metro Local line 234 and Metro Rapid line 734, while the section over the Sepulveda Passmarker by Metro Rapid line 761, the portion between Wilshire Boulevard and LAX by Culver CityBus line 6, and the portion between LAX and Artesia Boulevard by Metro Local line 232. On the west-east portion of Sepulveda Boulevard, service is operated by Torrance Transit line 7 from Torrance Boulevard to Vermont Avenue. The Orange Line serves the Sepulveda Station a block west of Sepulveda Boulevard in Van Nuys.

Sepulveda Boulevard in the media

Sepulveda Boulevard was featured in a 1992 episode of Tiny Toon Adventures by the same name, spoofing the 1950 Billy Wilder movie Sunset Boulevard.

The 1947 song "Pico and Sepulvedamarker" by Felix Figueroa & His Orchestra was frequently featured on Dr. Demento's syndicated radio show.

Sepulveda Boulevard was also mentioned in Strong Bad Email #141, titled Death Metal. It is given as an example of the sorts of phrases blonde singers sing at the top of their lungs. ("'Tonight,' 'Wo-man,' and the name of just about any street in L.A.marker")

On HBO's Entourage, episode 1 of Season 3, Ari mentions Vincent's West of Sepulveda Skanks to bring to the premiere of Aquaman.

On Beverly Hills 90210 (episode: Confession) A bouncer tells Noah outside of the After Dark that he does some street racing on Sepulveda and that Noah should come check it out.

In the episode Lecture Circuit (first aired on NBC February 5, 2009) of NBC's The Office, Michael and Pam can be seen driving down Sepulveda Boulevard.

In an episode of NBC's West Wing the presidential motorcade can be seen turning the corner onto Sepulveda Blvd southbound toward LAX. Yet the scene is a depiction of the President's arrival to Los Angeles.

Major Intersections

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 entire route is in Los Angeles County.


Location Destinations Notes
North end of arterial
Mission Hillsmarker
Van Nuysmarker
Sherman Oaksmarker Former (BUS) (Ventura Boulevard)
West Los Angelesmarker

Venice Boulevard Former
Culver Citymarker
Westchestermarker Former Beginning of overlapping
El Segundomarker
Manhattan Beachmarker
Artesia Boulevard Former
Hermosa Beachmarker
Redondo Beachmarker Torrance Boulevard
Ending of overlapping
Ending of Metro Green Line (at Marine Avenue)
Torrancemarker Former
Western Avenue Former
Harbor Gateway
West Carsonmarker
Carsonmarker
Long Beachmarker Name changes to Willow Street South end of arterial


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