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$650,000 spent to rename Pasadena Freeway, add new signs. Is it worth the cost?

June 25, 2010 |  9:13 am

Arroyo Seco Parkway

TalkBackLADo you like the new (old) name for L.A.'s oldest freeway?

The Pasadena Freeway is receiving new lighting, an improved center divider and decorative low walls along its shoulders. And to commemorate the changes, the California Department of Transportation has decided to rechristen the Pasadena Freeway back to its old name: The Arroyo Seco Parkway.

The new "Parkway" signs are being erected along the 5 Freeway between the 2 Freeway and 1st Street; along the 101 Freeway from Alvarado Street to Soto Street; and on the 110 Freeway between Wilshire Boulevard and Pasadena.

The signs will cost about $650,000 and take three months to install.

What do you think about the name change?  "In this economy why spend money on something like that? Leave it like it is," resident Miguel Mendoza told The Times' Bob Pool. Read more on the Pasadena Freeway name change here. Then tell us what you think below.

Photo: The roadway was called the Arroyo Seco Parkway when its first six-mile section between Pasadena and Avenue 22 opened in 1940. Credit: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times