50 percent can’t see 71

A view from the 10 Freeway looking east

After my column last summer on the “Corona na” sign on the southbound 57 Freeway approaching the 71 and 10, an anonymous reader wrote me a letter about another oddity in the same area:

“As motorists approach and enter Pomona while driving east on the 10, they observe seven signs announcing Highway 71 (the Corona Freeway) and there is a two-lanes-wide exit/transition to the southbound 71.

“Conversely, motorists driving west through Pomona on the 10 are given no hint at all that Highway 71 exists.”

True. As the saying goes, you can’t get there from here. The 71 North doesn’t connect to the westbound lanes of the 10, nor can you get directly from the 71 North to the 10 East, only to the 10 West.

Because there’s no direct way to reach the 71 South when driving west on the 10, I take the Dudley/Fairplex exit, drive a few blocks south to Holt, hang a right and get on the 71 there. Presumably this will all be taken care of when the 71 becomes a freeway through Pomona — construction of which may start in 2020.

Pomona’s White Avenue only has an exit from the 10 for eastbound travelers too. If you’re headed west, there’s no exit for White, just as I believe the Kellogg Drive exit is only accessible by westbound travelers as well. Pomona has a lot of freeway quirks and this doesn’t even cover them all.

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  • DebB

    There’s also no entrance to the 10 eastbound from White Avenue, only westbound. When I first moved here in 1984 (I live a couple blocks from the Fairplex), almost all the traffic to the Fair came up White Ave to the various parking lots and it was a real mess. Eventually they hired a company to rework the entrances and parking lots, and it’s been a lot better.

    But I’ve always thought that the Fair was the reason for the freeway oddity. In my mind, the freeway planners assumed that most of the traffic to the Los Angeles County Fair would come from Los Angeles County – mainly to the west of us – so that’s where the on and off ramps were placed. Could be wrong, just my little idea….

    • davidallen909

      That’s an interesting theory, and who knows, it might be right.

      At the spot where you’d think there would be an eastbound ramp, there’s a street that rises up from White — with a yellow caution sign stating that it’s not an onramp. No doubt many have been fooled over the years anyway or have had to make U-turns.

      • DebB

        That’s Kenoak Place. If you look closely on a map, you can see where Kenoak was cut in half by the freeway. On the south side is Kenoak Place, on the north side is Kenoak Way, which makes a little turn to allow access to a driveway, then cuts off. That little turn is called Kenoak Place also.

    • Tad A Decker

      Hi DebB,
      You may remember that the Monte Vista/10 fwy intersection originally was like the one at White Ave.–no exit from the 10 westbound or entrance onto the 10 eastbound. I imagine the thinking was that most commuters in the 1950’s and 60’s worked in LA. The arrival later of the Montclair Plaza changed things up a lot, but I don’t think the new ramps were added until maybe the 1980’s.

      • DebB

        Yup, you’re right about that intersection. I’m thinking the two extra ramps came even later, maybe only in the last 15 years or so, but I could be remembering wrong.

        • davidallen909

          Now that you bring it up, Tad, I think I touched on the Monte Vista improvements when I wrote about Claremont’s famed “Formerly Padua Avenue” signs.

        • Tad A Decker

          Yes, I think you are right about the ramps being added more recently. I was guessing at the “1980’s” date–I have learned that I usually underestimate the passage of time (especially as I grow older!!), so I guessed further back than seemed right.

  • Steve Lustro

    David – the 71 expansion that is expected to commence in a couple of years will not include a westbound-to-southbound transition from the 10 to the 71, a northbound-to-eastbound transition from the 71 to the 10, or a southbound-to-westbound transition from the 71 to the 60. Taking it a step further, there is no southbound-to-eastbound transition from the 57 to the 60 or a westbound-to-northbound transition from the 60 to the 57. And one wonders why motorists use local streets as cut-throughs to avoid the freeways in the area. Now that your head is spinning, you can relax because Kellogg Drive (Cal Poly) CAN be accessed from the 10 in both directions.

    • davidallen909

      At least there’s that. I’m sorry to read about the transitions, but you let me down easy, and I can now proceed with diminished, but realistic, expectations.

  • Richard_Pietrasz

    I learned about this when I first moved into the area in fall 1978 to work in the engineering side of General Dynamics. The biggest obstacle was not so much dealing with the freeways, it was that 71 was the local road that had a bridge over the railroad track. Exit Ganesha (still a better name in my opinion), South past Ganesha HS to Holt, West to 71 S, first exit Humane Way. Left at the GD parking lot entrance. A less accurate description can be found in the book Charlie Wilson’s War; author George Crile was trying to describe the route to the Stinger missile factory located in Rancho Cucamonga; that factory (guidance and control sections only, no book book stuff) was initially located east of the 71 but gone to RC before the events of the book; instead he got stuck in Pomona.