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Topanga Canyon Boulevard Possible Highway
Posted by Kyle Maloney on Apr 17, 2013 - 11:27:28 PM

TOPANGA CANYON—On Tuesday, April 16, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors announced that it will be asking the state to designate a section of Topanga Canyon Boulevard as a state scenic highway.

Early 20th century Topanga Canyon Blvd. Photo courtesy of Facebook.
This particular stretch of Topanga Canyon Boulevard was originally a two-lane road where horses and wagons traversed in the late 19th century. 
Running south from Ventura County to the Pacific Coast Highway, the road overlooks the San Fernando Valley and displays a spectacular view as it pares through the mountains.

Traveling parallel to Topanga Creek, the stretch of road reveals wide-open vistas, according to the board’s documents, along with great rock formations, an assortment of plant life and “architectural treasures.” The California Scenic Highway Program was established by state legislators in 1963.

Once a road is recognized as an official scenic highway, billboards are prohibited and on-site signs are regulated so that they do not distract from scenic views.

Called a Corridor Protection Program, local government works to protect and enhance the scenic route by preserving its natural contours and making sure development is attuned to the environment and its surroundings. 

“Thousands and thousands of visitors to Topanga State Park and the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area enjoy access via Topanga Canyon Boulevard to the wild lands and beaches of this stunningly beautiful corner of our state,” said Board Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky on Tuesday.

The board passed a resolution in an effort to support the plan and according to it, more than three-quarters of a million people annually commute by way of Topanga Canyon Boulevard through the Topanga Creek Watershed.

Residents near the Pacific Palisades and Malibu often use Topanga Canyon Boulevard instead of the 405 Freeway as an alternative route to the San Fernando Valley.

View from Topanga Canyon Blvd. Photo courtesy of Facebook.
A portion of a resolution approved by the board read, “Topanga Canyon Boulevard (state Route 27), in western Los Angeles county is one of the state’s most spectacular public mountain highways, stretching from the Santa Monica Mountain foothills of the San Fernando Valley through the mountains to the Pacific Ocean.”

Members of the board have been delegated to work with Caltrans on the designation. Caltrans is the official agency in charge of transportation within the state.

For more information on what makes an official scenic highway in the state, visit the California Department of Transportation’s website at


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