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East, South, West, North?!?! WTF!?

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It's one of those annoying things you have to love about Los Angeles. Freeway directionals that confuse the hell out of newbies and out-of-towners alike. Your internet map directions say take the 110 South (or maybe West), yet the signs on freeway just say 110 Harbor or 110 Pasadena. Great, now the guy in front if us is slowing down because they are freaking out over which is what.

In the Valley, many complain about the 101 as pictured above. Translating the signs tells one that East and South are the same, West and North are equals and the 101 Freeway and Ventura Freeway are synonymous. It is like one way is for English speakers and the other for Spanish.

No, wait, that would be too easy.

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To this, the explanation is that the North/South signs are by Caltrans (the State). While the Valley portion of the 101 is literally going East and West, the 101 Freeway as a whole goes North and South throughout the state. The East/West signs are by the City of LA Department of Transportation and are meant to be helpful. Unfortunately, these dueling signs, which we find cute in its own sad way, confuse most.

Is this a war between government agencies? If so, can LADOT and Caltrans kiss, make up, make out and have ten thousand babies or something? Thanks. Love you.