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Palos Verdes Peninsula Early Road Development

Road Construction on the Palos Verdes Peninsula did not take place until the 1920's.  Palos Verdes Drive West in the Valmonte and Malaga Cove area was the first roads developed as part of the original Palos Verdes Project.  Palos Verdes Drive East in the Miraleste area, which was then part of the Palos Verdes Project was then developed to facilitate lot sales there. Palos Verdes Drive North was then completed in the early 1930's

Early road construction in Palos Verdes Estates Malaga Cove and Valmonte area

In 1926, the coast road connecting Redondo Beach to San Pedro, previously called Granvia La Costa, now called Palos Verdes Drive West, was completed, including the monumental "Douglas Cut", which was blasted away above Bluff Cove.

Douglas Cut
Douglas Cut (Picture Courtesy of Palos Verdes Peninsula Library District)

 Construction of Palos Verdes Coast Road at Bluff Cove Douglass Cut

Early Lunada Bay Plaza  Road Construction of Palos Verdes Drive West and Yarmouth Road - Site of Lunada Bay Plaza and 1920's Lunada Bay,

Dedication of Palos Verdes Coast road caravan of cars forming at Malaga Cove Plaza

1927 map showing recently completed new coast road ( Palos Verdes Dr. South) in darker bold line. This road had not yet been named Palos Verdes Drive and was simply referred to as the Coast Road. Note that it shows connecting to "Western Ave", which later was renamed Palos Verdes Drive East and now runs into Narbonne Ave on the north.  Western Avenue later was constructed between Narbonne/Palos Verdes Drive East and Gaffey Street in San Pedro. Also notice that Pacific Coast Highway was named Redondo and Wilmington Road at that time and connected to Anaheim Street at the current junction with Western Ave. Palos Verdes Drive North had also not yet been constructed.

  Early road construction on Palos Verdes Peninsula.  May be construction of Crest Road

Late 1930's Sales Brochure Map of Palos Verdes Roads. Note Western Ave. was not yet constructed.  Palos Verdes Drive North was completed in the early to mid 1930's.

Road construction moved forward rapidly in the late 1950's and through the mid 1960's..Construction of Crenshaw Boulevard up a canyon from Palos Verdes Drive North to Silver Spur road commenced in mid June 1950. Construction of the extension of Crenshaw Blvd. to Palos Verdes South in the mid 1950's triggered the disastrous Portuguese Bend Landslide which continues to this day.  

Road map in 1949 Sales brochure. Note that Hawthorne Blvd and Crenshaw have not been extended into the Palos Verdes Peninsula.. Crenshaw blvd. at that time extended to the entrance of Rolling Hills which is now Rolling Hills Road. Dotted line shows planned esxtension of Crenshaw boulevard to Crest road and eventually all the way to Palos Verdes Dr. South.  The extension of Crenshaw from Crest road to Palos Verdes Drive South was never completed due to the Portuguese Bend landslide in the mid 1950's.  Hawthorne Avenue veared right into Palos Verdes Estates at what is today called Viia Valmonte. Western Ave had also  not yet been completed through San Pedro which would be completed in the mid 1950's

Construction of Hawthorne Blvd. through the Peninsula was completed in several segments. Hawthorne Blvd. was completed from Silver Spur Road to Crest in 1959. The segment from Palos Verdes Drive North to Silver Spur Road was completed in 1961. After several years of planning, the final segment extending Hawthorne Blvd. from Newton in Torrance to Palos Verdes Drive North was completed in 1965.

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Comment balloon 0 commentsMaureen Megowan • May 30 2011 06:00PM


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