The Construction of a New Beginning

January 18, 1994, Los Angeles County, CA (Unknown photographer)

The Northridge earthquake’s epicenter near Northridge, CA caused considerable damage to almost every major city in Los Angeles County and is considered one of the most destructive and expensive in the history of the United States. The 6.7 magnitude earthquake which had numerous aftershocks, two of which measured in the 6.0 range of the Richter scale, was felt as far north as Oregon and as far south as the Mexican border. Repairs to major freeways, which suffered some of the worst damage, such as the Interstate 10 (Santa Monica Freeway), Interstates 5 (Golden State Freeway), and Interstate 14 (Antelope Valley Freeway) took the California Department of Transportation months to over a year to repair and completely reopen these major freeways. Wreckage to freeways and major roadways had a region wide crippling effect for the heavily commuter and car dependent Los Angeles area.

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