California State Route 103

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State Route 103

Terminal Island Freeway
SR 103 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by Caltrans
Length1.60 mi[1] (2.57 km)
Existed1983 (from SR 47)[2]–present
Major junctions
South end SR 47 near Terminal Island
North end SR 1 in Long Beach
CountryUnited States
CountiesLos Angeles
Highway system
US 101 SR 104

State Route 103 (SR 103) is a state highway in the U.S. state of California that forms part of the Terminal Island Freeway in Los Angeles and Long Beach. It runs from State Route 47 near Terminal Island north to State Route 1 (Pacific Coast Highway) in Long Beach. At the south end of SR 103, the Terminal Island Freeway runs south with SR 47 over the Commodore Schuyler F. Heim Bridge to its end at Ocean Boulevard on Terminal Island, at the former Long Beach Naval Shipyard. SR 47 then turns west there to its end at Interstate 110.

Beyond SR 1, the freeway is owned by the City of Long Beach to its end at Willow Street. For a time, this segment had the unusual unsigned designation of State Route 103U, with the U signifying "un-relinquished", because the state legislature had removed this segment from the state highway system in 1983 but the City of Long Beach did not agree to take it over until 2000.[3] The portion is still signed as part of SR 103 instead of SR 103U.

SR 103 does not directly connect to any other freeways. It was originally planned to continue north to the Interstate 710 and Interstate 405 interchange. The Terminal Island Freeway is heavily used by trucks carrying cargo to and from the Port of Los Angeles and Port of Long Beach. Because of its isolation from residential and business areas, and the industrial-looking neighborhood it runs through, the freeway is frequently used to film freeway scenes for major motion pictures. Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, and The Fast and the Furious were three movies that used it for location purposes.

Route description

The state route begins at Interstate 710 in Long Beach, where it instantly begins an commingle with SR 47. It then begins as a freeway, whence it follows the Schuyler Heim Bridge over the Cerritos Channel, entering the city of Los Angeles midway through the bridge. It then leaves SR 47 and reenters Long Beach, where it meets SR 1. The SR 103 state highway designation officially ends at SR 1, but the freeway, now controlled by the City of Long Beach from this point on, continues north and ends at an intersection with Willow Street.

SR 103 is part of the California Freeway and Expressway System,[4] and is part of the National Highway System,[5] a network of highways that are considered essential to the country's economy, defense, and mobility by the Federal Highway Administration.[6]


Prior to 1969, Route 103 was what is now State Route 15 and Interstate 15 from Interstate 5 to State Route 163 in San Diego. (I-15 was U.S. Route 395, which used SR 163, until 1969.)

The entire Terminal Island Freeway was once part of State Route 47, and was to continue north to Interstate 10 near downtown Los Angeles. SR 47 was redefined in 1983 to split from the freeway north of the Schuyler Heim Bridge, and the part from SR 47 to Willow Street became SR 103. The part north of SR 1 was later removed from the legal definition, existing for a time as State Route 103U - U for unrelinquished - before it was traded on August 25, 2000, with the city of Long Beach for Interstate 710 from SR 1 south to Ocean Boulevard.[3] The city has since explored plans to remove this portion of the freeway.[2]

Exit list

Except where prefixed with a letter, postmiles were measured on the road as it was in 1964, based on the alignment that existed at the time, and do not necessarily reflect current mileage. R reflects a realignment in the route since then, M indicates a second realignment, L refers to an overlap due to a correction or change, and T indicates postmiles classified as temporary (for a full list of prefixes, see California postmile § Official postmile definitions).[7] Segments that remain unconstructed or have been relinquished to local control may be omitted. The entire route is in Los Angeles County.

Long Beach3.50[N 1]Berth T136 Gate 2Continuation beyond SR 47
3.50[N 1]

I-710 north / SR 47 south – Downtown Long Beach, Piers B-J and T, San Pedro
South end of SR 47 overlap; south end of SR 103
South end of freeway
3.58[N 1]4New Dock StreetSouthbound exit & northbound entrance
Long BeachLos Angeles line3.88[N 1]Schuyler Heim Bridge over Cerritos Channel
Los Angeles4.57[N 1]
SR 47 north (Anaheim Street) / Pier A Way
North end of SR 47 overlap; northbound exit and southbound entrance
0.90Anaheim StreetNo northbound exit
Long Beach1.59 SR 1 (Pacific Coast Highway) – Long Beach, Santa Monica
1.59North end of state maintenance
Willow Street – Carson, Long BeachAt-grade intersection
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
  1. ^ a b c d e Indicates that the postmile represents the distance along SR 47 rather than SR 103.


  1. ^ a b California Department of Transportation (July 2007). "Log of Bridges on State Highways". Sacramento: California Department of Transportation.
  2. ^ a b California Highways: State Route 103
  3. ^ a b "District 7: A Closer Look At 2000 Achievements" (PDF). Caltrans. 2000. Archived from the original (PDF) on February 20, 2017.
  4. ^ "Article 2 of Chapter 2 of Division 1". California Streets and Highways Code. Sacramento: California Office of Legislative Counsel. Retrieved February 6, 2019.
  5. ^ Federal Highway Administration (March 25, 2015). National Highway System: Los Angeles, CA (PDF) (Map). Scale not given. Washington, DC: Federal Highway Administration. Retrieved October 1, 2017.
  6. ^ Natzke, Stefan; Neathery, Mike & Adderly, Kevin (June 20, 2012). "What is the National Highway System?". National Highway System. Washington, DC: Federal Highway Administration. Retrieved July 1, 2012.
  7. ^ a b California Department of Transportation. "State Truck Route List". Sacramento: California Department of Transportation. Archived from the original (XLS file) on June 30, 2015. Retrieved June 30, 2015.
  8. ^ California Department of Transportation, All Traffic Volumes on CSHS, 2005 and 2006
  9. ^ California Department of Transportation, California Numbered Exit Uniform System, State Route 47 Freeway Interchanges, Retrieved on 2009-02-07.

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