Information & Sources, Carlsbad
BY HIGHWAY S21:
I drove to Carlsbad from San Diego by the road S21 on Saturday early afternoon. The traffic was neither heavy nor light, I could say. Close to major intersections the road was a little jammed whereas it was empty in other places.
S21 is a part of Pacific Coastal Highway 1 (or 101) which goes along the Pacific Coast from Mexico to... Canada :-)).
BY FREEWAY I-5:
I-5 is a main north-south freeway of the West. It goes from Mexican to Canadian border.
There is the Exit 50 to the downtown of Carlsbad: Carlsbad Village Drive
List of all I-5 exits including 7 in Carlsbad:
Check regional automobile traffic report (CalTrans):
and click on Real-Time Map.
or at I-5:
The main street of Carlsbad goes south-north, along the Pacific coast south of the downtown, then a little more inland. It's called CARLSBAD BOULEVARD.
It's road S21, a part of the Coastal Pacific Highway (historical road 101 or 1) which goes from Mexico to... Canada.
Look at my picture. It's common American mode of signing of streets.
IMPORTANT: the sign always shows the name of the parallel street. So, when you drive Carlsbad Avenue you will see on each intersection names of the perpedicular streets in front of you and if you look right/left you can see signs Carlsbad Blvd.
Enlarge my picture to see the traffic light with small green arrow on the bottom. What does it mean?
You can turn right on red light when this green arrow is lighted but you must give a way to all traffic (vehicles and pedastrians) which has green light. Am I right?
Btw it works the same way in Europe.
Fortunately I knew the meaning of the word "AHEAD" when I was driving there :-) = (directly) in front. Hmm... there is no 1 word in my language for ahead.
So, they often write traffic warning signs like: stop ahead, speed limit ahead, school ahead etc. on signs by a highway and sometimes on the road surface as well.
They used to paint many information and warning signs/writings on the road surface. Like in any other European country, I suppose.
Hmm... they seem to be bigger (lanes as well) than I used to see in Europe.
Look at my picture and watch for STOP.
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