We were headed down the 405 south toward Carson today and passed one of the many traffic alert signs on the freeways. They seem to be used mainly for Amber Alerts, though lately they have been used to indicate the amount of time it will take you to go a certain distance. This is a good thing.
When giving you estimated travel times the signs generally say something like:
“Est. travel times to:
RTE 710 7 Min.
RTE 605 15 Min.”
(Sorry I don’t have a photo of the actual wording.)
Here’s my burning question: How often have you ever referred to the 710 (or any freeway here) as “Route” 710? I’ve only lived here for 22 years but I’ve never said “route”. It is always THE 10 or THE 405 or The Santa Monica Freeway. Is the person programming the sign from somewhere else? Have they outsourced it? If it is a matter of saving letters, RTE is the same as THE or FWY.
I’m stumped. What do you say?
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