Interstate 5 near Seattle
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Beginning and End of the I-5

On a clear Sunday morning, motorists on Interstate 5 near Seattle get a spectacular view of Mt. Rainier. During peak hours, commuter traffic crawls along the central city part of the freeway. (Don Bartletti / LAT)
Southbound I-5 motorists pass the “Welcome To The United States of America” sign at the U.S. Customs Port of Entry on the U.S./Canada border. (Don Bartletti / LAT)
Nick Lemay, left, gets a lift from his buddy Brian Terris, 13, along Peace Portal Drive in Blaine on the Canadian border. The banner reads: “Weldome To Blaine - Where America Begins”. It is also the northern end of Interstate 5, which stretches 1,381 miles from here to San Ysidro on the Mexican border. (Don Bartletti / LAT)
A steel trestle bridge on the southbound lanes of I-5 spans the Stillaguamish River near Silvana, Washington. (Don Bartletti / LAT)
Aerial view of Interstate 5, looking north from just inside Orange County. This is the section of the I-5 with the most dramatic change. In L.A. County, it is not much more than a city boulevard, with six lanes. In Orange County, it suddenly flares to 10 or more lanes of smooth, modern pavement y. This section of freeway has also been known as the “Santa Ana” freeway. (Don Kelsen / LAT)
Traffic from Mexico waits at the San Ysidro border station next to the south end of Interstate 5. (Don Kelsen / LAT)