That's because in southern California, anything less than 30 minutes of driving time is considered "next door."If you think a defininte article is somewhat offensive, try asking a SoCal driver how far it is from Point A to Point B. Your answer will come back, not in miles, but in minutes/hours.
The people here who participate in dangerous--and sometimes deadly--sideshows (yeah, try doing those in a Bolt) justify it by claiming it is culture.At one time people living between San Francisco and San Jose referred to the only freeway as “The Bayshore”. On the eastern side of the bay the only freeway was called “The Nimitz”. No numbers.
Over the years I have heard just the number,
“eye-“, and “the-“. Or just “take the freeway” sans number. Usually know which one based on where headed.
So how an individual reference to a freeway or highway is typically spoken in the Bay Area is more of a designation of an individuals background, and who you hang out with.
The population of San Jose in 1950 was 57k. Ten years later 107k. Now over a million. The originals weren’t rabbits, most of those rising numbers are transplants from somewhere else, including SoCal.
So it is very normal to hear people living in the Bay Area say all of those ways of referencing a freeway because most of the people now living in the Bay Area are from somewhere else, or they are one generation away from being from somewhere else.
Very few people can make a claim like I can: my mother’s family first settled in San Jose in the 1850’s from England, while my father’s family came in 1903 from The Netherlands (called Holland at the time).
So we are all transplants, just a matter of when. I think we need to ask a Native American what they called “the” paths 🙄
I moved to Anchorage Alaska for a few years when I was 16. I could hardly say 3 words without someone recognizing that I was from SoCal. Nowadays, it's not so clear. I think the SoCal style of speaking has spread and integrated far and wide.Use it around here and you call yourself out as being from southern California.
It's because each major stretch of expressway, at least in California, is a living, breathing beast with its own unique foul, vulgar and seemingly supernatural attributes and diurnal and seasonal cycles. That's why they get the article.CA is where I learned to say "the___". Everywhere else it's "eye 4, 40, 25, etc"
The section in question however is "The Golden State Freeway." Different segments of the Interstate Highway #5 have different official names whether they are commonly used or not.That is not what we call it 'up here' in Washington St. Nor do we call it 'the 5'. And I5 does not start nor end at the California border.
Makes you wonder when numbers started appearing on homes . . .In Alaska some homes out in the boonies don't have addresses. It's just "Mile 68.2, Alaska highway". There's a lot of fishing spots that are something like, "Dirt road on the right, after the the mile 84 marker".
I think that's okay since one is a city name and the other is the team name. Something similar, but totally wrong is in Coronado there is the Hotel Del Coronado. It is quite common to abbreviate it to "Hotel Del" or even "The Del". I googled the name and they even have a link to "Dining at The Del". 🤪I can also say 'the Los Angeles Angels'