MCA Inc. has received approval from the state Transportation Commission in Sacramento to construct on- and off-ramps from Universal City to the Hollywood Freeway.
The ramps, which it is estimated will cost $3 million, will be designed to alleviate traffic congestion generated by new hotels and businesses being built in Universal City, said Dave Kilmurray, a Caltrans design engineer. Now, Kilmurray said, the only route from the entertainment complex to the Hollywood Freeway is Lankershim Boulevard.
MCA Inc. built a bridge spanning the Hollywood Freeway in 1983, linking Universal City to Cahuenga Boulevard West. The ramps will connect the bridge and the freeway to Coral Drive, a new street being built alongside the freeway, Kilmurray said.
Kilmurray also said an auxiliary lane, using the shoulder of the freeway and leading into the Lankershim Boulevard off-ramp, would be built to handle the increased traffic flow into Universal City.