SACRAMENTO — A sixth lane was authorized Thursday for the southbound Golden State Freeway in the Northeast San Fernando Valley, scene of mammoth traffic jams in the morning rush hour.
The California Transportation Commission approved the new lane along a four-mile stretch of the freeway between the Simi Valley and Hollywood freeways.
It was one of four new projects for the San Fernando Valley and among 1,400 highway projects statewide approved by the commission.
The lane will be created by narrowing the five existing lanes.
Commissioners authorized expenditure of only half the project's $8-million cost, but indicated that the rest would be approved next year.
The commission, which controls all highway spending in the state, directed the state Department of Transportation to begin the project in 1989.