Because of unresolved disputes with property owners, construction of the Valley Circle interchange on the Ventura Freeway in Woodland Hills will be delayed about 18 months, state Department of Transportation officials said Thursday.
The interchange delay will not affect the widening of the freeway from Valley Circle to Universal City, said Jack Hallin, Caltrans' project development chief for Southern California.
Caltrans design engineer Ken Nelson said that, if agreements can be reached with owners of property next to the Valley Circle interchange, work on the $31-million intersection could begin by mid-1991.
An earlier Caltrans estimate that the two-year project would get under way by late 1989 "was based on the assumption that everything would fall into place without difficulty," Nelson said. "It was a goal to shoot for, but I'm not surprised we won't be able to meet it."