Three months ago, Caltrans was absolutely gaga over its newest progeny--the Century Freeway. The I-105, a 17.3-mile stretch from El Segundo to Norwalk, made it possible to get from Downtown to the airport in 17 to 20 minutes instead of 30 to 35, a dream come true for motorists, especially shuttle and taxi drivers.
After the Northridge earthquake, everyone is still impressed. The state-of-the-art freeway survived intact. It's more heavily traveled than before, as thwarted I-10 patrons seek alternate routes, but drivers say it's still a breeze. According to Caltrans representative Pat Reid, there is no indication that it will not remain so.