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September 27, 2012 | By Christine Mai-Duc, Los Angeles Times
Where the Sepulveda Pass spills into the San Fernando Valley, gridlock is a way of life. So much so that this weekend's closure of the 405 Freeway — one of the Valley's chief arteries to the Los Angeles Basin — is a non-event to residents whose lives are already structured to avoid the freeway's notoriously heavy traffic. (Still available are the Hollywood and Ventura freeways, plus surface routes like Beverly Glen Boulevard, Coldwater Canyon and Laurel Canyon Boulevard). With days to go before Friday's shutdown, for example, Hudson and Molly Shock aren't plotting how they will navigate around it. They say they only drive "over the hill" about once a month anyway.
March 8, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO - Wind-driven smoke from a fire deep in the Cleveland National Forest forced closure of Interstate 8 for nearly two hours in eastern San Diego County, officials said Saturday. The fire east of Pine Valley erupted at approximately noon and by 5 p.m. had covered more than 100 acres. No homes were immediately threatened. The blaze was fought by air tankers and ground units, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said. ALSO: Earthquake: 3.0 quake strikes near Eureka Medal of Honor recipient to be buried today Crash survivor killed in hit-and-run as he crosses freeway, police say Twitter: @LATsandiego
January 28, 1988
California Avenue between Huntington Drive and Duarte Road will be closed to through traffic until Feb. 3 while pavement between the Santa Fe Railway tracks is replaced with rubber. The city will pay $60,000 for the work, which will be done by the railroad.
December 26, 1985 | Associated Press
A sniper fired dozens of shots in a lengthy, fog-shrouded standoff with police today, according to officers who sealed off the area and shut down a two-mile stretch of freeway. No injuries were reported, but eight people were evacuated from the sparsely populated area. Larry Stuefloten, deputy chief of field operations for the San Jose Police Department, said: "We've got him surrounded. We believe we have the area secure. We're attempting to contact him with bullhorns.
May 4, 2012 | By Phil Willon, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
The Inland Empire's version of "Carmageddon" begins Friday night when Caltrans shuts down sections of northbound Interstate 215 in San Bernardino as part of an ongoing $723-million freeway-widening project. The "Big Shift," as transportation officials are calling it, is necessary to reconfigure traffic lanes during construction. The closure begins at 11 p.m. Friday and is scheduled to end at 6 a.m. Monday. It will occur in stages between 2nd Street and Highland Avenue. The southbound lanes will be open.
August 16, 2013 | By Paloma Esquivel
Four miles of the southbound 405 Freeway in Orange County will be closed for 20 hours starting Saturday night as part of a $277-million project. Dubbed the Bridge Bash by transportation authorities, the project will link carpool lanes from the 405, 22 and 605 freeways. A stretch of the northbound 405 will also be closed, though motorists who want to brave it will be able to zig and zag their way around that portion of the closure to get back on the freeway. The closure, to allow workers to knock down a bridge linking the southbound 405 to the eastbound 22, is scheduled to begin at 9 p.m. Saturday and end at 5 p.m. Sunday.
August 18, 2013 | By Hector Becerra
Eight hours into the so-called "Bridge Bash," the closure of the 405 Freeway in Orange County appears to be going on without a hitch. Officials reported no problems overnight, and so far there have been minimal traffic backups. A spokesman for the Orange County Transportation Authority posted a video of the empty 405 Sunday morning. The real test, however, will come this morning and afternoon as more people navigate the area. The freeway is scheduled to reopen at 5 p.m. Sunday.
October 1, 2013 | By Stuart Pfeifer, A clarification has been added to this post. See note below.
A consumer group on Tuesday urged the California Public Utilities Commission to prohibit Southern California Edison from charging consumers for costs related to the closure of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station. Edison, which operated San Onofre in a partnership with San Diego Gas & Electric Co. and the Riverside municipal power utility, announced in June that it would permanently close the plant, ending a four-decade venture into nuclear energy production. PHOTOS: Most affordable zip codes for home buyers John Fox of the California Public Interest Research Group said the utilities should not pass along the costs of closing the facility to consumers.
July 13, 2011 | By Abby Sewell, Los Angeles Times
With the weekend-long 405 Freeway closure fast approaching, public officials have kicked the public outreach machine into high gear, hoping to avoid the twin evils of crippling gridlock and angry constituents. The closure of the 405 through the Sepulveda Pass this week to allow for demolition of half of the Mulholland Drive bridge as part of a widening project and construction of new carpool lanes is the largest planned freeway closure in Los Angeles history. The stakes are high for public officials, who know that disruptions to the transportation system can win them praise if managed effectively or become a public relations nightmare when bungled, like the political fiasco New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg faced over last winter's blizzards that became known as "Snowmageddon.
August 3, 2013 | By Laura Nelson
Traffic on the Moraga Drive offramp on the northbound 405 Freeway was already backed up early Saturday - a sign of what motorists can expect over the next four months. That's how long the northbound Sunset Boulevard offramp will be closed as work continues on a freeway widening project. Moraga is the next exit after Sunset. The offramp will be closed until Dec. 1 as crews build a longer exit, which officials say will add 60% more capacity in one of the Westside's most congested intersections.
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