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February 15, 2014 | By Martha Groves and Dan Weikel
So far, so good. Traffic on the 405 Freeway in the Sepulveda Pass was light early Saturday on the first full day of Jamzilla. Most or all lanes of the busy northbound side of the freeway will be closed throughout President's Day weekend for road improvements. During daytime hours two northbound lanes will be open, but all five will be closed at night. The shutdowns through the Sepulveda Pass will allow workers to pave and re-stripe the highway where a carpool lane is being added.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 15, 2014 | By Dan Weikel and Jack Dolan
As drivers coped with a partial highway closure on the first day of Jamzilla on Saturday, construction of a new carpool lane on the northbound 405 Freeway proceeded on schedule and should be completed in time for rush hour Tuesday morning, transportation officials said. But there is no indication that the paving and stripping will be done ahead of schedule so all the northbound lanes between Sunset and Ventura boulevards can become operational earlier than planned. The work is part of a $1.1-billion project to build the final 10-mile leg of the 405's northbound carpool lane over the Sepulveda Pass.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 15, 2014 | By Corina Knoll
A man was ejected from his vehicle and killed in a traffic collision Saturday on the eastbound 210 Freeway in Sylmar, authorities said. According to initial reports, the collision occurred about 12:05 p.m. near Yarnell Street and involved at least two vehicles, one of which may have been a big rig, California Highway Patrol Officer Peter Bishop said. The victim, believed to be about 30, was pronounced dead at the scene, Bishop said. Another man, believed to be about 50, was taken to a local hospital with minor injuries.
OPINION
February 14, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
As if the 405 Freeway hasn't broken our hearts and made us weep enough in the four years it's been under construction, it's now poised to make us miserable on Valentine's Day night and Presidents Day weekend. At 10 p.m. Friday, workers will start closing onramps and offramps, and by 1 a.m. Saturday, all lanes on the northbound 405 between Getty Center Drive and Ventura Boulevard will be shut down, making this no freeway of love for romantic revelers. Over the next 80 hours, three out of five lanes will be closed during the day and all five will be closed late at night.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 14, 2014 | By Joseph Serna and Matt Stevens
The California Highway Patrol said it received 911 calls from 17 people reporting a driver was going the wrong way on two freeways before allegedly hitting another vehicle head-on, killing six. The callers reported seeing the vehicle on the 57 and 60 freeways early Sunday morning, CHP officials said Thursday. Officers said witnesses told them the red Camaro driven by Olivia Carolee Culbreath appeared to be going more than 100 mph. “They were describing the vehicle, saying it was going the wrong way at a high rate of speed,” CHP Officer Rodrigo Jimenez said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 14, 2014 | By Martha Groves
Jamzilla is nearly here. Lane closures on the 405 Freeway start tonight at 10 and are scheduled to remain in place until 6 a.m. Tuesday. Most or all lanes on the busy northbound side of the freeway will be closed. The shutdowns through the Sepulveda Pass will allow workers to pave and re-stripe the highway where a carpool lane is being added. Transportation and law enforcement officials are urging drivers to avoid traveling north through West Los Angeles and the Sepulveda Pass for the duration of the closures.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 14, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
Roughly four minutes before a woman who was driving the wrong way on the 60 Freeway allegedly barreled head-on into another vehicle in Diamond Bar, the first call came in to authorities reporting the driver's erratic behavior. Six people were killed in the crash. A spokesman for the California Highway Patrol said that at least 17 people reported a woman driving the wrong way on the 57 and 60 Freeways early Sunday . The first call came in at 4:40 a.m., CHP Officer Rodrigo Jimenez said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 13, 2014 | By Joseph Serna and Matt Stevens
At least 17 people reported a car heading the wrong way on two freeways before a head-on collision in Diamond Bar that killed six, the California Highway Patrol said Thursday. CHP officials said the 911 callers reported seeing the vehicle on the 57 and 60 freeways early Sunday morning. Police said witnesses told them the car driven by Olivia Carolee Culbreath appeared to be going more than 100 mph. "They were describing the vehicle, saying it was going the wrong way at a high rate of speed," CHP Officer Rodrigo Jimenez said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 13, 2014 | By Jason Wells
A three-car crash, two of which became pinned underneath a large dirt-hauler, jammed the morning commute on the northbound 110 Freeway into downtown L.A. on Thursday. The collision occurred shortly after 5:30 a.m. just west of Pico Boulevard, according to the California Highway Patrol's  incident log . One of the vehicles was overturned, KTLA-TV reported , and two cars appeared to be stuck underneath the dirt hauler as more than a dozen firefighters worked to clear the scene.
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