CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 8, 1989
More money needs to be spent to upgrade bridges to withstand an earthquake, state officials and engineers told a special hearing of the State Assembly Transportation Committee at Los Angeles City Hall Tuesday. Officials also were urged to move faster to make structures safe. "We didn't solve these problems 18 years ago and they came back to haunt us last month," said Wilfred Iwan, a member of the State Seismic Safety Commission.
September 2, 1991 |
The lingering recession may be a bear for companies and consumers, but it's been bullish for highways across California. With work in the private sector drying up, construction firms have been aggressively vying for contracts to build roads and freeways. The result has been bids that are far lower than in years past. The cost savings should mean that highway projects that might have been relegated to the shelf will be built faster, transportation officials said.
August 11, 1991 |
In the era of "smart highways," in which computerized cars and roadbed sensors can help a driver avoid accidents, detect congestion ahead and map out the fastest route home, they might seem like little more than anachronistic bumps in the road. But when it comes to keeping cars on the straight and narrow, Botts' Dots have accomplished far more for less money than any number of electronic gizmos under development. Named for Elbert D.
August 30, 2011
An accident magnet Re " Crash death hits neighborhood hard ," Aug. 28 I have been commuting on L.A. freeways for 30 years, the last seven on the 110 between downtown and Pasadena, and it was no surprise to me to read of the tragic collision that took the life of a little girl. That stretch of the 110 is an accident magnet because of the high speeds of most drivers and the blind curves. And with only three lanes, even fender benders cause significant backups in traffic.
June 30, 2011
To drive the 405 Re "Plan to shut 405 alarms hospital leaders," June 25, and "Gearing up for a lost weekend," June 29 The temporary closure of the 405 Freeway in a little more than two weeks is causing so much anxiety. I remember a similar fear in 1984, when the Olympics were held in Los Angeles and panic for every driver set in long before the event began. The worry was for nothing, as the incredible Peter Ueberroth worked with the city and found ways to keep Los Angeles running so smoothly that you wished it was that way every day. To everyone's relief, the city didn't fall apart.
July 10, 1998 |
An unemployed attorney with an engineering degree and a taste for true crime novels is the mysterious armchair detective who, on a hunch, led authorities to a section of the California Aqueduct where divers recovered what is believed to be the body of Gary Devore, the screenwriter who had been missing for more than a year. While now an instant celebrity, Douglas Crawford said nobody believed him at first. "They told me that unless I killed the guy, call back Monday," he said.