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September 13, 1998
Why is rush hour called rush hour when no one appears to be moving? BUDDY FISHMAN Age 8 Tarzana
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April 23, 2014 | By Laura J. Nelson
The first comprehensive analysis of Los Angeles County's experimental toll lanes indicates the pay-to-drive routes made some rush-hour commutes faster and less painful, both in the toll lanes and in the free lanes, but made little to no difference for many drivers battling morning traffic. According to an independent report prepared for federal transportation officials, the toll lanes along the 110 and 10 freeways didn't significantly change overall traffic speeds during peak periods for drivers using either the tollway or the general lanes.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 14, 2013 | By Thomas Curwen
A Caltrans official said that the fire-damaged section of the Interstate 5-Route 2 interchange north of downtown will remain closed through the Monday morning rush hour, as crews work to repair the tunnel where a tanker truck overturned and caught fire. All northbound lanes of the 5 Freeway at the junction of the 2 Freeway will remain closed possibly until Tuesday, said Patrick Chandler, a Caltrans spokesman. Two southbound lanes at the interchange also will remain closed. A contractor is currently working to shore up the 290-foot-long tunnel, Chandler said, and repairs will be quite extensive.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 17, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
The westbound 210 Freeway in Glendale reopened during rush hour after crews scrambled to clean up from a fiery big rig crash. Two trucks collided about 12:03 a.m. just east of Lowell Avenue. One "became fully engulfed" in flames, said California Highway Patrol Officer Jennifer Cassidy. Cassidy said alcohol was not suspected to have played a role in the crash. The westbound lanes were shut down for about seven hours as crews cleaned up a fuel spill.   ALSO: Girl, 14, shot dead on her bicycle in Compton is identified Big Sur wildfire grows to 500 acres; fire chief's home destroyed Sheriff's officials taped threat to arrest FBI agent, p rosecutor says Twitter:  @aribloomekatz  |  Facebook ari.bloomekatz@latimes.com      
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April 16, 2013 | By Greg Braxton
Reclusive actor-comedian Chris Tucker, who is so selective about his movie roles that he's only appeared in four movies in the last 15 years, has been tapped to host this year's BET Awards. Tucker, who is best known as Jackie Chan's crime-fighting partner in the three successful "Rush Hour" movies, will host the festivities at L.A.'s Nokia Theatre on June 30. The awards show will be part of the first ever "BET Experience at L.A. LIVE!" -- a three-day festival of concerts, screenings and other events.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 14, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
A big-rig fire on the eastbound lanes of the 60 Freeway in Hacienda Heights has shut down the freeway in both directions, California Highway Patrol officials said. The blaze began just before 3 p.m. and took nearly an hour to extinguish, authorities said. The big rig was carrying compressed hydrogen, but based on live video footage, it did not appear that any of the containers exploded during the fire. The CHP was initially diverting eastbound traffic off at Hacienda Boulevard, then moved the closure.
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August 17, 1989 | From United Press International
Almost 125 years after Chief Red Cloud refused to sign a treaty with the federal government to allow a road to pass through Oglala Sioux territory, the Pine Ridge Reservation will get its first traffic signal. "The Pine Ridge reservation will remain the land of Chief Red Cloud, but it will have a stoplight," Mayor G. Wayne Tapio said Wednesday. The light will be placed in the center of Pine Ridge at Highways 407 and 18.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 12, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is scheduled to issue an executive directive today that bans road construction by city departments during rush hour, according to the mayor's office. He will also announce that he is increasing funding for street repaving. The directive is based on legislation by Councilwoman Wendy Greuel that is working its way through the City Council. Rush hour is considered from 6 to 9 a.m. and 3:30 to 7 p.m.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 22, 2004 | From Times Staff Reports
A portion of Coast Highway was closed during the Thursday morning rush hour after a minor landslide of rocks and mud, officials said. The road was closed about 7:45 a.m. south of Palisades Drive as work crews cleared debris, rocks and mud. The southbound lanes were reopened about 1 p.m. and northbound lanes were reopened later. Recent rains probably contributed to the landslide, officials said.
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September 3, 1988 | United Press International
Auto traffic now moves through central London at the not-so-breakneck speed of 11.5 m.p.h. in the morning rush hour, the Department of Transport said. And that's the good news. The bad news is that evening rush-hour traffic is even slower, averaging 11 m.p.h., the department said this week. Both figures are 1 m.p.h. slower than two years ago and 2 m.p.h. slower than a decade ago. And the department's report held out little hope for improvement.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 14, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
A big-rig fire on the eastbound lanes of the 60 Freeway in Hacienda Heights has shut down the freeway in both directions, California Highway Patrol officials said. The blaze began just before 3 p.m. and took nearly an hour to extinguish, authorities said. The big rig was carrying compressed hydrogen, but based on live video footage, it did not appear that any of the containers exploded during the fire. The CHP was initially diverting eastbound traffic off at Hacienda Boulevard, then moved the closure.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 15, 2013 | By Hailey Branson-Potts, Ruben Vives and Laura J. Nelson
Three days after a fiery tanker truck crash destroyed parts of a tunnel underneath the 5 Freeway and jammed traffic throughout northeastern Los Angeles, officials expected that most freeway lanes would reopen in time for the Tuesday morning rush hour. Sections of the 5 were entirely shut down after the Saturday morning crash inside a tunnel connecting the 2 Freeway with the 5. Two southbound lanes of the 5 reopened Monday and all of the northbound lanes were expected to reopen by Tuesday morning, Caltrans officials said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 14, 2013 | By Thomas Curwen
A Caltrans official said that the fire-damaged section of the Interstate 5-Route 2 interchange north of downtown will remain closed through the Monday morning rush hour, as crews work to repair the tunnel where a tanker truck overturned and caught fire. All northbound lanes of the 5 Freeway at the junction of the 2 Freeway will remain closed possibly until Tuesday, said Patrick Chandler, a Caltrans spokesman. Two southbound lanes at the interchange also will remain closed. A contractor is currently working to shore up the 290-foot-long tunnel, Chandler said, and repairs will be quite extensive.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 9, 2013 | By Samantha Schaefer
The southbound lanes of Interstate 215 in Perris are expected to be closed at least 24 hours after a big rig hit an overpass Tuesday morning, a Caltrans spokeswoman said. About 7:30 a.m., the big rig took the wrong route and hit the overpass at Perris Boulevard, which is under construction, Caltrans officials said. The truck was too tall to pass under the bridge and hit the wood and steel “false work,” which will have to be removed and repaired, the agency said.  One contract employee was moderately injured and taken to the hospital, a Caltrans spokeswoman said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 9, 2013 | By David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times
The corner of Pico and Sepulveda boulevards is your standard Westside traffic nightmare, with rush hour commuters inching along at discouraging speeds just blocks from an even more congested 405 Freeway. The intersection, already a subject of bitter conversations among nearby residents, could see thousands more cars each day if the Los Angeles City Council this month signs off on a plan for 638 apartments, a supermarket, new restaurants and possibly a Target store. Backed by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, the so-called Casden West L.A. project is one of the city's most controversial examples of transit-oriented development - shopping and housing concentrated around a planned Expo Line light rail station.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 16, 2013 | By Greg Braxton
Reclusive actor-comedian Chris Tucker, who is so selective about his movie roles that he's only appeared in four movies in the last 15 years, has been tapped to host this year's BET Awards. Tucker, who is best known as Jackie Chan's crime-fighting partner in the three successful "Rush Hour" movies, will host the festivities at L.A.'s Nokia Theatre on June 30. The awards show will be part of the first ever "BET Experience at L.A. LIVE!" -- a three-day festival of concerts, screenings and other events.
NEWS
September 26, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
A heavily traveled bridge across Lake Washington, connecting Seattle and its eastern suburbs, was closed during evening rush hour after three men in a pickup yelled to a city bus driver that there was a bomb aboard. The bus stopped near the east end of the Evergreen Point Floating Bridge and let the passengers off. Then the bridge was closed while a bomb squad inspected the bus. No explosives were found. The bridge reopened about three hours later.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 31, 2002 | From Times Staff Reports
A tanker truck carrying 2,100 gallons of gasoline overturned on the El Segundo Boulevard overcrossing of the Harbor Freeway, closing the freeway at the start of the morning rush hour Wednesday. Hazardous-materials workers had to drill into the tanker to siphon the gasoline to another tanker, and the freeway was closed for 46 minutes as a precaution. No one was injured in the 6 a.m. accident, and a California Highway Patrol spokesman said it was uncertain what caused it.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 12, 2012 | Dan Weikel
The first Pacific storm of the season brought scattered showers and thunderstorms across the region Thursday, snarling traffic in urban areas and triggering flash floods and debris flows in several parts of Los Angeles County. National Weather Service officials said the heaviest rain hit much of the eastern Los Angeles area and the San Gabriel Valley, where it created the potential for flash flooding as well as mudslides. One to two inches of rain were recorded in those areas late Thursday afternoon, authorities said, and more showers were predicted through the evening, increasing the risk.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 29, 2012 | By Ari Bloomekatz, Los Angeles Times
As the sun set and rush hour began to fade on the 405 Freeway on Friday evening, crews gradually shut down ramps and closed lanes of traffic to make room for a small army of construction workers tasked with knocking down the remaining half of the Mulholland Drive bridge this weekend. The start of Carmageddon II - a 10-mile closure on the nation's busiest freeway - appeared to be going without a hitch, officials reported early in the evening. The freeway closure was given the ignominious designation because a similar freeway shutdown a year ago had officials fearing traffic chaos.
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