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April 18, 1994
In response to "I-10 Is Reopened--but Spans Need Retrofitting," April 12: The early reopening of the Santa Monica Freeway has been heralded as an example of the government's use of market incentives to benefit society. Supposedly, the $200,000 bonus for each day the project came in ahead of the deadline was a small price to pay when compared to the $1 million in economic losses caused each day by the closure. But take a look at the actual analysis and a different story comes out. Almost 90% of the $1-million-a-day price tag is attributed to "wage losses" caused by commuter delays.
March 23, 2014 | By Anh Do
A motorist was killed early Sunday in a hit-and-run crash on an off-ramp of the 10 Freeway near downtown Los Angeles, authorities said. The accident occurred about 6:20 a.m. on the Western Avenue offramp, said California Highway Patrol Officer Tony Polizzi. The unidentified male victim was pronounced dead at the scene. The freeway offramp was shut down for about an hour as coroner officials removed the body, Polizzi said. No information was immediately available about the driver of the second vehicle involved in the crash.
April 13, 1994 | CECILIA RASMUSSEN
The quake-damaged Santa Monica Freeway--the nation's busiest--opened Monday, less than three months after the Jan. 17 earthquake. Here is a numerical look at some key repair features: * $29.7 million: Total construction cost, including bonuses. * $14.9 million: Original bid amount for completion in 140 days. * $14.8 million: Bonus paid to the contractor, C. C. Myers Inc., for completing the project in slightly more than half the time originally projected. * $8 million: Net profit for C. C.
September 14, 2013 | By Adolfo Flores
The driver of a speeding vehicle was killed early Saturday when the vehicle crashed into a wall on the 10 Freeway in Santa Monica and burst into flames, authorities said. The 2001 Ford Mustang was westbound on the freeway when the unidentified driver lost control and struck a metal guardrail, according to the California Highway Patrol. The Mustang then went up an embankment and hit the concrete wall before catching fire at about 1:35 a.m. The car's two other passengers exited the vehicle while the driver remained trapped inside, authorities said.  A 2008 Audi was unable to avoid the Mustang and struck the burning car as well as another vehicle on the freeway.
July 23, 1994
Repairs to the quake-damaged Santa Monica Freeway were virtually completed Friday with the reopening of two connector ramps at La Cienega Boulevard, four days ahead of schedule. Traffic started moving on the off-ramp from eastbound freeway lanes to northbound La Cienega and the on-ramp from southbound La Cienega to the eastbound freeway at 4:35 a.m., according to Margie Tiritilli, a Caltrans spokeswoman. C.C. Meyers Inc., the Sacramento construction firm that won a $14.
March 8, 1987
Los Angeles officials are pinning their hopes of reducing congestion--perhaps by as much as 20%--along the Santa Monica Freeway on a $2.1-million network of automatic signals that would regulate surface traffic feeding into the freeway. The City Council's Transportation and Traffic Committee has voted unanimously to seek the money from the Los Angeles County Transportation Commission. The project, which would link 312 traffic signals on five surface streets in a 6.
August 11, 2000
Seven people were injured Thursday morning--three critically--in a collision involving three vehicles on the eastbound Santa Monica Freeway near the La Brea Avenue exit, authorities said. Three of the victims--a 21-year-old Los Angeles man and 28- and 19-year-old women--suffered serious injuries and were transported to local hospitals. They remained in critical condition, said Los Angeles City Fire Department spokesperson Bob Collis.
April 14, 1991 | RONALD B. TAYLOR, Ronald B. Taylor is a Times staff writer.
THE trouble couldn't have occurred in a worse place. A blowout stranded the '79 Chevy on the divider, where the Pomona Freeway splits off the eastbound Santa Monica Freeway. As traffic sped by on both sides of her car, the driver was trying to change the shredded tire. The situation couldn't have been more dangerous. A swerving car or the sideswipe of a truck trailer would have turned the freeway into an instant nightmare. In the aftermath, traffic would have been tied up for hours.
February 23, 1988 | STEVE HARVEY, Times Staff Writer
The Ventura Freeway has skidded out of the Guinness Book of World Records. Three years after Caltrans named it the world's most heavily traveled thoroughfare, the agency says it was all a mistake, and the Santa Monica Freeway is the true leader and the Ventura probably never was No. 1. "Some of our counting stations were not working (on the Santa Monica) and we underestimated the numbers (of vehicles)," Nick Jones, a Caltrans associate engineer, said Monday.
As commuters have digested the fact that they have no choice but to come down from the trestles that for decades have carried them over the urban grid, many for the first time will glimpse an unfamiliar L.A. During the past two weeks, people waiting for elevators, over dinner tables or in line at the supermarket have begun to trade routes and guarded shortcuts. They compare them like top-of-the-line consumer items, speculating over which will provide the best performance.
November 6, 2010 | By Louis Sahagun, Los Angeles Times
Social engagement and economic development have been cornerstones of the African Methodist Episcopal Church since it was founded in the late 1700s by black congregants who refused to move to the back of a white church in Philadelphia to pray. In one of the first civil rights protests in American history, they crossed the street to worship inside a blacksmith shop, where an anvil served as an altar and pulpit. The AME church went on to fight against slavery and prejudice, found colleges and seminaries and support development of community improvement projects across the country.
January 2, 2009 | Steve Hymon
Like stories about people doing dumb things while driving? The letters section of The Times received the following e-mail the other day. They forwarded it to me -- I'm the transportation reporter -- thinking (correctly) that I would be interested. The letter is from Jessica Bradshaw of Anaheim, who found herself driving on the eastbound Santa Monica Freeway last week and saw something a bit disturbing.
September 10, 2008 | Dennis Hathaway, Dennis Hathaway is president of the Coalition to Ban Billboard Blight.
The Los Angeles City Council chamber may not be the best place to debate a philosophical question, but the ongoing debacle of billboard and sign regulation here leaves little choice. The question is this: Who owns the visual landscape of the city? Or, put in more concrete terms, do companies selling products and services have an absolute right to confront us whenever we venture outdoors? The answer, from a legal standpoint, clearly is no. Yet the City Council is set to hand over another hunk of L.A. to billboard companies -- this time 50,000 square feet along the side of the Convention Center.
September 8, 2008 | Robert J. Lopez, Times Staff Writer
From a block away, an unmarked police cruiser shadowed a dump truck as it turned onto a dark street in South Los Angeles. Shawn Massey, a veteran officer with the Los Angeles Police Department, wheeled his vehicle onto a parallel street and darted into an alley connecting the two roadways. Shutting off his headlights, he and his partner waited for the dump truck to pass. The two officers were part of a city task force formed to crack down on people who illegally dump refuse in neighborhoods south of the Santa Monica Freeway.
July 7, 2008 | J.P. Renaud
A sedan struck a bridge support pillar on the Santa Monica Freeway on Sunday morning and erupted into flames, killing four people inside and temporarily closing the road. The passengers' identities could not be immediately determined, said Brian Humphrey of the Los Angeles Fire Department. In an unrelated accident, authorities were searching for the driver of a 1994 gray Acura Integra who fled the scene of a crash Sunday in southwest Los Angeles that left one of two passengers dead, police said.
February 29, 2008
Venice sweep: An article in the Feb. 20 California section on 19 arrests during a Venice gang sweep said Latinos moved to the area in the late 1940s, after construction of the Santa Monica Freeway displaced area neighborhoods. That displacement did not occur until construction of the freeway in the 1960s.
August 13, 2007 | Ari B. Bloomekatz, Times Staff Writer
Although Caltrans insists that the thousands of bridges it maintains are safe, the agency has identified 228 spans that officials say should be at the top of the list for repairs. Officials said these bridges pose no danger of collapse but are considered top priorities for fixes based on such factors as structural problems and how much they are used by cars and trucks. Those on the list received a "sufficiency rating" by inspectors of lower than 50 -- based on a possible top score of 100.
May 13, 2006 | Robin Abcarian, Times Staff Writer
This is not a treacly plea to stop and smell the roses. For one thing, there aren't any roses out here on the center divider of the Santa Monica Freeway. For another, it would be incredibly dangerous and we all have enough tsoris as it is.
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