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December 17, 1991 | PAUL PAYNE
Traffic will be delayed on the Simi Valley Freeway between Condor Drive and Princeton Avenue in Moorpark beginning today to allow road workers to move dirt. The delays will occur for three weeks, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. No work will be done on the weekends, Caltrans officials said. The $35-million project, which will widen the freeway in the area to four lanes, is expected to be completed in the spring of 1993.
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August 20, 1998 | FRED ALVAREZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For more than two years, city leaders had tried to convince department store giant Dillard's Inc. to break into the crowded Southern California market by opening a store at a regional mall being created north of the Simi Valley freeway. But despite suffering a disappointment earlier this week when the Arkansas-based retailer chose to make that debut at the Antelope Valley Mall in Palmdale, city officials haven't given up.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 31, 1989
A truck dumped 20 tons of gravel on the Simi Valley-San Fernando Freeway in Simi Valley on Monday, closing two westbound lanes and causing a slow morning commute for some motorists, the California Highway Patrol reported. There were no injuries in the 6 a.m. accident, which occurred near the Tapo Street overpass, said CHP Officer Jim Utter. The gravel was dumped when the bottom doors of a tractor-trailer rig came open, Utter said.
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September 29, 1996
Simi Valley Councilwoman Barbara Willimson needs to know that scales are open daily on California 118 outside Moorpark and at the Conejo Grade as well. The truckers are not idiots. They look at the maps and drive the shortest route to their destination, and the 118 is a direct route from the west end of the San Fernando Valley, Burbank, Glendale, etc. As far as truckers damaging the Simi Valley Freeway, it was never repaired correctly in the first place. Also each truck on the road pays a weight fee yearly of more than $1,200 to drive on the highways.
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December 19, 1994 | SARA CATANIA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Dear Street Smart: Many mornings as I drive east on the Simi Valley Freeway, the traffic backs up at Tapo Canyon Road. It usually stays slow until the Kuehner Drive exit. The problem seems to be caused by cars entering the freeway from the on-ramps. This problem could be solved if the flow of traffic onto the freeway was controlled by ramp entry lights. Such lights are installed at the Tapo Canyon Road and Sycamore Drive on-ramps, but for some reason, they are not in use. Similar signals that are in use at the Stearns Street and Yosemite Avenue on-ramps seem to be working well.
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August 24, 1994 | HENRY CHU, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a setback for northern San Fernando Valley commuters, reconstruction of the earthquake-damaged Simi Valley Freeway--originally scheduled for completion next week--will not be finished until the middle of next month, Caltrans said Tuesday. Officials had expected to reopen all lanes of the bridges at San Fernando Mission Boulevard and Bull Creek next Tuesday after workers finished repairing the westbound side of the spans, which were considerably weakened in the Northridge earthquake.
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August 31, 1994
To the relief of many traffic-maddened motorists, all five westbound lanes of the Simi Valley Freeway--the last major bottleneck from the Northridge quake--will reopen this weekend, a top state transportation official confirmed Tuesday.
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October 16, 1986 | REGINALD SMITH, Times Staff Writer
Pressured by irate motorists and local lawmakers, Caltrans officials have vowed to speed up construction along a three-mile stretch of the Simi Valley Freeway. The new schedule calls for the work to be completed by Nov. 1, about two weeks earlier than originally planned. In addition, the contractor may be asked to cut five more days off construction by having work done at nights and weekends, California Department of Transportation officials said.
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December 14, 1995 | FRANK WILLIAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An out-of-control gasoline tanker, already sprouting flames, plunged over the center divider on the Simi Valley Freeway on Wednesday and collided with an oncoming truck, killing the fuel truck driver in a towering fireball visible throughout much of the northwestern San Fernando Valley. The driver of the second truck fled for his life seconds ahead of the conflagration.
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September 21, 1990 | JAMES QUINN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Despite a strong lobbying effort by Los Angeles and Ventura county officials and a politically connected developer, the California Transportation Commission on Thursday declined to approve widening a 12-mile stretch of the Simi Valley Freeway in the San Fernando Valley. However, commissioners left open the possibility that they would authorize the project later this year. Also left in limbo as the commission approved $5.
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September 3, 1996
Four teenagers suspected of racing eastbound on the Simi Valley Freeway escaped with their lives Monday after their car struck the center divider, rolled three times and landed on the Topanga Canyon onramp. Anna Kristin Tan Poco, 18, was arrested on suspicion of reckless driving and was in serious condition at Northridge Hospital Medical Center, California Highway Patrol Officer Matt Rominger said.
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May 25, 1996
Information has been provided by Caltrans and cities. HOLLYWOOD FREEWAY (170) *At the Ventura Freeway (101): Two northbound and two southbound lanes from the Ventura Freeway (101) connector lane to the Golden State connector lane will be closed from 8:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday. HOLLYWOOD FREEWAY (101) * At Lankershim Boulevard: The northbound Lankershim Boulevard offramp will be closed from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday. * At Gower Street: The northbound Gower Street offramp will be closed from 9 a.m.
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April 1, 1996 | FRANK WILLIAMS
For about an hour Sunday evening, the Simi Valley Freeway served as an impromptu airport for a lucky pilot who had engine trouble over the San Fernando Valley. The pilot, whose name was not released by authorities, realized about 6 p.m. that his two-seater, Aeronca 15AC was having problems, according to Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey. The pilot decided to try to land at Whiteman Airport in Pacoima. But he never made it that far.
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March 30, 1996 | MACK REED, TIMES STAFF WRITER
While California Highway Patrol investigators try to learn what caused two accidents that claimed four women's lives on Wednesday, funeral services are being planned for the victims. Diane Aloia, a bagel shop owner from Simi Valley, will be remembered at 10 a.m. today in services at the Sonrise Christian Fellowship, 2350 Shasta Way in Simi Valley.
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March 28, 1996 | MACK REED, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two traffic wrecks within five miles and five hours of each other Wednesday claimed four women's lives along the Simi Valley and Moorpark freeways. "I've just never seen so many die in such a short time," said one veteran CHP officer who would not give his name. "Maybe four in one day, but not four in a few hours." The first wreck came just after 4 a.m., when two cars barreled toward each other in the dark along the fast lane of the westbound Simi Valley Freeway--one going the wrong way.
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February 9, 1996 | DAVID R. BAKER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Soon, the first glimpse that homebound travelers catch of Simi Valley as they cross Santa Susana Pass may be of a lush, green graveyard. The city's Planning Commission has unanimously approved plans to create a 162-acre cemetery in the hills north of Simi Valley Freeway between Yosemite Avenue and Kuehner Drive. The project, which could also bring up to 345 new homes to the area, now goes to the City Council for final approval. Backers of Mt. Sinai Memorial Park billed the cemetery as a way to preserve the park-like appearance of the land, owned by the nonprofit Sinai Temple.
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October 9, 1993 | PHIL SNEIDERMAN
One side of the long-awaited connector linking the Simi Valley and Moorpark freeways opened to traffic Friday afternoon, but cars will not be allowed to travel in both directions until late next week, Caltrans officials said. At 12:12 p.m., workers removed barricades and let drivers continue west on the Simi Valley Freeway and connect to the southbound Moorpark Freeway, Caltrans spokesman Russ Snyder said.
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March 14, 1988
Three Ventura County high school classmates died and two other teen-agers were injured when their car veered off the Simi Valley Freeway and struck a storage tank, the California Highway Patrol reported. Officers said the car carrying the Thousand Oaks High School students was going 65 m.p.h. when it went out of control Saturday night just east of Stearns Street in Simi Valley. Officials said three of the youths died at Simi Valley Adventist Hospital.
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December 21, 1995 | JEFF McDONALD
As a host of local officials looked on, California Department of Transportation managers Wednesday dedicated the opening of Simi Valley's two new park-and-ride lots. Bob Sassaman, a chief deputy with Caltrans, joined state Sen. Cathie Wright, City Council members Barbara Williamson and Paul Miller and City Manager Mike Sedell at the grand opening ceremony Wednesday morning.
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December 21, 1995 | JEFF McDONALD
As a host of local officials looked on, California Department of Transportation managers Wednesday dedicated the opening of Simi Valley's two new park-and-ride lots. Bob Sassaman, a chief deputy with Caltrans, joined state Sen. Cathie Wright, City Council members Barbara Williamson and Paul Miller and City Manager Mike Sedell at the grand opening ceremony Wednesday morning.
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