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Dozens of traffic signals go dark in Pasadena

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A bird tripped a piece of equipment causing a power outage that took out traffic signals on three major roads and created service interruptions for hundreds of customers in Pasadena on Thursday.

At the beginning of outage 25-30 signals went out, according to Public Works, said Erica Rolufs, Communications Manager for Pasadena Water and Power.

Rolufs told KPCC that signals on Foothill, Walnut and Colorado were affected, causing traffic delays. Five lights remained blinking and three remained dark in the early afternoon.

The outage occurred at approximately 9:40 a.m, with 450 customers losing service. By 10:30 a.m., 200 customers were still without power within the boundaries of Las Lunas, Colorado Boulevard, Chester Avenue and Altadena Drive.

Crews are working to restore power to the remaining few accounts, said Rolufs.


The traffic trip: Honolulu vs. LA in the battle of the worst

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Traffic on the northbound and the southbound lanes of the 405 freeway near Los Angeles International Airport.

According to new traffic research report, the distinct honor of having the "worst traffic in the country" now belongs to Honolulu.

Last year, the turn-by-turn navigation app Waze, in collaboration with the Gray Area Foundation for the Arts and Nik Hanselmann, visualized a trippy 24-hours of Los Angeles traffic, then considered the worst traffic in the country by the Texas Transportation Institute, noted Fast Company.

That was before Hawaii swam up and captured the crown while California wasn't looking.

According to the new INTRIX National Traffic Scorecard, Los Angeles is still the big winner for "worst traffic corridor," with highest marks given to the 13-mile stretch of 405 Freeway between the Imperial Highway interchange and Getty Center Drive.

The study sets the average L.A. drive-time at 56 hours spent in traffic in 2011, while Honolulu residents spent 58 hours trapped in their transitmobiles. Despite the exhaust(ion), drivers may still be able to breathe a little easier. The report found that overall national congestion was on the decline.


101 Freeway southbound lanes re-open in Valley

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A screenshot of a suspect facing off with police following a police pursuit Wednesday evening, April 11, 2012.

Officials say the 101 Freeway will re-open soon after 8am as police wrap of their investigation of a fatal officer-involved shooting that took place last night.

Police have yet to say if they found a weapon or if there was a weapon on the suspect they shot and killed after he jumped out of his vehicle Wednesday night. The 101 was closed after the shooting and traffic backed up as commuters were detoured.

Northbound lanes reopened around 2:15 a.m.

Southbound commuters were being detoured off the 101 at Ventura Blvd which continues to loading up with traffic. Less congested side streets are Burbank and Victory.



101 Freeway southbound lanes to remain closed until about 8am in Valley

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A screenshot of a suspect facing off with police following a police pursuit Wednesday evening, April 11, 2012.

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A screenshot of the 101 Ventura Freeway at 6:30am showing the closed Southbound lanes

All of the southbound lanes of the 101 Ventura Freeway between Topanga Canyon Boulevard and De Soto Avenue will be closed until about 8 a.m. due to a police investigation following a fatal shootout.

After officers pursued a vehicle being driven erratically in Northride Wednesday night around 10pm, the driver led police in a chase onto the freeway. While on the 101 the suspect swerved his car toward the median as if to make a U-turn on the freeway when he was blocked by a police cruiser. He then jumped out of the car and fled police. As he ran he appeared to be pointing or aiming at police and was shot and killed on the 101 near Canoga Avenue.

Police have yet to say if they found a weapon or if there was a weapon on the suspect. Meanwhile the 101 remains closed as police continue their investigation on the heavily traveled freeway.


Pre-dawn soaking causes traffic trouble for commuters

Rain in Los Angeles

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Wednesday has seen an increase in freeway crashes, spin-outs and problems with standing water thanks to the first of two visiting storms, says CHP Officer Patrick Kimball.

Before dawn, a half-inch an hour of rain was falling in some areas of Los Angeles, according to the National Weather Service.

The eastbound I-210 in Sierra Madre claimed a jackknifed truck at the beginning of the morning commute, and a crash on I-5 near the Long Beach Freeway also caused for a slow drive. No word on the extent of motorist injuries.

Blowing snow and zero visibility warnings prompted a winter weather travel advisory yesterday, by NWS.

Pacific storm number two is expected Friday.