AirTalk for May 31, 2011

LA commuters – get ready to reroute your engines

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The dreaded 405 freeway in Los Angeles, California.

Angelenos love to complain about traffic. Well, commuters on the West side will have more reason than ever starting July 15. That’s when the San Diego 405 freeway will be shut down in both directions — from Getty Center Drive to the 101 — for an entire weekend. The closure between the San Fernando Valley and the Westside will start just after midnight that Friday and continue until 5:00am the following Monday, July 18. It’s all part of a $1-billion 405 widening project, to add northbound carpool lanes and radically remodel the 50-year old freeway’s bridges and ramps. Sounds great, but how on earth will commuters cope? Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky is here to talk about the project and help get the word out. But we have a feeling some frustrated commuters will be in need of, if not medical advice, a little traffic therapy from Dr. Roadmap himself.

Guests:

Zev Yaroslavsky, Los Angeles County Supervisor representing the Third District

David “Dr. Roadmap” Rizzo, Author of Survive the Drive!, a book designed to help daily commuters, business travelers, visitors and tourists navigate Southern California's freeways and road rage


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