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CAR-POOL LANE SET TO OPEN ON 405 STEP SHOULD EASE FREEWAY CONGESTION.



Byline: Rick Orlov Staff Writer

After more than a year of work, Caltrans officials said Friday that they plan to open the long-sought car-pool lane on the San Diego Freeway The San Diego Freeway (Interstate 405, and the part of Interstate 5 south of the El Toro Y[1]) is one of the principal north-south highways in Southern California, and the major beltway of I-5 running through Southern California.  through the Sepulveda Pass Sepulveda Pass (el. 1130 ft. / 334 m.) is a mountain pass through the Santa Monica Mountains in Los Angeles, California. It is often called Poop-Out Pass, a phrase once used by now-deceased traffic reporter Bill Keene.  next week to deal with heavy traffic.

A Caltrans spokeswoman said the actual opening day will be determined Monday, contingent on Adj. 1. contingent on - determined by conditions or circumstances that follow; "arms sales contingent on the approval of congress"
contingent upon, dependant on, dependant upon, dependent on, dependent upon, depending on, contingent
 whether the department is able to complete the temporary striping Interleaving or multiplexing data to increase speed. See disk striping.

striping - data striping
 on the freeway.

``The only holdup is putting the stripes in,'' said spokeswoman Ivy Estrada. ``We are going to put on temporary stripes if we have to, so we can get the lane opened.''

The project is the first part of a $34 million three-phase program developed by Caltrans to ease congestion The condition of a network when there is not enough bandwidth to support the current traffic load.

congestion - When the offered load of a data communication path exceeds the capacity.
 at the 405-101 interchange and is expected to take seven years to complete.

Phase two involves widening the northbound San Diego Freeway connector to the eastbound Ventura Freeway The Ventura Freeway is a freeway in southern California running from Ventura to Pasadena. It is the principal east-west route through Ventura County and in the southern San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles County. . The final phase will redesign the connector from the northbound San Diego Freeway to the Ventura Freeway in both directions.

``This is great news,'' said Richard Katz, a former assemblyman and co- chairman of the Valley Transit Valley Transit is a city bus and paratransit commission operated by the city government of Appleton, Wisconsin.

The system operates across the Fox Cities and serves the cities of Appleton, Kaukauna, Menasha and Neenah, as well as the towns of Buchanan, Grand Chute and
 Strike Force. ``This is an important first element to ease congestion.

``Not only will it help encourage car pooling, but it provides access all the way into Westwood and increases efficiency of the freeway.''

State Assembly Speaker Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, was pleased the work was being completed on schedule, an aide said.

``This is terrific news for Valley commuters,'' Hertzberg spokesman Luke Breit said. ``It should be able to provide some immediate relief and, hopefully, encourage people to car pool.''

The project is one of many prompted by a Daily News series of stories on the congestion problems at the interchange and along the Ventura Freeway, winning support from local officials and funding from Caltrans.

The car-pool lane involved adding a lane to the northbound side of the freeway to comply with state standards that a car-pool lane could not take away existing lanes.

With the new lane added, Caltrans was able to build in the car-pool lane.

The opening of the lane comes as the agency announced this week that it was moving ahead with a $4.5 million, three-year study to examine how to make improvements along the 40-mile freeway corridor from the Route 23 interchange in Thousand Oaks to downtown Los Angeles Downtown Los Angeles is the central business district of Los Angeles, California, located close to the geographic center of the metropolitan area. The sprawling, multi-centered megacity is such that its downtown core is often considered just another district like Hollywood or .

Caltrans has planned a series of public hearings on some of the possible solutions that could raise a great deal of controversy.
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