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EDITORIAL : FULL SPEED AHEAD; SOLVING 101-405 INTERCHANGE NIGHTMARE REQUIRES BROADER APPROACH, AND QUICKLY.



THE key to moving massive numbers of cars and trucks through the eye of a needle
For the novel by Ken Follett, see Eye of the Needle.
The eye of a needle is the section of a needle formed into a loop for pulling thread, located at the end opposite the point. These loops are often shaped like an oval or an "eye", hence the metaphor.
 - the 101-405 freeway interchange - is to solve problems up and down the line.

That bit of sage advice comes to us via Caltrans district director Tony Harris.

``You can make a lot of modifications to the interchange itself, but somewhere down the line we have to deal with the capacity of the mainline 101 Freeway itself,'' Harris told two dozen San Fernando San Fernando, city, Argentina
San Fernando (săn fərnăn`dō), city (1991 pop. 144,761), Buenos Aires prov., E Argentina. It is a district administrative center in the Greater Buenos Aires area.
 Valley-area residents gathered to discuss traffic.

Harris's point is well taken.

Crews are scurrying scur·ry  
intr.v. scur·ried, scur·ry·ing, scur·ries
1. To go with light running steps; scamper.

2. To flurry or swirl about.

n. pl. scur·ries
1. The act of scurrying.
 to add an auxiliary lane to the westbound 101, between Van Nuys Boulevard and Hayvenhurst Avenue.

And construction should begin early next year to extend a southbound 405 car-pool lane that ends near the interchange.

These improvements alone will not end the traffic nightmare at the state's fourth-busiest interchange, where 536,500 vehicles daily thread their way through a sliver of an opening.

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“KLAX” redirects here. For other uses, see KLAX (disambiguation).

Los Angeles International Airport (IATA: LAX, ICAO: KLAX, FAA LID: LAX
 is allowed to expand, forget about driving at all. Just park your car on the side of 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.  and walk to LAX. It shouldn't be a problem, as long as you have wheels on your luggage.

And here's a news flash, folks: The shiny new subway isn't going to solve anything, anytime, anywhere.

Only a comprehensive regional approach will begin to address the massive traffic problems all along L.A.'s freeways.

At ground zero at the gridlocked grid·lock  
n.
1. A traffic jam in which no vehicular movement is possible, especially one caused by the blockage of key intersections within a grid of streets.

2.
 101-405 interchange, solutions need to be found for problems for miles in every direction.

Arriving at those solutions requires challenging current assumptions.

Consider that stringent clean air regulations would likely prevent adding new lanes to the westbound 101 Freeway, Harris said. At best, planners might be able to convince the state to add another car-pool lane, which would help curb pollution.

With the situation already terrible and getting worse, we need a sense of urgency to find creative solutions in a hurry to prevent L.A. from becoming one giant parking lot.

We need leaders who can climb to the top of the mountain and see the promised land from a 360-degree perch.

We need leaders who are looking ahead, not just in the rear-view mirror rear-view mirror
Noun

a mirror on a motor vehicle enabling the driver to see the traffic behind

rear-view mirror rear n (Aut) → rétroviseur m

. And we need them now!
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Publication:Daily News (Los Angeles, CA)
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Date:Sep 16, 1998
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