With L.A.'s population growing larger with each passing day, local roadways are becoming virtual parking lots. Even one car stalling out can quickly lead to a miles-long backup. Tempers flare, drivers scream. It can get ugly out there, so the Business Journal asks:

What has been your worst local traffic nightmare?

John Quiter[picnm2-8]


Cuningham Group

I'm new to town, but I would say the worst traffic I have seen is probably trying to get onto the 405 Freeway heading north from the 10 Freeway going east. I simply avoid that. I live very close to where I work, as does my wife, which is really the only way to live in Los Angeles.

Max Williams


Rothenberg Sawasy Architects

I guess I'm qualified to answer that, I commute 90 miles to get here (to work). I live in Frazier Park. I guess I would have to say all the big rigs on the freeway during rush hour that's my worst traffic nightmare. Of course, these days, "rush hour" goes from 7 in the morning to 10 at night.

Dan Hoskins

Director of Client Services

E! Entertainment Television

The 405 Freeway, 24 hours a day. It can be 3 in the morning on Christmas and it will be clogged up. It makes doing business a real problem. I was supposed to go to a screening in the Valley just last night that I was an hour late for because of an accident on the 405.

David Brown

Vice President of Marketing and Customer Service

Optical Research Associates

I hope people don't move to Valencia when they hear this, but I rarely have problems. I travel on the 210 Freeway and it's a pretty open stretch. Every so often there is an accident, but for the most part, I have a clear ride.

Brandon Garrett


Marisol Garrett & Joseph

Definitely the 405 Freeway going from the Valley into the city. I'm fortunate because I live in the west end of the Valley and I can take Topanga Canyon to the Pacific Coast Highway and go into town that way. Without that escape valve, I doubt that I would be able to afford the commute time to live in the pleasant community where I do.

William Hawkins[picnm2-8]

General Agent

Penn Mutual Life Insurance Co.

I think probably the worst is Wilshire Boulevard just east of the 405 Freeway, just west of UCLA and near the Veteran's complex. It tends to be busy at all hours, with complete gridlock at heavy commuter times.

Kelli Sager

Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

Well, there are a few that come to mind, but I would have to say the 405 Freeway where it connects to the 10 Freeway is the worst. That is always the most frightening. I go out of my way to avoid it whenever possible.

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