Elevated Lane is Discussed for 405

Staff Reporter

Construction of an elevated carpool lane is one plan being considered by the California Department of Transportation to relieve congestion on a 10-mile stretch of the San Diego (405) Freeway through the Sepulveda Pass and West L.A.

The elevated lane, similar to the one on the Harbor (110) Freeway south of the 10 Freeway, would coincide with widening of that stretch of the 405.

Five other less dramatic plans ranging in cost from $400 million to $1.4 billion are being considered for the 405, one of the most jammed freeways in the country.

Caltrans is holding two public hearings on Jan. 16 and 17 on the 405 plans at the Veterans Administration building at Sawtelle and Dowlen Drive and at the Radisson Hotel in Sherman Oaks.

Work is already under way on a surface carpool lane southbound through the Sepulveda Pass but Caltrans project manager Sam Ekrami said those lanes now under construction could be used for the column supports for the elevated structure, if officials decide to go that way.

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