August 22, 2014
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles motorists are used waiting in traffic on Interstate 405, and now they'll have to wait for construction to be completed on the key north-south artery.
The Los Angeles Times reports a project to widen the 405, one of the nation's busiest freeways, will take a year longer than originally planned. And the price tag will be about $100 million more than the original $1 billion.
Transportation officials say they hope to complete the bulk of the project by June 2014, with some of the work around busy Sunset Boulevard lasting perhaps until next fall.
The newspaper says several factors have contributed to the delays, including the structural failure of sound walls, a legal fight over the placement of ramps and the logistics of relocating utility lines.
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