Take, for example, how it can nurture comradery at work – water cooler chat if you will.   “Were you on the 405 today? Wasn’t it the worst!?” Bam! With that one question people have something in common, and within seconds, people are sharing their recent traffic woes. Also, traffic can give you a great excuse. “Sorry I’m late, babe, traffic was a nightmare.” You weren’t even in traffic. Admit it, you stayed at the sports bar until the game was over. Here’s the thing though, you must be careful and use caution not only when driving, but when using traffic as an excuse as well. It can backfire worse than your car. Especially this one, “Sorry I’m late for work guys, I was stuck in traffic.” Oh come on. Everybody knows, including you, that you should have left earlier. By uttering this simple sentence, collective eye rolling ensues from your colleagues, and you hear “hubub hubub hubub” mutterings along the lines of, ” I left 2 hours ahead of time today, anticipating the bad traffic (that person obviously listened to my traffic report), I wasn’t late! And I had to drive in all the way from Rancho Cucamonga!” They are right and it’s true. When you live and work in Southern California, bad traffic is no excuse for being late. If it were, nobody would show up to work on time. You know the traffic in LA and the surrounding counties is horrible. Commuting in bad traffic has become a part of the job. It might as well be included in the job description. With that in mind, let’s update the 405 Sepulveda Pass Project. For late night and morning 405 commuters – it’s getting ugly.

WEST LOS ANGELES – All lanes of the northbound San Diego Freeway (I-405) from Getty Center Drive to Greenleaf Street will be closed nightly beginning WEDNESDAY, February 17 through Sunday, February 21 between 1 a.m. and up to 7 a.m. All closures are weather-permitting and subject to change. The closures are to enable striping for construction of the I-405 Sepulveda Pass Widening Project.

For additional information and ongoing construction updates, visit

www.metro.net/I-405 or call the project hotline at (213) 922-3665.       Judy Gish Media Relations