The Cost & Impact of Delays
The 405 Project is delayed about a year. (Read more about the reasons on our FAQ page.) It is urgent that the project be completed as soon as safely possible.
The Cost of Gridlock
There is an exceptional, if indirect, cost to the gridlocked status quo. Slow construction prolongs the freeway delays and postpones project benefits. Overall, the cost of SoCal gridlock , with its impacts such as lost productivity, was estimated at $11 billion in 2010; the 405’s portion of this number, given that it’s among the busiest and most congested, should not be underestimated. Getting ourselves out of this mess is urgent, indeed.
A staggering 331,000 vehicles travel everyday on the 405 through the Sepulveda Pass, on average. More people drive on the 405 here each day than the total population count of people in cities like Pittsburgh or Cincinnati. With the incredible number of people impacted, we must do everything possible to safely hasten progress, so construction impacts on traffic are finished, and so drivers can benefit from the new HOV lane and improved freeway ramps.
The Impact of Delays: a Significant Human Cost
Gridlock on the 405 doesn’t just have a cost in terms of lost productivity; it also has a human cost: stress and frustration, yes. But also less time for drivers with their families, and friends. People late to job interviews—and dates. Missed concerts, and events. And perhaps worst of all, people avoiding even trying to go to events or see friends in other parts of the region. Certainly, the 405 Project won’t solve all the woe on the 405 (an urgently needed rail link is being explored), but additions including the HOV lane and ramp improvements will bring some relief — relief that is needed ASAP. Tweets remind us of just how frustrating the status quo can be: