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Brentwood Is Fed Up With All The Traffic On Sunset Boulevard

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Some Brentwood residents have had it with traffic on Sunset Boulevard near the 405 and are hoping city officials do something about it. Meanwhile, other residents are suing the city over the planned expansion of a private school in the area.Councilman Mike Bonin held a meeting on Saturday, attended by about 200 Brentwood residents, and opened the floor for complaints about the frequently horrible traffic on Sunset Boulevard, KPCC reports. The particular spot garnering the most frustration is Sunset Boulevard from Kenter Avenue to the 405 onramp. He stated that it can actually take about an hour to drive a mere mile in the area.

This stretch of road is frequented by those headed to UCLA and the Getty Center, and it's also where several roads leading up to the canyons spill out.

Bonin and some residents had some possible solutions: fiddling with the timing on traffic lights, adding tolls or limiting turns. However, other residents are taking a more adamant stance against a planned construction project that hasn't even started yet.

The Archer School for Girls, located in the thick of it at Sunset near Barrington Avenue, is planning a city-approved expansion that would add a number of amenities for the students. Sunset Coalition, a group made up of local homeowners associations, is suing the city over it, claiming the construction will make things even worse. The project will take three years to complete, and Archer has stated they intend to control traffic by restricting access times to the school so that they don't coincide with peak hours, according to ABC 7. Archer also maintains that a vast majority of their students will get to campus via bus while many others will carpool.

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Bonin thinks instead of focusing on the future construction, solutions should be offered for the present situation.

"We're still a year away from that project and we already have absolutely incredible traffic on Sunset. We need to look at what the problem is now," Bonin said.