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What would get traffic moving faster at the Valley's busiest intersection of Ventura and Sepulveda (or shall we say the nation's busiest freeway intersection of the 101/405)?

1. Finishing 101/405 interchange construction for once and for all?

2. Limiting construction hours to 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., therefore extending construction by months.

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The LA Daily News reports that the delay of the Northbound 405 on-ramp at Greenleaf St. in Sherman Oaks (just south of Ventura Blvd.) is due to the city's recent ordinance stating street construction crews cannot operate during rush hour. "We expected that we could work more hours than we were able to," a Caltrans spokeswoman said to the newspaper.

Maybe Caltrans is whining. Maybe the city is being too tough.

If Caltrans were allowed to work on their schedule, the on-ramp would have been finished already. If that happened, rush hour traffic during construction would have moved like it was 2004 (oh my gawd!) -- like it was before the ordinance was enacted. Instead, the project is not done and traffic still crawls like it has and like it will anyway.

Picture by coral11 via Flickr.