Congressman Henry Waxman Calls on US Secretary of Transportation to Investigate 405 Delays, Help Speed Completion
Today, Congressman Henry Waxman called on the US Secretary of Transportation to investigate the 405 delays. We appreciate Congressman Waxman’s “strong concern” for the delays and their impact for Angelenos. Waxman called for Secretary Ray LaHood to “do everything in his power to speed completion of the project.”
Some highlights from Waxman’s letter (emphasis added):
“The construction has been a nightmare for the several hundred thousand commuters who pass along I-405 on a daily basis and any delays caused by mismanagement or incompetence are simply unacceptable. ...
I urge you to initiate an investigation into the problems with the project and to help ensure that it gets back on track and is completed as quickly as possible.”
Congressman Waxman’s letter in full is embedded below (and readable as a PDF here):
Congresman Waxman’s office also released the following press release:
Rep. Waxman Calls on Department of Transportation to Investigate Construction Delays on the 405
May 17, 2013 Issues: Transportation & Infrastructure, District Concerns
WASHINGTON, DC— Today Representative Waxman sent a letter to Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood asking that the Department of Transportation investigate delays in construction of the Interstate 405 Sepulveda Pass Improvements Project. Recent reports indicate that the project, which was due to be finished in spring 2013, may not be completed in full until fall 2014.
“I’ve heard from constituents that construction has caused substantial delays and is upsetting their daily lives,” said Rep. Waxman. “Just last weekend construction caused backups from Santa Monica Boulevard to just short of LAX. LA Metro and the primary contractor, Kiewit, need to finish this project as quickly as possible. I am asking Secretary LaHood to investigate the delays and do everything in his power to speed completion of the project.”
LA Metro and Kiewit have stated that construction delays are due to utility relocation, legal challenges, and problems with sound wall construction. The federal government has contributed $317 million to the project, including $190 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
Click here to read the full text of Representative Waxman’s letter.