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LA Times -- "Note to Caltrans: Put up electronic signs about 405 closures:

David Murphy

The Los Angeles Times’ Opinion L.A. blog joins the chorus of people calling for electronic messaging signs alerting motorists to upcoming ramp closures along the 405. Highlights of reporter Carla Hall’s excellent post:


Note to Caltrans: Put up electronic signs about 405 closures

By Carla Hall

1:04 PM PDT, June 21, 2013

…“It’s freeway lottery,” one resident said. “I don’t know what’s open and what’s closed.” 

One big problem that ought to be solved: signage about the freeway closures.

“There’s no reason why we can’t have electronic signs every day to guide us,” said Myles Berkowitz, a Brentwood resident.  “We need real-time communications.”

…Construction officials instead put up a small nondescript sign that says something like “Ramp closed ahead” — or, as one resident Thursday night more aptly put it — “a ratty orange sign. It’s a joke.” 

David Murphy, president of Angelenos Against Gridlock, piped up, “If you could just have a sign after the 10 — ‘Last exit open is…’”   

OK. So here is some advice for Metro and Caltrans which are, more or less, doing this project jointly :

…Put up electronic signs in more places on the 405 Freeway that spell out which exit is closed — not “Second ramp ahead — and good luck remembering if that’s the one you need.”  

Read the full opinion piece at the LA Times website here.