The Really Exciting 405 Project (More or Less)

The Westwood-Century City Patch brings us this news of the I-405 project near UCLA:
The investigations that resulted in the denial of 71 percent of damage claims related to the I-405 Sepulveda Pass Improvements Project have been handled with careful attention to documentation and responsibility, according to a spokesman for Kiewit Construction, the main contractor for the $1 billion project.  Last week, the Metro Board of Directors approved Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky’s motion calling for the inspector general’s office to audit Kiewit’s claims since the project began in 2009.
Dan Kulka, community relations manager for Kiewit, said 90 percent of the 338 claims filed are vehicle related, while the remaining have come from homeowners abutting the project…
Kulka claimed the problems that delayed the project four to six months were logistical and are now behind the company. “We’re heading into rainy season,” he said, noting the Wilshire ramp area is getting busier, prepping for closures at the end of the month.
“Kiewit’s paved, more or less, the Getty Center off-ramp over the pass and there’s a few gaps with bridges there,” Kulka said. “Soon we’re going to be able to move the traffic over there and work in the center of the freeway. The Mulholland half is going up fast.” Kiewit’s also about to move Sepulveda Boulevard 30 feet or so between Montana Avenue and Sunset Boulevard, making it wider. “Looking ahead, it’s really exciting,” Kulka said. “A year from now we’ll be driving on the new stuff.”

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