The completion date of the massive project to widen the 405 Freeway has now been extended into 2014, according to the LA County Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the LA Times.
The $1 billion Sepulveda Pass Improvements Project was suppose to be done before this summer. According to the LA Times, the delay and added costs are due to a variety of components including faulty materials that led 15 retaining walls to crumble, contested right of ways, design changes and the tedious task of moving dozens of underground utility lines.
The article out today says it will take construction officials months to figure out who is to blame for the delay and extra costs. The project aims to widen the 405 Freeway, rebuild on and off-ramps, add a carpool lane, and ease the congestion-prone roadway that carries about 300,000 vehicles a day.