Los Angeles freeways have ranked No.1 for the nation’s worst traffic despite reduced travel amid the the California stay-at-home order.
A study published by consumer electronics company TomTom indicated that Los Angeles averaged a 27% congestion level for 2020, meaning that it took commuters 27% longer to travel to their destination.
Although the amount of vehicular traffic has seen an overall decline of 15% from 2019, traffic congestion in the Los Angeles area still remains at a nationwide high.
It remains likely that local traffic congestion may increase throughout the year as vaccines become more readily available and employees return to work.
There is no surprise that Los Angeles is No. 1 for traffic congestion, but there are solutions to ease the issue, said Doug Shupe, spokesperson for the Automobile Club of America (AAA).
“Traffic is something that Los Angeles has been experiencing for many, many years,” Shupe said. “It’s a by-product of a high-density population and infrastructure that was designed a long time ago.”
Shupe suggested “investing smartly” into infrastructure by maintaining roads and improving safety.
In addition, the spokesperson noted upcoming projects for the 2028 Olympics could ease some of the strain on L.A.’s roads.
Los Angeles is the worst in the nation when it comes to traffic, but there are dozens of other cities across the world with more congestion, according to the study.
TomTom covers 416 cities across 57 countries on six continents, ranking them on their level of traffic congestion.
Moscow is named No.1 as the worst in the world for traffic with Los Angeles all the way down at No. 85 for the worldwide rankings.
Vehicle Crashes Over Side Of 5 Freeway In Newhall Pass
A vehicle crashed about 30 feet over the side of the 5 Freeway onto The Old Road in the Newhall Pass Monday morning.
The crash was reported at about 10:50 a.m. Monday near The Old Road and Weldon Canyon Road in Newhall, according to officials with the Los Angeles County Fire Department.
Initial reports to the California Highway Patrol (CHP) indicated the vehicle landed on its roof after crashing down a hillside, according to CHP logs.
Two paramedic squads and ambulances were requested to the scene, according to fire officials.
The Santa Clarita Valley Search and Rescue team responded to the incident but were later canceled.
A total of two victims from one vehicle were transported to a local hospital in unknown condition, according to the department.
This is a breaking news story, more information will be added as it becomes available.
Snow Flurries In Santa Clarita Valley Possible After Next Storm System Arrives
Snow flurries in parts of the Santa Clarita and Antelope Valleys are possible as another storm is predicted to hit the Southland.
National Weather Service (NWS) meteorologists are reporting a “brief lull” between storms Sunday morning with another system moving into Southern California in the afternoon.
Snow accumulations across the Antelope Valley foothills could be between one to three inches near Highway 138 from Llano to Little Rock and Highway 138 west of the 14 Freeway towards Neenach to near Gorman.
The Santa Clarita Valley could see a dusting as well, according to the NWS.
Forecasters “would not be surprised” if portions of Santa Clarita Valley saw some snow flurries, especially around the foothills on Monday, according to the NWS.
Snow levels are expected to lower to 2000 feet and possibly down to 1500 feet, according to the weather service.
High winds are expected to affect portions of the Antelope Valley, a high wind watch is in effect Monday morning through the evening with gusts possibly exceeding 60 mph.
The Los Angeles County Health Officer has issued a cold weather alert due to wind chill temperatures expected to be below freezing.
The weather alert is in effect for the Santa Clarita Valley from Monday, Jan.25 through Tuesday, Jan. 26, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.
In the Antelope Valley, the alert is in effect from Sunday through Thursday, Jan. 28.
“Children, the elderly, and people with disabilities or special medical needs are especially vulnerable during cold weather. Extra precaution should be taken to ensure they don’t get too cold when they are outside,” said Dr. Muntu Davis, Los Angeles County Health Officer in a statement. “There are places where people can go to stay warm, such as shelters or other public facilities. We also want to remind people not to use stoves, barbeques or ovens to heat their homes due to the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.”
Due to the predicted snow, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) Fort Tejon Area Office has implemented “Operation Snowflake” to prepare for a possible shut down of the 5 Freeway in the Grapevine.
As of 10:30 a.m. Sunday, the I-5 remains open, with CHP officers monitoring road conditions.
Jackknifed Big Rig Prompts SigAlert Near Newhall Pass
A jackknifed big rig is leaking fuel Saturday afternoon, prompting a SigAlert in Sylmar near the Newhall Pass.
The crash was first reported at about 12:05 p.m. Saturday at the northbound 5 Freeway truck route near north of the 210 Freeway, according to Brian Humphrey, spokesperson for the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD).
Upon arrival, firefighters reported a multi-vehicle collision in the truck lanes, involving a jackknifed big rig leaking diesel fuel from a punctured 100-gallon tractor tank, according to Humphrey.
LAFD personnel have stopped the leak and are working to contain the spill as of 12:30 p.m. Saturday.
The California Highway Patrol (CHP) has issued a SigAlert for the truck route transition from the westbound 210 Freeway to the northbound I-5, according to CHP logs.
All lanes of the transition are estimated to be closed for about one hour, according to the CHP.
Initial reports to the CHP indicated the collision involved three big rigs, including a tomato truck and a Freightliner.
No injuries have been reported in connection to the incident.