SHERMAN OAKS, CA – Congressman Brad Sherman (D-Sherman Oaks) announced that the California Transportation Commission (CTC) voted to allocate funding for a project to help alleviate congestion at the 101/405 interchange. Congressman Sherman wrote to the CTC in support of the project to construct one additional lane for southbound and northbound off ramps at Van Nuys Boulevard on the 101 Freeway.
“Over the next three years, construction will be underway on two important projects to ease the daily commute for thousands of motorists traveling on the 101 and 405 Freeways,” said Congressman Sherman. “This project will help reduce backup in both directions on the 101 Freeway for motorists exiting onto busy Van Nuys Boulevard and traveling to Sherman Oaks and Van Nuys.”
The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will begin construction by spring 2011 and complete the widening project within two years. The California Transportation Commission voted to allocate $8 million for the shovel-ready project at the Commission’s meeting on August 12th after adopting a plan earlier this year to advance the project by two years.
Congressman Sherman secured $500,000 in federal appropriations funding to initiate project studies at the 101/405 interchange, including improvements to the northbound and southbound Van Nuys Boulevard off ramps. Sherman has worked closely with various transportation agencies, including the CTC to accelerate construction of this important transportation improvement project. He has also advocated successfully for federal and state funding to accelerate construction of a carpool lane on the 405 Freeway between the 101 and 10 Freeways.