A Message from the CEQA Working Group Coalition

  • by BPC Staff
  • on March 1, 2013


Another Example of CEQA Misuse: “Carmageddon”,

Los Angeles




CEQA Working Group Coalition:


Today we’ve released the fifth case study in our weekly series profiling examples of misuses of CEQA: “Carmageddon” in Los Angeles.


As part of a $1 billion project to relieve congestion on the 405 freeway,┬áLA Metropolitan Transportation Authority proposed a design plan for the demolition and reconstruction of the Mulholland Bridge. NIMBY groups opposed the plan and threatened a CEQA lawsuit. Financial constraints and firm time deadlines forced LA Metro to go with a more expensive and time consuming alternative plan that appeased the group. This added 6 months to the project, between $4 and $10 million in additional costs, and caused two shutdowns of the 405 freeway which created massive congestion and traffic, referred to as “Carmageddon.”


Read full case study here.

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