|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, LA 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.