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L.A.'s rush-hour construction ban is costing taxpayers millions
L.A.'s rush-hour construction ban is costing taxpayers millions

Soon after taking office in 2005, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa signed an executive order banning construction by "any city department or agency on major roads" during the morning and evening rush hour. It was a popular move, intended to reduce traffic delays and "improve our regional economy, our quality of life and the air we breathe," as Villaraigosa said in issuing the order. The ban did, in fact, reduce traffic on certain streets, and still does. But like so much well-intended work in government, this one has had unforeseen ramifications. Today, because of the ban, city work crews are often sidelined for hours at a time; money is wasted and projects are delayed. The...

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