LOS ANGELES : $5.5 Million Approved for Freeway Message Signs

The California Transportation Commission approved $5.5 million Thursday to expand the network of freeway message signs in Los Angeles.

The money will be used to install 16 changeable message signs and upgrade 11 others already in use. The signs--featured in Steve Martin's movie "L.A. Story"--are usually placed before major freeway interchanges and alert motorists to congestion or suggest alternative routes. The new ones should be installed by the end of 1994.

The CTC also approved $12.2 million for earthquake strengthening of six bridges in L.A. County. Efforts will include $9.5 million for five structures at the interchange of the Pomona and the Long Beach freeways near Monterey Park and $2.7 million for the Centinela/Pico underpass on the Santa Monica Freeway in Santa Monica.

The commission also allocated $1.8 million to add metered ramps to sections of the Foothill Freeway in Arcadia, Irwindale, and Glendora. Most of the ramps also will be widened to include car-pool lanes. Construction is scheduled to begin in December and is expected to last 15 months.

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