Saturday, October 25, 2014

2 Freeway: Another Day, Another Bomb Scare, Another Morning Of Diesel Particulate Matter

Photo: Diane Edwardson, Saturday October 25, 2014.  The 2 Freeway was shut down for several hours between the Terminus & the 5 Freeway for a bomb scare this morning.  (Click on photos to enlarge.)
Photo: Diane Edwardson, October 25, 2014.  For some reason the southbound 5 Freeway ramp to the southbound 2 Freeway ramp remained open, keeping a mass of cars  and large trucks idling on the 2 Freeway between 9 AM & 11:30 AM.  Yet the southbound 5 Freeway (in the background) remained more traffic free than usual for a Saturday morning.

The steep topography of the canyon between the 5 Freeway & the Terminus plus the lack of wind meant all of the pollution from the southbound lanes concentrated close to the homes on the Silver Lake side of the 2 Freeway.  (CalTrans doesn't want to give us more trees - they cut down the trees adjacent to Corralitas Drive in the above photo 20 years ago.  After years of letter writing & phone calls, we got some shrubs - not trees - most of which they killed when they stopped watering them.)
Photo: Diane Edwardson, October 25, 2015.  At one point I noticed cars were being directed OFF of the on-ramp to the SB 2 Freeway at Allesandro Elementary School on Riverside Drive.  (Usually the traffic is going the opposite direction on the ramp in the foreground).

Today's bomb scare story: The Eastsider

Wednesday's bomb scare at Riverside Fletcher: The Eastsider

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