Driving from Newport Beach to Northridge, CA

Jan 5th, 2010, 11:54 AM
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Driving from Newport Beach to Northridge, CA

A question for you Southern California Fodorites. We'll be driving from Newport Beach to Cal State University Northridge on a Monday morning to take my son on a 10:00 a.m. campus tour. I am well aware how heavy LA traffic can be so my question is which is better, take the 405 or the I-5 for the drive (Rand McNally shows the 405). I appreciate any advice you could provide. Thanks for your help.
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Jan 5th, 2010, 12:41 PM
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405 all the way
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Jan 5th, 2010, 12:44 PM
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Ow. I'd leave NB about 7 am, take the 405, expect stop-and-go traffic. If you happen to get to Northridge early you can get breakfast somewhere.
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Jan 5th, 2010, 12:50 PM
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Agree with azzure, but not later than 7 A.M. The 405 (San Diego Fwy to us old-timers) is your best bet and it may very well take you almost two hours to reach Westwood, or at least the I-10 intersection. From there you should pick up a little speed going northbound into the SF Valley.
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Jan 5th, 2010, 01:38 PM
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405 and use the HOV lanes whenever possible.
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Jan 5th, 2010, 03:38 PM
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Yikes, 7:00 a.m. departure! Maybe I'll look into a later tour in the early afternoon, but of course we'll have to deal with returning afternoon traffic then.

Thanks for your replies about the 405 (San Diego Fwy)and HOV lanes.
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Jan 5th, 2010, 06:59 PM
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Taking a contrarian view here, because of the massive 405 construction project through the Sepulveda Pass that starts next week: www.contracostatimes.com/california/ci_14115303

Google maps shows that the 5 to the 101 is only one minute longer in normal conditions. There will not be normal conditions on the 405 for at least 3 years.

I would suggest changing to the afternoon tour, but I'd still take the 5. Stay in Northridge for dinner-- and maybe a basketball game, concert or other on-campus event-- before returning south.
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Jan 5th, 2010, 08:31 PM
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lvk read my mind, but I'd still chance the 405. The project actually begins on Tuesday, January 12th.


But I'd still leave Newport Beach at 7:00 a.m.
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