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Old 07-31-2011, 04:37 PM
 
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Hey Guys,

I'm trying to work out what the best shortcut would be from Sherman Oaks to West LA? Would Sepulveda Blvd play apart in this?

Thanks
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Old 07-31-2011, 04:55 PM
 
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It's hit or miss. Sometimes the 405 is faster than Sepulveda, especially if there is an event at the Getty or Skirball or AJU there. Other times Sepulveda is faster. On Friday/Saturday evenings, I've noticed 405 is faster. In daytime, except around rush hour, Sepulveda is faster.
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Old 07-31-2011, 11:31 PM
 
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It's hit or miss. Sometimes the 405 is faster than Sepulveda, especially if there is an event at the Getty or Skirball or AJU there. Other times Sepulveda is faster. On Friday/Saturday evenings, I've noticed 405 is faster. In daytime, except around rush hour, Sepulveda is faster.
Interesting. Good to know. Thanks!
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Old 08-01-2011, 10:33 AM
 
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i've gotten stuck on sepulveda going both ways. i think for the most part the freeway is faster, at least you don't have to worry about red lights. having said that, i don't think there are any shortcuts through the pass. however, you might try cutting through the VA to avoid getting on the freeway at wilshire. you pop out on to sepulveda from costitution ave. stay in the right lane for a mile or so then get on the freeway at getty center dr.
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Old 08-01-2011, 10:58 AM
 
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i've gotten stuck on sepulveda going both ways. i think for the most part the freeway is faster, at least you don't have to worry about red lights. having said that, i don't think there are any shortcuts through the pass. however, you might try cutting through the VA to avoid getting on the freeway at wilshire. you pop out on to sepulveda from costitution ave. stay in the right lane for a mile or so then get on the freeway at getty center dr.

The VA highly, highly discourages cutting through their property. The gates at ohio are locked and I have seen restricted access at times near the constitution route. In any case, there are several officers on the premises during rush hour(s) that do not want traffic cutting through the premises.

I would suggest you take the freeway starting at wilshire. It may be slow, but it moves and is faster than surface streets in west la.

There is a common misconception that traveling as far north as possible on surface streets, to sunset blvd, is fast, but it is not. It is much quicker to enter the 405 north at Wilshire or Santa Monica Blvds.
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Old 08-01-2011, 11:19 AM
 
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The VA highly, highly discourages cutting through their property. The gates at ohio are locked and I have seen restricted access at times near the constitution route. In any case, there are several officers on the premises during rush hour(s) that do not want traffic cutting through the premises.
while this may be true, just make sure you come to a complete stop at every stop sign within the VA and you'll be fine. i use the route semi-frequently, my wife daily, and it works way better than trying to get on the freeway at wilshire or crawling along sunset between bundy and the freeway.
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Old 08-01-2011, 11:39 AM
 
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I use the VA all the time. It is not illegal to use the VA as a thoroughfare, just discouraged. So what that means is, you should go to the 20 MPH speed limit and go to a complete stop at the signs. I use it to bypass the 405 when I'm going from the westside to beverly hills/weho/hollywood.

From Sherman Oaks to WLA, well, you can also take Beverly Glen Blvd, which generally moves pretty well (and ends up more in century city, but that's right by WLA), or you can go through Roscomare Road (from Mulholland down) which never has traffic (just annoyingly windy )
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Old 08-01-2011, 12:52 PM
 
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There are shortcuts that bypass part or all of Sepulveda Blvd. although most of the time the curvy, narrow roads take longer to negotiate. They are the most useful when there is a major traffic jam on Sepulveda or the 405. Most people don't know 'em so you'll be fighting traffic only with knowledgeable drivers and the few who follow them.

To get from Ventura Blvd. to Mulholland you can use Beverly Glen as previously mentioned, and it continues to Sunset Blvd. to complete the shortcut. If you have to detour around a traffic jam on Beverly Glen between Ventura and Mulholland take Camino de la Cumbre, which used to be my official Corvette test run (although I'm pretty sure the residents hated that). If you expect traffic on Beverly Glen between Mulholland and Sunset you can take Benedict Canyon and join the B.H. to S.O. traffic.

To the east of Sepulveda there is also Woodcliff Drive. Then IIRC you can take a jog on Mulholland to Roscomare Canyon and then south to Sunset, which I recall Roscomare is open to public through traffic.

To the west of Sepulveda (and the 405) you can take Hayvenhurst from Ventura Blvd. then Calneva Dr. to Mulholland, then over to Sepulveda or the 405 to complete the trip.

Like I said, most of these shortcuts will take longer to drive but may be useful in avoiding unusual traffic jams. I used to take them when I had plenty of time because they are all prettier drives than Sepulveda/405. Even better if you drive a car that likes the curves! Good luck!

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Old 08-01-2011, 03:18 PM
 
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while this may be true, just make sure you come to a complete stop at every stop sign within the VA and you'll be fine. i use the route semi-frequently, my wife daily, and it works way better than trying to get on the freeway at wilshire or crawling along sunset between bundy and the freeway.

Thats interesting since the gates along san vicente and ohio are locked.
I ride my bike through there frequently. One of the officers advised me
they are working on eliminating that completely. Its actually not fair
to the vets living on that facility.
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Old 08-01-2011, 03:20 PM
 
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There are shortcuts that bypass part or all of Sepulveda Blvd. although most of the time the curvy, narrow roads take longer to negotiate. They are the most useful when there is a major traffic jam on Sepulveda or the 405. Most people don't know 'em so you'll be fighting traffic only with knowledgeable drivers and the few who follow them.

To get from Ventura Blvd. to Mulholland you can use Beverly Glen as previously mentioned, and it continues to Sunset Blvd. to complete the shortcut. If you have to detour around a traffic jam on Beverly Glen between Ventura and Mulholland take Camino de la Cumbre, which used to be my official Corvette test run (although I'm pretty sure the residents hated that). If you expect traffic on Beverly Glen between Mulholland and Sunset you can take Benedict Canyon and join the B.H. to S.O. traffic.

To the east of Sepulveda there is also Woodcliff Drive. Then IIRC you can take a jog on Mulholland to Roscomare Canyon and then south to Sunset, which I recall Roscomare is open to public through traffic.

To the west of Sepulveda (and the 405) you can take Hayvenhurst from Ventura Blvd. then Calneva Dr. to Mulholland, then over to Sepulveda or the 405 to complete the trip.

Like I said, most of these shortcuts will take longer to drive but may be useful in avoiding unusual traffic jams. I used to take them when I had plenty of time because they are all prettier drives than Sepulveda/405. Even better if you drive a car that likes the curves! Good luck!

So to clarify, the routes you mentioned generally take longer, which was my experience as well, unless there is a major accident or incident causing lane closures etc.
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