5 LA Traffic Shortcuts

Picture courtesy of aroris Flickr

Picture courtesy of aroris Flickr

LA traffic sucks….there’s no getting around it. There’s nothing like only going 3 miles in 45 minutes at 5pm, after a long day of work.

It’s a great recipe for “The case of the Monday’s “

However, once you get the hang of LA and understand the traffic patterns, you will be able to navigate the city much more efficiently and shave some time off your commute.

Here are 5 shortcuts that I use regularly to avoid some of the most congested areas of LA:

Laurel Canyon/Coldwater Canyon

Laurel Canyon and Coldwater Canyon are two great shortcuts that can get you to West Hollywood and Beverly Hills respectively. But, it’s important to also be aware that these canyons can become heavily congested at times.  I usually fare well on the Canyons between 4pm and 5pm.


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Best areas to use this shortcut: Sherman Oaks, North Hollywood, and Studio City.

Fountain Ave

What better way to cut across from one side of Hollywood to the other than taking Fountain Ave. This shortcut has saved me countless times while in Hollywood.


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Best areas to use this shortcut: Hollywood

Sepulveda Pass

The Sepulveda Pass is my favorite shortcut when commuting to The Valley from the Westside or vice versa. If you run into heavy traffic on the 405 and 101 interchange, I recommend taking advantage of the Sepulveda Pass route.


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Best areas to use this shortcut: Sherman Oaks and West LA

405 North to 10 East

I live on the Westside of LA and occasionally head Downtown to catch a Dodgers game or grab a drink at The Edison. As some of you may know, traveling from the Westside/Southbay can be a major pain, especially if you must use the 405 North. In order to avoid this headache, I usually hop on the 405 North, exit Venice Blvd, make a left on Overland, and head directly towards the 10 East to Downtown. This route helps me bypass the 405 North and 10 East interchange, which causes the majority of congestion in the area.


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Best areas to use this shortcut: Marina Del Rey, Inglewood, Playa Del Rey, and Venice.


The Palms shortcut is similar to the 405 North to the 10 East shortcut. It bypasses the 405 and 10 interchange, but is more effective if you’re leaving from the Santa Monica Area.


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Best areas to use this shortcut: Santa Monica and Mar Vista

Feel free to share some of your shortcuts!

Disclaimer: Remember LA traffic can be unpredictable at times. These shortcuts can be potentially as congested as the major highways. So always use your best judgement!


Justin Resarieo is a creative entrepreneur and graduate of The University of Alabama. He has lived in LA for 6 years and enjoys the weather, creativity, and opportunity the city offers.

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