Drivers hit the road again, with trepidation


One of the first things we noticed as the pandemic began to wind down was the return of cars and trucks to the 101 Freeway and other local roads.

It’s plain to see: Traffic is almost back to pre-pandemic levels, and the act of driving between Ventura and Los Angeles counties has become bothersome again. The Lynn Road bottleneck, the slow-and-go on Highway 23 heading into Simi Valley and the snail’s pace going up the Camarillo Grade—you can tell by the many cars that it’s business as usual.


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