OK, so the press are calling it carmageddon but the meat of the story is that they are closing a 10 mile stretch of motorway in Los Angeles for just 53 hours to add more lanes to it! BBC News - 'Carmageddon': LA braces for traffic gridlock After the earthquake in Japan it took them just 6 days to reopen a motorway wrecked by the quake. Japan tsunami and earthquake: Road repaired SIX days after it was destroyed | Mail Online Here it years and endless delays to do anything! Are our roads more complicated to build (the Romans seemed to do a pretty good job) or are we hamstrung by regulations and a bone idle workforce? Surely working flat out 24hrs a day would be more cost effective as the delays would only be for a shorter period. It took nearly two years to replace a roundabout on the A64 near York that was supposed to reduce delays; two years of delays later and it has made very little difference. What about chain gangs?