Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Kenny Loggins Opts to Take Frontage Road to Danger Zone Instead

Citing concerns over travel time, newly begun construction, and traffic congestion, 80s music star and soft rock icon Kenny Loggins, famous for his contributions to the soundtracks of such films as Caddyshack, Footloose, and Top Gun, opted on Monday to take the frontage road to the Danger Zone instead of the more popular highway which he made famous in his 1986 hit song. The frontage road to the Danger Zone, formerly known as US Route 183, used to be the main way to travel to and from downtown Los Angeles before construction on the Highway to the Danger Zone began in the early 80s.

Music star Loggins said that, while he’s traveled on the highway numerous times, recent times have made it a less desirous way to commute.

Loggins elaborates: “Certainly, everyone knows that there’s a highway to the danger zone. Or, at least they do because it’s high velocity travel times inspired the song I wrote They built it for us drivers who like to rev our engines until we hear its howlin’ roar, at which point the only natural course is get your vehicle on the red line overload.”

“But few people are aware that, along with the main route, that there’s a frontage road that people have forgotten about over the years as well. Taking advantage of that knowledge makes traveling to there the Danger Zone much easier, especially since they started that road expansion and repair project about two months ago.”

Loggins, 60, says that he frequently takes the highway to the danger zone as a matter of convenience, saying that he can travel from his home to the action Mecca made popular in his 1986 hit in very little time at all. But wear and tear from drivers jumpin’ off the track and shovin’ into overdrive has created problems such as massive potholes, frequent accidents, and increased travel times, all of which have made the danger zone a much less practical way to travel.

“It used to be that I would be able to travel to my house in the suburbs to the studio where I record, via the highway to the danger zone, of course, in no time at all. I was listening to the traffic report here in L.A. and they said that, at the minimum, it took two-and-a-half hours to get from where my home is to the danger zone by the highway. It used to take 30 seconds. Unbelievable.”

“Not only that, but have you seen the danger zone these days? It’s not even dangerous. There’s a Noodles and Company about to open up, for chrissakes.”

Loggins went on to say that, while he feels partially to blame for popularizing the travel route, which was originally instated as a bypass for commuters wanting to avoid congestion to the downtown area of Los Angeles, he is also stunned by the lack of maintenance on the popular travel route, and opted to take an alternate route of transportation out of practical and environmental concerns.

“It’s only recently that they’ve started the construction on the highway. Travel times have gone through the roof. It just makes more sense to take the frontage road to the danger zone instead. Nobody knows about it, it more or less travels parallel to the side of the road, and I can get better gas mileage now that I am forced to drive slower. Frontage roads are great for many things, but driving like a badass ain’t one of them.”

Loggins continues: “Still, I’m amazed that it took this long to get construction started. Could you imagine what would happen if the highway to the danger zone collapsed? My god, it would tragic. Sure, everyone loves danger, but nobody wants a vehicular holocaust.”

Loggins says that he plans to hold a benefit concert to raise funds to further help pay for repairs on the highway in early 2009.

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