Carmageddon: 405 could reopen ahead of schedule
The 405 is scheduled to reopen early Monday morning, in time for the weekday commute.
But County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky predicted demolition work would be completed ahead of the 5 a.m. deadline. By Saturday afternoon, the center stand of the bridge was mostly gone, and crews were removing girders on the other two stands.
No prediction have been made about how early the 405 could reopen, but officials said they might have a better idea by Sunday morning.
The 405 was shut down at midnight Friday night between the 101 and 10 freeways, as workers demolished the southern half of the bridge, which spans the freeway. That 10-mile stretch of the 405 carries roughly 500,000 vehicles on a normal July weekend.
Contractors working on the 405 Freeway project face penalties of $6,000 for every 10 minutes they run over the allotted time for completion — which is 53 hours. The fines apply separately for each side of the freeway, meaning that amount would double if both the southbound and northbound lanes remain closed.
-- Dan Wiekel and Kate Mather
Photo: The Mulholland Drive bridge over the 405 Freeway is broken up. Credit: Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times