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405 Freeway contractors to be docked $6,000 for every 10 minutes they run over deadline [Updated]

405 Freeway contractors to be docked $6,000 for every 10 minutes they run over deadline

This post has been corrected. See the note at the bottom for details.

Contractors working on this weekend's 405 Freeway project will be penalized $6,000 for every 10 minutes they are late, transportation officials said Monday.

At a news conference at Caltrans District 7 offices in Eagle Rock, Caltrans and Metro officials explained some of the monitoring and managing of this weekend’s closure of the 405 Freeway between the 101 and 10 freeways for bridge demolition.

Michael Miles, director of District 7, said contractors would be fined $6,000 for every 10 minutes they run over the allotted time for completion -- which is 53 hours.

The stretch of the freeway is scheduled to be closed from midnight Friday night until 5 a.m. Monday.

Transportation officials said no bonuses would be paid if contractors finished early.

Because construction will take place on both the northbound and southbound portions of the freeway, officials will consider each side separately.

This means that if construction on both directions of the freeway is not completed on time, contractors could be fined on each side — in other words, fines could be up to $12,000 for every 10 minutes late, Miles said.

[Updated at 12:17 p.m.: A previous version of this post contained comments by Doug Failing, Metro's executive director of Highway Projects, about incentives, but those comments have been removed because incentives will not be offered, officials said later.]

For the record, 12:32 p.m. May 11: A previous version of this post said the 405 will be closed between the 110 and 10 freeways for bridge demolition. It will be closed between the 101 and 10 freeways.

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Photo: Mulholland Bridge, which spans the 405 Freeway, is slated for demolition. Credit: Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times

 
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