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Carmageddon: 405 Freeway will reopen today, Caltrans official says

July 17, 2011 |  8:10 am

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Officials said they expect to reopen the 405 Freeway on Sunday, easing the "Carmageddon" shutdown several hours ahead of schedule.

The 405 Freeway is scheduled to reopen between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Sunday, according to Caltrans District 7 Director Mike Miles.

“The demo is complete. Just a matter of doing the clean-up,” Miles said from the emergency operations center set up to handle the project.

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Demolition of the south side of the Mulholland Bridge over the 405 Freeway was completed Sunday morning. The 10-mile stretch of the 405 that has been closed since late Friday remained cordoned off, but crews were speeding to clean up the debris as quickly as possible to reopen the highway well before their Monday morning deadline.

"We're looking at somewhere between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. this afternoon, we should have the road opened up," Miles said.

"It will be a phased back up," Miles said. "The first thing we'll be opening up will be the off-ramps, then the main freeway and then the on-ramps," he said.

"Everything went per textbook," Miles said, referring to the fact that there were no major issues with the traffic closure or demolition.

Miles said that compared with a normal Friday and Saturday in Los Angeles, traffic volumes have been “very light.”

Miles and other officials at the emergency operations center did not say what time they plan to reopen the freeway. Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has scheduled a news conference at 11 a.m. Sunday near the closure area at the Sepulveda Pass.

There were no major incidents or arrests near the freeway project overnight, officials said. A few bicyclists showed up near the closure area but were quickly dispersed by authorities.

A Caltrans vehicle headed toward the demolition site was rear-ended, but there were no major injuries in the crash, said Ming Hsu, spokesman for the California Highway Patrol.

Los Angeles Fire Deprtment Capt. Alicia Mathis said there were no major incidents involving fire or paramedics overnight and that most response times have been between one and four minutes.

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--Ari Bloomekatz

Photos: Demolition overnight of portion of Mulholland Bridge. Jeff Amlotte / Los Angeles Times

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