Not Carmageddon: 710 Freeway closure set in Southeast L.A. County
Lady Gaga probably won’t tweet about it, but motorists must deal with another freeway closure this weekend -– this time the shutdown of about six miles of the 710 through Southeast Los Angeles County.
Starting just before midnight Friday, crews will shut down the 710 from Atlantic Boulevard to the 105 Freeway connector. The freeway is scheduled to reopen to traffic at 6 a.m. Saturday, only to be closed once more, from 11 p.m. Sunday until 5 a.m. Monday.
During the weekend hours when traffic is allowed, there will be fewer lanes than normal and reduced speeds. Closures will be repeated for nine more weekends –- excluding the Labor Day weekend.
The closures are getting far less attention than last month's "Carmageddon" shutdown of the 405. Officials said that's because the 710 will be for much shorter periods and only late at night. Plus, the 405 is much more heavily traveled.
“This is the way Caltrans normally does the work,” said Maria Raptis, spokeswoman for the state transportation agency. “Before Carmageddon and after Carmageddon.”
The work is part of a $700-million improvement effort that began in 2001. One purpose of the project is to make the freeway less harrowing by smoothing out its damaged roadbed.
For more information on the 710 closures, go here: http://1.usa.gov/no4Ii1.
-- Ari Bloomekatz