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First 2 rebuilt Wilshire-405 Freeway ramps reopen early

August 31, 2012 |  6:52 pm

Dare we call it "Rampture" Rapture?

Just in time for the Labor Day weekend, transportation officials Friday reopened two rebuilt Wilshire Boulevard ramps, the first of eight to be demolished and rebuilt as part of the 405 Freeway widening project.

Reopened about three weeks ahead of schedule were the westbound Wilshire onramp to the northbound 405 and the northbound 405 offramp to westbound Wilshire. The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority closed the ramps June 22 for what was anticipated to be 90 days.

Given the ramps' importance to residents and commuters, the closures immediately earned nicknames such as "Ramp Jam" and "Rampture."

The contractor, Kiewit Infrastructure West, will receive a bonus of $250,000 for finishing the job early, said Metro spokesman Dave Sotero.

The six other Wilshire ramps will be closed consecutively, one or two at a time, for between 14 and 90 days over the next year. The next closures are expected to begin in November.


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