Carmageddon II: Contractor faces stiff fines for missing deadline
The contractor for the 405 Freeway weekend bridge-demolition project will face severe financial penalties if even a portion of the shuttered freeway doesn't reopen in time for Monday morning rush hour.
Authorities late Friday closed a 10-mile stretch of the 405, between the 10 and 101 freeways, for 53 hours so that construction crews can demolish the remaining half of the Mulholland Drive bridge in the Sepulveda Pass, part of a larger freeway-widening project.
The freeway is scheduled to reopen Monday at 5 a.m. and the contractor will be fined $6,000 every 10 minutes for each of the 10 lanes that remains closed, according to Rick Jager of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
That means the contractor could be fined a maximum of $360,000 an hour if all the lanes remain closed past the deadline.
-- Ari Bloomekatz
Photo: Crews demolish part of the Mullholland Drive bridge on Saturday morning. Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times