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Carmageddon II: Stay away from Sepulveda Pass, officials warn

September 30, 2012 |  4:07 pm

An empty 405 for a bit longer

Los Angeles police and fire officials are appealing to drivers to continue to stay out of the Sepulveda Pass area, saying that Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s scheduled 5 p.m. news conference is not to announce that the 405 Freeway will reopen.

Officials said traffic was already built up on Sepulveda Boulevard on Sunday afternoon due to a stalled vehicle. They stressed that the roadway needs to remain clear so that emergency services have the access they need during the freeway closure. Los Angeles Fire Department Capt. Alicia Mathis said, “There is still a lot more work that needs to be done.”

The 405 Freeway was shut down this weekend between the 10 and 101 freeways so that construction crews could demolish a portion of the Mulholland bridge. The work is part of a $1-billion freeway improvement project that includes adding a northbound carpool lane along a stretch of the Sepulveda Pass.

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The demolition work was scheduled to be completed by 5 a.m. Monday.

Lt. Andy Neiman of the Los Angeles Police Department said the purpose of the mayor’s news conference is not to announce the re-opening of the 405 Freeway, but to provide an update on how work is progressing. Officials are still hopeful that the freeway will open before 5 am.

But Neiman said, "We don’t want people to start getting a false sense of security” and take to their cars in anticipation of a 5 p.m. opening.

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-- Alexandra Zavis at the Emergency Operations Center

Photo: Construction crews work on the Mulholland Drive bridge over the closed 405 Freeway on Saturday. Credit: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times

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