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Carmageddon II: 405 Freeway expected to open before morning commute

September 30, 2012 | 11:42 am

The 10-mile stretch of the 405 Freeway that has been closed since late Friday is set to reopen before the Monday morning rush hour, Metro officials said at a Sunday briefing at the construction site.

Three and a half of the Mulholland Bridge's four columns are down, as are the decks, said Marc Littman, a Metro spokesman. But Littman cautioned that plenty of work remained to be done.

"The official word is we're on schedule," he said.

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The freeway is scheduled to open at 5 a.m. Monday. The contractor faces a maximum $360,000 fine for every hour the deadline is not met.

Among the work left, Littman said, is removing the portion of the remaining column and to haul out mountains of debris that include 2,700 cubic yards of concrete and 300 tons of steel.

The bridge demolition work is part of a $1 billion freeway widening project that will add a new carpool lane to the 405.

Construction was slowed Saturday when a large chunk of concrete fell unexpectedly during demolition of a section of the bridge. Crews were able to demolish the section, along with two pillars, overnight, putting them back on schedule.

“This is not cause for concern,” officials said in a statement about the unexpected collapse. “It did not damage the newly constructed portion of the bridge nor should it cause any delays.”


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