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Northbound 405 through Sepulveda Pass closures set for this weekend

March 1, 2013 | 11:42 pm

Angelenos, start planning those alternate routes.

A 2.4-mile stretch of the northbound 405 Freeway through the Sepulveda Pass is getting a 55-hour makeover this weekend -- one that will cause the shutdown of some or all northbound lanes at different times.

As of 10 p.m. Friday, construction crews had started shutting down the northbound freeway lane by lane between the Montana Avenue and Getty Center exits. By 1 a.m. Saturday, all lanes will be shut down.

The 405’s northbound lanes will be closed entirely from 1 to 6 a.m. Saturday, 2 to 7 a.m. Sunday and midnight to 5 a.m. Monday. Outside of those hours, the freeway’s northbound traffic will have to squeeze through a two-lane bottleneck.

During this time, construction crews will be grinding pavement, shifting K-rails and compacting and striping new pavement -- all in a push to build a segment of carpool lane that will bridge the last gap in the 10-mile stretch between the I-10 Freeway and the U.S. 101, said Metro spokesman Dave Sotero. 

The weekend work will allow the construction company to compress months of work into a matter of days, Sotero said.

The closure may not be as dramatic as Carmageddon I and II, the 2011 and 2012 closures that shut down traffic over 10 miles of the 405 in both directions, but Sotero pointed out that southbound travelers might have to come up with creative plans on their return trips.

“There’s people that come on the southbound from the San Fernando Valley into the Westside tomorrow who will return on the northbound in the afternoon to the Valley -- and they may be caught in this lane reduction,” Sotero said. “So they should be aware that the lane closures are in place.”

Officials plan to reopen all lanes at 5 a.m. Monday.


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