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Public safety officials issue ominous warning about July weekend closure of 405 freeway

May 27, 2011 |  1:53 pm

Llu5danc In an ominous news release titled “Countdown to the Closure,” public safety officials warned Friday of the planned 53-hour full closure of a long segment of the 405 freeway on the Westside in July.

Click for details about the project The northbound 405 will be closed for 10 miles between the 10 and 101 Freeways, and the southbound 405 will be closed for four miles between the 101 Freeway and the Getty Center Drive ramps.

DETAILS: See planned closure and alternative routes

The closure is planned for the July 16–17 weekend -– beginning in some sections on the evening of July 15 and lasting until the early morning of July 18 -- and is taking place because of planned demolition work on the Mulholland Bridge as part of a larger freeway improvement project.

La-me-405-closure “Plan ahead, avoid the area, or stay home,” the release from Metro advises.

Metro suggests using alternate freeways to bypass the area and said, “Sepulveda Boulevard is intended as an alternate route for local resident access only”; the boulevard does not “have the capacity to accommodate both local and diverted freeway traffic.”

Metro, along with Caltrans, the Los Angeles Police Department, the California Highway Patrol, the Los Angeles Department of Transportation and other public agencies, is preparing for “severe” traffic conditions in Los Angeles County because of the closure and said “significant, multi-hour delays” are expected.

The Mulholland Bridge, like other bridges, has to be demolished and reconstructed because of the roughly $1 billion 405 widening project that includes constructing a 10-mile northbound carpool lane to complete a “network between Orange County and the San Fernando Valley”.

Construction crews will demolish the Mulholland Bridge in two phases. Another freeway closure is expected in the future. Officials said they hope to complete the full project’s construction in 2013.


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Photo: Mulholland Bridge, across the 405 Freeway. Credit: Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times