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Parts of 405 Freeway to close at night for Mulholland bridge work

March 2, 2012 | 11:08 am

Mulholland Drive Bridge

This post has been updated. See note below for details.

It's not exactly Carmegeddon, but portions of the 405 Freeway will be closed for six nights starting Friday as reconstruction of the Mulholland Drive bridge continues.

During those nights, either north or southbound lanes of the 405 Freeway will be closed to traffic in West Los Angeles, spanning from the 101 Freeway to Getty Center Drive, according to a notice from Metro and Caltrans.

Workers will be installing temporary girder plates above each bridge span to help support the structure during the reconstruction process. It's being rebuilt as part of a $1-billion 405 Freeway capacity improvement project.

Beginning at 10 p.m. Friday, closure of northbound lanes is set to begin, with full closure of those lanes from midnight through 5 a.m., from Getty Center Drive toVentura Boulevard.

On Monday and Tuesday, southbound lanes will begin being closed at 10 p.m., with full closure of the northbound lanes from midnight to 5 a.m. It will be the same March 12-13.

During these six nights, ramp closures could begin as early as 7 p.m. Sepulveda Boulevard will remain open as a detour route. The closures could change depending on weather conditions.

The larger span of the 405 Freeway was closed for two days last summer, which prompted a marketing blitz -- including celebrity tweets -- to help avoid a so-called Carmegeddon of roads clogged by Angelenos displaced by the closure.

But people listened and the potential traffic nigthmare was avoided, with uncharacteristically light traffic on Los Angeles freeways those two days.

[Updated at 1:46 p.m.: The L.A. County Metropolitan Transit Authority said it had revised its plan for closures. Northbound lanes of the 405 Freeway between Getty Center Drive and Ventura Boulevard will be closed on Friday and Saturday, rather than southbound lanes between the 101 Freeway and Getty Center Drive, as initally planned.]


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Photo: The Mulholland Drive Bridge along the 405 Freeway on June 6, 2011. Portions of the 405 Freeway will be closed for six nights starting Friday as reconstruction of the bridge continues. Credit: Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times