Friday, July 15, 2011

405 closure: 405 Freeway could reopen early if work goes smoothly - latimes.com

405 closure: 405 Freeway could reopen early if work goes smoothly - latimes.com

If demolition work on the Mulholland Drive bridge goes smoothly this weekend, the 10-mile section of the 405 Freeway might reopen early, though officials said Thursday they did not know how much sooner traffic could be moving again on one of the nation's busiest interstates.

All ramps, freeway connectors and lanes on the 405 are set to be back in operation by 6 a.m. Monday. Officials said the freeway could reopen earlier if contractor Kiewit Infrastructure West Co. can finish and clean up the pavement ahead of schedule.

"We don't know if we will be able to do it or when," said Dan Kulka, a community relations manager for Kiewit. "We will keep our eye on this throughout the weekend. Come Sunday afternoon or evening, we should have a good idea what we can do."

The 405, which handles an average of 281,000 vehicles per day, is scheduled to be shut down for about 53 hours from the 10 Freeway to the 101 Freeway on the northbound side and from the 101 Freeway to Getty Center Drive on the southbound side.

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