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Saturday, September 8, 2012
"Carmageddon" 405 frwy
Just think of these freeway closures as dress rehearsals for the upcoming sequel to last summer's transit drama known as "Carmageddon."
Transportation officials will close portions of the 405 through the Sepulveda Pass over the next two weekends so that workers can prepare the remaining (north) half of the Mulholland Bridge for the final phase of its demolition. The work is in anticipation of what is billed as "Carmageddon II" -- the full 10-mile closure of the 405 Freeway, in both directions, between the 10 and the 101.
The first preparatory closure -- of the southbound 405 between the 101 and Getty Center Drive -- will begin at 11 p.m. Saturday and end at 9 a.m. Sunday. The northbound 405 between Getty Center Drive and Ventura Boulevard will close at 11 p.m. Sept. 15 and reopen at 9 a.m. on Sept. 16.
That 53-hour closure is slated to begin about 7 p.m. on Sept. 28, when workers begin shutting down ramps along the closure route. Individual lanes will begin closing about 10 p.m., with the entire freeway expected to be closed by midnight. The closure is expected to continue until 5 a.m. Oct. 1.
The work is part of the epic project to add a carpool lane through the Sepulveda Pass.