Metro responds to op-ed in L.A. Times on 405 freeway detour and construction signage

The following statement is from Metro in response to an op-ed that ran earlier this week in the Los Angeles Times saying there is a need for more detour signs for the I-405 Sepulveda Pass Improvements Project:

The buck stops with Metro. We are the lead agency responsible for communicating 405 impacts to the public. We take that responsibility seriously. Overall, we have a very good track record for getting the word out about this project’s construction work. Metro has implemented a program of portable message signs that exceeds Caltrans requirements for freeway construction projects. Portable message signs are activated on a 24/7 basis on both the northbound and southbound 405. When there are no ramp closures, these message signs display 55 MPH limit information. At Skirball Center Drive, needed ramp closures are shown on message signs in advance near the northbound Getty off ramp. Metro has confirmed with its contractor that correct signage for the Skirball ramp closure the night of October 28 was in effect, providing a strong indication that the system is in fact working reliably on a daily basis. Drivers’ view of the signs can be temporarily obstructed by other passing vehicles. Fortunately, this project is winding down and we anticipate ever dwindling impacts to drivers. The public is still encouraged to track remaining work utilizing any one of Metro’s numerous outreach channels. Metro updates construction information twice per day, seven days a week at:

Project Hotline: 213.922.3665

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