Crenshaw Boulevard closure between MLK and Stocker May 2 for traffic control change

Here’s the notice from Metro regarding the traffic control change on Crenshaw Boulevard that will be starting May 2. The implementation requires a full street closure of Crenshaw Blvd. between Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Stocker Street starting at 10 p.m. on May 2, lasting through 1 p.m. on May 3. The work is necessary for the construction activities of the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project.

If you have questions or concerns about this closure, upcoming closures or other construction work taking place for the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project, join us for a live chat with Metro on April 29 from 6 – 7 p.m. You can leave your advance questions at the chat page on Reddit, email CrenshawCorridor@metro.net or call in during the chat at 213.922-4601.

Northbound 405 closures in the Sepulveda Pass planned for four consecutive nights April 24-28

Here’s the press release from Metro:

The I-405 Sepulveda Pass Improvements Project contractor is planning to close the northbound I-405 in the Sepulveda Pass for four consecutive nights April 24-28.  The closure boundaries and hours change each night. The closures will enable the contractor to install overhead freeway signs.

  • The northbound I-405 will be fully closed from Getty Center Drive to Greenleaf Street on the night of Thursday, April 24, midnight to 5 a.m., Friday, April 25

Closures:

  • Ramps begin closing as early as 7 p.m. Lanes begin closing at 10 p.m. 
  • Northbound Sunset Boulevard to on-ramp  
  • Northbound Moraga on- and off-ramps 
  • Northbound Getty Center Dr on-ramp
  • Northbound Skirball Center Dr on-ramp
  • Northbound I-405 to the north US 101 connector

Detour:

From I-405 northbound: Take the northbound Getty Center Drive off-ramp, head north on Sepulveda Boulevard to the northbound I-405 on-ramp at Greenleaf.

  • Northbound I-405 fully closed from Skirball Center Drive to Greenleaf Street on:
    • Night of Friday, April 25, 1 a.m. to 6 a.m., Saturday, April 26
    • Night of Saturday, April 26, 2 a.m. to 7 a.m., Sunday, April 27
    • Night of Sunday, April 27, midnight to 5 a.m., Monday, April 28

Closures:

  • Ramps begin closing as early as 7 p.m. Lanes begin closing at 10 p.m.
  • Northbound Skirball Center Dr on-ramp
  • Northbound I-405 to the north US 101 connector

Detour:

From I-405 northbound: Take the northbound Skirball Center Drive off-ramp, head south on Skirball Center Drive, head north on Sepulveda Boulevard to the northbound I-405 on-ramp at Greenleaf.

What to expect:

Get ready for a jazz flash mob at Union Station on International Jazz Day April 30

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International Jazz Day is next Wednesday, April 30, and we’re celebrating with a flash jazz mob at Union Station!

Evening commuters passing through Union Station West at 5:30 p.m. will be able to catch a brief performance of a popular jazz song by student and professional musicians.

The event is organized by the Jazz Education Network (JEN), Make Music Los Angeles, and Los Angeles Unified School District’s Beyond the Bell Branch. All three organizations share a common mission of increasing awareness of music performance and education. The flash mob will serve as a precursor to Make Music LA’s annual Day of Making Music on June 21, 2014, and the Jazz Education Network’s annual jazz conference on January 7-11, 2015 in San Diego, CA.

Registration is required for all musician participants.

Northbound 405 freeway closure between I-10 and Santa Monica Boulevard in West L.A. planned night of April 23

Here’s the press release from Metro:

The I-405 Sepulveda Pass Improvements Project contractor is planning to close the northbound I-405 between the I-10 and Santa Monica Boulevard in West Los Angeles the night of Wednesday, April 23 from midnight to 5 a.m. Thursday, April 24.  The closure will facilitate installation of mainline traffic loops.

Ramps will be closed as early as 7 p.m., and lanes will begin to close at 10 p.m. 

Ramp Closures:

Eastbound and westbound I-10 connectors to northbound I-405

Northbound I-405 on-ramp from Olympic Boulevard/Pico Boulevard (on Cotner Avenue)

Detour:

From westbound I-10: exit Bundy North, turn right to northbound Bundy Drive, turn right on eastbound Santa Monica Boulevard, and turn left to enter the northbound I-405 at the Santa Monica Boulevard on-ramp.

From eastbound I-10: exit at Overland Avenue off-ramp, turn right to northbound Overland, turn left to westbound Pico Boulevard, turn right to northbound Sepulveda Boulevard, turn left to westbound Santa Monica Boulevard, and turn right to enter the northbound I-405 at the Santa Monica Boulevard on-ramp. 

What to expect:

  • Work is dependent on favorable weather conditions.
  • Emergency access will be maintained at all times.

For a listing of daily closures and latest updates visit our website at www.metro.net/405 or follow us on twitter: www.twitter.com/I_405 and Facebook atwww.facebook.com/405project.

Nighttime Wilshire/Sepulveda intersection closures planned April 22 through May 5

Here’s the press release from Metro:

The I-405 Sepulveda Pass Improvements Project contractor is planning to close the Wilshire / Sepulveda Boulevard intersection in Westwood nightly for two weeks beginning April 22 to May 5 for needed paving work.

The contractor will grind existing asphalt, pave a top lift of asphalt roadway, install traffic loops, and restripe the intersection to its permanent alignment.

Closure information is as follows:

  • From 10 p.m. to 6 a.m., starting at 10 p.m. on Tuesday, April 22 - and continuing nightly from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. – until 6 a.m. on Monday, May, 5, 2014.
  • Sepulveda Boulevard will be reduced to one lane in each direction from Constitution Avenue to 800 feet south of Wilshire Boulevard.
  • Wilshire Boulevard will be fully closed from Bonsall Avenue to Veteran Avenue.

Ramp Closures:

Ramp closures will begin at 8 p.m.

Off-ramp Closures

  • Northbound 405 to westbound Wilshire Boulevard
  • Southbound 405 to eastbound Wilshire Boulevard

On-ramp Closures

  • Eastbound Wilshire to northbound 405
  • Westbound Wilshire to northbound 405
  • Westbound Wilshire to southbound 405

Detour:

  • From westbound Wilshire: turn left to southbound Westwood Boulevard, turn right to westbound Santa Monica Boulevard, turn right to northbound Federal Avenue, and turn left to continue onto westbound Wilshire Boulevard.
  • From eastbound Wilshire: turn right to southbound Federal Avenue, turn left to eastbound Santa Monica Boulevard, turn left to northbound Westwood Boulevard, and turn right to continue onto eastbound Wilshire Boulevard. 

What to expect:

Everyday is Earth Day when it comes to Metro’s sustainability efforts

We know that taking public transportation is a great way to go green. But what you may not know is that Metro has a number of initiatives in the works that will make the agency even greener…which will make it easier for you to be green.

Metro’s current transit network and infrastructure requires approximately $70 million per year in energy costs to keep everything running. This includes electric and natural gas energy for facility operations and fuel. Energy needs will exponentially increase over the next few years as the system expands and costs are anticipated to increase to about $120 million per year once Expo Phase II, the Crenshaw/LAX Line and the Gold Line Foothill Extension open.

Red/Purple Line Westlake-McArthur Park Station WESS.

Red/Purple Line Westlake-McArthur Park Station WESS.

To reduce the fiscal impact of these expansions on the overall energy demand, Metro has been actively looking at ways to be more energy efficient. On the renewable energy front, Metro is currently developing flywheel technology energy projects at the Red/Purple Line Westlake-McArthur Park Station and near the Gold Line Avenue 61 location. The flywheel energy storage system is able to capture energy regenerated by trains as they brake into a station. Metro is also increasing solar panel installations to include the new bus Division 13, which is scheduled for completion in 2015. Collectively, these projects will contribute to the agency’s goal of 33 percent renewable energy use by 2020.

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Chat with Metro on upcoming Crenshaw/LAX construction full street closures Tuesday, April 29

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Join Metro for a one-hour live chat on Tuesday, April 29 at 6 p.m. to discuss the upcoming full street closures that will take place due to Crenshaw/LAX construction. Project director Charles Beauvoir will answer questions regarding travel options for pedestrians, motorists, business owners and the general public during the Crenshaw Boulevard closures.

Crenshaw Blvd. will be closed between Martin Luther King Jr. and Stocker Street from 10 p.m. Friday, May 2 through 1 p.m. Saturday, May 3, as work begins on the Crenshaw/MLK underground station. On Friday, May 16, a second full street closure will take place on Crenshaw Blvd. between Exposition Boulevard and Rodeo Place.

The full street closures are required to implement traffic rerouting for upcoming construction activities such as utility relocation, pile installation, decking and excavation.

The live chat will be hosted on Reddit. You can leave advance questions on the chat page once it is live, email your questions to CrenshawCorridor@metro.net or call the project hotline 213.922-2736. If you’d like to call in via phone during the chat, call 213.922-4601 to submit your questions. All questions will be answered from 6 – 7 p.m. on the Reddit page.

I-5 HOV Improvement Project: 55-Hour closure of Western Avenue on-ramp April 25

Expect a 55-hour closure of the Western Avenue on-ramp to the southbound I-5 this Friday. Here’s the press release from Caltrans:

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will close the (eastbound) Western Avenue on-ramp to southbound I-5, 10 a.m. Friday, April 25 to 5 a.m. Monday, April 28 to complete the construction of the curb, gutter, and pavement inside of the on-ramp.

About the Project

This project is building a high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lane in each direction along the Golden State Freeway (I-5) between the Ventura Freeway (SR-134) and Magnolia Boulevard in Burbank, a total distance of 5.4 miles (2.7 miles in each direction). It is also constructing sound walls and retaining walls.

Funding for this $57.8 million project is provided by Proposition C.  The contractor is Security Paving of Sun Valley, California.  Work began in March 2011 and is expected to be completed in late 2014.

Caltrans reminds motorists to Slow For The Cone Zone and Move Over. It’s the law.

Northbound I-405 closure in Sepulveda Pass between Getty Center Drive and Greenleaf planned night of April 22

Here’s the press release from Metro:

The I-405 Sepulveda Pass Improvements Project contractor is planning to close the northbound I-405 in the Sepulveda Pass from Getty Center Drive to Greenleaf the night of April 22 to remove and install overhead signs. Closure information is as follows:

  • The night of Tuesday, April 22 from midnight to 5 a.m. on Wednesday, April 23

Ramps will be closed as early as 7 p.m., and lanes will begin to close at 10 p.m. each night.

Ramp Closures:

  • Eastbound/Westbound Northbound Sunset on-ramp
  • Moraga on/off ramps
  • Northbound Getty on-ramp
  • Northbound Skirball on-ramp
  • Northbound 405/101 connector

Detour:

  • Take northbound Getty off, north on Sepulveda, west on Ventura to northbound I-405 on-ramp at Greenleaf

What to expect:

Short term freeway, street closures planned for Downtown Los Angeles area Tuesday, April 22

The California Highway Patrol (CHP), Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), Caltrans, and Metro are warning motorists to avoid the northbound US-101 freeway around DTLA on Tuesday, April 22. This is in anticipation of a significant number of attendees for the funeral services and subsequent procession to the interment location for LAPD Officer Christopher Cortijo.

CHP and LAPD, in partnership with Caltrans, will close the northbound 101 between I-110 and Barham Boulevard from 10:30 a.m. to noon. In addition, the I-110 northbound and southbound transition lanes to the 101 northbound lanes will be closed to motorists. Numerous city streets surrounding the Cathedral of Our Lady of Angels, at 555 W. Temple Street, will also be closed off to motorists earlier in the morning.

CHP advises motorists to plan ahead by leaving early for your destination if you must travel to the DTLA area, or avoid the area altogether.

Metro provides numerous transit alternatives in DTLA for motorists who want to avoid freeway impacts. Key services include the Metro Red/Purple Line, as well as Metro Local and Rapid Bus lines. Use Trip Planner to plan your transit trip. Please note: buses that travel through DTLA will likely experience detours and traffic delays until after the procession. For real-time service info, check the Metro homepage or follow Metro on Twitter @metrolosangeles or @metroLAalerts.

Alternately, motorists with transponders on their vehicles are encouraged to use Expresslanes on the I-110 in efforts to shorten vehicle travel times. Motorists are also encouraged to monitor downtown traffic conditions in real-time by visiting Go511.com and basing their route choices on current traffic conditions.

The CHP, Metro and Caltrans jointly express their heartfelt sympathy to the family of Officer Cortijo, the LAPD for the loss of a brother, and the City of Los Angeles for the loss of a fine officer. All agencies extend their thanks to the community and allied agencies for the support and cooperation on this day of mourning.