Metro, Kiewit complete major reconstruction work on Sunset bridge, reopen all lanes to Westside motorists

This is a nice kickoff to Carmageddon week. Here’s the news release from Metro:

Los Angeles, Calif. – Marking the first bridge delivery milestone for the I-405 Sepulveda Pass Improvements Project, the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) and its contractor, Kiewit Infrastructure West, have officially completed major reconstruction work on the Sunset Bridge over the I-405 in West Los Angeles, and today reinstated all traffic lanes to motorists.

The new Sunset Bridge is higher, longer and significantly wider at 120 feet — approximately 30 feet wider than before.  It features two additional traffic lanes and higher capacity on- and off-ramps to improve area traffic flows and reduce congestion on local streets.  Motorists will now enjoy dedicated turn lanes to access freeway ramps, and motorists traveling east/west through the bridge will be able to do so more quickly.

“The completion of the Sunset Bridge brings us one step closer to a faster, more efficient transportation network on the West Side of Los Angeles,” said L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. “The Sunset Bridge is a crucial connection to the 405 Freeway and these improvements will provide much-needed relief to the residents who travel in the area.”

A gateway to UCLA to the east and Brentwood and Santa Monica to the west, the Sunset Bridge typically accommodates between 18,000 and 22,000 motorists on an average weekday.  It is a critical, freeway-accessible segment of Sunset, a major east/west arterial for the Westside.  The reopening is anticipated to bring much-needed relief to local residents and commuters who have endured approximately two years of construction-related traffic impacts.

“The completion of major bridge work at Sunset will provide immediate relief to the many thousands of drivers who use Sunset Boulevard to traverse West Los Angeles every day,” said Zev Yaroslavsky, L.A. County Supervisor and Metro Board Member. “While this construction process has not been easy on anyone, the benefits are certainly worth it for anyone trying to negotiate the Sunset/405 interchange.  I’m confident these capacity improvements will better prepare the Westside for the traffic demands of tomorrow.”

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New and improved Sunset Boulevard Bridge over 405 fully reopens Monday morning!

After two-plus years of work, reconstruction of the Sunset Boulevard bridge over the 405 freeway has been completed and all traffic lanes will reopen on Monday morning.

The new bridge is 30 feet wider with two new lanes and improved on- and off-ramps. The work is part of the I-405 Sepulveda Pass Improvements Project that is adding a northbound HOV lane to the 405 freeway over the pass.

We'll have photos and the official news release from Metro in the morning. Here's a story that ran in the L.A. Times today.


What are you doing during Carmageddon II?

Carmageddon 2011. Photo by Paul Lovine via Flickr

Tell Zev what you’re doing for Carmageddon II during his live internet chat tomorrow at noon … right here at metro.net. Or send in your great ideas and questions in advance to livechat@metro.net

L.A. County Supervisor and Metro Board Member Zev Yaroslavsky will be here to talk to you about the 405 Sepulveda Pass closure next weekend, Sept. 29-30, and about plans for the future of the Sepulveda Pass corridor. 

Ask him about the chronic Sunset Bridge traffic backups. Ask him about the Wilshire ramps project. Ask him what he’s doing during Carmageddon. Ask him live during the internet chat from noon to 1 p.m. tomorrow. Or send in a question NOW to livechat@metro.net.

Input wanted: Metro to Hold Community Meetings in October to Update the Public on the East San Fernando Valley Transit Corridor Study

  • Public is invited to learn about the project, the evaluation process, and the options being studied including different routes and transportation modes. Comments and input are welcome.

Here’s the news release from Metro:

Metro and the City of Los Angeles, in coordination with the City of San Fernando, will hold four community meetings in October to update the public on the Alternatives Analysis (AA) study that is evaluating options to improve north-south travel opportunities in the East San Fernando Valley and provide connections to the regional transportation network. One of the Measure R projects, the AA study is a precursor to the draft environmental document.

The community meetings will be held on the following dates and times. Information at all the community meetings will be the same.

  • Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012, 6-8 p.m. at the Sepulveda Middle School, 15330 Plummer St. in North Hills, CA 91343. Served by Metro Rapid Line 734 & Local Lines 237 & 234.
  • Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012, 6-8 p.m. at the San Fernando High School, 11133 O’Melveny Av in San Fernando, CA 91340. Served by and Metro Rapid Lines 734 and 761 and Metro Local Lines 230 and 234.
  • Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. at the Panorama High School, 8015 Van Nuys Blvd. in Panorama City, CA 91402. Served by Metro Rapid Line 761 & Metro Local Lines 233 & 656; DASH Route – Panorama City/Van Nuys.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012, 3-5 p.m. at the Marvin Braude Constituent Service Center, 6262 Van Nuys Blvd., Van Nuys, CA 91401. Served by Metro Orange Line, Metro Local Lines 154, 156, 164, 233 and 237 and Metro Rapid Line 761; DASH Panorama City/Van Nuys and Van Nuys/Studio City.

Those that can’t attend in person may view the Oct. 4 meeting via webcast beginning at 6:30 p.m. at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/eastsfv.  Or they can catch it later at this same link beginning Oct. 5.

The study is evaluating possible improvements alongVan Nuys Boulevard,Sepulveda Boulevardor a hybrid route.  The area under review stretches fromVentura Boulevardon the south to the Sylmar/San Fernando Metrolink Station and the I-210 Freeway on the north.  Initial alternatives under consideration as part of the AA include Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), Light Rail Transit (LRT), as well as a required “No Build” alternative and a Transportation Systems Management (TSM) alternative aimed at better managing the flow of traffic along the corridor.

Spanish translation will be provided as well as additional languages upon request. Special accommodations and information in alternative formats are available to the public. All requests for reasonable accommodations must be made within three working days (72 hours) in advance of the scheduled meeting date.

For additional information on the East San Fernando Valley Transit Corridor Study visit metro.net/projects/east-sfv or call the project hotline at 818-276-3233.

ExpressLanes to open on 110 freeway on Nov. 10

Here’s the news release from Metro:

Metro ExpressLanes, an innovative project to reduce traffic congestion, will debut Los Angeles County’s first HOT (High Occupancy Toll) lanes on Saturday, Nov. 10 at 12:01 a.m., opening 11 miles of carpool lanes on the 110 Harbor Freeway to solo drivers who pay an electronic toll.

Only solo drivers using the ExpressLanes will be charged a toll. Carpools, vanpools, buses and motorcycles will be able to travel toll-free in the 110 Metro ExpressLanes, which will be located between Adams Boulevard and the 91 freeway. But all motorists will need a FasTrak® account and transponder to travel in the 110 Metro ExpressLanes when tolling begins on November 10.

“The opening of the Metro ExpressLanes demonstration project on the 110 will provide a unique opportunity to explore and evaluate a new transportation option that could potentially create faster commutes, greater capacity and better air quality throughout the region,” said LA County Supervisor and Metro Board Chair Michael D. Antonovich.

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Expo Line Phase 2 construction notice: work to begin Monday on Colorado Avenue in Santa Monica

Work continues to chug along on the Measure R-funded second phase of the Expo Line between Culver City and Santa Monica. Here's a notice for utility work to begin Monday, the 17th, on the street-running portion of the line in Santa Monica on Colorado Avenue from 4th to 17th: