And the 405 is officially liberated

That’s the scene as of a couple minutes ago as traffic on the northbound 405 rolled under the Mulholland Drive Bridge with horns a-honkin’ — led by a big-time escort by the CHP and Caltrans vehicles (below). The southbound lanes should be open in the next hour or two. The screen capture was taken from KCBS’ live-cam.

UPDATE: 11:40 p.m. The southbound lanes are now open, too. Have a great morning commute!

Photo by Gary Leonard for Metro.

Photo by Gary Leonard for Metro.

 

Official update: 405 on track to reopen at 5 a.m. Monday

Cleanup of the 405 freeway earlier this afternoon. Photo by Ralph G. Sbragia for Metro.

As expected, officials just announced that work on demolition of the northern side of the Mulholland Drive Bridge over the 405 freeway has gone well this weekend. As a result, the 405 is on track to reopen at 5 a.m. tomorrow, as was planned.

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said that everything has gone well and also thanked area residents for staying off the road this weekend.

County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky said Carmageddon II marked the “beginning of the end” for the I-405 Sepulveda Improvements Project, which he said will be complete in late 2013.

Aerial footage of the site shows that the northern half of the Mulholland Drive bridge is completely gone, with crews now working to clear the freeway of dirt and construction and demolition materials.

 

405 scene, 1:32 p.m.

Photo by Gary Leonard for Metro.

There’s the scene earlier this afternoon as crew work to clean up the roadway. There will be a news conference at 5 p.m. at Camp Carmageddon with an update on construction/demolition progress.

A bridge, a Carmageddon and Saturday night

Here are a few photos I took late Saturday afternoon and early evening. Disclosure: I applied some filters and other processing to try to hide my photographic deficiencies. Plus, I like how they look. Click on any of them to see larger.

Work on the Mulholland Bridge about 6:30 p.m. Saturday. Photos by Steve Hymon/Metro.

Looking north toward the San Fernando Valley in the late afternoon. The vintage filter comes from the Snapseed app for iPhone/iPad.

What do you do when you forget to fully focus? Apply filters to make it look like you did it on purpose! This was taken after a big chunk of the western span of the bridge fell.

Work continues on the western span after nightfall.

Hoe-rams at work on the big chunk of debris from the bridge’s eastern span.

Looking north to the Valley on a very quiet 405 about 9 p.m. Saturday.

405 scene, 11:17 a.m.

Photo by Kim Upton/Metro.

One of the big hoe-rams departing the scene — more signs of progress.

405 scene, 9:15 a.m.

Photo by Patrick Chandler/Caltrans.

A good view from the roadway looking south at the bridge and work on demolishing the last of the old bridge columns for the north side of the Mulholland Drive Bridge.