Carpool lanes on 110 freeway to be closed overnight for next 13 months

The 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. carpool and transitway closures begin Sunday night, Aug. 7 to accommodate the ExpressLanes project, which is converting the existing carpool lanes into toll lanes. The closures are scheduled to continue through Sept. 2012.

Several bus lines, including the Silver Line, will be impacted. Please note that the regular lanes will REMAIN OPEN.

Please keep in mind that carpoolers, buses, vanpools and motorcycles will still be allowed to use the lanes for free when the ExpressLanes open, scheduled for late 2012. Single motorists will be allowed to use the lanes for a toll — when there’s extra space in the lanes to sell. It’s part of a one-year project in partnership with the federal government to give congestion pricing a try.

The news release from Metro with more info on bus detours is after the jump.

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Rail disruptions aplenty this weeked, riders beware!

Lots of rail work happening this weekend, so if you’re planning on riding (perhaps to a Go Metro Weekend destination?) take heed to the info in this post.

Friday after 8:30pm

  • Purple Line only runs between Wilshire/Western & Wilshire/Vermont due to maintenance in Downtown stations.  As a result, Red Line will operate on a modified every 20 min schedule and single track between 7the Street Metro Center & Union Station. More info here.
  • Blue Line only runs between 7th Street Metro Center & Wardlow due to necessary tree trimming in Long Beach.  Bus shuttles will serve Wardlow, Willow, PCH, Anaheim, 5th, 1st, LB Transit Mall, Pacific. More info here.

Saturday

  • Blue Line only runs between 7th Street Metro Center & Wardlow due to necessary tree trimming in Long Beach.  Bus shuttles will serve Wardlow, Willow, PCH, Anaheim, 5th, 1st, LB Transit Mall, Pacific. More info here.
  • Gold Line will run every 20 minutes during the day due to maintenance on the Pasadena segment. More info here.
  • Gold Line will run every 30 minutes at night due to maintenance on the Pasadena segment. Departure times will be :24 and :54 northbound from Union Station and :14 and :44 soutbound from Union Station. More info here.

Sunday

  • Blue Line only runs between 7th Street Metro Center & Willow due to necessary tree trimming in Long Beach.  Bus shuttles will serve Willow, PCH, Anaheim, 5th, 1st, LB Transit Mall, Pacific. More info here.
  • Gold Line will run every 20 minutes during the day due to maintenance on the Pasadena segment.  More info here.

Metro Blue Line service in Long Beach to be impacted by tree trimming July 22 to 25

Here’s the news release from Metro:

Metro Blue Line service in the Long Beach area will be replaced by bus service this weekend due to City of Long Beach tree trimming maintenance work.

·      Beginning Friday night at 9 p.m. and continuing through 2 a.m. Sunday morning, trains will not run between the Transit Mall and Wardlow Stations.

·      Beginning Sunday at 4 a.m. and continuing through Monday at 2 a.m., trains will not run between the Transit Mall and Willow Stations.

Metro will run bus shuttle service between the Wardlow Road, Willow Street, Pacific Coast Highway (PCH), Anaheim Street, 5th Street, 1st Street, Transit Mall and Pacific Avenue stations to provide Metro Blue Line patrons with access to those stations/locations.

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405 freeway over Sepulveda Pass to reopen about 11:30 a.m. Sunday, 17-plus hours ahead of schedule

Officials announce the 405 reopening at a news conference Sunday morning. Photo by Luis Inzunza/Metro.

With work on tearing down the southern half of the Mulholland Drive Bridge complete, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced Sunday that the 405 freeway over the Sepulveda Pass will begin reopening about 11:30 a.m. Sunday, more than 17 hours before the scheduled reopening at 5 a.m. Monday.

“Not enough is said about the people of Los Angeles when they come together and decide they have to work together to make something work,” said Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, thanking area residents for staying off local roads and preventing the massive traffic jam some feared would result from the 405 closure this weekend.

“Thank you to the people of this area who have put up with and will continue to put up with this construction project for a couple more years,” said Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, whose district includes the construction site. “They have been very patient with us and we thank them and we do not take their patience for granted.”

Metro will continue to offer free service on the Red and Purple line subways, the Orange Line busway and 25 other bus lines for the remainder of Sunday.

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Latest progress report on Mulholland Bridge: southern half of bridge has been torn down and 405 may reopen early

Work on the bridge as of 8 a.m. Sunday. The photo was taken by the camera Metro is using to make a time-lapse video of the demolition work. Photo by Metro.

Here is the latest progress report on work on the Mulholland Drive Bridge over the 405:

•The southern half of the bridge has been demolished.

•Workers continue to thoroughly clean the edge of the remaining part of the bridge.

•All demolition material and dirt has been removed from the roadway surface

•Street sweeping, freeway surface cleanup and minor repairs will begin this morning.

•Kiewit, the contractor, is pleased with the progress.

In response to media queries about the possibility of the 405 reopening earlier than its scheduled reopening of 5 a.m. Monday, the office of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has issued this statement:

“Yes, it looks like freeway is going to open early. However, the debris still needs to be cleaned and there still needs to be an inspection to see if any other work needs to be done on the highway. Things are still fluid, and we will have a better sense of the opening time closer to Mayor’s presser at 11 a.m.”

The mayor and other officials are holding a news conference at 11 a.m at 10:30 a.m.