Obama is in town, traffic and bus service on the Westside impacted

Fair warning: President Obama is in town and his motorcade is messing up traffic and bus service.

Here’s the latest Metro service advisory:

Potential Westside delays due to Presidential motorcade; Metro buses will detour as necessary. Use Red/Purple Line when possible to avoid delays.

That’s as specific as it gets right now, just be prepared for an extended commute this evening.

Prop 8 ruling tomorrow; receive Metro service updates on Twitter

Many media outlets are reporting that a federal judge will rule Wednesday afternoon on the legality of Prop 8, which made same sex marriage illegal in California.

LAist is reporting that there could be two Prop 8 rallies tomorrow evening — one in West Hollywood, the other downtown L.A. near Olvera Street.

If Metro service is impacted, the best way to get Metro service updates is to follow the agency on Twitter. Our service alerts can be found on twitter.com/metrolaalerts and our regular account, twitter.com/metrolosangeles.


Work on demolition of Sunset Boulevard bridge extended by one night

Following six nights of Sunset Bridge demolition work that began Friday, July 23, the contractor for the northbound I-405 Sepulveda Pass carpool lane project will continue the demolition of the bridge for one additional night to remove center columns.

The work is anticipated to start tonight, July 29, for one night only between the hours of 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. Two nights of abutment demolition work will follow a month later.

There will be no full freeway closures for this added work but traffic lane reduction in the area of the I-405 and Sunset Boulevard will be implemented both north and south along the I-405 Freeway.

Ramp closures on the Sunset Bridge will be coordinated with Caltrans with ramp closures starting as early at 7 p.m. tonight. Pedestrians will be rerouted to an area outside the construction zone and traffic control officers will be on site to direct traffic.

Emergency access will be maintained on the bridge at all times. Detour maps are available at www.metro.net/405.

Demolition and subsequent reconstruction of the bridge – one of three bridges planned for replacement in the area – is the first major construction milestone for the 10-mile, $1 billion I-405 improvements project.  The replacement of the bridge is required to build a new northbound high-occupancy vehicle lane between the I-10 and U.S. 101 freeways.   Bridge columns will be repositioned to accommodate the additional freeway lane created by the project.   Continue reading

Taking down a bridge

Here are some photos of the demolition of the Sunset Boulevard bridge over the 405 freeway that began this past weekend. The bridge is being widened and rebuilt as part of the project to add a carpool lane on the northbound 405 between the Santa Monica and Ventura freeways.

A hoe dam pulls down steel rebar hanging from the Sunset Bridge. Sparks from acetylene torches indicate where rebar is being cut. The metal will be recycled.

Looking from the southeast, this views shows two water trucks on Sunset Bridge and the closure of the northbound lanes. The section of the bridge over the northbound I-405 was demolished first. Demolition of the span over southbound lanes began Sunday, July 25. All demolition occurs at night to limit restrictions on the highway’s capacity.

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Sunset Boulevard bridge, once upon a time

Photo credit: Caltrans

Demolition — or reconstruction, depending on your point of view — of the Sunset Boulevard bridge over the 405 freeway began over the weekend. Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky’s website has a nice story with photos of the bridge when it was shiny and new and the freeway wasn’t disguising itself as a parking lot on a daily basis.

You can also see history photos at the Los Angeles Public Library’s photo collection website. Click here and do a keyword search for “405 freeway.”

The bridge is being taken down and rebuit as part of the project to add a northbound carpool lane on the 405 between the Santa Monica and Ventura freeways. To receive road closure updates, follow the project on Twitter.

Sunset Bridge demolition begins tonight

I’m guessing that Westsiders who live in the area are already keenly aware that partial demolition work on the bridge that carries Sunset Boulevard over the 405 freeway begins later this evening. The work is being done as part of the project to add a northbound carpool lane on the 405 over the Sepulveda Pass.

There will also be associated closures of the 405 freeway early Saturday morning and work is also being done on Sepulveda Boulevard.

Here’s a press release outlining the work to be done. And here’s a link to the project website.


Sunset Boulevard Bridge demolition scheduled to begin Friday night

Following pre-demolition work that began last May, the contractor for the northbound I-405 Sepulveda Pass carpool lane project is now scheduled to demolish one-half of Sunset Boulevard Bridge in West Los Angeles in six consecutive nights beginning Friday, July 23.

Demolition work and associated closures will be conducted during night-time hours only, with the bridge, freeway and local streets reopened during day-time hours. The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) has provided City and Caltrans-approved detours for motorists around the construction area during night-time work activities. Detour maps are also now available on the project website http://www.metro.net/405.

Demolition and subsequent reconstruction of the bridge – one of three bridges planned for replacement in the area – is the first major construction milestone for the 10-mile, $1 billion I-405 improvements project. The replacement of the bridge is required to build a new northbound high-occupancy vehicle lane between the I-10 and U.S. 101 freeways.  Bridge columns will be repositioned to accommodate the additional freeway lane created by the project.

Demolition activities are expected between the hours of 9 p.m. and 6 a.m., with bridge demolition occurring between 12 a.m. and 4 a.m. Ramp closures may start as early as 7 p.m. Continue reading

Bus bridge this weekend on Blue Line in downtown L.A. due to construction work

There will be no Blue Line service between the Washington station and 7th Street/Metro Center this weekend due to construction work on the Expo Line, which will connect with the Blue Line in downtown L.A. Passengers may see delays up to 40 minutes.

A bus bridge will run between the two stations. All the details are in the press release after the jump. Continue reading

Police officer injured in incident with Blue Line in Long Beach

A Metro Blue Line train and city of Long Beach police vehicle collided in Long Beach about 1 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon, sending a police officer to the hospital with unspecified but non-life threatening injures, according to Metro officials and several media reports.

Eight passengers on the Blue Line train also had soft-tissue injuries and were transported to the hospital, according to Metro. Fire department officials said that the train pushed the police car down the tracks and the officer had to be extracted from the vehicle.

Blue Line trains are single-tracking around the scene of the incident and there are some delays in the Long Beach loop portion of the Blue Line. Receive service updates on Metro’s homepage at www.metro.net or Metro’s Twitter feed with service updates.

The cause of the accident is under investigation. There is a traffic signal at the intersection with the tracks where the incident occurred and there is also a signal telling trains when to stop or proceed.