Latest progress report on 405 closure, bridge work

As of 2:30 p.m., a report from the contractor, Kiewet, says that all work is on schedule:

•All three girders of the center span of the bridge have been demolished and crews are beginning to clear away the demolished concrete, steel, and dirt pad from under the center span.

•The northern half of the bridge (portion that will remain for 11 months) is now exposed in the center span. Crews are at work thoroughly cleaning the new exposed edges.

•The top deck of the bridge has now been demolished from end to end leaving only girders and bottom deck on the end spans.

•The first of three girders has been demolished on the western span. Work has begun demolishing girders on the eastern span.

•Workers this afternoon will begin to saw through the large concrete beams on top of the columns, an undertaking expected to last into Saturday night.

There is also a good post on the website of Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, whose district includes the Sepulveda Pass and the Mulholland Drive Bridge being partially torn down this weekend. Excerpt:

We have 40 hours or less to go, and I urge all of you to stay the course. Stay home, patronize local stores and restaurants, and do everything you can to stay out of your cars until this weekend’s work is completed. It worked last night, and it’s working this morning. We need to sustain this for another day and a half, and then Carmageddon will be in our rear view mirror.

405 bone dry of cars — a beautiful sight, eh?

photo by Dave Sotero/Metro

This photo was taken about an hour ago from the Angeleno Hotel at Sunset Boulevard looking south toward the 405. It’s quite a scene, considering this is the very stretch of road that regularly hosts some of Southern California’s worst traffic jams.

Mulholland Bridge noon update

photo by Gayle Anderson/Metro

Metro highways chief Doug Failing just briefed the media a few minutes ago on the partial demolition of the Mulholland Bridge over the 405.

The center part of the southern half of the bridge is now down, as well as three supporting girders. Work is on schedule. The above photo was taken just after 12 p.m. today.

Good aerial view of Mulholland Bridge work on 405

photo courtesy the city of Santa Monica

Here’s a very cool view of the demolition work being done on the south side of the Mulholland Drive Bridge on the 405 taken this morning. The photo was taken from a city of Santa Monica helicopter.

Progress being made on Mulholland Bridge work

Photo by Dave Sotero/Metro.

The tearing down of the southern side of the Mulholland Drive Bridge as seen from the media viewing site about 8:40 this morning. As of mid-morning, all work is on schedule.

The latest word from Metro’s operations staff is that ridership so far this morning is light on the Orange Line and the Red and Purple Line subway, as well as on the bus system. All extra service has been deployed to the Westside and construction work is on schedule.

Here is our post from yesterday explaining the many transit options for getting around this weekend.

The work at about 7:30 a.m. this morning on the bridge. Photo by Jose Ubaldo/Metro.

It's done: the 405 freeway over the Sepulveda Pass is closed

The scene at midnight on the 405. Photo by Jose Ubaldo/Metro.

The 405 is now fully closed over the Sepulveda Pass in order to tear down the southern half of the Mulholland Bridge. It is not scheduled to reopen until 6 a.m. Monday.

Here is our post from earlier today explaining the many transit options for getting around this weekend.

For more information about the I-405 Sepulveda Pass Improvements Project, click here.

Please avoid roads around the closure area this weekend. If you must drive, plan extra time. Better yet, stay home and enjoy your neighborhood.

To watch live video of work on the bridge, click here.

The scene under the bridge shortly after midnight. Photo by Dave Sotero/Metro.

405 freeway shutdown underway

Here are a few photos from Dave Sotero and Jose Ubaldo of Metro’s communications staff. They’re both spending the evening in the Sepulveda Pass to monitor the 405 closure, which is now well underway — all on-ramps to the northbound 405 are now shut down in the 10-mile closure away and all ramps from the 101 to the southbound 405 are also closed.

Preparations will soon intensify for the partial demolition of the Mulholland Drive Bridge, seen below.

Although media are reporting light traffic around L.A. tonight, we ask everyone to continue to plan ahead, avoid the area or stay home.

Here is traffic on the 405 at the Mulholland Drive Bridge about 10:30 p.m. Friday night. There will soon be no traffic at all!


The same stretch of road earlier Friday evening.

The hoe ram that will be used to partially tear down the bridge.

The view from the Mulholland Bridge earlier this evening.