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.
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 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.
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.
A news conference just wrapped up at the city of Los Angeles’ Emergency Operations Center about the upcoming 405 closure over the Sepulveda Pass this weekend for the partial demolition of the Mulholland Bridge.
Among the points made at the news conference:
•Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa asked the public to not drive, particularly in the areas expected to be most impacted by the closure. “It’s really going to depend upon you,” he said. “Do not get into the car and add to the traffic.”
“We can either say we survived Carmageddon or we survived the Carmageddon hype,” he added.
•The Metro Red and Purple Line subways, the Orange Line and 26 Metro bus lines are free this weekend. See this earlier post for more details.
•I don’t think there has been a planning effort of this magnitude since the Olympic games and I think it’s going to show this weekend,” said Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, whose district includes the Sepulveda Pass.
Free fares in effect on Saturday, July 16 & Sunday, July 17
|Line & Main Corridor||Line & Main Corridor|
|2 – Sunset Bl||233 & 761 – Van Nuys Bl|
|4 & 704 – Santa Monica Bl||234 – Sepulveda Bl, Brand Bl|
|20 & 720 – Wilshire Bl||236 – Glenoaks Bl, Balboa Bl|
|33 & 733 – Venice Bl||240 – Reseda Bl|
|150 – Ventura Bl||242 & 243 – Tampa Av, Winnetka Av|
|152 – Roscoe Bl||244 – De Soto Av|
|155 – Riverside Dr, Olive Av||245 – Topanga Canyon Bl|
|158 – Woodman Av||656 – Van Nuys/Hollywood OWL|
|161 – Agoura Rd||Metro Orange Line|
|183 – San Fernanado Rd||Metro Red Line|
|224 – Lankershim Bl||Metro Purple Line|
|230 – Laurel Canyon Bl|
|2 – Sunset Bl||Between Downtown LA & Beverly Hills;Between Beverly Hills & Pac. Palisades|
|150 – Ventura Bl||Between Universal City Red Line Sta & Reseda Bl|
|534 – PCH||Between Downtown Santa Monica & Malibu Civic Center|
|704 – Santa Monica||Between Vermont/Santa Monica Red Line Sta & Century City|
|720 – Wilshire Bl||Between Wilshire/Vermont Red/Purple Line Sta & Century City|
|733 – Venice Bl||Between Downtown LA & future Culver City Expo Sta (Venice/National)|
|761 – Van Nuys Bl||Between Pacoima & Sherman Oaks (Van Nuys/Ventura)|
|Metro Red Line||Every 5-10 min all weekend; Longer trains all weekend|
|Metro Purple Line||Every 5-10 min all weekend; Longer trains all weekend|
|Metro Blue Line||Longer early morning & late night trains|
|Metro Green Line||Every 10 min all weekend; Longer early morning & late night trains|
|Metro Gold Line||Longer early morning & late night trains|
||Extra service on Antelope Valley & Ventura County Lines|
|96 – Riverside||Every 30 min instead of every 60 min|
|155 – Olive||Every 30 min instead of every 60 min|
|156 – Burbank||Every 30 min instead of every 60 min|
|158 – Woodman/Devonshire||Every 30 min instead of every 60 min|
|161 – Agoura||Every 25-30 min instead of every 50-60 min|
|167 – Plummer||Every 25 min instead of every 50 min|
|183 – Magnolia||Every 30 min instead of every 60 min|
|218 – Laurel Cyn||Every 17-20 min instead of every 35-40 min|
|222 – Hollywood||Every 25-30 min instead of every 50-60 min|
|236 – Balboa||Every 30 min instead of every 60 min|
|242 & 243 – Tampa/Winnetka||Every 30 min instead of every 60 min|
|244 – De Soto||Every 25 min instead of every 50 min|
|245 – Topanga Cyn||Every 25-30 min instead of every 50-60 min|
Major delays are expected on Line 761 and Line 233 traveling between Sherman Oaks and Westwood/UCLA due to anticipated congestion for the I-405 Weeekend Closure.
|233 (Late Night/Early Morning Westwood Trips)||405 Fwy between Ventura Blvd. & 10 Fwy||Southbound Only: Regular route to Ventura Blvd. and Kester Ave., then continue via Ventura Blvd. to (L) Sepulveda Blvd. to Herscher Way and regular route.|
|761||405 Fwy between Ventura Blvd. & 10 Fwy||Southbound Only: Regular route to Ventura Blvd. and Kester Ave., then continue via Ventura Blvd. to (L) Sepulveda Blvd. to Herscher Way and regular route.|
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As many of you are surely aware, there’s been several homemade videos floating around the web about Carmageddon. Here’s one that is G rated — as in “government website appropriate” — and is quite funny.