Officials offer last words before 405 closure, implore public again to stay off area roads

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.

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Transit guide to Carmageddon: where to find the free rides, increased service and other tips

Affected area and transit service enhancements.

Affected area and transit service enhancements.

FREE fares on subway and select bus lines

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

Increased service on rail and select bus lines

Line Additional Service
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
Metrolink
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

Bus lines on detour due to 405 closure

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.

Line Location Detour
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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OMC! A hilarious Carmageddon video

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.

I-405 Closure Counter widget to transform into live stream of images of Carmageddon at midnight on Friday

When the I-405 Countdown to Closure clock rolls into zero at midnight on July 16, the by-now onerous warning will morph into high-definition images streamed live from metro.net for a world-wide view of the demolition work on the Mulholland Bridge during Carmageddon weekend.

The countdown clock, a web widget downloadable in various sizes from metro.net, went viral in June when anticipation for the world’s largest traffic jam jumped the shark. By July 1, web counters had clocked 1,173,792 views of the media assets page.  What’s more, the counters have been embedded in at least 100 local sites, not including this page (at right). All such widgets will morph into the live stream when their counters reach zero.

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A message from the Mayor on the 405 shutdown

Here is the new PSA from the Office of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa on the 405 shutdown over the Sepulveda Pass that begins late Friday evening and is scheduled to last until 5 a.m. Monday.

UCLA program on Carmageddon to air tonight

Check out the preview above of a 30-minute program on Carmageddon that was produced by UCLA and is scheduled to air tonight at 8 p.m. and again Friday at 9:30 p.m. on KCET.

UCLA’s sprawling campus in Westwood is, of course, directly impacted by this weekend’s closure of the 405 freeway over the Sepulveda Pass to partially tear down the Mulholland Bridge.

The joint news release from UCLA and KCET is after the jump.

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Detailed explanation of how the Mulholland Bridge over 405 will be torn down

A view of the Mulholland Bridge from the Skirball Bridge. Photo by Gary Leonard/Metro.

Metro issued a long news release this afternoon explaining the process in which the Mulholland Bridge will be partially demolished this weekend when the 405 is shut down over the Sepulveda Pass.

The entire release is below. Here are a few highlights:

•This is not an “implosion” type demolition. Half the bridge will be taken down by machines — giant jack hammers — nibbling away at the structure.

•About 4,000 tons of concrete are expected to be removed from the southern half of the bridge. While the southern half is rebuilt, the northern half of the current bridge will remain open to traffic. The northern half will be demolished in a similar exercise next year.

•The release says this is the first time in half a century that the 405 in this corridor will be completely shut down.

•The current Mulholland bridge is currently 72 feet wide, 579 feet long and 80 feet high (60 feet from the bottom of the bridge to the 405 roadbed). The new bridge will be widened by 82 feet wide and 608 feet long. The placement of the new columns will allow the new freeway lane — a carpool lane — to be built on the northbound side of the 405.

Here’s the entire news release:

Bridge Demolition Work Will be a Meticulous, Painstaking Process, not a Vegas-Style Demo

Contractors for the I-405 Sepulveda Pass Improvements Project are planning a precise, carefully orchestrated ballet of workers and machinery to demolish half of the Mulholland Bridge the weekend of July 16-17, not a Vegas-style demolition.

The iconic three-span box girder bridge, standing tall between the canyon vistas connecting San Fernando Valley suburbs with urban Los Angeles’ Westside for more than 50 years will see its southern side steadily chipped away over 53 hours, not 53 seconds. The demolition will be accomplished utilizing the relentless “tat-tat-tat” of jack hammers mounted on heavy equipment, not dynamite.

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