Unified Command gives offical word on ramp closures and traffic conditions

Here is the news release:
Update: Carmageddon II Closure

LOS ANGELES (Fri., Sept. 28, 2012, 9:30 p.m.) – The Interstate 405 Freeway (I-405) Unified
Command announced that the following ramp closures are now in effect:

• All On Ramps Northbound of the I-405 Freeway between I-10 and U.S. 101 are closed.

• All On Ramps Southbound of the I-405 Freeway except Sunset Blvd. and South of Sunset Blvd. are closed.

• Eastbound I-10 Santa Monica Freeway to Northbound I-405 connector is closed.

The traffic flow in the area is lite and there are no reports of incidents and/or congestion at this time. Full closure of the freeway system is scheduled to take place at 12 midnight.

The public is reminded to Eat, Shop, Play and Stay Local. For events and activities taking place in Los Angeles, visit Metro’s interactive map of things to do.

MORE: Follow along in real time: Caltrans QuickMap

Carmageddon musical interlude, part 1

As we wait for lane closures to begin at 10 p.m., a thematically-correct tune for our friends at Kiewit Infrastructure West, the contractor doing the heavy lifting this weekend while bringing down the north side of the Mulholland Drive Bridge. Only thing heavy I’m presently lifting is a fork-full of fried rice.

405 view, 7:35 p.m.

Photo by Luis Inzunza/Metro.

It appears darkness has fallen over the Republic, to put it in Star Wars-speak. Good news: traffic already appears to be lightening up. Here’s the view on Google Maps as of 7:37 p.m. below. Good job, people!

405 view, 7 p.m.

Photo by Luiz Inzunza/Metro.

Still a lot of traffic at 7 p.m. as ramp closures begin.

View of northbound 405 at 6 p.m.

Photo by Luiz Inzunza/Metro.

Here’s what it looked like an hour before closures were set to begin for freeway ramps.


Carmageddon II: Let's not do this!

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One last news conference before Carmageddon begins

A cavalcade of officials just held a news conference at the city’s Emergency Operations Center in downtown Los Angeles about the impending closure of the 405 freeway between the 10 and 101 freeways this weekend. Here’s in short what they said:

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa: please avoid driving in the closure area and, if possible, stay off area roads this weekend.

County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky: please avoid driving in the closure area, and, if possible, stay off area roads this weekend.

Metrolink Board Chairman Richard Katz: please avoid driving in the closure area, and, if possible, stay off area roads this weekend.

Metro Chief Executive Officer Art Leahy: please avoid driving in the closure area, and, if possible, stay off area roads this weekend.

Here’s the closure schedule:

7 p.m. Friday: ramp closures begin on the 405 freeway between the 10 and 101.

10 p.m. Friday: lane closures begin on the 405.

Midnight Saturday: full closure of the 405 between the 10 and 101.

5 a.m. Monday: 405 freeway reopens.

6 a.m. Monday: ramps reopen.

Once again, our Destinations Discount map with 300-plus restaurants, stores, bike tours, galleries, etc. that are offering discounts to transit riders this weekend. Just show them your TAP card or Metro ticket.

Click above to go to an interactive version of the map!

Curious about the 405 project? Here’s the project’s website. The project is adding a northbound carpool lane to the 405, adding a new set of flyover ramps at the Wilshire Boulevard interchange and rebuilding three bridges over the wider freeway — the Mulholland Drive bridge, the Skirball Bridge and the Sunset Boulevard Bridge, which just reopened this past Monday.