First the news, in case you missed: from late Friday, Feb. 14 through early Tuesday, Feb. 18 the northbound 405 through the Sepulveda Pass will be entirely closed late night and partially closed during the day for repaving. That means traffic — unless people stay away from the 405. More details here.
As for the above video, this is what happens when easy-to-use video editing software falls into the hands of any bloke who has a laptop (bloke meaning me). Enjoy all 14 seconds of it.
Think it’s the worst thing you’ve ever seen on video? Make your own Jamzilla video. If you can keep it G-rated and stay moderately on subject, I’ll feature it here. Who knows, maybe you’ll be discovered, out-of-work screenwriters, directors, actors….
Three lanes on the northbound I-405 will be closed between Montana Avenue and the Getty Center off-ramp for 55 hours starting Friday, March 1. The contractor will pave the future High-Occupancy Vehicle lane and realign the I-405 in this area during this time.
The southbound I-405 and Sepulveda Boulevard will remain open. All northbound freeway lanes and ramps will reopen to the public by 5 a.m. on Monday, March 4.
Here’s the full press release from Metro:
Beginning Friday night, March 1, 2013, the I-405 Sepulveda Pass Improvements Project will reduce the northbound I-405 from five lanes to two between Montana Avenue and the Getty Center off-ramp in West Los Angeles for 55 hours. The contractor will pave the future High-Occupancy Vehicle lane (HOV) and realign the I-405 in this area. Motorists are advised to anticipate potential delays when traveling through the 2.4-mile lane reduction area and take alternate northbound routes if necessary.
This is not a full freeway closure. The Southbound I-405 will be open and Northbound Sepulveda will remain fully operational with two lanes throughout the 55-hour lane reduction period.
The three closed freeway lanes and their corresponding on ramps will be closed for an extended 55-hour duration to enable the contractor to shift k-rail, grind existing pavement, place and compact new pavement and stripe new pavement in the freeway’s center lanes. These activities will enable the contractor to realign this portion of the I-405 to incorporate a future northbound HOV Lane. The HOV lane now under construction will ultimately extend 10 miles between the I-10 and U.S. 101 and complete the last remaining gap in the I-405 HOV lane network.
All northbound freeway lanes and ramps will reopen to the public by 5 a.m. on Monday, March 4. The current weather forecast does not call for rain; however, if that changes, the operation will shift approximately one week. A schedule for lane and ramp closures is as follows:
At 10 p.m. on Friday, March 1, the #1 lane on Northbound I-405 from Montana to Getty off-ramp will close.
At 11 p.m. on Friday, March 1, the #2 lane on Northbound I-405 from Montana to Getty off-ramp will close.
At 12 midnight on Saturday, March 2, the #3 lane on Northbound I-405 from Montana to Getty off-ramp will close.
The Northbound Getty and Northbound Moraga on-ramps will be closed at 10 p.m. March 1 until 5 a.m. March 4
The Northbound Montana and Northbound Moraga off-ramps will be closed at 10 p.m. March 1 to 5 a.m. March 4.
At the completion of the work the Northbound Getty on-ramp will remain closed for five months.
Westbound Wilshire Boulevard to Northbound Sepulveda will be used as an alternative route for those who wish to bypass the lane reduction area. They will enter Northbound I-405 again at Skirball Center Drive.
Changeable message signs and traffic control officers will be deployed at key locations within the project area to help guide motorists through the area. Emergency access will be provided through the lane reduction area.
The demolition of the first two Wilshire-405 ramps begins this weekend. There’s no way of sugar-coating it: there will be significant traffic impacts.
That said, the status quo in the area has been pretty much horrible for as long as I can recall — way too many cars competing for space while trying to enter and exit the freeway. The reconstruction of the ramps should greatly improve the way that traffic flows in the area, but there’s no getting around the pain that ramp reconstruction will inevitably cause.
The above video explains the basics and here is the I-405 Sepulveda Pass Improvements project website page that has more info.
And below is the latest construction notice for the week beginning tonight.
Notice of Night Work Activity – June 21-24
ATTENTION COMMUTERS, RESIDENTS AND BUSINESSES IN THE VICINITY OF THE SAN DIEGO FREEWAY (I-405) AND WILSHIRE BL
The contractor will begin demolition and reconstruction of the westbound/northbound Wilshire on and off-ramps starting at 10:00 pm on Thursday, June 21, 2012. The WB Wilshire on-ramp to NB 405 and NB 405 off-ramp to WB Wilshire will remain closed for 90 days, starting at 9pm on Friday, June 22. Restriping and lane reconfiguration will take place on Thursday, June 21, from 10pm to 6am. Demolition activities are scheduled for three nights, June 22-June 24. June 22 and June 23 street closures will be in place from 9pm to 10am; Sunday, June 24 closures will take place from 8pm to 6am.
What: Demolition and reconstruction of the WB/NB Wilshire on and off-ramps When: Reconfiguration starting Thursday, June 21, 2012 at 9:00 pm; Ramps close for 90 days on Friday, June 22 at 9pm Where: WB Wilshire on-ramp to NB 405; NB 405 off-ramp to WB Wilshire What to Expect:
June 21 – Full closure of Sepulveda, from Wilshire to Montana, 10pm to 6am.
Two lanes closed in each direction of EB/WB Wilshire, from Veteran to Federal, 10pm to 6am.
June 22- 23: Full closure of Sepulveda, Wilshire to Montana, 9pm to 10am.
Two lanes closed, EB/WB Wilshire, from Veteran to Federal, 9pm to 10am.
June 24 – Full closure of Sepulveda, Wilshire to Montana, 8pm to 6am. Two lanes closed, EB/WB Wilshire, Veteran to Federal, 8pm to 6am.