Full southbound 405 closure between Santa Monica Boulevard and National Boulevard in West L.A. planned nights of March 17 – 22

Here is the press release from Metro:

The I-405 Sepulveda Pass Improvements Project contractor plans to fully close the southbound I-405 between Santa Monica Boulevard and National Boulevard in West Los Angeles on the following dates and times to facilitate the installation of a full-span freeway overhead sign and to conduct other roadway construction activities at the freeway median:

  • From midnight to 5 a.m. on the nights of:
    • Monday, March 17, to Thursday, March 20
    • Sunday, March 23
    • From midnight to 6 a.m. on the nights of:
      • Friday, March 21 and Saturday, March 22

Other Closures:

  • Lanes will begin to close at 10 p.m.
  • Ramps will begin to close at 7 p.m.
  • Southbound Santa Monica on-ramp
  • Southbound Sunset on-ramps
  • Southbound Wilshire on-ramps
  • Southbound I-405 to eastbound I-10 connector
  • Southbound I-405 to westbound I-10 connector

Detour: From the southbound I-405, exit at Santa Monica Boulevard, turn left to eastbound Santa Monica Boulevard, turn right to southbound Sepulveda Boulevard, turn right to westbound National Boulevard, and turn left on to the southbound I-405 on-ramp on National Boulevard.

What to expect:

Jamzilla update #7, 10:30 p.m. Monday

Tough traffic out there Monday. As you probably know if you tried to drive the northbound 405 over the Sepulveda Pass — there were significant delays with heavy traffic trying to squeeze into two lanes.

The northbound side of the 405 will be closed at midnight, with lanes scheduled to reopen at 5 a.m. and ramps and connectors by 6 a.m. Tuesday as the repaving work concludes. A news conference for media will also be held early Tuesday to discuss the 80-hour closures this weekend.

More on the 80 hour closures on the I-405 Sepulveda Pass Improvement Project’s home page. The project is adding a northbound HOV lane between the 10 and 101 freeways along with ramp and bridge improvements to improve traffic capacity and seismic safety.

Jamzilla update #6, 9 a.m. Monday

Construction work on the 405 continues to go smoothly and is on track to be completed by 6 a.m. Tuesday.

Two lanes will remain open on the northbound 405 freeway throughout the day and into the evening. A full closure of the northbound 405 is scheduled to run from midnight until 6 a.m. Tuesday.

Again, Metro and Caltrans ask the public to avoid the northbound 405 over the Sepulveda Pass if possible.

More on the 80 hour closures on the I-405 Sepulveda Pass Improvement Project’s home page. The project is adding a northbound HOV lane between the 10 and 101 freeways, along with ramp and bridge improvements to improve traffic capacity and seismic safety.

Jamzilla update #5, 6:20 p.m. Sunday

Photo by Dave Sotero/Metro.

Photo by Dave Sotero/Metro.

Above is a look at the work being done on Sunday on the northbound 405 near the 101 junction. Repaving work remains on schedule and is going well, according to Metro and Caltrans.

Two lanes on the northbound side of the freeway over the Sepulveda Pass will remain open until midnight and then a full northbound closure will be in effect until 5 a.m. Monday. Two northbound lanes will then reopen. Another full closure is scheduled for early Tuesday morning.

There were delays of about 18 minutes Sunday afternoon and heavy traffic on the 10 freeway at times with folks headed to and from the beach. Metro and Caltrans again asks motorists to avoid the northbound 405 if possible on Monday to avoid creating a big traffic tie-up.

More on the 80 hour closures on the I-405 Sepulveda Pass Improvement Project’s home page. The project is adding a northbound HOV lane between the 10 and 101 freeways, along with ramp and bridge improvements to improve traffic capacity and seismic safety.

Jamzilla update #3, 11:10 p.m. Saturday

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Traffic on the northbound 405 freeway flowed well on Saturday night, sometimes in the “free flow” condition — i.e. with traffic moving at normal speeds. The above Google map shows traffic as of 11 p.m.

The northbound lanes will be entirely closed from 2 a.m. until 7 a.m. Sunday — with lane closures beginning at 1 a.m. Only northbound lanes will be open during the day Sunday.

Because of traffic and safety concerns, both connectors from the 10 freeway to the northbound 405 will remain closed for the remainder of Jamzilla closures.

Again, the message remains the same: please avoid driving on the northbound side of the 405 on Sunday and through this holiday weekend. The freeway can only handle about a third of its normal traffic load when only two lanes are open. Click here to see the full schedule of closures this weekend.

Repaving work remains on schedule. The I-405 Sepulveda Pass Improvements Project is providing frequent updates on its Twitter feed. The project is adding a northbound HOV lane to the 405 between the 10 and 101 freeways to match the existing lane on the southbound side of the freeway.

Jamzilla update #2, 5:40 p.m. Saturday

405Above is a look at traffic on the northbound 405 about 5:15 p.m. this afternoon according to Google maps. Motorists are experiencing some delays, but it’s not as bad as it could be if traffic was as heavy as usual.

Only two lanes remain open on the northbound side of the freeway through the Sepulveda Pass and a full closure of the northbound lanes is scheduled for tonight from 2 a.m. until 7 a.m. Sunday.

Because of traffic and safety concerns, both connectors from the 10 freeway to the northbound 405 will remain closed for the remainder of Jamzilla closures.

Again, the message remains the same: please avoid driving on the northbound side of the 405 through this holiday weekend. The freeway can only handle about a third of its normal traffic load when only two lanes are open. Click here to see the full schedule of closures this weekend.

Repaving work remains on schedule. The I-405 Sepulveda Pass Improvements Project is providing frequent updates on its Twitter feed. The project is adding a northbound HOV lane to the 405 between the 10 and 101 freeways to match the existing lane on the southbound side of the freeway.

A few photos of work are below:

Jamzilla update #1, 8:30 a.m. Saturday

As we’ve been preaching, begging and imploring, please avoid the northbound 405 freeway today in the Sepulveda Pass area with repaving work now underway.

The 405 over the pass simply can not handle the usual amount of heavy traffic that it sees on a normal Saturday — when everyone is out running errands, etc. To avoid a big traffic mess this afternoon, please just stay away.

As of 8:30 a.m., here’s a look at traffic on Google Maps: 

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And a photo taken earlier when traffic was still light — the northbound lanes are the near ones:

Photo by Dave Sotero/Metro.

Photo by Dave Sotero/Metro.

More on the Jamzilla 80-hour northbound closures are here. We’ll be providing updates throughout the weekend.

Transportation headlines, Friday, January 17

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ART OF TRANSIT: The Angeles Crest Highway, at left, starts its journey into the front range of the San Gabriel Mountains above La Canada Flintridge. The view is a reminder of how wild and rugged our local mountains are. Click to see larger version. Photo by Steve Hymon.

Union Station eases policy on homeless seating in the waiting area (L.A. Times)

Metro officials told the Metro Board this week that they are working to restore seating in Union Station for Metro customers. In December, the seating area was set aside for Metrolink and Amtrak customers because of concerns about homeless people taking too many seats and causing other problems. It’s a tough issue for Metro as the agency purchased the station in 2011 for $75 million and obviously wants somewhere for its own customers to sit.

Orange Line’s dismal fare findings (ZevWeb) 

Coverage on Supervisor and Metro Board Member Zev Yaroslavsky’s website of the recent fare checks on the Orange Line that found on one occasion that 22 percent of riders hadn’t paid a fare and another nine percent had valid TAP cards but weren’t tapping. The Sheriff’s Deputies have responded with more fare patrols along the line, say Metro officials. Of course, that raises the obvious question: where were they before? Here’s the Metro staff report on the issue.

Who birthed ‘Jamzilla’ on the Sepulveda Pass? (KPCC)

The segment posted the question: who comes up with names for traffic jams? Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky gets the credit for “Carmageddon” and this time around, “Jamzilla” was coined by a colleague of mine on the Metro P.R. staff. Which I love. I also saw a couple of good suggestions on Twitter the other day, among them “The Slow and the Furious” and “Carchella.” Listen here

BTW, if you haven’t heard…avoid the 405 on Presidents’ Day Weekend, Feb. 14-18, when northbound lanes will either be entirely closed overnight or mostly closed during the day for repaving. More details here.

California Congressional delegation is split on high-speed rail (KPCC)

Well, that’s hardly news. But the article makes one observation worth noting: legislators from other states — Republicans and Democrats — are surprised and perhaps delighted that California may spurn federal dollars for the state bullet train project. Most states, it seems, are attracted to federal money like lint is attracted to belly buttons. Or something like that (it’s Friday).

Carmageddon Revisited: Metro, Caltrans and Kiewit reopen iconic Mulholland Bridge

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The iconic Mulholland Bridge that spawned two unprecedented weekend closures of the nation’s busiest freeway and introduced the word “Carmageddon” into the American vernacular was fully reopened to traffic in Los Angeles at 6 a.m. Wednesday after nearly two-and-a-half years of intensive bridge reconstruction work.

The contractor, Kiewit Infrastructure West, implemented the final traffic switch, signal and lane striping work needed to reopen the new northern half of the bridge, returning all lanes to full capacity in time for the mid-week morning rush hour today. Approximately 20,000 vehicles travel over the bridge on a daily basis.

The return of the new bridge to full capacity is the latest milestone for the I-405 Sepulveda Pass Improvements Project, which is building a 10-mile carpool lane on the northbound I-405 between the 10 and 101 freeways.  As the administrator of the design-build project, Metro and its project partner Caltrans have committed to continue opening parts of the massive freeway widening project as soon as they are deemed safe and ready for public use.

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Mulholland Bridge reopens over 405!

The above photo shows some of the first motorists to cross the new bridge atop the Sepulveda Pass this morning.

The old bridge was demolished during Carmageddon I & II and the new bridge built to accommodate a wider 405 freeway as part of the I-405 Sepulveda Pass Improvements Project that is adding a carpool lane to the northbound freeway between the 10 and 101.

The bright side: the bridge is the latest component of the project to open in recent months, joining the Wilshire ramps and the Sunset ramps.

Metro is holding a press event later today to celebrate the milestone. We’ll have more later today on the blog.