Southbound 405 closure between U.S. 101 and Getty Center Drive planned nights of July 17, 18

Here’s the press release from Metro:

The I-405 Sepulveda Pass Improvements Project contractor is scheduled to conduct nighttime freeway closures on the southbound I-405 between U.S. 101 and Getty Center Drive on-ramp the nights of Thursday, July 17, and Friday, July 18, 2014 to install electrical loops on the southbound freeway.

Closure information is as follows:

  • Night of Thursday, July 17, from midnight to 5 a.m., Friday, July 18
  • Night of Friday, July 18, from 1 a.m. (Saturday morning) to 6 a.m., Saturday, July 19

Ramp Closures:

Ramps begin closing as early as 7 p.m. and lanes begin closing at 10 p.m.

-         US 101 southbound connector to the southbound I-405

-         US 101 northbound connector to the southbound I-405

-         Southbound Burbank Boulevard on-ramp

-         Southbound Ventura Boulevard on-ramp

-         Southbound Valley Vista Boulevard on-ramp

-         Southbound Skirball Center Drive on- ramp

Detour:

From I-405 south: exit Burbank Boulevard and travel east to Sepulveda Boulevard, and southbound on Sepulveda Boulevard to the southbound Getty Center Drive on-ramp.

From US 101 south: exit Van Nuys Boulevard, south on Van Nuys Boulevard, west on Ventura Boulevard, south on Sepulveda Boulevard to the southbound Getty Center Drive on-ramp.

From US 101 north: take I-405 northbound and exit Burbank Boulevard, east on Burbank Boulevard, south on Sepulveda Boulevard to the southbound Getty Center Drive on-ramp.

What to expect:

Northbound 405 closure between Getty Center Drive and Greenleaf planned night of July 7

Here’s the press release from Metro:

The I-405 Sepulveda Pass Improvements Project contractor is scheduled to conduct a nighttime freeway closure on the northbound I-405 between Getty Center Drive and Greenleaf on the night of Monday, July 7 through the morning of Tuesday, July 8, 2014. The contractor will install electrical loops on the northbound freeway.

Closure information is as follows:

  • Night of Monday, July 7, midnight to 5 a.m., Tuesday, July 8

Ramps begin closing as early as 7 p.m. and lanes begin closing at 10 p.m.

Ramp Closures:

  • Northbound Sunset Boulevard to on-ramp
  • Northbound Moraga on-ramp
  • Northbound Getty Center Drive on-ramp
  • Northbound Skirball Center Drive on-ramp
  • Northbound I-405 to the north US 101 connector

Detour:

Take the northbound Getty Center Drive off-ramp, head north on Sepulveda Boulevard to the northbound I-405 on-ramp at Greenleaf Street.

What to expect:

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Photo: Office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.

Photo: Office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.

Garcetti’s anniversary spin (on Metro) includes World Cup stop (L.A. Times) 

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti recognized his first anniversary in office by tooling around L.A. on Metro Rail on Tuesday, including a stop at Buffalo Wild Wings in the Crenshaw District to watch the USA-Belgium match. Excerpt:

On the trip, Garcetti lamented getting “stuck in City Hall,” saying quick, unplanned encounters with people help him gauge people’s concerns and can build trust with residents, particularly in his early years as mayor. “Most people don’t want a half-hour meeting with the mayor,” he said.

The mayor will also serve as the Chair of the Metro Board for the next year (the Board Members take turns). It will be interesting to see what kind of agenda he pushes at Metro — and think a good starting place is to talk to folks who ride the system and pay the bills here. Semi-related: a great way to gauge people’s concerns about Metro is to also read our general Twitter feed, including tweets from riders.

Metro commits to deal ensuring subway won’t hurt Disney Hall acoustics (L.A. Times) 

The agency and Disney Hall agree to several mitigations to ensure that the Regional Connector — running 135 deep underground and adjacent the concert venue — won’t cause vibrations that could impact acoustics. Tests last year established the ambient noise in Disney Hall and Metro has agreed to limit vibrations to well under those standards.

Burbank-Palmdale segment added to bullet train timetable (L.A. Times) 

In response to criticism and doubts from state lawmakers, the California High-Speed Rail Authority wants to accelerate construction of a Burbank to Palmdale segment of the bullet train project. Such a segment could reduce travel time for trains from more than an hour to 14 to 16 minutes.

That said, there remains considerable challenges. The first is finding the funding — the L.A. to Palmdale segment is estimated to cost more than $13 billion and that could rise if a more direct tunnel to the Antelope Valley is built under the San Gabriel Mountains. The segment would presumably later connect to Union Station and Bakersfield and the segment being planned between there and Madera.

My three cents: I think there are plenty of reasons to remain skeptical about the ability to build a $68-billion project between San Francisco and Los Angeles with the major funding source a $10-billion voter-approved bond. That said, if funding is limited, it sure would be great to see commuter rail get a boost in populated and taxpayer-heavy Southern California, an area where commuters are already riding trains on a daily basis.

Contractor for 405 sues MTA over cost overruns, delays (Daily News) 

Kiewet filed the lawsuit in May, seeking $400 million in costs, according to the Daily News. Excerpt:

In a statement, Metro spokesman Dave Sotero said that “Metro does not believe this claim complies with those contract requirements. However, Metro continues to negotiate in good faith with Kiewit to resolve specific outstanding claims under terms of its contract.”

Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, who represents this portion of Los Angeles and has publicly blamed Kiewit for the project’s delays, declined to comment Tuesday.

 

Jenna Hornstock shares refinements to Union Station’s Master Plan (The Planning Report) 

Jenna is heading up Metro’s team of planners working on the Union Station Master Plan. In this interview, she talks about the many details of the emerging plan that were released last month (Here’s a Source post about the plans).

The Planning Report saved perhaps one of the juiciest questions for last, asking Jenna how the Master Plan would be funded and if there could be money available from a potential Measure R 2 sales tax. As Jenna wisely pointed out, the key word with Measure R 2 is “potential” and that it’s impossible at this time to say what will or will not be funded by it. As if often the case at Metro, projects are planned before all the funding is secured — the agency often needs to have firm plans in in order to get money to build them.

Donald Shoup, parking guru, on how L.A. should manage its meters (L.A. Times) 

Interesting interview with the UCLA professor who literally wrote the book on big cities and parking policies (a book highly critical of big cities, that is). There’s nothing fantastically new in the interview but it’s always fun to revisit the question of whether developers should be required to build parking or not (they almost always are for both residential or commercial properties). Parking is very expensive to build and maintain and folks such as Shoup believe it results in a lot of expensive, free and unnecessary parking that consumes a lot of space that could be better used for other purposes.

In other words, if someone in a city wants a car badly enough, they’ll find a parking place and the money to pay for it. Agree or disagree, Angelenos?

 

Southbound 405 closures between Getty Center Drive and Wilshire Boulevard planned nights of June 27-July 2

Here’s the press release from Metro:

The I-405 Sepulveda Pass Improvements Project contractor is scheduled to conduct consecutive nighttime freeway closures on the southbound I-405 between Getty Center Drive and Wilshire Boulevard beginning on the night of Friday, June 27 through the morning of Wednesday, July 2, 2014. The contractor will conduct freeway striping.

Closure information is as follows:

  • Midnight, Friday, June 27, to 6 a.m., Saturday,  June 28
  • Midnight, Saturday, June 28, to 6 a.m., Sunday, June 29
  • Midnight, Sunday, June 29, to 5 a.m., Monday, June 30
  • Midnight, Monday, June 30 to 5 a.m., Tuesday, July 1
  • Midnight, Tuesday, July 1 to 5 a.m., Wednesday, July 2

On weekends ramps will begin to close at 7 p.m. and lanes will begin to close at 11 p.m.

On weekdays ramps will begin at 7 p.m. and lanes will begin at 10 p.m.

Ramp Closures:

  • Southbound on-ramp from Getty Center Drive
  • Southbound on-ramp from westbound Sunset Boulevard
  • Southbound on-ramp from eastbound Sunset Boulevard

Detour:

Exit southbound Getty Center off-ramp, head southbound on Sepulveda Boulevard, make a right going west on Wilshire Boulevard to the westbound Wilshire on-ramp to the southbound I-405.

What to expect:

Southbound 405 closures between 101 and Getty Center Drive planned nights of June 23-27

Here’s the press release from Metro:

The I-405 Sepulveda Pass Improvements Project contractor is scheduled to conduct four consecutive nighttime freeway closures on the southbound I-405 between U.S. 101 and Getty Center Drive on-ramp beginning on the night of Monday, June 23 through the morning of Thursday, June 27, 2014, from midnight to 5 a.m. The contractor will install freeway loops and conduct thermoplastic freeway striping.

Closure information is as follows:

  • Midnight, Monday, June 23, to 5 a.m. Tuesday, June 24
  • Midnight, Tuesday, June 24 to 5 a.m., Wednesday, June 25
  • Midnight, Wednesday, June 25 to 5 a.m., Thursday, June 26
  • Midnight, Thursday, June 26 to 5 a.m., Friday, June 27.

Ramps will begin to close at 7 p.m. and lanes will begin to close at 11 p.m.

Ramp Closures

  • US-101 southbound connector to the southbound I-405
  • US 101 northbound connector to the southbound I-405
  • Southbound Ventura Boulevard on-ramp
  • Southbound Valley Vista Boulevard on-ramp
  • Southbound Skirball Center Drive on-ramp

Detour:

  • From I-405 south: exit Burbank Boulevard and travel east to Sepulveda Boulevard, and southbound on Sepulveda Boulevard to the southbound Getty Center Drive on-ramp.
  • From US 101 south: exit Van Nuys Boulevard, south on Van Nuys Boulevard, west on Ventura Boulevard, south on Sepulveda Bl to the southbound Getty Center Dr on-ramp.
  • From US 101 north: take I-405 northbound and exit Burbank Boulevard, east on Burbank Boulevard, south on Sepulveda Boulevard to the southbound Getty Center Dr on-ramp.

What to expect:

Southbound 405 closures between Sunset and Santa Monica Boulevards planned nights of June 15 and 16

Here’s the press release from Metro:

The I-405 Sepulveda Pass Improvements Project contractor is scheduled to conduct two consecutive nighttime freeway closures on the southbound I-405 between Sunset Boulevard and Santa Monica Boulevard in West Los Angeles the nights of Sunday, June 15 and Monday, June 16, 2014 to facilitate traffic loop installation and thermoplastic freeway striping.

Closure information is as follows:

  • Midnight on Sunday, June 15 to 5 a.m. Monday, June 16
  • Midnight on Monday, June 16 to 5 a.m. Tuesday, June 17

Ramps will begin to close at 7 p.m. and lanes will begin to close at 11 p.m.

Ramp Closures:

Southbound on-ramp from eastbound Wilshire Boulevard

Southbound on-ramp from westbound Wilshire Boulevard

Southbound on-ramp from eastbound Sunset Boulevard

Southbound on-ramp from westbound Sunset Boulevard

Detour:

Take the Southbound Sunset off-ramp, head north on Church Lane, turn south on Sepulveda, to west on Santa Monica Boulevard to the Southbound Santa Monica on-ramp.

What to expect:

Southbound 405 closures between Santa Monica and National Boulevards planned nights of June 13,14

Here’s the press release from  Metro:

The I-405 Sepulveda Pass Improvements Project contractor is scheduled to conduct two consecutive nighttime freeway closures on the southbound I-405 between Santa Monica Boulevard and National Boulevard in West Los Angeles the nights of Friday, June 13 and Saturday, June 14, 2014 to facilitate thermoplastic freeway striping.

Closure information is as follows:

  • Midnight on Friday, June 13 to 6 a.m. Saturday, June 14
  • Midnight on Saturday, June 14 to 6 a.m. Sunday, June 15

Ramps will begin to close at 7 p.m. and lanes will begin to close at 11 p.m.

Ramp Closures:

Southbound on-ramp from Santa Monica

Southbound on-ramp from eastbound Wilshire Boulevard

Southbound on-ramp from westbound Wilshire Boulevard

Southbound on-ramp from eastbound Sunset Boulevard

Southbound on-ramp from westbound Sunset Boulevard

Detour:  Take the Southbound Santa Monica off-ramp, head east on Santa Monica Boulevard, south on Sepulveda Boulevard, west on National Boulevard to the Southbound National on-ramp.

What to expect:

Southbound 405 closures between Getty Center Drive and Sunset Boulevard planned nights of June 5, 6

Here’s the press release from Metro:

The I-405 Sepulveda Pass Improvements Project contractor is scheduled to conduct nighttime freeway closures on the southbound I-405 between Getty Center Drive and Sunset Boulevard the nights of Thursday, June 5 and Friday, June 6, 2014 to facilitate demolition, excavation, paving, drainage work, and preparatory work for permanent striping. Closure information is as follows:

The southbound I-405 will be fully closed from Getty Center Drive to Sunset Boulevard on:

  • Midnight, Thursday, June 5, to 5 a.m., Friday, June 6
  • Midnight, Friday, June 6, to 5 a.m., Saturday, June 7

Ramp Closures:

  • Ramps begin closing as early as 7 p.m. and lanes begin closing at 10 p.m. on the nights of each operation
  • Southbound on-ramp from Getty Center Drive

Detour Route:Exit southbound Getty off-ramp, head southbound on Sepulveda Boulevard, make a right onto Church Lane and head south to the southbound on-ramp from westbound Sunset Boulevard.

What to expect:

 

Transportation headlines, Friday, May 30

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Have fun this evening and thanks for riding, L.A. Kings fans!

Beverly Hills appeals ruling that lets Metro tunnel under high school (L.A. Times) 

The city of Beverly Hills and the Beverly Hills Unified School District are appealing a Superior Court ruling earlier this year that upheld the environmental studies for the Purple Line Extension. The city and school district are unhappy that the subway’s route will tunnel under a part of the Beverly Hills High School campus and have also filed a federal lawsuit against the Federal Transit Administration that challenges the federal environmental documents for the project.

Judges in both lawsuits are only deciding whether Metro has to redo the environmental studies (or part of them) for the project. The judges are not deciding the route for the subway. Metro staff recommended and the Metro Board of Directors adopted a route under the high school campus to avoid earthquake fault zones along Santa Monica Boulevard and to reach a station in the heart of Century City that will be easier for more workers and residents to reach.

Readers react: make driver pay for HOV lane access (L.A. Times) 

A trio of letters about the opening last week of the northbound HOV lane on the 405 between the 10 and 101 freeways. One calls for making the lane a toll lane, one says authorities need to do a better job of keeping vehicles with single motorists out of the lane and the other calls for monorails spanning the pass to provide transit.

 

In expansion of No. 7 line, one problem: an elevator (New York Times)

The project is expected to open later this year and will extend the 7 Line from Times Square to 11th and 34th on the far western side of Manhattan. The project would have opened last year if not for problems involving a diagonal elevator designed to be more convenient for wheelchair users than a traditional elevator. The article does a nice job of dissecting the decisions and the contracting that have led to delays in the project, which was originally expected to open while Michael Bloomberg was still mayor.

Southbound 405 closures between Getty Center Drive and Wilshire Boulevard planned nights of May 30-June 2

Here’s the press release from Metro:

The I-405 Sepulveda Pass Improvements Project contractor is scheduled to conduct a series of nighttime freeway closures on the southbound I-405 between Getty Center Drive and Wilshire Boulevard the nights of Friday, May 30 through Monday morning, June 2 to facilitate permanent striping and paving of general purpose lanes.  Closure information is as follows:

  • Midnight, Friday, May 30 to 7 a.m. May 31
  • Morning of Sunday, June 1, 1 a.m. to 8 a.m.
  • Midnight, Sunday, June 1 to 5 a.m. Monday, June 2

Ramp Closures:

Ramps will begin to close at 7 p.m. and lanes will begin to close at 10 p.m. on the night of each operation.

  • Southbound on-ramp from Getty Center Drive
  • Southbound on-ramp from Westbound Sunset Boulevard
  • Southbound on-ramp from Eastbound Sunset Boulevard

Detour: Exit southbound Getty off-ramp, head southbound on Sepulveda Boulevard, make a right going west on Wilshire Boulevard to westbound Wilshire on-rampto southbound I-405.

What to expect: