Key Wilshire off-ramp to Westside opens early

Metro’s I-405 project contractor, Kiewit Infrastructure West, reopened the Southbound I-405 off-ramp to Westbound Wilshire Boulevard at approximately 8 a.m. Saturday morning March 16, a full week ahead of schedule. That puts another early end to the third installment of “Ramp Jam,” with more ramp closures planned later this year.

The off-ramp is a key freeway exit point for motorists driving in from the San Fernando Valley and points north who access Westside jobs and other destinations. Originally closed on Friday night, March 8, the off-ramp was scheduled to be closed for two full weeks.

Kiewit  was able to begin partial construction of the new ramp in advance, minimizing the need for an extended closure. Kiewit used the week to complete the remaining ramp and tie it in with the portion already built.

Metro has committed to opening parts of the project as soon as they are completed, so rather than one big ribbon-cutting ceremony, roadway and freeway improvements will be delivered incrementally. The project is officially two-thirds complete.

Stay tuned for more installments of Ramp Jam. The next ramp closure – the Northbound I-405 off-ramp to Eastbound Wilshire Boulevard – is scheduled to take three weeks and will start this summer.  Specific dates will be released as soon as they’re available.