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Friday, February 14, 2014

'Jamzilla' 405 Freeway closure coming this weekend


February 14, 2014

Get ready for "Jamzilla" this weekend. It's an 80-hour modified closure of the 405 Freeway through the Sepulveda Pass.
Construction crews will be putting down new pavement and re-stripe lanes
The closure runs from Friday night to Tuesday morning on the northbound lanes of the Freeway, between Getty Center Drive and Ventura Boulevard. It consists of a partial day-time lane reduction, from five lanes to two, and a full night-time closure of all lanes.

Beginning at 7 p.m., ramps will begin closing on the 405 North between Getty Center and Ventura, with lanes closing at 10 p.m. The entire northbound freeway will be shut down during overnight hours on the following schedule:
  • 1 to 6 a.m. Saturday
  • 2 to 7 a.m. Sunday
  • midnight to 5 a.m. Monday
  • midnight to 5 a.m. Tuesday
The full freeway will reopen at 6 a.m. Tuesday.

According to Caltrans, 150,000 cars use the northbound lanes of the 405 daily. They're hoping to persuade two-thirds of those motorists to stay in their neighborhoods or use alternate routes.
"It can't be said enough. We need to reduce normal traffic in the area by 65 percent or face major delays," said Carrie Bowen, acting director of Caltrans District 7.

Throughout the closure, Caltrans will be monitoring the 405 Freeway 24/7 from its traffic management center in Los Angeles, where live cameras show real-time traffic. The center will double as a command post if necessary.

Emergency crews will be given unlimited access to the 405 Freeway with CHP escorts if a civilian emergency arises. Detour routes will be manned with traffic control officers.