Mark your doomsday datebooks, Metro has announced that the I-405 Freeway will be closed in both directions, between the 10 and the 101, over the weekend of Sept. 29-30. Plan dinner parties accordingly.
Carmageddon 2: Congestion Boogaloo will take the form of a 10-mile closure for 53 consecutive hours as work on the Sepulveda Pass continues. The portion of closed freeway typically touches tires with about half a million motorists on a normal weekend, says Metro.
During the shutdown, workers will be demolishing the rest of the Mulholland Drive bridge. Drivers across the state are being advised to "Plan Ahead, Avoid the Area, or Eat, Shop and Play Locally."
Last July's Carmageddon closure wrapped up 17 hours ahead of schedule. Thursday's announcement did not include the same hopefulness, noting, "The contractor is unlikely to complete the work early because it has more demolition work to perform within the same 53-hour period."
Let's start at the end. The closure is set to stay in place until MONDAY OCT. 1:
- Carmageddon concludes at 5 a.m.
- Ramps and connectors will be reopened by 6 a.m.
Now the beginning. The method of motoring madness will ramp up with ramp closures beginning FRIDAY SEPT. 28:
- Ramp closures will begin as early as 7 p.m.
- Individual freeway lane closures will begin at 10 p.m.
- Full freeway closure by midnight.
Sepulveda Boulevard is intended for local resident access only. Metro encourages drivers to use the 5, 15, 23, 55, 57, 101, 118, 126, 210, 605 and 710 freeways, while simultaneously acknowledging that the work being done is "in a canyon with no immediate, effective north/south alternatives."
The following agencies are helping to spread the stay-home message:
- The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro)
- California Department of Transportation (Caltrans)
- Los Angeles Police Department
- California Highway Patrol (CHP)
- Los Angeles Department of Transportation
- Los Angeles Fire Department