405 'Carmageddon' updates: LA Fire adds staff; parking limited on Sepulveda, Ventura; more

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Traffic flows under the Mulholland Bridge on Interstate 405 which is slated to be demolished during the 11 miles shut down of Interstate 405 during the weekend of July 16-17 in Los Angeles, California.

The Los Angeles Fire Department will have 200 extra firefighters and paramedics on duty during this weekend's closure of the San Diego (405) Freeway through the Sepulveda Pass. Parking along sections of Ventura and Sepulveda boulevards will be banned to keep traffic moving. Also, a section of Pacific Coast Highway narrowed to two lanes will be opened up over the weekend.

Along with the stepped-up staffing, an additional 15 fire engines and six ambulances will be staged at stations along Mulholland Drive in Encino Hills and Beverly Glen, and on Olympic Boulevard in West Los Angeles, according to LAFD spokesman Erik Scott.

Brush patrol units will also be continuously patrolling the hillside areas during the closure.

Scott said the increased staffing will enable the LAFD to respond quickly to 911 calls in the affected area.

Officials at the Getty Center and Skirball Cultural Center, both of which will be closed during the freeway closure, have both offered space to the LAFD for staging or other operational purposes, if needed.

The northbound freeway will be closed for about 53 hours between the Santa Monica (10) and Ventura (101) freeways. The southbound freeway will be closed from the 101 freeway to Getty Center Drive. Lane and ramp closures will begin Friday night, with the freeway expected to be reopened by 6 a.m. Monday.

Parking banned on parts of Sepulveda, Ventura boulevards during `Carmageddon' to keep traffic moving

Parking along sections of Ventura and Sepulveda boulevards will be banned over "Carmageddon" weekend to help keep traffic flowing, the Los Angeles Department of Transportation announced today.

"Tow Away, No Stopping Anytime" signs will go up along the two main drags near the closed 10-mile section of the San Diego (405) Freeway to open up those arteries while the freeway is closed for 53 hours starting Friday evening to accommodate the replacement of the Mulholland Drive Bridge.

Northbound lanes will be closed at the Santa Monica (10) Freeway, and southbound lanes will be closed at Ventura (101) Freeway.

"The Los Angeles Department of Transportation will begin to strictly enforce a restricted, no-stopping policy for the streets ... at 12:01 a.m. on July 16," LADOT spokesman Christopher Rider said. "This will include the citing and impounding of vehicles parked on these streets."

The parking ban will include the north side of Ventura Boulevard from the 405 to Balboa Boulevard and the south side of Ventura Boulevard from the freeway to Noble Avenue.

Tow away zones will be in place along Sepulveda Boulevard in both directions from Greenleaf Street to Valley Vista Boulevard; on the northbound side from Ovada Place to Moraga Drive; and on the southbound side between Valley Vista Boulevard and the 405 freeway entrance.

Transportation and public safety agencies involved in the closure have been strongly urging people to stay off the roads this weekend. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the agency managing the 405 closure project, is also offering free transportation on subways and buses that operate along major roads in and out of the Westside.

Narrowed section of PCH to open up for `Carmageddon'

Southbound Pacific Coast Highway, now narrowed to two lanes in Pacific Palisades, will be opened up over "Carmageddon" weekend, transportation officials confirmed today.

One southbound lane has been closed to accommodate work on a dry-season runoff-diversion project, but that work will be suspended late Friday through early Monday, according to Lauren Skinner of the Los Angeles Department of Public Works.

Opening up PCH from Temescal Canyon Road and Chautauqua Boulevard should help alleviate some of the increased traffic from San Fernando Valley and Ventura County motorists using Topanga and Malibu canyon roads to bypass the closure.

Starting Friday evening, the San Diego (405) Freeway will be closed in both directions for 53 hours between the Santa Monica (10) and Ventura (101) freeways, so that the Mulholland Drive Bridge can be demolished to make way for a wider one to accommodate a carpool lane running from Orange County to the city of San Fernando.

PCH will be opened up to three lanes at least through Tuesday morning, then crews will replace the K-rails blocking the far-right lane, according to Skinner. The work, aimed at diverting dry-season runoff to the Hyperion sewage treatment plant, is scheduled to continue through mid-August.

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