It’s the first weekend that two of the Wilshire ramps to the I-405 Freeway are closed. They’ll be shut down for the next three months. Everyone who commutes to, lives in and works in West L.A. is searching for a detour — including the post office.
“Yes, we are a delivery company and transportation and delivery is our business," said Richard Maher, spokesperson for the U.S. Postal Service in Los Angeles. He says transportation route managers are planning out alternate routes to avoid the Wilshire congestion.
The westbound Wilshire ramp to the 405 Freeway going north is closed. So is the exit ramp from 405 North headed westbound on Wilshire. These closures will last 90 days.
Maher said that of course some letter carriers will have to wade through the weeds to get the mail to businesses and residents in the area.
“If it takes just a little bit longer to get that mail delivered to everybody, then that’s what it will take," Maher said.
These two ramp closures are the first to be shut down. Eventually all eight Wilshire ramps will be closed and rebuilt over a year’s time. It’s all part of a long-term transportation project to expand the 405 by adding a 10-mile carpool lane, ramp improvements and three rebuilt bridges across the freeway.