Weekend Traffic: Veterans Day weekend construction updates, DUI checkpoints, 405 Wilshire Blvd onramp opens, more

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It might be smooth sailing during the Veterans Day weekend, but expect plenty of new detours, checkpoints and street closures to greet you along the way. 

Caltrans District 7 has confirmed that all major construction closures will be suspended over the Veterans Day holiday weekend, as is with all holidays starting 6 a.m. tomorrow through Monday at 11:59 p.m. West County Connectors says closures will resume Tuesday night, Nov. 12. 

Caltrans spokeperson Patrick Chandler told KPCC: "The only closures we will have in place are ones where it’s an emergency issue where we have to close it for the safety of the traveling public." 

405 reopens on-ramp at Wilshire Blvd, ending tedious 'Ramp Jam' 

Commuters can now take the new on-ramp at Wilshire Blvd. which opened Thursday after the long-term 'Ramp Jam' impacted traffic for over a year.  The "flyover" ramp opened two weeks earlier than expected for L.A. commuters, as part of the I-405 Sepulveda Pass Improvements Project. 

According to a press release by Metro, the newly rebuilt ramp has a larger capacity than the original 1950s ramp, which will significantly alleviate traffic and make it easier for vehicles to exit and enter.:

The new, seismically updated ramp has nearly three times more capacity than the original ramp built in the 1950s. The new ramp is 3,129 feet long compared with the former ramp at 824 feet. It will allow far more vehicles to queue on the ramp rather than Wilshire and Sepulveda Boulevards. The on-ramp typically accommodates 8,000 vehicles per day, according to Caltrans figures.

Slow at the 2/ I-5 connector after tanker fire

This week, an extensive repair project began for the northbound Route 2 to the northbound I-5 connector which was affected by the July 13 tanker fire. 

Ramps closed on Orange Freeway (SR-57) around Anaheim, Brea

As part of the SR-57 Northbound Widening Project, the following lanes and ramps will be effected from Katella Avenue to Lambert Road until Friday: 


View SR-57 Northbound Widening Project Detour Map for November 4 - 8 in a larger map

 

I-5 night closures near Arleta

Additionally, special night closures will be in effect until Dec. 20 in order to make way for the new southbound I-5/SR-170 HOV connector in Arleta. Here's a map from Caltrans: 

Here's what to expect this weekend: 

I-5
  • Freeway Closure: The southbound 5 freeway will be closed between the I-5/SR-170 interchange and Sheldon Street from midnight to 4 a.m. through Nov. 26. Read More
  • Ramp Closure at Alondra Boulevard: Northbound 5 on-ramp closed at Alondra Boulevard for bridge demolition. Read More
  • Ramp Closure at EB/WB Tuxford Street: On-ramp closed at EB/WB Tuxford Street on southbound I-5 for shoulder reconstruction until the end of the year. Read More
  • Ramp Closure at Pioneer Boulevard: The southbound 5 off-ramp at Pioneer Boulevard/Imperial Highway will be permanently closed through April 2014. Read More
  • Ramp Closure at Imperial Highway: The northbound 5 off-ramp at Imperial Highway is permanently closed. Read More
  • Ramp Closure at Olive and Verdugo Avenues : The southbound 5 off-ramps at Olive and Verdugo Avenue will be closed from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. thru Saturday. Read More
  • Ramp Closure at Olive and Verdugo Avenues : The southbound 5 on-ramp at Olive Avenue and Verdugo Avenue will be closed from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. thru Saturday. Read More
  • Ramp Closure at Western Avenue: The southbound 5 off-ramp at Western Avenue will be closed from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.  and  9 a.m. to 3 p.m. thru Saturday Read More
  • Lane Closure: Up to three lanes of the northbound I-5 will be closed from Colorado Boulevard to the Ventura Freeway (SR-134) until Saturday from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m; Four lanes will be closed from 1 a.m. to 4 a.m. Saturday. Read More
  • Lane Closure: Up to three lanes of the southbound I-5 from Burbank Boulevard to the Ventura Freeway (SR-134) will be closed from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. until Saturday; Four lanes will be closed from 1 a.m. to 4 a.m. until Saturday. Read More
  • Ramp Closure: Caltrans is constructing a truck lane on the southbound I-5 between Pico Canyon Road/Lyons Avenue and the Antelope Valley Freeway. Click "read more" to see the full list of closures and detours thru Friday. Read More
  • Ramp Closure: Temporary closures will be in place until Friday at 5 a.m. for northbound I-5 Smokey Bear Road and the southbound I-5 Gorman Road off-ramps for the excavation and concrete paving of ramps. Read More
  • Lane Closure: Up to three lanes on the northbound I-5 between SR-170 and SR-118 will be closed 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. until Friday; Caltrans says the most restrictive closures will take place between 12 to 4 a.m. Read More
  • Lane Closure: The southbound 5 between the I-5/SR-170 interchange and Sheldon Street will be closed nightly until Nov. 26, from 12 to 4 a.m.; three lanes between the SR-118 and SR-170 will be closed from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. Read More
SR-57
  • Lane Closure: The 57 freeway will see a number of ramp and lane closures through Friday starting from Katella Avenue to Lambert Road between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. Read More
  • Ramp Closure at Imperial Highway: Northbound SR-57 off-ramp closed at Imperial Hwy. until Friday from 12 a.m. to 5 a.m. Read More
I-405
  • Ramp Closure at Sunset Boulevard: Northbound 405 Sunset Boulevard off-ramp is closed until November. Read More
  • Freeway Closure: The 405 freeway experiences nightly closures at various locations in Los Angeles, such as a connector closure from the 101 freeway to 405 south. Click "Read More" to see if a closure might affect your commute this weekend. Read More
  • Freeway Closure: The southbound 405 will be closed on Tuesday and Thursday nights from Katella Ave. to the southbound I-405; 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. Read More
  • Freeway Closure: The northbound 405 will be closed from Valley View St. to the northbound I-605 until Thursday from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. Read More
I-10
  • Lane and Ramp Closures: The westbound 10 will experience intermittent ramp and lane closures at Cherry Avenue in Fontana until Friday, from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. Read More
I-710
  • Ramp Closure at Olympic Boulevard: On-ramp closed at 710 SB at Olympic Blvd. for long-term bridge construction until 2014. Read More
SR-47
  • Lane Closure: Lane closure at New Dock Street to Henry Ford Blvd. on 47 north and south for bridge work until 2014. Read More
  • Ramp Closure at New Dock Street: On-ramp closed at EB/WB New Dock Street on Northbound 47 for bridge demolition until 2014. Read More
SR-2
  • Construction Update for 2/5 connector: The northbound 2 freeway connector to the northbound 5 freeway is closed due to damages sustained in a fiery tanker crash July 13. Construction repairs began this Tuesday. Read More
SR-39
  • Lane Closure: Lane closures at Crystal Lake Road on Northbound/Southbound 39 for permanent road closure of highway. Read More
SR-60
  • Lane Closure: Up to three lane closures of the eastbound 60 between I-605 & Azusa Avenue will be closed from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. thru Friday. Read More
  • Lane Closure: Three lane closures will occur on the westbound 60 between southbound SR-57 and Azusa Avenue 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. thru Friday. Read More
I-215
  • Lane Closure: The north and southbound 215 will be affected by two lane changes and ramp closures between Mccall Blvd and Scott Rd until 2014. Read More
I-91
  • Lane Closure: All lanes underneath the 91 Freeway on Arlington Ave. will be closed until Friday. Read More
Road Closure
  • Alondra Boulevard and Freeway Drive Intersection: The Alondra Blvd. and Freeway Drive intersection will be closed until Feb. 14, 2014. Alondra Boulevard Bridge will also be closed until mid/late 2014. Read More
  • Corner of Paddison and Zeus avenues: Adoree Street will be fully closed between Kalnor Avenue and the corner of Paddison and Zeus avenues through late February 2014. The corner of Paddison and Zeus avenues will also be fully closed. Read More
  • 1st Avenue and Santa Clara Street intersection: The intersection of 1st Avenue and Santa Clara Street in the City of Arcadia will be completely closed as crews start constructing grade crossing improvements. The intersection is expected to reopen in February 2014. (A temporary re-opening of the intersection is planned for a few days in early November 2013). Read More
  • California Avenue and Duarte Road intersection: As part of the 11.5-mile Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension light rail project, construction crews will work on the Southern half of California Avenue at the intersection of Duarte Road in Monrovia from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. from Monday through Saturday until February 2014. California Avenue will be closed. For more details about details click "read more." Read More
  • Foothill Boulevard: A full nighttime closure of Foothill Boulevard between Vernon Ave. and Orange Ave. will occur Friday thru Saturday 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. as part of the new bridge construction project in Azusa. Read More
  • Pioneer Blvd. in Artesia: The city of Artesia will be co-hosting a special outdoor festival in commemoration of Diwali. Pioneer Blvd. from 183rd Street to 188th Streets will be closed off during the event. Read More
Metro and Metrolink Alerts
  • Expo Line: Venice Blvd.: From 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays and 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. Sundays, expect reduced lanes along Venice Blvd. and Robertson Blvd. until January 2014. Read More
  • Santa Monica's Big Blue Bus: Due to Expo Line Phase II construction, Santa Monica's Big Blue Bus will temporarily close a number of Route 5 and Route 12 stops until further notice. Read More
  • Expansion of parking spaces at Metrolink Station: A new 176-space parking lot at the Laguna Niguel/Mission Viejo Metrolink Station opened to the public on October 30. Read More
  • OCTA routes: The following OCTA routes will be affected until Sunday: 59, 191; New routes: 20, 30, 129, 757, 758. Check octa.net for updated detours and routes. Read More
  • Metro service: Late night Metro maintenance will occur every 20 min after 8:30 p.m. on the Red Line until closing on Friday; Red Line trains depart from Union Station at 8:31 p.m., 8:51, 9:13. Read More
Bike Route Alerts
  • Coyote Creek Bike Path: Coyote Creek Bike Paths will be closed from Alondra Blvd. to Artesia Blvd. until May 2015. Read More
  • Los Angeles River Bike Path: The Los Angeles River bike path will be closed from Clara Street to Imperial Highway due to construction activities until Dec. 9. Read More
  • 405 Freeway Bike Path: The bike path along the west side of the southbound 405 from Waterford Street to Constitution Avenue will be closed through Sunday due to construction of a drainage system at Waterford/Church. Read More
DUI Checkpoints
  • City of San Clemente: The OCSD will be conducting a DUI checkpoint in undisclosed areas in the city of San Clemente on Friday from 6:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. Read More
  • City of Hollywood: The LAPD will set up a checkpoint at Sunset Boulevard at Orange Grove Avenue on Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Read More
  • Florence Avenue Area: Checkpoint at Florence Avenue at Main Street on Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Read More
  • Vernon Avenue Area: Checkpoint at Vernon Avenue at Figueroa Street on Saturday and Sunday, 6 p.m. to 12 a.m. Read More
  • Hollywood Area: DUI Saturation Patrol at an undisclosed location in the city of Hollywood on Saturday and Sunday from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Read More
  • Panorama City Area: Checkpoint at Roscoe Boulevard at Allott Avenue on Saturday and Sunday from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Read More
  • Sherman Oaks Area: Checkpoint at Ventura Boulevard at Columbus Avenue on Saturday and Sunday from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Read More
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