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LA mayor performs slow jam PSA about 101 Freeway closure

File: Heavy traffic clogs the 101 Freeway as people leave work for the Labor Day holiday on Aug. 29, 2014.
File: Heavy traffic clogs the 101 Freeway as people leave work for the Labor Day holiday on Aug. 29, 2014.
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This weekend, 2.5 miles of the 101 Freeway will be closed in what authorities are calling the "Slow Jam," as it may cause more traffic than usual for Angelenos. 

Starting at 10 p.m. Friday, the 101 will be closed from the 10/101 split to the 5/10/101 interchange, according to L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti's office.

On Thursday, the mayor rolled out a new public service announcement in the form of an actual slow jam along with students from Roosevelt High School.

Mayor Garcetti video

So here are the details:

Access to the 101 from the 60 will also be closed, but alternate routes are available along I-5 and I-710 to connect with I-10. 

A flyer detailing the 101 freeway closure.
A flyer detailing the 101 freeway closure.
City of Los Angeles

A press release from the Mayor's Office suggests Boyle Heights and downtown L.A. residents plan ahead for their weekend travels, using detours along other highways.

The closure comes as L.A. bids adieu to the 6th Street Bridge. Contractors have 40 hours to demolish the city landmark, according to Caltrans spokeswoman Lauren Wonder. 

Compared to 2012's "Carmageddon," the potential for traffic jams is not as severe, Wonder said.

“This is not as busy as the 405 in terms of traffic volume, and 101 does have some parallel routes where people can get around,” she said.

Wonder said Caltrans is working in tandem with the city of L.A. to close roads, and she even predicted that by Super Bowl Sunday, roads could already possibly be up and running. 

“If all goes well, there’s always the possibility that we could open the freeway earlier than 2 p.m.,” Wonder said.

Planning ahead can keep you out of the traffic, but if you do end up getting stuck, listen to our "Slow Jamz" playlist to keep your vibes chill on the freeway.

This story has been updated.