Early morning drivers are going to have to adjust their commutes on the 101 Freeway soon, as portions of the 101 will be closed from Glendale Boulevard to Cahuenga Boulevard for four nights. The closures will last from Sunday to Sept. 1, from about 1 a.m. to 5 a.m., according to Caltrans.
While freeway closures typically induce feelings of panic in commuters, Patrick Chandler of Caltrans told KPCC that what's happening on the 101 can't be compared to the hashtagged freeway closures of the past. Also, he said, similar lane closures have already been happening.
"We're not having a full freeway closure ... this is not a Hollywood Jam Session or a RoseJam or Carmageddon 3," he said. "We've had lane closures on the 101 for almost the past year to repave from the 110/101 connector all the way up to Pilgrimage Road near the Hollywood Bowl."
During the closures, Caltrans will re-install loop detectors, a step in the home stretch of a nearly $20 million project to repave the 101 from downtown Los Angeles to Hollywood, according to the department. Loop detectors keep track of travel time and speed that reflects real-time traffic conditions. Information from Caltrans' expounded on the data further:
The data collected from the wire loops can be translated in many ways. For instance, the count for how many vehicles pass over each loop at any given time determines traffic volume. The length of time that a vehicle remains on the loop indicates a possible incident, congestion or if traffic is flowing smoothly.
During the time of the closures, Caltrans warns drivers of delays and urges people to find alternate routes.
"If they're going to be out during that time, they should expect a closure ahead. They should be able to get around it pretty easily" given the timing of the closures, Chandler said.
The whole repaving project is expected to be finished at the end of 2016, according to Caltrans.