Just after midnight on Friday, July 15, the 405 Freeway will be
closed in both directions-from Getty Center Drive to the 101-for 53
straight hours so that the south side of the Mulholland Bridge can be
demolished The freeway will be closed all of Saturday and Sunday, and
will not reopen until 5 a.m. on Monday, July 18.
With a half million
or so vehicles moving along that stretch of the 405 during a typical
July weekend, the closure has the potential of becoming a midsummer
night's nightmare for motorists heading to LAX, the beach or other
destinations. But, with enough planning and advance notice, Metro
officials say that the worst can be averted.Â "This is manageable as long
as the public cooperates. They've got a lot of summer plans and we
don't want them to be surprised," said Metro spokesman Marc Littman. "If
you can stay home, great. If you don't have to drive, great." And if
you do have to get behind the wheel, follow the officially marked
detours, which by that point will have been widely publicized.The
Mulholland Dr Bridge will be the third bridge demolished and
reconstructed to accommodate the widening of the I-405 freeway and to
add a northbound high-occupancy vehicle lane through the Sepulveda Pass.
The Mulholland Dr Bridge is scheduled to be demolished and
reconstructed after the Skirball Center Dr Bridge. When completed, the
expanded, Mulholland Center Dr Bridge will be widened by approximately
10 feet and will be designed to the latest seismic standards.
activities will take place over a weekend for 53 consecutive hours,
resulting in the full freeway closure of the I-405 freeway. The
Mulholland Dr Bridge and both directions of the I-405 freeway will be
closed roughly between the US 101 freeway to the Getty Center Dr ramps.Â
Some intermittent closures of the Mulholland Dr Bridge will occur
during the preparation for bridge demolition and bridge reconstruction.
Access will always be provided for emergency responders.
traffic conditions are anticipated in local and regional areas during
the weekend of the full freeway closure. Detour maps will be available
to reroute local traffic through the area.Â Also alternative regional
freeway routes will be available to encourage the traveling public to
avoid this area completely during the weekend of the bridge demolition.Â
Sepulveda Bl will be used as a detour route during the weekend of the
Mulholland Bridge demolition.
To reduce the impacts on local
traffic flow, the Mulholland Dr Bridge demolition and reconstruction
will be conducted in two separate phases. The southern half of the
bridge will be demolished first, followed by approximately 11 months of
south side bridge reconstruction. Upon completion, the northern side of
the bridge will be demolished and rebuilt in the same manner.
reconstruction, the Mulholland Dr Bridge will accommodate one lane of
traffic in each direction. The new traffic configurations for the
Mulholland Dr Bridge will go into effect in early summer 2011.
Implementing these new traffic configurations and isolating the work
zone will help the contractor prepare for demolition. The contractor
Surveying the existing bridge's condition
Removing false deck from inside the bridge
Installing temporary traffic signals and signs and street lighting
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