As a follow up to “Carmageddon I” and “Carmageddon II,” the northbound 405 freeway will be closed between Getty Center Drive and Ventura Boulevard on Presidents’ Day weekend, February 14 to 18. During this closure, given the nickname “Jamzilla,” sections of the freeway will be dug up, repaved and shifted 20 feet to the west, making this construction even more complex and time-consuming than the two prior bridge demolitions.
The freeway shutdown in the Sepulveda pass is expected to impact millions of Los Angeles drivers and Metro officials are asking drivers to eliminate trips in the area all weekend. During the prior freeway shutdowns, drivers avoided the area and Angelenos were spared the massive traffic jams that were predicted.
On Presidents’ Day weekend, during nighttime hours, all five northbound freeway lanes will be closed. But during daytime hours, to facilitate through traffic, the two northbound lanes will remain open while three lanes will be closed. Traffic control officers from Los Angeles Department of Transportation will be on hand to guide drivers at each on-ramp.
The shutdown is contingent on good weather, and so if it rains on February 14th, construction would begin a week later over the over the course of three weekends which will drag out the freeway shutdown even longer.
Assuming good weather, project managers say after the long weekend work, the majority of the large-scale closure will be over, and they will work towards a summer completion date for the $1 billion three-year overhaul of the busiest and most congested freeway in the United States.
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