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This map shows which lanes will be closed during daytime and nighttime hours for 'Jamzilla.'
This map shows which lanes will be closed during daytime and nighttime hours for 'Jamzilla.'

News, Santa Monica, West Los Angeles, 405 Freeway

Beating The Odds This "Jamzilla" Weekend When 405 Freeway Closes Friday

Posted Feb. 11, 2014, 9:23 am

Brenton Garen / Editor-in-Chief

Caltrans is urging Los Angeles residents to avoid the 80-hour closure of the 405 Freeway in West LA this Presidents' Day weekend, Feb. 14-18, to avoid sitting in lengthy delays.

How lengthy? That depends on how many motorists heed the advice from Caltrans.

During Carmageddon I, the complete closure of the I-405 in July 2011, Los Angeles County motorists heeded warning from Caltrans and avoided the I-405 freeway through the Sepulveda Pass in historic numbers.

This effort resulted in an almost 65 percent diversion of traffic when compared to the previous weekend.

For the upcoming 80-hour closure, Caltrans asks for the same 65 percent diversion.

"If we can only achieve, say, a 50 percent reduction, those delays grow," Caltrans said in a statement. "That is because only the four and five lanes (lanes are counted from the left to the right) of the freeway will be open during daytime and none will be open during nighttime."

The weekend closure begins at 7 pm Friday and is expected to last til 6 am Tuesday.

The closure includes the northbound stretch of the 405 from Getty Center Drive on the south to Ventura Boulevard on the north.

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Feb. 11, 2014, 9:59:39 am

Liz Bell said...

What brilliant transportation planner scheduled this for a 3-day weekend when there are likely to be more people trying to travel through Sepulveda Pass? Was it someone from Gov. Christie's office?

Feb. 11, 2014, 10:56:17 am

Frank Gerechter said...

The Planners must be getting paid by the amount of cost overruns, bad concepts, poorly thought out schemes and causing untold grief for the commmuter. It's been years of stupidity why should be expect anything else?

Feb. 11, 2014, 9:40:04 pm

Jim said...

I think it was the Pam O'conner and the Santa Monica city council who master minded it. They sure love to create congestion here in SM!

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