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‘Jamzilla’ coming to 405 Freeway

Posted: February 14, 2014 10:34 a.m.
Updated: February 14, 2014 10:34 a.m.
 

In Los Angeles, it’s the weekend of “Jamzilla.”

That’s the term used by officials to discuss a series of closures on the 405 Freeway through early Tuesday morning, snarling traffic and diverting travelers throughout the holiday weekend.

During the 80-hour project, there will be a full nighttime closure of northbound freeway lanes between Getty Center Drive and Ventura Boulevard, according to the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

Those full closures are scheduled to take place at the following times: Saturday from 1 a.m. to 6 a.m., Sunday from 2 a.m. to 7 a.m., Monday from midnight to 5 a.m. and Tuesday from midnight to 5 a.m.

During daytime hours, two northbound lanes will remain open while three will be closed, according to Metro.

Southbound freeway lanes will remain open during daytime hours, but “normal closures” could go into effect at night, according to officials.

Closures are subject to change, according to Metro.

The 80-hour closure “allows workers to excavate sections of the future high-occupancy vehicle lane roadway surface and repave those sections, key activities for finishing the project by its scheduled mid-2014 completion date,” according to Metro.

The one 80-hour closure is expected to spare the area from several other, smaller closures, officials say.

Because of the potentially tremendous impacts on traffic in the area, the California Department of Transportation, Metro, the Los Angeles Department of Transportation, law enforcement and emergency response agencies are urging motorists to avoid traveling northbound through West Los Angeles and the Sepulveda Pass during the upcoming Presidents’ Day weekend.

“Without these diversions, traffic conditions on local streets and freeways within the Southern California region could result in multi-hour delays,” reads information on the Metro website. “Motorists who travel during the Feb. 14 to 18 weekend are advised to prepare their itineraries in advance, monitor real-time traffic conditions prior to beginning their trips, and follow alternative routes.”

For real-time information on traffic or closures, call 511 and say “Jamzilla” or visit www.Go511.com.

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