I-405 Closure Media
Eat, Shop and Play Locally. That's the message public safety officials are sending to the public in anticipation of a planned 10-mile, weekend closure of the I-405 freeway between the U.S. 101 and I-10 on the weekend of Sept. 29-30, 2012, for planned demolition work on the Mulholland Bridge, part of a major I-405 improvement project.
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(Sept. 21, 2011) Los Angeles County Supervisor and Metro Board Member Zev Yaroslavsky went online to answer some 60 questions from the public on a range of topics related to the I-405 closure. The entire chat transcript is online here.
How the Original Mulholland Drive bridge was constructed -- On Monday, April 4, 1960, the same day the 1959 Academy Awards were held at RKO’s Pantages Theatre in Hollywood, Peter Kiewit Sons Co. completed a bridge across the Sepulveda Pass. Ben Hur, still considered a landmark film, won the Best Picture award that year. The new Mulholland Drive Bridge received fewer headlines. After all, the bridge overlooked an undeveloped canyon. No freeway ran beneath it. No rapid route between West Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley existed.-- Jan. 11, 2011, in The Source at metro.net by Ned Racine
Moving the spaghetti of utilities under Sepulveda Boulevard -- What are the utilities under the 405 and the Sepulveda Pass? Some of those utilities run along and through the three bridges to be replaced—Sunset, Skirball and Mulholland—complicating their demolition and reconstruction. -- Oct. 8, 2011, from The Source at metro.net by Ned Racine
Los Angeles, Calif. (Sept. 27, 2012)Metro will add more service as needed this weekend to accommodate increased ridership during Carmageddon II, the complete closure of the I-405 between the I-10 and US 101.
Los Angeles, Calif. (Sept. 24, 2012) Marking the first bridge delivery milestone for the I-405 Sepulveda Pass Improvements Project, the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) and its contractor, Kiewit Infrastructure West, have officially completed major reconstruction work on the Sunset Bridge over the I-405 in West Los Angeles, and today reinstated all traffic lanes to motorists.
Los Angeles, Calif. (Sept. 17, 2012)Digital billboard campaign will help motorists prepare and plan for the two-day closure of the I-405 freeway over the Sepulveda Pass the weekend of September 29-30.
Los Angeles, Calif. (Sept. 11, 2012) Metro has partnered with almost 300 L.A. County restaurants, businesses, venues and tourist destinations to offer discounted "Carmageddon II" specials as part of its ongoing campaign to encourage the public to "Eat, Shop and Play Locally" September 29-30.
Los Angeles, Calif. (August 31, 2012) The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Autority (Metro) and California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) are advising the public that two extended, 10-hour directional freeway closures will be required on the weekends leading up to "Carmageddon II" September 29-30 to prepare the remaining half of the Mulholland Bridge for its final demolition.
Los Angeles, Calif. (August 31, 2012) The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) and its contractor, Kiewit Infrastructure West, plan to open two key ramps -- the Westbound Wilshire on-ramp to the Northbound I-405 and the Northbound I-405 off-ramp to Westbound Wilshire -- on Friday, August 31, to L.A. motorists, approximately three weeks earlier than scheduled and just in time for Labor Day weekend.
Los Angeles, Calif. (August 22, 2012) - The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) has produced a new I-405 closure Public Service Announcement featuring L.A. City Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa that is now available for public use.
Los Angeles, Calif. (July 19, 2012) The second 10-mile closure of both directions of the I-405 over the Sepulveda Pass, popularly known as "Carmageddon," has now been scheduled for Sept. 29-30, 2012 when contractors will demolish the remaining side of the Mulholland Bridge. Motorists throughout the State of California are advised to "Plan Ahead, Avoid the Area, or Eat, Shop and Play Locally" to avoid generating extreme auto congestion in the project area and throughout the greater Los Angeles region.
Mulholland Bridge demolition work will be a meticulous, painstaking process, not a Vegas-style implosion
Los Angeles, Calif. (July 12, 2011) Contractors for the I-405 Sepulveda Pass Improvements Project are planning a precise, carefully orchestrated ballet of workers and machinery to demolish half of the Mulholland Bridge the weekend of July 16-17, not a Vegas-style demolition.
Metro, Metrolink Trains, Amtrak, Beach Bus offer special transit service to help mitigate congestion during the I-405 closure weekend
Los Angeles, Calif. (July 12, 2011) Special service includes extra buses on major Westside, San Fernando Valley streets; free fare on Red, Purple, Orange and selected bus lines; added Metrolink trains; $3 one-way fares on Amtrak: Downtown LA to Burbank Airport.
L.A. Metro Makes 26 Additional Bus Lines Free for I-405 Closure July 16-17
Los Angeles, Calif. (July 1, 2011): In addition to providing free rides on the Metro Orange, Red and Purple Lines, The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) today announced that it will make 26 additional Metro Bus Lines free the weekend of July 16-17 when the I-405 will be closed between the I-10 and U.S. 101 for Mulholland Bridge demolition work.
Metro, Metrolink Add New Transit Services for I-405 Closure July 16-17
Los Angeles, Calif. (June 23, 2011): In efforts to further encourage the public to utilize transit as much as possible instead of driving during the planned I-405 closure weekend July 16-17, the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) and Metrolink have both bolstered their planned transit services for the closure weekend.
Have Questions About I-405 Construction or July 16-17 Closure for Mulholland Bridge Demolition? Ask the Experts During Metro's Live Internet Chat
Los Angeles, Calif. (June 20, 2011): As L.A. prepares for the 53-hour closure of the I-405 freeway between the I-10 and U.S. 101 the weekend of July 16-17, the public is being encouraged to plan ahead, avoid the area or stay home. What are the best ways to avoid or minimize the impacts of the closure? Tune in online to Metro's "Live Chat" on June 29 form noon to 1 p.m. at metro.net.
Changeable Message Signs on Freeways Announce I-405 Extended July Closure
Los Angeles, Calif. (June 13, 2011): Sixty-four Changeable Message Signs (CMS) located on most Los Angeles County freeways began displaying information about the upcoming closure of the San Diego Freeway (I-405) over the weekend of July 16-17.
I-405 "Countdown to the Closure" Clock, Banner Ads Now Available at Metro.net
Los Angeles, Calif. (June 8, 2011): In efforts to help individuals, businesses, agencies and other organizations count down to the planned closure of the I-405 freeway over the Sepulveda Pass the weekend of July 16-17, 2011, the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) has created an official "Countdown to the Closure" online clock and banner ads that are freely available for public use at metro.net. Grab the code at metro.net/projects/I-405/link-us
Extended 53-Hour Closure of I-405 Freeway Between U.S. 101 and I-10 Planned in Mid-July for Mulholland Bridge Demolition Work
Los Angeles, Calif. (May 27, 2011) - Plan Ahead, Avoid The Area, Or Stay Home. That's the message public safety officials are sending to the public in anticipation of a planned 10-mile, 53-hour closure of the I-405 freeway between the U.S. 101 and I-10 on the weekend of July 16-17, 2011 for planned demolition work on the Mulholland Bridge, part of a major I-405 improvement project.
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Metro has produced a new I-405 closure Public Service Announcement featuring L.A. City Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa that is now available for public use.
California Highway Patrol officers are advising the public on safety requirements in advance of Carmageddon II, the extended freeway closure set for September 29-30 to demolish the remaining half of the Mulholland Bridge.
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Public Service Announcement: Demolition activities will take place over the July 16-17 weekend for 53 consecutive hours, resulting in the full freeway closure of the I-405 freeway in the Sepulveda Pass. The Mulholland Dr Bridge will also be closed that weekend. 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.
Scenes from demolition of Sunset Bridge July 2010: No implosion necessary! No explosion either. Mulholland Bridge will come down bit by bit, chipped away by hoe rams and hauled away by loaders in the same steadfast manner as the demolition of Sunset Bridge conducted one year ago. This clip from b-roll of the demolition of Sunset Bridge on July 23, 2010, shows two hoe rams, resembling giant mechanical Tyrannosaurus rex, pounding away at the Sunset Bridge that spanned the I-405. Soil was placed below the bridge to catch falling pieces of concrete. Other scenes in the attached b-roll (TRT 6:44) show a hoe ram pulling down steel rebar hanging from the Sunset Bridge. Sparks from acetylene torches indicate where rebar is being cut. The metal will be recycled. Under a nest of steel rebar, loaders are scooping up fallen concrete. The contractor on the project is Kiewit Infrastructure Group.
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