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L.A. County SPV Zev Yaroslavsky - 06/15/2012

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Friday, June 15, 2012 - noon to 1 p.m.

Topic: Countdown to “Ramp Jam” – The Extended 90-Day Closure of Key Wilshire Ramps at the I-405

In anticipation of the planned 90-day closure of the two key Wilshire ramps at the I-405 for needed demolition and reconstruction work, Board of Supervisors Chairman and Metro Board Member Zev Yaroslavsky will hold an interactive Live Chat from noon to 1 p.m. on Friday, June 15.

Here’s your opportunity to ask Zev as well as members of the I-405 Sepulveda Pass Improvements Project team questions about these closures that are expected to create additional Westside congestion as all eight Wilshire ramps are consecutively demolished and rebuilt over the next year or more.  The first ramp closures are scheduled to begin on Friday, June 22.

“Plan Ahead, Adjust Travel Times or Share the Ride” is the message public officials are now recommending to motorists to help mitigate construction impacts.  Join us to discuss ways to do this or to ask your own question about this regionally significant freeway improvements project.

Intro

Board of Supervisors Chairman
Zev Yaroslavsky
Wilshire Ramps Live Chat
12 p.m., Friday, June 15, 2012

We’re calling this “Ramp Jam” for good reason. Beginning June 22, two key ramps at the I-405/Wilshire Interchange will be closed for three long months: Westbound Wilshire onramp to I-405 north and I-405 north off ramp to westbound Wilshire.

Yes, you heard me right.  Three months! Not 53 hours. Three months. This work is a key part of the I-405 Sepulveda Pass Improvements Project , the same project that brought you Carmageddon last year.

Similar ramp closures between two weeks and three months are also planned for the remaining six ramps.  The schedule for those ramp closures will be announced at a later date, but the contractor has to finish all of this work by next year.

As many of you know, the Wilshire/405 interchange is where the nation’s busiest boulevard meets the nation’s busiest freeway. Tens of thousands of freeway-bound motorists travel here on a daily basis.

We shouldn’t fool ourselves into thinking that these closures are going to be anything but horrible and add significant delays to an already congested Westside.

We need the public’s cooperation, just as we did with Carmageddon weekend last year, when the I-405 freeway was originally planned to be closed for an unprecedented 53 hours.

With your cooperation, we can guide you through these ramp closures and help minimize traffic impacts as much as possible.

Again, Plan Ahead, Adjust Your Travel times, or Share the Ride.  Join me on this live chat to learn how.

- Zev Yaroslavsky