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Video: Eric Garcetti Explains 101 'SlowJam' Closure With Silky Smooth Sax
As you must know by now, the Sixth Street Bridge is being demolished and replaced with something that has a better chance of withstanding an earthquake. Part of that process is the brief shutdown of a 2.5-mile stretch of the 101 Freeway. Mayor Eric "Silver Fox" Garcetti—that is possibly a nickname we gave him—teamed up with students at Roosevelt High School in Boyle Heights to actually make a "101 Slow Jam" music video in light of this momentous and frustrating occasion. In the video, Garcetti smoothly explains the road closures over some silky sax and soulful backup vocals.
In plainer terms, 101 Freeway will be closed East of downtown, from the split of the 10 and 101 Freeway to where the 5, 10 and 101 Freeways meet, for 40 hours beginning tonight at 10 p.m. Drivers headed west on Route 60 from Pomona will not be able to access the 101, according to a release from the Mayor's office. Drivers are advised to stay clear of the area, but drivers who have no choice can follow the detour signs. You can read a complete list of detours here. You could also take Metro—which is "there for you all day and all night," according to the Mayor.
The 101 Freeway should reopen on Sunday before 3 p.m.