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Carmageddon Pre-Game Show: 5-Freeway Closures For Next Week

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In what is sure to be a lovely pre-show to the 405 Carmageddom of mid-July, Caltrans officials are planning overnight closures along the Golden State (5) Freeway next week, as "construction continues on a major overhaul of the route, the agency announced today," according to the Daily News.

Up to two lanes in each direction of the 5 Freeway may be closed between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. each day, starting Sunday night and ending Friday morning. The project affects the 5 between the "170 split'' at the Hollywood (170) Freeway junction, and the interchange with the Reagan (118) Freeway. Ramps at Van Nuys Boulevard, Paxton Street and Branford Street will be closed during the overnight hours. Other ramps, at Sheldon Street, Osborne Street and Van Nuys Boulevard, are closed to traffic at all times through next January.

The freeway, originally built as U.S. 99 in the mid-1950s, is getting a $140 million revamp with wider lanes, wider overpasses, newly configured ramps, and added carpool lanes .