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53 Dark Hours in July: Details About the 405 Fwy Shutdown

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The Los Angeles Police Department, Los Angeles Fire Department, California Highway Patrol, Los Angeles Department of Transportation, Metro and Caltrans want you to be ready for the coming nightmare. No, not the end of the world. For 53 dark hours in mid-July, the 405 Freeway will be closed for demolition work on the Mulholland Bridge.

Metro is providing some details about the closures:

On Friday, July 15, ramps along the 10 mile closure will begin to be shut down as early as 7 p.m., and closure of freeway lanes will begin at 10 p.m. to ensure full freeway closure by midnight. The closure will continue until 5 a.m. Monday morning, July 18. Ramps and connectors will be reopened by 6 a.m. During this closure, the Mulholland Bridge, I-405 freeway and access ramps will be closed.

The specific freeway closure boundaries are as follows:
* Northbound I-405: 10-mile closure between I-10 and U.S. 101
* Southbound I-405: 4-mile closure between U.S. 101 and Getty Center Drive Ramps

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The agencies issuing the advance warnings, including Metro, want to remind motorists that if "they do not have a critical need to be in or near the vicinity of the closure, they are being asked to avoid the area." Sepulveda Boulevard is the primary alternate route but is only to be used for local access; as a major artery Sepulveda just can't handle all that traffic. Metro suggests the use of alternate freeways, including the 5, 15, 23, 55, 57, 101, 118, 126, 210, 605 and 710 freeways, to bypass the impacted area, as well as trying Metro or Metrolink. Additional alternate route information will be made available on the project website.