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August 31, 2013 | By Carla Hall
There's plenty to weep over if you live near or drive around the 405 Freeway on the Westside during the seemingly endless construction project to widen it. Now, it turns out, the freeway feels your pain and weeps along with you. Well, actually, it's the retaining wall that keeps the hillside from cascading down onto Sepulveda Boulevard, just east of the freeway, that weeps. For the next two weeks, crews will be working on a retaining wall -- east of the freeway -- on the east side of Sepulveda Boulevard.
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August 24, 2013 | By Carla Rivera
A portion of the northbound 405 Freeway in the Sepulveda Pass will be closed Saturday night for work on the Mulholland Bridge, authorities said. Beginning at 11 p.m., all northbound lanes will close from Getty Center Drive to Greenleaf Street/Ventura Boulevard. The connector ramp from the 101 Freeway to the northbound 405 will also close as will three lanes of the southbound 405 to provide a work buffer. All lanes of the roadway are expected to reopen at 9 a.m. Sunday, according to the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 18, 2013 | By Matt Hamilton
The demolition of a 50-year-old connector bridge is moving along so well that Caltrans plans to reopen a four-mile stretch of the southbound 405 Freeway in Orange County between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. Sunday, several hours ahead of schedule, officials said. The construction work forced the shutdown, starting at 9 p.m. Saturday, of the 405 Freeway between the 605 and 22 freeways as well as the northbound 405 at Valley View Street. David Richardson, a Caltrans spokesman, said that the northbound lanes of the 405 would reopen between 2 p.m. and 3 pm. The last portion of the bridge was knocked down at 5:30 a.m., and steel plates placed on the freeway to protect the roadway from 3,600 tons of falling concrete were being removed, Davidson said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 18, 2013 | By Matt Hamilton
When Orange County resident Art Patino first saw the warning signs about the 405 Freeway closure, he advised fellow motorists to be patient. The plan, dubbed the Bridge Bash, called for a four-mile stretch of the southbound freeway near the L.A. County line to close at 9 p.m. Saturday and reopen at 5 p.m. Sunday so a Caltrans demolition crew could remove a connector bridge. Motorists were advised to use alternative routes, suffer through a maze of detours on surface streets or, better yet, simply avoid the area altogether.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 18, 2013 | By Hector Becerra
Eight hours into the so-called "Bridge Bash," the closure of the 405 Freeway in Orange County appears to be going on without a hitch. Officials reported no problems overnight, and so far there have been minimal traffic backups. A spokesman for the Orange County Transportation Authority posted a video of the empty 405 Sunday morning. The real test, however, will come this morning and afternoon as more people navigate the area. The freeway is scheduled to reopen at 5 p.m. Sunday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 18, 2013 | By Matt Hamilton
Caltrans crews are ahead of schedule demolishing a 50-year-old connector bridge on a project that has temporarily closed a four-mile stretch of the southbound 405 Freeway in Orange County, officials said Sunday. The last portion of the bridge was knocked down at 5:30 a.m., which will allow the freeway to reopen as scheduled by 5 p.m. Sunday, said David Richardson, a spokesman for Caltrans. The southbound 405 is shut down between the 605 and 22 freeways, while the northbound side is closed at Valley View Street.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 18, 2013 | By Matt Hamilton
The early reopening of a four-mile stretch of the 405 Freeway in Orange County is welcome news for motorists who have been forced to take a maze of detours along surface streets, with traffic becoming increasingly sluggish Sunday afternoon. The southbound lanes of the 405 between the 605 and 22 freeways are set to reopen at 1:45 p.m., said Sarah King, a Caltrans spokeswoman. The northbound lanes at Valley View Street will reopen at 2:45 p.m., she said. The closure has allowed workers to demolish a 50-year-old connector bridge as part of a $277-million project to link carpool lanes between the 405, 22 and 605 freeways.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 17, 2013 | By Michael Finnegan
After 10 months of preparations, demolition crews were putting bulldozers, cranes and other wrecking equipment in place Saturday afternoon in the final hours before a full-scale shutdown of a four-mile stretch of the 405 Freeway in Orange County. On an average summer weekend day, more than 300,000 vehicles zoom (or lurch) down that section of the 405 between the 605 and 22 freeways. At 9 p.m. on Saturday the 20-hour closure is scheduled to begin, forcing traffic onto the streets of Westminster and nearby neighborhoods.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 17, 2013 | By Hector Becerra
Nearly a year of preparations and warnings to commuters are being tested now with the 9 p.m. closure of a four-mile stretch of the 405 Freeway in Orange County. Transportation officials hope to avoid traffic jobs from the 20-hour closure, dubbed "Bridge Bash" after the demolition of a 50-year-old bridge that connects the 405 and 22 freeways. Ted Nguyen, a spokesman for the Orange County Transportation Authority, said crews and officials met about an hour before the closure to hash out final instructions.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 16, 2013 | By Paloma Esquivel
Four miles of the southbound 405 Freeway in Orange County will be closed for 20 hours starting Saturday night as part of a $277-million project. Dubbed the Bridge Bash by transportation authorities, the project will link carpool lanes from the 405, 22 and 605 freeways. A stretch of the northbound 405 will also be closed, though motorists who want to brave it will be able to zig and zag their way around that portion of the closure to get back on the freeway. The closure, to allow workers to knock down a bridge linking the southbound 405 to the eastbound 22, is scheduled to begin at 9 p.m. Saturday and end at 5 p.m. Sunday.
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