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October 25, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
The 405 Freeway at the Sepulveda Pass will be briefly closed over the weekend while construction crews pour concrete and pave two major bridges spanning the major thoroughfare. Crews will begin closing lanes on the southbound 405 Freeway from Valley Vista Boulevard to Skirball Center Drive at 10 p.m. Saturday, with a full closure expected from 1 to 4:30 a.m. Sunday, according to the L.A. County Metropolitan Transportation Authority. The northbound lanes will start closing at 10 p.m. Saturday with a full closure from Getty Center Drive to the Skirball onramp from 3 to 6 a.m. Sunday.
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April 1, 2014 | By Kerry Cavanaugh
Having experienced the misery of commuting from the San Fernando Valley to Santa Monica, my ears always perk up when someone mentions building some kind of rapid transit through the Sepulveda Pass. There have been ideas floated, but the magnitude of the project, the technical challenges and the expense have always made an alternative to the 405 Freeway sound like a distant dream. It's true that Measure R, the half-cent sales tax increase passed in 2008, included about a billion dollars to begin developing a transit line along the 405. But transportation planners estimate that it will cost anywhere from $6 billion to $20 billion to build a rail connection from the Valley to the Westside.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 23, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
A SigAlert was issued Tuesday morning for the southbound 405 Freeway north of Sunset Boulevard. A three-car crash about 6:30 a.m. blocked all southbound lanes temporarily, creating a traffic jam through the Sepulveda Pass and back to the 101 freeway, a California Highway Patrol official said. Crews eventually cleared all but the carpool lane, which remained blocked as of 7 a.m. A SigAlert would be in effect through at least 7:15 a.m., officials said. ALSO: 5-year-old girl critically injured in possible street-racing crash Arson investigators probe cause of apartment blaze that killed 1 LAX flight status boards hacked, telling passengers to exit terminal joseph.serna@latimes.com @josephserna
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 29, 2014 | By Laura J. Nelson
Los Angeles County voters could be asked in 2016 to fund a variety of transportation projects, including new rail lines and possibly a toll highway and rail line through the Sepulveda Pass. The tax proposal, announced by the advocacy group Move L.A., could raise an estimated $90 billion over 45 years and cost the average resident 25 cents to 30 cents a day, proponents said. It would also boost the countywide sales tax rate by a half-cent to 9½ cents on each dollar spent, though shoppers in cities with their own sales tax would pay higher rates.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 15, 2014 | By Dan Weikel and Jack Dolan
With a load of furniture for his daughter, John Barbieri of San Pedro headed north  on the 405 Freeway on Saturday morning for the first leg of a trip to San Luis Obispo. Traffic moved well past Los Angeles International Airport, and he decided to try going over Sepulveda Pass rather than take alternative routes that would cost him time and money. U-Haul, he said, charges by the mile for the trailer he was towing. Just before Sunset Boulevard it looked like Barbieri's luck had run out. His speed plummeted to 3 mph as five lanes of traffic started to merge into the two open lanes over the pass.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 20, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
A car fire and a fatal crash on the 405 Freeway near the Sepulveda  Pass tied up the morning commute in both directions Friday as crews worked to clear the wreckage. Only two lanes on the either side of the freeway were expected to be open until at least 8 a.m. as authorities cleared a car fire from the southbound side and investigated a multi-vehicle crash on the northbound side, California Highway Patrol officials said. At least three vehicles were involved in the crash on the northbound side between  Mulholland and Skirball Center drives, a Los Angeles Fire Department official said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
NEWS
April 1, 2014 | By Kerry Cavanaugh
Having experienced the misery of commuting from the San Fernando Valley to Santa Monica, my ears always perk up when someone mentions building some kind of rapid transit through the Sepulveda Pass. There have been ideas floated, but the magnitude of the project, the technical challenges and the expense have always made an alternative to the 405 Freeway sound like a distant dream. It's true that Measure R, the half-cent sales tax increase passed in 2008, included about a billion dollars to begin developing a transit line along the 405. But transportation planners estimate that it will cost anywhere from $6 billion to $20 billion to build a rail connection from the Valley to the Westside.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 15, 2012 | By Joseph Serna and Rong-Gong Lin II, Los Angeles Times
A fast-moving brush fire in the Sepulveda Pass that snarled traffic across the Westside and sent jitters through Bel-Air canyon neighborhoods burned through the night Friday, forcing crews to prepare for a second day of battle in record-breaking heat. The Getty fire started in high brush on the east side of the 405 Freeway near Getty Center Drive during the afternoon rush hour and raced through 70 acres of hillside scrub toward the canyons of Bel-Air. It prompted the voluntary evacuation of the Getty Center, and brought an already congested traffic corridor to a standstill.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 9, 1987
Filming in the Sepulveda Pass backed up traffic in both directions on the San Diego Freeway for several hours Thursday evening, the California Highway Patrol said. The traffic snarl reached its peak between 7 and 9 p.m. as motorists slowed to watch the film crew, which was working east of the freeway and north of Mulholland Drive, Officer Tom Coleman said. Coleman said he did not know the name of the company or what the filming was for.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 17, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz and Hailey Branson-Potts
Two of five northbound lanes on the 405 Freeway closed during "Jamzilla" reopened to commuters early Monday morning, officials said. The two lanes -- from Mulholland Drive to Ventura Boulevard -- reopened at 5:24 a.m., said California Highway Patrol Officer Tony Polizzi.  Television footage showed light traffic on the section of freeway early Monday morning. So far, "Jamzilla" has not evoked the fear and panic its name suggests as traffic through the Sepulveda Pass on Saturday and Sunday flowed with minimal delays.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 17, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez
State transportation officials said Monday night that motorists were encountering 45-minute delays on the 405 Freeway during "Jamzilla" and that the project was expected to be finished in time for the Tuesday morning rush-hour commute. The paving and striping on the northbound lanes between Sunset and Ventura boulevards was on target to be completed by 6 a.m., the California Department of Transportation said. The work is part of a $1.1-billion project to build the final 10-mile leg of the 405's northbound carpool lane over the Sepulveda Pass.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 16, 2014 | By Hailey Branson-Potts
The monster-evoking “Jamzilla” lane closures on the northbound 405 Freeway this weekend appear to have appropriately scared off motorists, officials said. Traffic on the freeway in the Sepulveda Pass flowed with minimal delays on Saturday and Sunday. Three of five lanes were shutdown during the day to allow for repaving and restriping. Northbound motorists experienced delays of only seven to 10 minutes, “which shows a lot of people have taken to heart our warnings about staying out of the area,” said Paul Gonzales, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 16, 2014
Traffic on the northbound 405 Freeway in the Sepulveda Pass continued to flow smoothly early Sunday, Day 2 of "Jamzilla. " But transportation officials are still warning drivers to avoid the freeway between Sunset and Ventura boulevards, where extensive paving and striping is being done over the Presidents Day weekend for a new carpool lane. "Today we're just asking for the public's cooperation for Day 2 of the operation," said Dave Sotero, a spokesman for the  Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority . "We want to be focused on the operation, not the traffic.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 15, 2014 | By Dan Weikel and Jack Dolan
Northbound traffic moved steadily on the 405 Freeway over Sepulveda Pass during the first day of "Jamzilla" on Saturday, but motorists encountered some delays as they merged from five lanes to two lanes through the highway's construction zone. Although things went well, transportation officials are still warning travelers to avoid the northbound 405 between Sunset and Ventura boulevards, where extensive paving and striping is being done over the President's Day weekend for a new carpool lane.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 15, 2014 | By Martha Groves and Dan Weikel
So far, so good. Traffic on the 405 Freeway in the Sepulveda Pass was light early Saturday on the first full day of Jamzilla. Most or all lanes of the busy northbound side of the freeway will be closed throughout President's Day weekend for road improvements. During daytime hours two northbound lanes will be open, but all five will be closed at night. The shutdowns through the Sepulveda Pass will allow workers to pave and re-stripe the highway where a carpool lane is being added.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 12, 2014 | By Martha Groves
What's more complicated than Carmageddon and could seriously mess with the flow of Angelenos' long Presidents' Day weekend? It's Jamzilla. That's the monster-evoking moniker that transportation officials have adopted for the 405 Freeway lane closures slated to begin late Friday, just in time for the post-Valentine's-Day dinner rush. For 80 hours - from about 10 p.m. Friday until 6 a.m. Tuesday - most or all lanes on the busy northbound side of the freeway will be closed. The shutdowns through the Sepulveda Pass will allow workers to pave and re-stripe the highway where a carpool lane is being added.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 11, 2010 | By Dan Weikel, Los Angeles Times
Starting Tuesday, one of the busiest sections of the 405 Freeway will be closed for five consecutive nights so contractors can tear down the north side of the Skirball Center Drive bridge in the Sepulveda Pass. The work, which will make room for a new carpool lane, requires several full and partial freeway closures between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. through Saturday. Demolishing the structure will occur between midnight and 5 a.m. Skirball is the second of three major bridges that will be rebuilt to accommodate the HOV lane.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 15, 2014 | By Dan Weikel and Jack Dolan
As drivers coped with a partial highway closure on the first day of Jamzilla on Saturday, construction of a new carpool lane on the northbound 405 Freeway proceeded on schedule and should be completed in time for rush hour Tuesday morning, transportation officials said. But there is no indication that the paving and stripping will be done ahead of schedule so all the northbound lanes between Sunset and Ventura boulevards can become operational earlier than planned. The work is part of a $1.1-billion project to build the final 10-mile leg of the 405's northbound carpool lane over the Sepulveda Pass.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 15, 2014 | By Dan Weikel and Jack Dolan
With a load of furniture for his daughter, John Barbieri of San Pedro headed north  on the 405 Freeway on Saturday morning for the first leg of a trip to San Luis Obispo. Traffic moved well past Los Angeles International Airport, and he decided to try going over Sepulveda Pass rather than take alternative routes that would cost him time and money. U-Haul, he said, charges by the mile for the trailer he was towing. Just before Sunset Boulevard it looked like Barbieri's luck had run out. His speed plummeted to 3 mph as five lanes of traffic started to merge into the two open lanes over the pass.
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