It isn’t Carmageddon, but freeway closures on the 405 between Getty Center Drive and the 101 Freeway might cause some traffic headaches for drivers travelling from the San Fernando Valley to the Westside.
The closure is part of the massive I-405 Sepulveda Pass Improvement Project, which closed all lanes of the freeway over a weekend in July.
This week’s six-mile closure, which started on the southbound lanes of the 405 Freeway Tuesday night, is a directional closure, which means only one direction will be closed at a time, according to Dave Sotero, a Metropolitan Transportation Authority spokesman.
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“In Carmageddon, both sides were closed simultaneously,” Sotero said. “The closure like the one tonight has become fairly routine."
Sepulveda Boulevard will be used as a detour route during the closure, according to Sotero.
"In past closures of this kind, there was not congestion on Sepulveda in the area," Sotero said. "But it will depend on area time traffic conditions."
Ramp closures began early Tuesday evening, but a full directional closure didn't begin until midnight on southbound I-405. The same was expected Wednesday night, according to metro. The freeway was to reopen at 5:00 a.m. both days. Closures on the northbound lanes are scheduled to take place on Thursday and Friday for the same hours.
The 405-Sepulveda Pass Improvements Project will add a 10-mile HOV lane and improve supporting infrastructure such as ramps, bridges and sound walls on the San Diego Fwy, according to Metro’s website.