WEST LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — The northbound I-405 off-ramp to Sunset Boulevard will be shut down for 120 days starting Friday night.
The closure, which is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m., is a part of the I-405 Sepulveda Pass Improvements Project.
"As soon as the off-ramp is closed the contractor is going to do striping work and they are going to begin to prepare for demolition work which begins tonight," Metro's Director of Communications Dave Sotero said.
The demolition will take about a week before the contractor begins building a new off-ramp.
"The new ramp is going to be a thousand feet longer, and it's going to carry 60 percent more passengers on the ramp itself. So it's going to help improve traffic flows getting off the 405 and heading to the UCLA/Westwood area," Sotero said.
The new configuration will feature two northbound right-turn lanes to eastbound Sunset Blvd. and one northbound left-turn lane to westbound Sunset Blvd.
"In the past we've been able to open up these extended closures early," Metro's Director of Communications Dave Sotero told KNX1070. "We're not making any promises at this point, but it remains a possibility."
NB I-405 Off-Ramp To Sunset Blvd. To Close For 120 Days
"Northbound freeway motorists that normally utilize the Sunset off-ramp to access Westside destinations are encouraged to plan ahead to determine alternate routes, allow extra time to reach destinations, eliminate unnecessary trips to avoid peak congestion and/or consider ridesharing and public transit options," Metro said in a statement.
- Daytime: Northbound I-405 off-ramp to westbound Wilshire Boulevard, to northbound Sepulveda Boulevard, to eastbound Sepulveda Way, to westbound Sunset Boulevard.
- Alternate: Moraga Drive off-ramp, to southbound Sepulveda Boulevard, right on Church Lane to Sunset Boulevard.
- Nighttime: Northbound I-405 off-ramp to westbound Wilshire Boulevard, right on northbound San Vicente Boulevard, right onto north Barrington Avenue, left onto westbound Sunset Boulevard.
- Northbound I-405 off-ramp to eastbound Wilshire Boulevard, to northbound Veteran Avenue to eastbound Sunset Boulevard.
Sunset Boulevard project improvements, including complete reconstruction and widening of the Sunset Bridge over the I-405, widening of the Church Lane undercrossing and construction of area retaining walls, are some of the project's most significant roadway improvements.
"On Aug. 22, we're going to close the eastbound Wilshire to northbound 405 on-ramp for 90 days. And these are the last two we're going to need for the project. We've eliminated seven other routes from the schedule, so that's the good news," Sotero said. "We will be officially fully complete sometime next year."
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