Thursday, March 6, 2008

I-405 Carpool Lane Project Closures between Route 90 and the I-10

State of California • Department of Transportation

NEWS RELEASE
Date: March 5, 2008
District: Los Angeles/Ventura
Contact: Judy Gish Phone: (213) 897-3487

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

VARIOUS CLOSURES SCHEDULED RELATED TO I-405 HOV LANES LOS ANGELES – The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) announces the following planned closures in relation to the $167 million High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) project on the San Diego Freeway (I-405) in both directions from the Marina Freeway (Route 90) to the Santa Monica Freeway (I-10):

Wednesday, March 5
  • 11 p.m. to 5 a.m., 3 lanes of I-405 in both directions from SR-90 to I-10
  • 9 p.m. to 6 a.m., National Boulevard on-ramp to southbound I-405
  • 10 p.m. to 6 a.m., east and west I-10 connector to southbound I-405 9 p.m. to 6 a.m., all lanes of Palms Boulevard in both directions from Sawtelle Boulevard to Sepulveda Boulevard
  • 9 p.m. to 6 a.m., all lanes of National Boulevard in both directions from Sawtelle Boulevard to Sepulveda Boulevard
Thursday, March 6
  • 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., all lanes of McDonald Street in both directions from Purdue Avenue to Dawes Avenue
  • 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., all lanes of Braddock Drive from Sawtelle Boulevard to southbound I-405 on-ramp. Closure includes on-ramp.
  • 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., northbound I-405 off-ramp to Culver Boulevard/Braddock Drive
  • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., eastbound and westbound Route 90 connector to northbound I-405
  • 11 p.m. to 5 a.m., 3 lanes of I-405 in both directions from SR-90 to I-10
  • 12 a.m. to 6 a.m., northbound I-405 Jefferson Boulevard and Culver Boulevard on-ramps
  • 8 p.m. to 6 a.m., northbound I-405 off-ramp to National Boulevard
  • 9 p.m. to 6 a.m., southbound I-405 Venice Boulevard on-ramp and Washington Boulevard/Culver Boulevard off-ramp
  • 9 p.m. to 6 a.m., all lanes of Palms Boulevard in both directions from Sawtelle Boulevard to Sepulveda Boulevard.

Friday, March 7
  • 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., all lanes of McDonald Street in both directions from Purdue Avenue to Dawes Avenue
  • 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., all lanes of Braddock Drive from Sawtelle Boulevard to southbound I-405 on-ramp. Closure includes on-ramp.
  • 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., northbound I-405 off-ramp to Culver Boulevard/Braddock Drive
  • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., eastbound and westbound Route 90 connector to northbound I-405
  • 11 p.m. to 5 a.m., 3 lanes of I-405 in both directions from SR-90 to I-10
  • 7 p.m. to 6 a.m., northbound I-405 Culver Boulevard on-ramp and off-ramp
  • 12 a.m. to 6 a.m., northbound I-405 Jefferson Boulevard and Culver Boulevard on-ramps
  • 8 p.m. to 6 a.m., northbound I-405 off-ramp to National Boulevard
  • 9 p.m. to 6 a.m., southbound I-405 Venice Boulevard on-ramp and Washington Boulevard/Culver Boulevard off-ramp
  • 9 p.m. to 6 a.m., all lanes of Palms Boulevard in both directions from Sawtelle Boulevard to Sepulveda Boulevard.

All appropriate signs and detours will be posted. The project is expected to complete summer 2009, at which time the HOV lane on southbound I-405 will be continuous from the San Fernando Valley through Orange County.

An HOV lane project on northbound I-405 from I-10 to the Ventura Freeway (U.S. 101) is currently in the environmental phase and is expected to begin construction in 2009. When that project is completed, in 2013, the HOV lane will be continuous in both directions from the San Fernando Valley through Orange County.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Pico/Olympic Traffic Plan Delayed

Mayor's Traffic Plan Delayed
Steve Hymon
Los Angeles Time
3/4/08

The city has agreed to delay for three weeks a plan to try to speed traffic on Olympic and Pico boulevards on the Westside, according to the office of the city attorney. Implementation of the plan, proposed by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, was supposed to begin on Saturday.

Two groups filed individual suites last week to stop the plan, which they allege was not properly studied under California environmental law. The groups - the Westwood South of Santa Monica Boulevard Homeowners Association and the Greater West Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce - fear that the plan will actually put more cars on both streets and affect businesses and residences.

The city's plan is to synchronize traffic signals to give an advantage to westbound traffic on Olympic and eastbound traffic on Pico. In addition the city wants to eliminate most street parking on both streets during the morning and afternoon rush hours to give an extra lane to vehicles.