Thursday, August 2, 2012

I-405: Countdown to Closure II

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Where Does Metro Take You? Contest
Dear Transportation Partner,

As one of our valued Metro stakeholders, we are including you once again in a series of email distributions pertaining to the second full closure of the I-405 freeway beginning September 29 through September 30, 2012. It is our hope that you can relay the emails to your own contacts so the information reaches the widest possible audience.

For this second full closure we are asking drivers to "Plan Ahead, Avoid the Area, or Eat, Shop and Play Locally."

As background, Metro's improvement of the I-405 freeway through the Sepulveda Pass will add a northbound HOV lane. This effort requires the demolition and reconstruction of Mulholland Bridge. We began this effort by demolishing the south side of the bridge in July 2011. With the south side near reconstruction, it is time to demolish the north side of the bridge. Because of the design of Mulholland Bridge, it cannot be demolished in sections the way Sunset Bridge was, hence the need to demolish an entire side over a weekend.

The 53-hour closure of the I-405 will be managed through an incident command post headed by LAFD/LAPD/CHP/Caltrans/Metro. As with last year, our outreach to commuters and travelers will reach national audiences, as well as local, regional, and statewide stakeholders.

Consequently, please expect to receive regularly emails, including approved detour maps, and several channels through which you can receive up-to-the-minute updates. We intend to provide you with all the critical information you will need leading up to the demolition date. We ask you to help us to encourage travelers to refrain from driving through the affected area.

Your first line for information is the project website:, as well as the project's social media sites: or You may also call Jennifer Gill at 213.922.4224 for a referral to your regional lead. Please be advised that our Board of Directors and the agency staff are committed to informing you with the latest information, up to and including the weekend closure. In the future, all communication on this freeway closure will be labeled I-405 Sepulveda Pass Closure Alert.


Arthur T. Leahy
Chief Executive Officer


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