Red Alert: 405 Closures this Weekend

It’s terrible! It’s horrible! It’s happening this weekend!



The Los Angeles Times reports that there will be a series of closures on the 405 North Freeway starting this Friday, February 14th, that will continue throughout the weekend and into President’s Day on Monday.

As if Valentine’s Day on a Friday night leading into a 3 day weekend isn’t already a traffic nightmare, an article on LA Curbed says that there will be reduced lanes during the day and that all lanes will be closed in the evening from as early as 10:00 pm until as late as 7:00 am.  Exit ramps will be closed as early as 7:00 pm.

The closure stretches over five and a half miles on the 405 North from Wilshire Boulevard to Moraga Drive on Friday and Saturday nights, and from Moraga Drive to Getty Center Drive on Sunday night.  The closures are part of the Sepulveda Pass Improvements Project.

In an attempt to soften the publics negative perception of the traffic jams this project temporarily creates, the Metro’s public relations team have humorously dubbed this project “Jamzilla”, the concept being something you want to avoid at all costs; the danger of Godzilla meets the frustration of an extreme traffic jam.

Officials anticipate multi-hour delays for people who venture through the Sepulveda Pass as there will only be two available lanes open during the day and Sepulveda Boulevard is expected to be at full capacity during the closures.

On a somewhat positive note, Southbound lanes will remain open during daytime hours, but normal closures may occur during the evening.

Good luck, Los Angelenos, especially to those of you flying in to LAX or who have westside plans for the weekend! Be sure to stay informed by checking out the closures in real time on this handy Google map of Jamzilla.