The demolition of the north side of Mulholland Dr Bridge has been scheduled for Saturday, September 29 and Sunday, September 30, 2012. As with the demolition of the south side of the 608-foot-long bridge, the I-405 through the Sepulveda Pass will be closed in both directions that weekend to allow for demolition.
As with the south side demolition, Metro and Caltrans are concerned that closing the freeway will result in severe congestion on the I-405 and adjoining freeways, perhaps effecting freeways throughout the region. Motorists throughout the State of California are asked to “Plan Ahead, Avoid the Area, or Eat, Shop and Play Locally.”
To reduce the impacts on local traffic flow, the Mulholland Dr Bridge will be demolished and reconstructed in two separate phases. During July 16 and 17, 2011, the south side of Mulholland Dr Bridge was demolished.
The north side of the bridge is expected to be completed 12 months after demolition. During reconstruction, the Mulholland Dr Bridge will accommodate one lane of traffic in each direction.
The Mulholland Dr Bridge will be the third bridge demolished and reconstructed to accommodate the widening of the I-405 freeway and to add a northbound high-occupancy vehicle lane through the Sepulveda Pass. When completed, the expanded Mulholland Center Dr Bridge will be widened by approximately 10 feet and will be designed to the latest seismic standards.
The I-405 project website will have the latest construction updates.
Find out more at metro.net.
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July 17, 2011 | 12:30 pm
The 405 Freeway officially reopened through the Sepulveda Pass on Sunday morning, hours ahead of schedule.
Officials began removing the barriers blocking the onramps to the freeway around noon.
[Updated at 12:05 p.m.: Officials began allowing southbound traffic to flow, followed a few minutes later by northbound traffic. The move came after officials drove the closed portion of the freeway to look for any debris. They first opened the freeway’s exit ramps, then the entrance ramps.]
Read more at LATimes.com.
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and LA County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky talk about the 405 reopening ahead of schedule.
July 17, 2011 | 11:44 am
Posted Pierce Courchaine
Despite the closing of the 405 this weekend, few cars dotted the streets on my way to see “Harry Potter and Deathly Hallows: Part II” at L.A. Live this weekend. In fact, the theater was only half-full even though it was opening weekend for the monster film. On Thursday night, lines were wrapping around the building in anticipation for the film’s opening. On Saturday, I arrived only a half an hour before the screening and had my choice of just about any seat in the theater.
In an attempt to be environmentally conscious, I took public transportation from my apartment in Westwood to L.A. Live. Even the bus system was relatively quiet for a weekend journey. I can only assume most weekenders spent their time locked up in their houses for fear of the mad house that never accumulated on the streets.
Without stop and go traffic and cramped buses Los Angeles felt a lot like, well, anywhere but Los Angeles. This prompted one of my movie-going companions to proclaim that L.A. should destroy a bridge every weekend in order to reduce traffic.
Carmaggedon, in short, never amounted to anything near Armageddon for me. I still went about my normal plans and actually probably had more fun then I normally would have had.
July 16, 2011 | 10:50 am
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At the start of the closure Friday night, one car shift gears into reverse to find the nearest off ramp and avoid the traffic. Watch for a near collision with several cars, including a big rig.
July 15, 2011 | 5:00 pm
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The ‘bridge to nowhere’ that’s behind Carmageddon
by Pierce Courchaine
Thousands of commuters race past the Mulholland Bridge at great speeds every day. Silent and waiting for its execution date in mid-July, the bridge is rarely appreciated or remembered. More.
Accommodating the shut-down, Jewishly
by Naomi Pfefferman and Ryan Torok
Due to road closures during the demolition of the Mulholland Bridge on “Carmageddon” weekend, the two major arts institutions located closest to the bridge — the Getty Center and the Skirball Cultural Center, both in the Sepulveda Pass — will be closed on Saturday, July 16, and Sunday, July 17. More.
Carmageddon is not Armageddon
by Danielle Berrin
Only the city that birthed Hollywood could dramatize a freeway closure the way Los Angeles has these past few weeks. More.
Top 10 signs you’re stuck in Carmageddon
Hundreds of vehicles around you, the incessant sound of car horns filling the air, and that overwhelming feeling that maybe you shouldn’t have left the house this morning … confused? You’re probably in the thick of… CARMAGEDDON. More.
“Ten Carmageddon Commandments” from Rabbi Mark Diamond
by Jonah Lowenfeld
This just in, from Board of Rabbis of Southern California EVP Rabbi Mark Diamond: “And God said (to Elijah): ‘Go out and stand before (Me), the Eternal, on the mountaintop. More.
Why Carmageddon won’t happen on Harry Potter’s watch
by Danielle Berrin
You can’t pass a billboard in Los Angeles without seeing the ubiquitous Harry Potter campaign pronouncing, “It All Ends”—- July 15. How ironic then, that L.A.’s Westside will be subjected to its own apocalypse of sorts – popularized as “Carmageddon” – when a dense portion of the 405 Freeway is shut down for three days. More.
10 Reasons Why Single People Should Love Carmaggedon
by Tamara Shayne Kagel
Unless you’re one of the people in LA with your own helicopter (of which there are a surprisingly high number), you too are likely painfully aware that Carmageddon is approaching. For weeks now, Los Angelenos have been chattering about the impending doom that is just days away from gripping our fair city. More.
by Rabbi Ilana Grinblat
On July 16th and 17th, a ten mile stretch of the 405 freeway will be closed for 53 hours. For the past month, the sign on the freeway has been flashing this warning – as if signaling that the end of the world is coming. More.
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by Orit Arfa
While thousands of Angelenos are dreading Carmageddon — the closure of the 405 Freeway for 53 hours — Noam Bardin is looking forward to the challenge. More.
July 15, 2011 | 2:49 pm
Posted by Jonah Lowenfeld
This just in, from Board of Rabbis of Southern California EVP Rabbi Mark Diamond:
“And God said (to Elijah): ‘Go out and stand before (Me), the Eternal, on the mountaintop. Then the Eternal passed by. A furious wind split mountains and shattered rocks in the presence of the Eternal, but the Eternal was not in the wind. After the wind, an earthquake—but the Eternal was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake, fire—but the Eternal was not in the fire. And after the fire, a still, small voice.”
First Kings 19:11-12, Haftarah for this week’s portion, Pinchas (Numbers 25:10-30:1)
The clock is ticking as we anticipate the shattering of the Mulholland Bridge over I-405. We yearn for a still, small voice to comfort and calm us on Carmageddon weekend. To that end, here is my personal survival guide of Ten Carmageddon Commandments:
1. Eat a Shabbat meal on Friday evening with friends and family. If it goes well, repeat the process on Shabbat afternoon.
2. Read a good book. I prefer the old-fashioned hard or soft-cover variety. If you must, read your book on a Kindle or iPad.
3. Walk. My wife and I take a walk every Saturday afternoon, and it’s a highlight of our Shabbat experience.
4. Meet your neighbors. They may be nice people. If you already know your neighbors, you’re part of a privileged minority in southern California.
5. Appreciate the outdoors. There is abundant natural beauty in Los Angeles, so get out there and enjoy it. This is best done on foot or bicycle, NOT in your automobile.
6. Rest. Take a nap. Robert Fulghum famously noted, ““Think what a better world it would be if we all, the whole world, had cookies and milk about three o’clock every afternoon and then lay down on our blankets for a nap.” Sans milk and cookies and a blankie, I try to take a nap on Shabbat, and I commend the practice to you.
7. Support retail businesses in your neighborhood. All this talk of “get the ___ out of town” strikes me as unpatriotic, un-American, and un-civic-minded.
8. Turn off your radio, television, computer, Blackberry, and/or iPhone whenever Carmageddon is mentioned. This may require turning them off the entire weekend, which is not a bad idea anyway. In fact, that’s what Shabbat is supposed to be—an island in time free of the noise and clutter of intrusive technology.
9. Laugh. Everyone outside Los Angeles is laughing at us right now, so we should laugh at ourselves as well.
10. Chill. It’s only a freeway closure, not a terminal illness, natural disaster, or the end of the world. Remember the wisdom of Rabbi Nachman of Bratslav, who taught:
Kol ha’olam kulo gesher tsar me’od
Ve-ha’ikar lo lefached klal.
“The whole world is a very narrow bridge.
The most important thing is not to live in fear.”
I’m beginning to relish the prospects of the Carmageddon experience. Can we please do it again soon?
July 15, 2011 | 10:33 am
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July 14, 2011 | 4:01 pm
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Check out Zev Yaroslavsky’s list of 53 things to do while the 405 is closed.