What happens when you decide to move the 405 freeway 20 feet to the west?
You get Jamzilla! The not-quite-as-terrible little brother to Carmageddon and Carmageddon II.
Beginning February 14th all the way through February 18th, multiple lanes of the northbound 405 will be closed between Getty Center Drive and Ventura Boulevard in the Sepulveda Pass. That's a 5.5 mile stretch that will be mostly blocked-off for 80 hours
At night, all northbound 405 lanes will be closed according to the following schedule:
-Friday, Feb.14: 1 a.m. to 6 a.m.
-Saturday, Feb. 15: 2 a.m. to 7 a.m.
-Sunday, Feb. 16: 12 a.m. to 5 a.m.
-Monday, Feb 17: 12 a.m. to 5 a.m.
The interstate 10 connectors to the 405 N. will also be closed. During the day, two lanes of the 405 N. will be closed.
During the construction, the 405 S. will remain open, but there will be lane reduction during the paving part of the project in the evenings.
According to a statement delivered by metro officials, “The designated alternative route for night-time full closures will be for motorists to take the Wilshire northbound to westbound off-ramp to northbound Sepulveda Boulevard, returning to northbound I-405 at the Greenleaf northbound on-ramp.”
However, the shutdown is dependent on the weather. Should we have another freak rainstorm during that weekend, something even more horrendous will happen: the alternate plan calls for crews to do the work on three consecutive weekends starting Feb. 21. That means Jamzilla would continue through mid-March.
So despite this horrible drought and SoCal's desparate need for rain, let's hope it doesn't decide to drip on us during President's Day weekend.
For a full list of ramp-closures, times, and anything else you'd need to know for 405 travel that weekend, visit the Metro website.