405 Freeway Wilshire Blvd. Ramps Reopen Three Weeks Ahead Of Schedule
Posted Aug. 31, 2012, 5:47 am
Brenton Garen / Editor-in-Chief
Three weeks ahead of schedule, the 405 Freeway westbound Wilshire Boulevard on-ramp and the northbound off-ramp will re-open to traffic today.
The two ramp closures, popularly known as “Ramp Jam,” were originally scheduled for 90-day closures that officially began on June 22 with reopening originally scheduled for Sept. 22.
The six other Wilshire ramps will be closed consecutively, some two at a time, between 14 and 90 days over the next year.
However, the next ramp closures are not expected to start until November, and will likely be 14-day closures which may not be performed simultaneously. The closure schedule for the next ramps will be announced at a later date.
The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) and its contractor, Kiewit Infrastructure West announced the re-opening today in a statement.
All eight Wilshire freeway ramps must be torn down and rebuilt as part of the $1 billion I-405 Sepulveda Pass Improvements Project that is building a 10-mile carpool lane between the 10 and 101 Freeways.