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July 7, 2011

Re: Update on I-405 Freeway Closure within the Sepulveda Pass during the Weekend of July 15-18

As a reminder, a complete closure of all northbound and southbound lanes of the I-405 will occur within the Sepulveda Pass during the weekend of July 15-18, 2011 to accommodate the demolition of one-half of the Mulholland Bridge. Sepulveda Boulevard will remain open throughout the weekend, but is intended as an alternate route for local resident access only and will be heavily impacted.

On Friday, July 15, ramps along the 10-mile closure will begin to be shut down as early as 7pm, and closure of freeway lanes will begin at 10pm. The freeway is scheduled to reopen at 5am on Monday, July 18. Ramps and connectors are scheduled to reopen by 6am. The specific freeway closure boundaries are as follows:

  • Northbound I-405: 10-mile closure between I-10 and U.S. 101
  • Southbound I-405: 4-mile closure between U.S. 101 and Getty Center Drive on-ramp

To be prepared in the event of an emergency, the campus Emergency Operations Center (EOC) will be staffed throughout the freeway closure so that the campus may respond in the event of an emergency. In addition, UCLA traffic control officers will be monitoring traffic conditions to ensure accessibility to the campus.

Metro is mitigating the closure by detouring much of the I-405’s regular weekend traffic to routes outside of the Sepulveda Pass and by placing traffic control at major intersections in the vicinity of the construction area. However, significant congestion and delays are expected both within the Sepulveda Pass and on streets in and around UCLA and Westwood. As was shared in the initial May 31 campus announcement, if you expect to have employees, students, patients or other visitors traveling to or from the UCLA campus during the weekend of July 15-18, please advise them to expect major delays and include additional travel time in their schedules. Metro strongly encourages those who need to travel throughout the L.A. area to use public transportation, and is offering free rides and additional service on some Metro Bus and Metro Rail lines. For specifics on routes and schedules, please check back often for updates and announcements at www.metro.net/405. For information on bus routes/transportation options from your commute area, you may also contact the Commuter Services & Information Center at 310-794-7433 Monday through Friday during regular business hours.

Below are links to useful information related to the closure:

In addition, during the closure weekend, UCLA’s radio station, AM 1630, will have pre-recorded information regarding the closure.

Although officials indicate that the I-405 Freeway and access ramps are expected to reopen by 6am on Monday morning, July 18, individuals should check with broadcast or online news sources immediately upon waking to learn if the freeway has opened on time. Given that some UCLA staff will begin their commute to work before the scheduled freeway reopening on Monday morning, probable back-ups even after the freeway has reopened, and the possibility of the closure extending beyond the scheduled reopening time, campus administration is asking that supervisors be flexible in scheduling non-essential personnel and, where operationally possible, allow staff to modify schedules, telecommute, or take vacation or compensatory time off. Supervisors and Managers are encouraged to work with Employee & Labor Relations in Campus Human Resources on the issue of schedule modification. For the Medical Center, contact Health System Human Resources.

Because traffic conditions may fluctuate significantly throughout the weekend, we strongly encourage all motorists to monitor and remain aware of current conditions. Two websites for viewing real-time traffic conditions before getting in your vehicle are Sigalert.com for the freeways and http://trafficinfo.lacity.org/ for surface streets in Los Angeles.

If you have any questions or concerns, please email UCLA Transportation at news@ts.ucla.edu.