As a part of the I-405 Sepulveda Pass Improvements Project, Wilshire Boulevard will be reduced by one lane in each direction between Veteran Avenue and Bonsall Avenue (VA) beginning this weekend. This lane reduction will remain in place for approximately one year. All turn lanes and movements will be maintained, but one thru-lane in each direction will be eliminated until approximately April, 2012.

Here is a summary of the impacts:

Short-Term: 10pm on Friday, April 8th until noon on Saturday, April 9th:

  • Wilshire will be reduced by two lanes in each direction between Veteran and Bonsall
  • Sepulveda will be reduced to one lane in each direction between Constitution and Ohio
  • All traffic signals at the Wilshire/Sepulveda intersection will be turned off while the contractor places k-rail and installs temporary lighting. Traffic control officers will be on site to direct traffic during this time
  • The eastbound sidewalk on Wilshire (south side of the street) will be closed between Veteran and Bonsall. Pedestrians will be redirected to the westbound sidewalk

Long-Term: April 9th, 2011 through April, 2012

  • Wilshire will be reduced by one lane in each direction between Veteran and Bonsall. All turn lanes and movements will be maintained

Expect significant delays in both directions on Wilshire Boulevard during the week of April 11th-15th as motorists adjust to the new traffic configuration. Traffic congestion will likely remain higher than normal after this initial period on both Wilshire Boulevard and surrounding streets as a result of reduced capacity on this section of Wilshire.

It is highly recommended that motorists allow extra time for their commute and consider an alternate route around the construction area. UCLA is working with both Metro and the City of LA to ensure that traffic impacts on the University community are minimized. However, with a construction project of this scale at this particular location, some impacts are unavoidable, and we appreciate your patience and cooperation.

Please visit Metro’s project website at http://www.metro.net/projects/I-405 or call the project hotline at 213-922-3665 for more detailed detour information and for the latest construction updates.