405 closures: Metro to hold live chat to talk 'Ramp Jam'
(CNS) – Los Angeles Country transportation officials today announced a live chat for the public to ask questions about the looming three- month closure of on- and off-ramps to the San Diego (405) Freeway at Wilshire Boulevard.
At noon Friday, Metropolitan Transportation Authority construction managers and county Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, who’s on the MTA board, will be online at www.metro.net to talk about the reason for the closures and the best way to avoid nightmarish congestion in the area.
The ramps will be demolished and rebuilt as part of a $1 billion effort to to add a carpool lane to a 10-mile stretch of the 405 from the Santa Monica (10) Freeway through the Sepulveda Pass to the Ventura (101) Freeway.
The new ramps, which are scheduled to be open some time in 2013, will be built to handle traffic demands predicted for 2031 and to updated seismic standards, according to Metro.
“We’re calling this ‘Ramp Jam’ for good reason,” Yaroslavsky said. “The Wilshire/405 is where the nation’s busiest boulevard meets the nation’s busiest freeway.”
Others have dubbed the closures “the rampture.”
“We need the public’s cooperation, just as we did with ‘Carmageddon’ weekend last year, to help reduce traffic impacts as much as possible,” Yaroslavsky said.