405 bridges to reopen, ease gridlock in West LA

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ENCINO (CNS) – Weekend work on the Mulholland Drive bridge above the San Diego (405) Freeway was exactly on schedule, and supervisors said the bridge route was expected to reopen on time: 6 o’clock Monday morning.

Realigning Mulholland Drive from the remainder of the old bridge, onto the half-built new bridge, is a critical step in advance of next weekend’s “Carmaggedon II” closure of the 405, officials have said.

“Unless the weather or an accident prevents the opening, when we’ll notify the press,” Mulholland will reopen on time, Metro spokesman Jose Ubaldo told City News Service at noon.

The new, wider, eight lane Sunset Boulevard bridge is also set to reopen on Monday morning. The bridge linking Brentwood to Bel-Air had been six lanes and, at times, construction has had it squeezed down to one lane in each direction.

Next weekend is “Carmageddon II,” when the 405 itself will be closed for 53 hours, to allow for demolition of the northern half of the Mulholland bridge.

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