Los Angeles Councilmember Bill Rosendahl is urging patience if you plan to travel near Wilshire Boulevard and the 405 freeway in the coming months.
On Friday, June 22, the I-405 Sepulveda Pass Improvements Project will begin demolishing the first of eight ramps joining Wilshire Boulevard and the I-405 freeway.
“We have to carpool, we have to plan ahead, and we have to put more time in our schedules,” said Rosendahl during a news conference with County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky to announce the demolition.
Many people are concerned the ramp closure and construction could paralyze traffic in the area. Yaroslavsky coined the term Ramp Jam for the event.
This rebuilding begins with the demolition of two ramps (map):
I-405 N off-ramp to Westbound Wilshire
Westbound Wilshire on-ramp to I-405 N
The contractor anticipates rebuilding these two ramps in 90 days, however reconstruction of all eight Wilshire ramps is expected to take more than one year, according to a Metro release. Engineers say the new configuration will reduce backup at nearby north and south streets, such as Westwood and Veteran Boulevards.
Metro anticipates this ramp closure and subsequent reconstruction of the other ramps will have a significant impact to Wilshire, adjoining streets, and the nearby 405 and 101 freeways. Rosendahl even went as far as saying that this project could affect your commute to-and-from Los Angles International Airport.
“We need to think regionally,” said Rosendahl. “Especially when planning travel time needed to make your flights at LAX.”
For local commutes, Metro is suggesting people use either Sunset Bl or Santa Monica instead of Wilshire.
Engineers say the new configuration will reduce backup at other north and south streets, such as Westwood and Veteran Boulevards.
A community meeting on Thursday, May 24, 6 to 8pm, will focus on the Wilshire ramps reconstruction. The meeting will be held at the Westwood Recreation Center, 1350 S. Sepulveda Bl, LA 90025. Project management and other agency representatives will be available to answer questions.