Rosendahl Announces Contingency Plan for Wilshire Ramp Closure

In an effort to mitigate emergency response issues associated with the upcoming closure of the Wilshire ramps at the 405 freeway, Councilmember Bill Rosendahl announced today that the Los Angeles Fire Department will implement several key response initiatives aimed at maintaining public safety during the closure.

“We recently hosted a meeting with first responders and transportation officials to discuss the safety issues surrounding the upcoming Wilshire Ramp Closure,” said Rosendahl. “It was a healthy discussion about a variety of potential ‘worst case scenarios.’ I’m happy to report that the Fire Department has responded to my concerns and those of my constituents. I am thrilled that we were able to collaborate and work together to solve these potential issues.”

On June 22, 2012, the I-405 Sepulveda Pass Improvements Project contractor will begin a 90-day project which includes demolishing and reconstructing several heavily traveled freeway ramps at Wilshire Boulevard (Wilshire Ramp Closure Starts June 22).

The areas surrounding the Sepulveda Pass have experienced some of the most significant traffic congestion in an already gridlocked area. In addition to these ramp closures, Phase II of the Mulholland Bridge demolition and freeway closure will begin later this summer.

In an effort to mitigate emergency response issues, the LAFD is implementing several key response initiatives aimed at maintaining public safety in the impacted areas.

According to the LAFD, effective June 22, 2012, the following protocols will be implemented during the 90-day Wilshire ramp construction phase:

• Emergency vehicles will be permitted to return to their respective response areas using lights and sirens during peak traffic hours to ensure resource availability and adequate coverage.

• 24-hour ambulance coverage will be provided to Fire Station 109 for the Mountaingate community and the surrounding neighborhoods.

• Dispatchers with the LAFD will move fire and ambulance resources from other areas of the City to provide coverage to geographically isolated communities during periods of extended incident activity.

• Station commanders will be encouraged to request the use of an LAFD Air Ambulance when the air transport will get a patient to the hospital quicker than by ground.

• Fire Station 69 (Pacific Palisades) will continue to have an additional engine company activated during high fire hazard days.

Through these deployment and response initiatives during the ramp closures, the LAFD has expressed its commitment to ensuring adequate fire and emergency medical service coverage in the West Los Angeles, Brentwood, Pacific Palisades, and Sepulveda Pass areas.

“I am encouraged that this mitigation plan will allow fire and ambulance resources to return to their response areas quicker,” said Rosendahl. “This will help improve response times and resource availability during this major construction event.”

In an effort to reduce congestion during the event, Rosendahl is encouraging people to plan ahead, share the ride, or find alternate ways to travel around the area.

For more information on the Sepulveda Pass Project and the Wilshire ramp closure, please visit the Metro website.

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