Just in time for one of the busiest travel weekends of the year: Metro Los Angeles announced that two Wilshire on-off ramps opened to commuters on Friday morning.
The westbound Wilshire Boulevard on-ramp to the northbound 405 Freeway, and the northbound off-ramp to westbound Wilshire are now open — three weeks earlier than planned (Metro).
“I’m thrilled to hear that my constituents will have better access to the 405 freeway heading into the holiday weekend,” said Councilmember Bill Rosendahl. “Kudos to Kiewit for their efforts to help bring some relief to one of the most heavily traveled corridors in the City.”
The ramps were closed June 22 in the first phase of a project to demolish and rebuild all eight ramps at the interchange. The ramps were originally scheduled to reopen Sept. 22.
The six other Wilshire ramps will be closed consecutively, some for up to 90 days, over the next year. The next ramp closures are not expected to start until November.
This is welcome news for an area that already faces gridlock on a daily basis. In an effort to ease congestion around the construction zone, many people have chosen alter work schedules, take the bus, or ride share to work (see Wilshire Ramp Jam). The Wilshire ramp project is part of the larger Sepulveda Pass Improvement Project on the 405 Freeway.
In other related news:
Metro announced that a newly completed Sunset Bridge will open Monday September 24. K-rails — or the large white concrete blocks — that prevent motorists from making right turns from southbound Church onto Sunset will also be removed at that time.
Metro says a 120 day closure of northbound off-ramp at Sunset will follow this opening in order to continue work in the area.