In July, Los Angeles' Mulholland Drive Bridge will be demolished and reconstructed as the I-405 freeway is widened and expanded. (When completed, we hear the expanded, Mulholland Center Dr Bridge will be widened by approximately 10 feet and will be designed to the latest seismic standards.) The closure is sure to be a pain for drivers in the famously car-heavy city.
The proposed closure is expected to have a major effect on travel throughout the Los Angeles region. Tour operator Pleasant Holidays is advising all of its travel agent partners to prepare in advance for the road closure. Because I-405 is a major freeway artery that feeds into Los Angeles International Airport, Pleasant Holidays is advising agents to book their clients, well in advance, at hotels located in close proximity to the airport, as well as to advocate the use of alternate freeways for travel to and from the airport.
According to Metro.net, demolition activities will take place over the July 16-17 weekend for 53 consecutive hours, resulting in the full freeway closure of the I-405 freeway in the Sepulveda Pass. The Mulholland Dr Bridge will also be closed that weekend. Some intermittent closures of the Mulholland Drive Bridge will occur during the preparation for bridge demolition and bridge reconstruction. Access will always be provided for emergency responders.
Here are the I-405 freeway closure boundaries for the July 16-17 weekend:
* Northbound I-405: 10-mile closure between I-10 and U.S. 101
* Southbound I-405: 4-mile closure between U.S. 101 and Getty Center Drive Ramps