405 Freeway Expansion gets a little "nudge" from some locals....
The expansion project of the 405 Fwy, costing some $1 Billion plus, just got a little "hurry up!" from a local Westwood-based citizens group called Angelenos Against Gridlock.
The completion of the 405 Fwy project has now been pushed into 2014 due to unforeseen delays in relocating major utility lines and moving old Sepulveda Boulevard.
Paving work and bridge construction just south of Sunset Boulevard has been delayed while utilities were relocated and Sepulveda was moved to the east, into some large hillsides. Petroleum, gas, electric, fiber, water, sewer and flood control lines all had to be moved.
What was not foreseen was a 12-foot-square box encasing a storm drain which was not on maps, and its discovery presented a huge unforeseen engineering problem.
Also, 16 retaining walls that were put up early in the project were deemed structurally unsound, and were then torn out, redesigned and rebuilt.
The lanes that are widened on the southern end of the project, from Wilshire Boulevard to the Santa Monica 10 Freeway, should be in service this summer according to Metro officials. The area North of there is where the trouble spot is, and the framework for the second half of the Mulholland Drive bridge has yet to be positioned to allow construction.
When it is complete, the 10-mile project will include a completely-rebuilt freeway, with 28 re-engineered and rebuilt on- and off-ramps. Exit lanes will be added in both directions, and a new northbound carpool lane will be added to match the southbound carpool lane that was squeezed in decades ago.
The project is part of a 100-mile carpool lane thread across Los Angeles and Orange counties. Metro is the lead agency on that project, and they are partnering with Caltrans on it.