Heads up! I-405 Freeway Closure July 15-18

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Dear Transportation Partner,

As one of our valued Metro stakeholders, we are including you in a series of email distributions pertaining to the full closure of the I-405 freeway beginning July 15, through July 18, 2011.  It is our hope that you can relay the emails to your own contact network so the information reaches the widest possible audience. 
As background, Metro is currently improving the I-405 freeway through the Sepulveda Pass to add a northbound HOV lane.  Part of the project scope necessitates the demolition and reconstruction of the Mulholland Bridge .  The bridge will be demolished one half at a time.  The first demolition is scheduled for the weekend of July 16-17, 2011.  The second demolition will occur one year later.
The entire 53-hour closure of the 405 freeway will be managed through an incident command post headed by LAFD/LAPD/CHP/Caltrans/Metro.  Our outreach to commuters and travelers will have to be local, regional, statewide and even national because the routing of vehicles around the Sepulveda Pass will have impacts on the regional system.  Please expect to receive regularly scheduled information including approved routing maps, communications options for up to the minute updates and expected system impacts.  It is our intent to provide you with all the critical information necessary leading up to the actual demolition date so travelers on this weekend can make informed choices to arrive at their destination or choose to refrain from unnecessary travel through the affected area.
Your first line for information is the project website: www.metro.net/405.  You may also call Jennifer Gill at 213.922.4224 for a referral to your regional lead. Please be advised that our Board of Directors and the agency staff are committed to getting you all the information you and your stakeholders need in advance to facilitate travel on this weekend.  In the future, all communications on this very important road closure will be labeled I-405 SEPULVEDA PASS CLOSURE ALERT.
Sincerely,

 Arthur T. Leahy
Chief Executive Officer

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