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Demolition Prompts Closures On 405 Freeway

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LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Sections of the 405 Freeway will be closed at night during the next five days due to demolition work on the northern half of the Skirball Center Drive bridge.

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The work is part of the $1 billion effort to add a carpool lane to the northbound freeway between Interstate 10 and the 101 Freeway, along with upgrading freeway ramps and sound walls. The project is expected to take about three and a half years.

The work, which begins Tuesday night, will take place from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m., according to Metro. The bridge will be completely closed during those hours.

To accommodate the work, the southbound 405 Freeway will be closed from Burbank Boulevard to Getty Center Drive Tuesday and Wednesday nights. The northbound freeway will be closed Thursday and Friday nights between Getty Center Drive and Ventura Boulevard. The northbound Skirball Center Drive offramp will be closed Saturday night.

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Sepulveda Boulevard will remain open and will be the primary detour route, according to Metro.

After the north side of the bridge is demolished, there will be about seven months of reconstruction work, after which the south side of the bridge will be demolished.

Half of the Sunset Boulevard bridge was demolished in late July. Work on the Mulholland bridge is expected to begin early next year.

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