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Street Parking Banned Along Ventura, Sepulveda During Carmageddon

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LOS ANGELES (CBS) — To help traffic move along surface streets during Carmageddon weekend, street parking will be banned along sections of Ventura and Sepulveda boulevards, the Los Angeles Department of Transportation announced Tuesday.

KNX 1070 reports.

“Tow Away, No Stopping Anytime” signs will go up along the two main thoroughfares near the closed 10-mile section of the San Diego (405) Freeway to open up those arteries while the freeway is closed for 53 hours starting Friday evening to accommodate the replacement of the Mulholland Drive Bridge.

Northbound 405 lanes will be closed at the Santa Monica (10) Freeway and southbound lanes will be closed at Ventura (101) Freeway.

The parking ban will include the north side of Ventura Boulevard from the 405 to Balboa Boulevard and the south side of Ventura Boulevard from the freeway to Noble Avenue.

Tow away zones will be in place along Sepulveda Boulevard in both directions from Greenleaf Street to Valley Vista Boulevard; on the northbound side from Ovada Place to Moraga Drive; and on the southbound side between Valley Vista Boulevard and the 405 freeway entrance.

“The Los Angeles Department of Transportation will begin to strictly enforce a restricted, no-stopping policy for the streets … at 12:01 a.m. on July 16,” LADOT spokesman Christopher Rider said. “This will include the citing and impounding of vehicles parked on these streets.”

Transportation and public safety agencies involved in the closure have been urging people to stay off the roads this weekend. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the agency managing the 405 closure project, is also offering free transportation on subways and buses that operate along major roads in and out of the Westside.

(©2011 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Wire services contributed to this report.)

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